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The Food, the FOOD!

By 8:30 AM on Friday, we had been to the grocery store, and I was baking two "loaves" of "Grape Bread". Remember the 5 minute No-Knead Bread Dough? I brought the dough from home, but had a vision...

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Brad chopped 8,000 veggies. It is great to have a willing sous chef!

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He also chopped 6,000 lovely slices of fruit (no photo): pineapple, mangos, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, melon for a 4 tiered fruit display with Kahlua fruit dip!

I made filling for 300 sausage-cheese tarts. (Hoe someone got a photo of the final product. They were a big hit! (If not there are 3 trays in my freezer, and you'll see them later...)

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OK...here is some of the REAL food at the party: My old standards of hot artichoke dip and brie with homemade fig jam:

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There were 350 meatballs (no photo), and the committee scored POUNDS of fresh burrata cheese!

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Antipasti with palm tree and penguins from the San Diego Zoo...

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There were two giant cheese platters (I didn't get a photo of the BIG one with 6 more cheeses) and crackers. I kept bringing out more food and misplacing my camera!

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We brought this wedge of parm home from Bologna. Yummy with Italian rosemary honey:

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Guests polished off a San Diego version of my Pizza Rustica:

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I made thyme crackers and parmesan crisps: (Good with vino!)

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And speaking of "good with wine", how about some taralli?

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Sage-gruyere bread with sage butter:

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Shannon's fabulous pate:

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Not pictured: Shrimp wonton cups, sausage-cheese tarts, fruit platters, large cheese tray, Shannon's blue-cheese roasted onion appetizer, marinated asparagus, bean salad, and meatballs!

Time for dessert: Nutella panna cotta and Italian cookies!

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The chefs (Palma, Shannon and Brad) were proud and pleased with the results: happy and full guests!

Comments (12)

ellie:

i was searching for italian restaurants in my area (central switzerland!) and somehow ended up here.
my grandma was italian and i try to travel there at least twice a year, so i really enjoyed the photos.
...food looks delicious!keep up the good work.

OMG! I am drooling on my keyboard! What a spread!

You are truly AMAZING! I hope you can now kick back and enjoy the rest of the weekend. HAve fun!

Shelagh (SJ):

Now I know why I haven't been to any of the N. American SlowTrav gatherings..... I'd never make it home alive after all that amazing, delicious, and yummy food!
I hope you are all having a wonderful time!

Ida:

Palma and Brad ...
It looks fantastic!! You guys are incredible!

Palma, every time I think there is just no way you can come up with anything that looks any more spectacular...
That grape cluster bread is amazing!!!!

Robert Santa Monica:

Oh. My. God.

OMG! That looks so amazing! I absolutely have to make to a California GTG sometime!!

OMG....all i can say is WOW!! Gorgeous spread lady!

I feel so honored to have finally been able to eat some of your amazing food. YUMMMY!!! It was all sooooo delicious! I missed the penguins though. Were they edible? They are so cute!

Diana A:

Palma:
Your food pics have me starving for Italian fare again! Did you also MAKE the nutella panna cotta or buy? (I think I know the answer already!) :-/ diana

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