Mangia Monday!


I am sorry to be away from my blog for the past five days, we have been taking full advantage of the nice weather!
(plus I have been really busy preparing wedding orders!)

Hopefully all of you have had nice weather to enjoy!

He who eats alone chokes alone.

Growing up in my Italian family was alot of fun - an adventure actually and I would not trade it for the world! The family dinners, parties and impromptu get togethers always revolved around food - which is not a bad thing! Lately I have changed my view of food and the role it has in my home!

I always will enjoy good food and want to provide my family, friends and guests the best - that being said, I have learned that the best does not always mean the MOST!

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again.
-George Miller

Every function I have ever thrown, I have plunged in with all the gusto I could muster - which is fine except for one detail, I spent more time on the food than I did with my GUESTS!!! How horrible is that?

The reason for the get together is to be with family and friends - not holed up in the kitchen slaving over the meal! In early spring I changed the way I do things and my guests and I have been much happier!

It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.
-Julia Child

Instead of five to six course sit down meals, my formal functions are served family style. If it is a quick holiday get together a buffet works just fine and if I forget something, the only who knows is me! I have to say, I don't miss those extravagant meals and all the extra work and neither have my guests!

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
-Sicilian Proverb

I would like to share a great, simple dessert recipe that I have been using!

Raspberry-and-Meringue Mess

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 (eight)


*2 cups heavy cream
*1 package (5 ounces) meringues, crumbled
*1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
*3 tablespoons Berry Puree, using raspberries


1.) Chill a serving bowl in the freezer.
2.) In another large bowl, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.
3.) Fold in meringues and 1 1/4 cups raspberries.
4.) Drizzle whipped cream with 2 tablespoons berry puree and lightly fold so the mixture has stripes of puree.
5.) Spoon into your chilled bowl.
6.) Top with remaining raspberries and berry puree.



LilacAve said...

Great thoughts...I love dinner parties, but we don't have them often enough!

originalsbylauren said...

if your family is like mine, the dinners are loud and full of laughter.