Entertaining is one of life's greatest pleasures.
When the gathering is with long-time friends, it's like icing on a cake---a sweet and an extra treat.
One recent night, dear friends of 31 years standing came to visit. That called for setting the dining room table with a very best tablecloth and matching napkins as well as using most treasured dishes, Old Country Roses.
The menu included Pasta Carbonara from a Rachel Ray cookbook. Undoubtedly, it is truly the most delectable pasta dish for guests or a solo feast. It has lots of Italian bacon, olive oil, garlic, and creamy romano cheese. Also on the menu was a Lebanese salad, "Fatoush," which calls for a rather exotic herb, "sumac." It also includes chopped green onion, mint, cucumbers, radishes, parsley, tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, and toasted pita bread pieces. To borrow one of Rachel's signature words, this salad is "yummo."
A china platter of filet mignons and soft "snowflake" rolls with butter rounded off the meal. Mmm mmm mmm
My daughter brought toffee bars for dessert which guests just about inhaled.