Un-Superbowl parties may be few and far between, but ours was fun and we had a nice evening together, having our party-food dinner on trays, with a favorite old movie we hadn't seen in years---Quigley Down Under.
First menu item, by concensus, was a Muffaletta, that paragon of sandwiches, made on good heavy bread, stacked with all sorts of good Italian cold cuts like salamis, pale curls of thin pink ham, Tony Soprano's beloved "gabbagool," Provolone, roasted peppers, and slatherings of wonderful Olive Salad, and the two cut sides of the bread anointed with an Olive-Oil-Herb Vinaigrette. The whole thing was weighted with two heavy books for a couple of hours, to get all the parts acquainted and into perfect harmony.
When I was perhaps six, two of my Daddy's cousins---gorgeous, outgoing girls with bright, gum-snapping personalities, wonderful clothes and fabulous perfume---married two young men who were brothers from a big Italian family, so we all learned early of the charms of latougies and ravioli and muffalettas---those gems made with the quick gnarled fingers of the Grandmother, dipped dripping into the roasted-peppers dish and and sliced olives and marinated vegetables, with all the meats being handed into the kitchen straight from the slicer in the store a room away.
The table---strictly infomal, as befits a non-event. When the hot stuff's set on the table, there's no time to go get a fancy bowl for the sour cream.
Chris' straight-off-the-grill chicken wings, sweet and tangy and smoky with Baby Ray's Sauce.
Guacamole by Sis's recipe, with minced onion and tomato. I'm absolutely addicted to those tee-ninecy baby English cucumbers, and also to the POP of a grape tomato.
Caro's Crave---hunks of sausages simmered in that cliche' old Southern stand-by sauce made of Ketchup, Plochman's, and melted Grape Jelly.
Potato skins, baked and scooped and scattered with cheese, bacon and green onions and re-baked to crisp and melt. Sour Cream to come later.
A little plate of Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge, chocolate-striped macaroons and Caro's wonderful homemade caramels in the wrap. She made POUNDS of the things, and got requests for more. We just passed the plate around the chairs from time to time, booing dear Snape and cheering for Quigley.
And so---the backward flight (plod) and a bit of catching up. All I have right now to write about is Family Gatherings, for those are the major occasions for us.
Next, back to January 1, for our New Year's Gathering with DS#5, our DDIL and their wee one---his first-ever visit to our house, and such fun.
Don't give up on me---I'm still here, and still trudging along, late as usual.