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Annual Ornament Party

I like to do a different theme for my annual holiday party; last year it was an English Christmas, this year I went with an Italian theme, which means a feast of seven fishes. Let me tell you, it was a pain in the ass getting seven seafood dishes, plus food to accommodate those annoying vegetarians, as well as people who just plain prefer meat over seafood. I normally pride myself by making everything from scratch, but I realized to pull it off I would need some help, so I took it. From Costco. Oh the shame.

 

Here's my menu

Bacon wrapped scallops (Costco)

Mini crab cakes (Costco)

(The rest I made)

Clam chowder

Caesar Salad with homemade dressing (anchovies!) and croûtons.

Tuna pate

Roasted salmon

Shrimp and Crab Cannelloni

Braised short ribs

Penne alla vodka

Bruschetta with and without prosciutto

 

Italian olives and cheeses (Ribiola due latte and Piave)

 

Desserts:

Tiramisu

Pannetone (Russo's)

Torrone (Capone's)

 

I was planning on making cannolis but I just ran out of time and energy. (Wikipedia tells me that the plural of cannoli is cannola? Can that be right? Mj, I need your expertise!)

 

I also made a homemade eggnog that R loves. Steve mixed up a tasty adult nog with Kahlua and Bailey's.

 

I had a near disaster with the penne. I was running 40 minutes behind schedule, so I was rushing around. The timer went off and I drained the pasta and tossed it in to the sauce. The pasta looked undercooked to me and in a moment of horror I realized I had mistaken the timer for the cannelloni for the penne timer. The pasta still had 4 minutes to go! I decided to add a cup of water to the sauce, cover, cook and pray. It worked okay. . .the pasta got to the right consistency, but the texture of the sauce was a little thick. I would have normally thinned it out, but I was worried that I would be totally diluting the flavor. What can I say? I was a little off my game. It happens to the best of us.

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Cannoli
Wikipedia -- the scourge of editors everywhere! According to Merriam Webster's Web site, "cannoli" is a plural noun. The singular in Italian is "cannolo." However, it is acceptable to use "cannoli" as a singular or plural word in English.

Cannoli are overrated. I loved the tiramisu!

Mj
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