Taylor prepared a wonderful Italian menu for us, and explained the traditions, customs, and general history associated with Italian cuisine. She also shared some pretty handy tips and tricks of the kitchen along the way.
Tonight's menu consisted of:
Fresh pasta with a somewhat spicy marinara-style sauce with Pancetta bacon.
Mesclun with anise, tomato, and arrugola
A bean soup pasta and white beans.
A great fresh loaf of Ciabatta
All in all, from food preparation, cooking, and dining, to clean-up and socialization, we spent about 6 hours enjoying the evening. Italian food is very good, but it's not quick, and it leaves quite a wake in the kitchen when all is said and done.
Livia and I brought our guitar and some random percussion instruments, and we were all able to introduce Taylor to the style of Jack Johnson. We all enjoyed the evening, as it was a chance to enjoy good food and fine company. As Taylor put it, it's nice to have some sophistication every once in a while. More than that, it was a good chance for us all to forget about work/school/overwhelming obligations for a moment.