Greetings from North Dakota!
Coming up with a menu was a fun challenge. I knew that I wanted to bring meat from our farm, I didn’t want us to have to spend two full days in the kitchen, and it was important to me that the meal be a bit exciting and unusual for our guests without being too intimidating or unfamiliar.
- Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Nuts
- Stuffed Mushrooms, Caponata, Olives, Pickles, Etc.
- Linguine Carbonara with Bacon
- Pork Chops Capricciosa with Lemon Roasted Carrots & Potatoes, Broccolini
- Watercress & Arugula with Anchovies
- Olive Oil Cake with Gianduja Gelato, Roasted Hazelnuts, & Candied Blood Orange
Some highlights of the evening include:
- The 8x10’ Italian bistro image and decor that served as the backdrop for the themed photo booth,
- The impromptu reunion of Oasis, my mom’s women’s gospel barbershop quartet, which retired ten years ago,
- This very special cross-stitch artwork that Mary made for me.
The best part of all was being able to spend these past few days with my mom. Coming back to my rural ND hometown has been bittersweet in the past. The familiarity and sense of “home” is great, but it inevitably stirs up memories of being that chubby, effeminate butterfly trapped in his cocoon. But now that I’ve spread these wings and flown off to be fabulous, I love being back here to create new memories.