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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The "Big Night": Menu and Recipes

If you've never seen the movie "Big Night," my husband and I urge you to do so. Starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalub, it's a witty story set in the 1950s about two brothers that own an Italian restaurant. All they want to serve is authentic Italian fare but the locals only really understand spaghetti and meatballs - which drives Tony Shalub's character (the chef) crazy. As a result, their restaurant is starting to have real financial worries but they believe they're getting a second chance when they learn that Louis Prima is coming to eat there.  So, as anyone would, they prepare a giant feast of Italian greats - including Timpano: a giant drum.  It's a wonderful movie and after we saw it, I told my husband (who wasn't at the time) that I had to make that one time.

As the summer comes to an official close, we decided to gather our friends for an adults-only party.  It was a terrific time and well worth the efforts taken over the past few days. It was our "Big Night!"

Here is the menu served -

* Pancetta and Rosemary Risotto Balls
Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Crostini
* Bruschetta with Olive Tapenade
Melon and Virginia Ham
Zucchini Fritters
Three-Meat Sliders with Asiago Cheese and Basil-Dijonaise
* Spinach Dip
* Olives
* Cheese
* Chips and Dip

Main Course
* Timpano
* Green Salad
* Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

* Mint Chocolate Chip - Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches homemade ice cream
* Butterfinger Ice Cream homemade ice cream
Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Tart
Plum Clafouti

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