We had Jan and Les over for a casual dinner Sunday night. I have been promising Les pasta carbonara, his FAVORITE, for months! We started with ricotta sformata, delicious prosciutto-wrapped grilled asparagus that Jan brought, and a bottle of Oregon Pinot Gris.
Next we enjoyed one of my favorite summer salads: spinach, fennel, oranges, and red onion with citrus vinegarette.
I could eat JUST this salad for dinner!
Les was ecstatic over his bowl of bucatini carbonara! Jan and I shared another bottle of Pinot Grigio, and the boys sipped something red. (I have no idea...I was busy cooking.)
This was a long, lingering meal. We began eating at 6:30, and finished our pasta at 8:45.
With the wine glasses refilled, we moved inside to watch "Desperate Housewives" and have dessert: Blackberry cake with whipped cream and berries!