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A New Year’s Day Dinner & Keywords to Avoid

Posted in Abruzzo, Caro Diario.(dear diary..), Christmas, Country House Living, cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, Holidays, La Dolce Vita, recipes, slow food, special occasions, the Mediterranean diet, and Travel & customs

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New Year’s Day Lunch/ Dinner was a meal filled ( of course) with  great food. and conversation…but also  with keywords to avoid.. words like-potatoes.. biscotti…. torrone…chocolate..panettone…particular cheeses..particular breads…any words that meant food -had to be avoided.

 As we sat down to eat a long 5 hour meal that seemed to be endless… anytime the mere mention of any food was heard in the conversation our gracious host would jump up and say..”wait a minute I have some of that, they make it specially in this particular town it is their should try it” and automatically another course was added to the meal…So we began to realize that it was not a good idea to continue to speak about anything that was food related. Or if we continued to do so we would be sitting down to a meal that would last into the wee hours of the night and we could barely finish what had already been planned.

Not that the meal was anything but delicious,it was all delicious ..every last drop,, but there is only so much one person can eat! The Holidays in Italy are like a continuing 2 week meal..with one meal ending and one meal beginning immediately after..

 Breakfast, during the Holidays..other than a cup of coffee- to get you going for the day- is almost impossible to eat..the meal eaten the night before is enough to hold you over till the next day’s lunch..

Now that our Main meal of the day was  eaten… it is time to clear the dishes and set the table with new ones for our final meal of the day..a New Year’s Supper..let’s hope that this will be a light one.. oh well, only 5 more days to go of this constant feasting!

In the meantime, would love to hear your Holiday menus and stories,share them here..

Buon Anno, Happy New Year


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