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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...


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


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...)


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



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


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



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!



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


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


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


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


Sage-gruyere bread with sage butter:



Shannon's fabulous pate:


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!



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

Comments (12)


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!


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:

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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