The internet is a wonderful thing, but of course, if you are reading this, you already know that! On Sunday, we met Janie and J. at their home near San Diego. I have been reading Panini Girl's blog for a couple of years, and vise versa. I already knew we shared a passion for cooking and a love of Italy. I have used many of her recipes, and read of her travel experiences. We knew, that eventually we would meet in person, and an opportunity came up last weekend when we were nearby for my Godchildren's baby shower.
We arrived for lunch, and spent a magical afternoon. It was as easy as old friends who hadn't seen each other for a long time. We had so many questions and topics (Italy, Italy and more Italy) to discuss. Brad also had much in common with J., so even the guys bonded easily. Brad thought he was "in a parallel universe". Another example of people you get to know on the internet, really are old friends you haven't met yet!
Janie prepared a wonderful lunch: crostini with chicken liver pate, a fabulous fennel salami and cheese to nibble with our prosecco. We then sat down for a delicious chicken lasagna with bechamel and a tasty arugula salad.
Her blog today gives the recipe for this yummy chocolate-hazelnut panna cotta.
Before we knew it, we needed to get back to the desert, and the afternoon had flown by. We are so looking forward to our next visit, at our house next time! Mille Grazie, J. and J., for a perfect Sunday!