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Old 01-30-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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My very first american style dinner. What do you think?


During these days it snowed. I can’t stand wintertime I love summer… but the smile came again when the postman rang: I received my second box from Lakeland shop (England)and finally, I have (and still have) my tools to cook in anglosaxon way. :)
Yesterday evening I had my first American dinner with some friends. Italians are not so willing to taste other food but I think this time I won a little war above all for the garlic: they ate enough! You know Italians generally don’t like garlic for the smell, we say kidding: do I have to take away the vampires?
At a farm I bought an organic chicken with no bones. I filled it with this stuffing. What do you think about it? I have no sharp recipe so I invented it, remembering the turkey I tried on Thanksgiving Day even if I added more ingredients and (maybe) left away some.

I put into an electric mix:
Toasted Bread
Melted butter with cube
Roasted and salted peanuts (maybe the butter could be better?)
Chestnuts and chestnuts flour

Into a bowl I added
Pine kernels
Salted capers
Boiled corns
Sultana grapes

I filled the chicken and put the garlic under the skin. I closed the chicken with the thread and brushed with melted butter. I cooked into the oven for one h. and ½ using my new baster!
The side dishes were.
Potato purea:smashed potatoes with butter, milk, salt, parmiggiano
Salad of French beans: boiled into few water and salt and prepared with much garlic and oil.
Brussels sprouts cooked with home made “besciamella” and parmiggiano and top grilled into the oven.
Ikea’s gravy (!)
Artichoke gravy and tartufo gravy (bought both)

The sweet was the Pumpimkin Pie made with pumpkin, cinnamon, butter, ginger, sugar, nutmeg, cornstrarch, lemon, molasses and eggs.

What do you think? Can I “feed” my american friends when they’ll get Europe?

Freezen helloes from Rome. :(



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Old 01-30-2005, 12:50 PM   #2
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Looks great! In fact, looks better than many stuffing recipes I've seen. Your friends will be thrilled! :D

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Old 01-30-2005, 01:16 PM   #3
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Old 01-30-2005, 01:39 PM   #4
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Well done AnnaMaria!

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Old 01-30-2005, 03:19 PM   #5
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You did very well, annamaria. Bravo!
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Old 01-31-2005, 06:21 AM   #6
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Lakeland is a wonderful, family company. They have a big store in Edinburgh and I spend ages browsing around there...
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Old 01-31-2005, 06:48 AM   #7
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annamaria, i think we will all have to come over there and give it a taste test the next time you make an american dish. it sounds great!
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Old 01-31-2005, 06:12 PM   #8
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annamaria it sounds wonderful. If your friends liked it, your evening was a success. However, it sounds more European than American.
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Old 01-31-2005, 07:15 PM   #9
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It sounds like a cross between French provincial and American to me. In any case, I'll be trying your stuffing recipe. The whole thing sounded wonderful.

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Old 02-01-2005, 03:16 AM   #10
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Thank you very much even if I think you have been too kind to me!! :) I feel better now!


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