|Chocolates from Boston|
A friend of mine who makes chocolate sent a care package of chocolates which were quickly gobbled up. Thanks, Jen!
Between tours on Thursday, I stopped by the Casa del Vino for a late lunch. Gianni and Nicoletta made a porchetta style turkey. The deboned turkey was filled with sausage, bread, chestnuts and prunes and slow cooked. They served it sliced with a little gravy and spicy cranberry sauce (this is the best sauce ever!!!).
|Turkey Panini at the Casa del Vino|
|Donald's Turkey Crostino|
|Madeline preparing the sweet potatoes.|
Meanwhile, Gionni was thankful for the chance to speak in English and flirt a little with my permission.
It was a crazy mix: About 15 Americans, 12 Italians, and a couple of English people who looked equally perplexed by our American English and our choice of menu.
The fact that a group of Americans convinced self respecting Italians to eat a bunch of stuff off of one plate, all at the same time, was an enormous accomplishment.
I could see the first-Thanksgiving-Italians, their eyes darting back and forth, as they enjoyed the hodge podge of flavors from a single plate, all the while seeking the approval of their Italian peers.
After lots of gobbling, plenty of wine, and even jello shots (my first ever!) singing and story telling ensued.
Old McDonald was sung in both Italian and English. Can anyone tell me what noise a Kangaroo makes? Anyone?
|The magic kitchen in Andrea's apartment during preparations.|
To see some fantastic photos taken by a local who joined the dinner, and discover a fun blog, click here.
Thanks to Andrea for hosting the dinner, and to Nancy D and Madeline C for inviting us!