Has anyone seen the movie "Big Night" recently? We haven't, although it does rank as one of our favorites, and the soundtrack frequently finds its way into the CD changer during most of our dinner parties. It's about an Italian restaurant preparing a feast in anticipation of a famous guest in the hopes of saving their business from bankruptcy.
We had a big night of our own here over the weekend when my parents came to town and we prepared a classic Italian meal to share with some other relatives who were visiting the area. I do love a pretty table (even though the fleur-de-lis napkin rings are more a nod to Brent's French background).
Mom made baked ziti with meatballs and sausage on the side, as well as a killer antipasto platter. Fresh mozzarella and provolone cheeses, prosciutto and capicola, olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and a drizzle of fresh pesto.
All I contributed was dessert - a recipe Mom had found for a "magic" cake that separates out as it bakes into layers of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and chocolate sauce.
It was such a lovely night spending time and getting reacquainted with my mom's cousins, sisters Jo and Sally, and Sally's daughter Lisa. They were a wealth of information when it came to our family history and have inspired us to try to attend an upcoming family reunion in 2012.
You have to look closely at what Jo is doing in that last picture. She's holding up one of Mary's meatballs on a fork. Know what that's called? An "Italian lollipop."