Maria’s Catering!

Hi Everybody –
I catered a party and served some of my dishes from Breaking Bread in L’Aquila. I made some modifications and shared with my guests that the book is very easy to use and the basis of creating much more!

I served outstanding cheeses from Abruzzo with the help from Bob Marcelli. Bob imports world class cheeses from his cheese making family in Anversa degli Abruzzi. Check out his site at http://www.marcelliformaggi.com.

• Caprino Stagionato di Abruzzo (Goat Cheese)
Aged 60-90 days, made from organic raw goats milk, salt and rennet
In the Sagittario Valley area of Abruzzo* the “caprino”* is made and aged in the baskets (called “fuscelle”). Slightly dry and lightly salted, it has a mellow goat flavor.

• Pecorino Del Parco (Pecorino of the Park)
Aged at least 6 months, made from organic raw sheep milk, salt and rennet
Classic example of the pecorino of Abruzzo. Rich, nutty and full flavored with the taste of over 120 wild herbs and flowers growing in the grass.

Pecorino was served with Organic Artisanal Savory Honey – Santoreggia – (Summer Savory). The Santoreggia plant is of the same family as thyme, but has a more intense scent. The honey that is gathered from the bees that feed on this and other plants, ranges from amber yellow to light green in color, with a flavor and aroma of medium intensity, with very floral-forward notes, as well as those described as “wet earth”.

Here’s my menu:

Antipasti:
Prosciutto with Melon / Prosciutto e Melone
Caprese Salad / Insalata Caprese
Roasted Peppers / Peperoni Arrostiti
Grilled Eggplant with Cured Black Olives and Basil / Melanzane alla Griglia con Olive e Basilico
Smoked Ricotta with Pepper / Ricotta Affumicata e Peperoncino

Primi:
Pasta alla Chitarra with Fresh Tomato Sauce / Pasta alla Chitarra al Pomodoro
Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pine Nuts / Pasta con Zucca e pinoli
Secondi:
Chicken Scaloppine with White Wine / Scaloppine di Pollo al Vino Bianco
Contorni:
Peas and Mushrooms / Piselli e Funghi
Romaine Lettuce Salad with Shaved Parmigiano Cheese / Insalata con Scaglie di Parmigiano

Dessert:
Tiramisu
Cookies / Biscotti: Amaretti, Biscotti (with cranberry and pistachio), Torrone
Coffee / Caffè

a presto,

Maria

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