What do you do when a serious blogger with the same interests-food and Italy-mentions that she’s going to be in your area? Invite her over-that’s what! Of course we could have planned to meet in a restaurant and gotten to know each other, but it seemed like a no brainer that we should spend time enjoying a home cooked meal.
There are certain blogs that I’ve been reading since I first became interested in the whole blogging world. One of those is Palmabella’s Passions, where you’ll find great recipes just about every day of the week and if you’re lover of Italy and all things Italian, you’ll love this blog. If I’m planning a trip to Italy, I always read up on where Palma’s been before I make my reservations.
As soon as the plans were made I started worry about what to make. My sister’s advice was to “make anything-you always cook something good.” That didn’t help me at all! Of course I knew it had to be an Italian menu, but what? I had told Palma I would be keeping it simple and I wanted a menu that allowed me to be with our guests, and not slaving in the kitchen. After changing my mind about ten times I decided to go with my first idea-a lasagna-not your classic red sauced lasagna, but one with a bechamel sauce. Along with an arugula salad and a starter of crostini with Tuscan chicken liver spread, that was lunch.
Oh and there was dessert-a chocolate-hazelnut panna cotta. Check back tomorrow for more on that and an update on an afternoon spent discussing our favorite subject-our travels in Italy.