Now that I’m a mother, I understand that life can get busy and sometimes we need to remember to keep it simple so we can enjoy what’s most important in our lives – connecting with family and friends. You don’t need to make getting together with those you love a complicated event – create a simple meal and give yourself the opportunity to appreciate your guests with good food, good conversation, and lots of laughs.
Recently, when having friends and family over for an authentic Italian dinner, I kept it very simple. I set a simple table – reminiscent of a meal in Tuscany with a huge cutting board as my centerpiece, branches from an olive tree and the simple beauty of candlesticks to set the mood. Instead of spending the better part of the day preparing for the meal, I decided to make a salad, some simple garlic rolls, and a Bertolli Italian Sausage Entrée. Anyone with a skillet and a few minutes to spare can create a warm and delicious meal for their friends and family.
This year I’m toasting to spending more time with friends and family. I’d rather be less formal and spend more time with those I love. Thinking outside the box for ways to make this time happen on a more regular basis is a great idea. I only have to look as far as my freezer to have a delicious Italian meal ready in no time. Pop open a bottle of wine, and you’re ready to go!
For more inspiration check out our virtual table over on Pinterest to create your own Mangia moment.
Photos by Suzanna Scott for Sacramento Street
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