Last night we had dinner with Jessica, our wonderful host when we're in Italy, while she was visiting her family in Maine. Her sister, Kristin, is responsible for our amazing gardens! We had a beautiful dinner, which included cheese from The Cheese Shop of Portland (check it out on Washington Ave.), a simple Umbrian Lentil soup with drizzles of herbaceous Umbrian olive oil and freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus a salad! I am always amazed how simple ingredients are transformed into a perfect meal when the ingredients themselves are perfection. Trusting your ingredients, in so many ways, is the bravest cooking of all because there is no trickery involved, just honest food! Join us this Friday while we explore this simple but perfect cuisine of Umbria, Italy! And we'll share with you the olive oil Jess brought us!
MENU FEBRUARY 22
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a winter inspired antipasto plate
whipped house ricotta with carrot jam + date & olive tapenade with whipped gorgonzola + tomato chutney with house mozzarella whole wheat grissini + crostini
**at the Agribistro Lorenzo speaks to local cuisine and honored traditions. I dream about his cheeses with house jams.
gnocchi ripieni di spinaci con salsa di pomodoro fresco
spinach stuffed gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce + umbrian spice + drizzles of olive oil + freshly grated parmesan cheese
Jess's nanny taught me this dish 10 years ago on a rainy november afternoon, she speaking no english and me no italian......it worked!
zuppa di lenticchie con salsiccia
Umbrian lentil soup with sausage, sauteed escarole with garlic, drizzles of olive oil and parme