Sunday, June 26, 2011

June Dinner Club ~ Italian Night

June 25th  Dinner Club
Hosted by Joanie and Michael Sparkman
We started our evening with a tour of Michael and Joanie's beautiful house....
Vicki even tried out the mattress.....their house is amazing...
...Rob and I really loved the art work!

~ The Antipasti ~
We started with antipasti on the patio overlooking hole #12 North...
it was served with Prosecco (sparkly, crisp, and sweet!)
Vicki (and David) made this arrangement of Italian vegetables,
sliced avocado, anchovies & Italian deli meats.
Next, we moved inside for the primi and secondi courses....

~ The Primi Course ~
Diana (and Matt) made Spicy Vegetable Pasta Sauce
served on penne pasta and spaghetti squash.
It was spicy and delicious!!
This course was served with 2 bottles of full bodied red wine ~ Syrah & Multipullciano

Spicy Italian Vegetable Pasta Sauce

In a heavy saucepan, combine the following ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes:
2 cups coarsely chopped organic carrots
2 cups coarsely chopped organic celery
2 cups coarsely chopped organic onions (Vidalia onions are great when available)
1 28oz can organic tomatoes with puree

Let cool and place all ingredients into a food processor with the following additional ingredients:
1 TBSP organic dried red chili pepper flakes
1 TBSP organic raw sugar
½ Cup organic olive oil
¼ Cup fresh organic parsley
¼ Cup Basil Pesto
Sal gris (or kosher sea salt) and fresh crushed pepper to taste

Run all ingredients through food processor until reaching a smooth consistency, then simmer in pan for 15 minutes
Serve with organic penne pasta and/or baked spaghetti squash, and top with fresh grated Parmisiano Reggiano cheese.

 ~ The Secondi Course ~
Prepared by Chefs Michael and Joanie Sparkman
This dish was served with Pinot Noir.
Chicken Picatta, prepared with almond flour, and served on fresh organic greens

~ Dolce~
This particular Italian Creme Cake is surprisingly light in flavor and texture,
and the Van Gogh Espresso Vodka right out of the freezer makes it a marvelous dolce.
Prepared by Me (and Rob)....might tasty, if I say so myself!
I posted this recipe yesteray....very easy and delicous!
 I baked...Rob served.....WATCH OUT!
A wonderful evening had by all.....even Wilbur!
We laughed, joked, danced, sang, and enjoyed being with such great friends...
we could have stayed all night!
Thank you, Michael and Joanie for a wonderful evening in your gorgeous home.
We look forward to our next Dinner Club Adventure at the Canyon Lake House!!
Unitl then.....Bon Appetit!


Vicki Comisso said...

What a great blogger you are and your comments and pictures are perfect-we also had a great time. Food , Friends, and Fun-good things in life to celebrate and appreciate.

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