Sunday, January 3, 2010
Christmas Eve Seafood Fantasia!
Our dear friends Nina and Jim are Italian.
Here's a photo of them: Nina is the cute little blonde next to the debonair dude in the blue shirt. They are enjoying a moment with friends Keith and Laurinda.
Nina and Jim host a hugely fun and extremely delicious traditional Italian Christmas Eve party, featuring every kind of seafood they can get their hands on, and then some!
We're talking deep fried shrimp, calamari and scallops, lobster tails in a cioppino sauce, not to mention stuffed lobster tails, calamari salad plus crackers and cheeses (provolone, of course), delicious spreads, olives, arugula wrapped in prosciutto, salami, and more!
So much delicious and decadent food!
This year, there was so much food that their daughter Angela pitched in to do all the deep-frying with her aunt.
Jim does a great deal of the cooking, and their son Christopher helps with whatever needs to be done.
Friends and family are gathered in the kitchen, dining area, living room to enjoy the fantastic food, good company and warm holiday spirit!
Here is friend Ron opening a bottle of red, probably a Cabernet Sauvignon.
We brought a bottle of our Lucky 7: Rebel Red.
In a surprise statement, Nina said she preferred it to the expensive vintages she had been sampling!
Nina always makes cannoli, and friends and family at the party bring finger foods and wine, lots of wine.
I contributed a homemade whole wheat focaccia with caramelized onions, garlic and poppy seeds.
I served it with super-fresh and grassy olive oil, with olives grown by our friends Richard and Myrna.
Well, here we are prior to saying good-bye, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Thanks to Nina and Jim and your family for opening your home, cooking out-of-this-world delicacies, and warming all our hearts!