My Godson, Casey, came for a visit, and brought his girlfriend, Sarah, for us to meet. Sarah and I bonded instantly, finding we had much in common: enjoying food and shopping (among many other things)! We spent two days and evenings talking and laughing in the pool, eating and drinking well, and sharing family stories.
Sarah was interested in learning to make "real" Italian meat sauce. I was happy to teach my methods! We had a large pot of sauce simmering (ragu of pork shoulder meat), and I made a simple ricotta filling for some packaged manicotti. Casey and Sarah stuffed the manicotti, and helped make dinner. They also did all the kitchen clean-up both nights of their visit! It worked for me! We had salad with balsamic dressing, mozzarella balls wrapped in prosciutto, and cherry tomatoes with shaved parmesan, and the pork meat from the sauce. We drank the Barolo that Casey and Sarah brought, and the kids polished off last night's fruit tart for dessert!
It was a lovely two-day visit that was quite a treat for THIS happy Godmother!