Some dear friends have decided they need to move, far, far away from us. We are so sad that they are leaving us. We had them over for one last dinner, and along with our neighbors we combined forces and make a scrumdiddiliumptious dinner.
I made a pasta dish, a variation of Giada De Laurentiis's Fusilli alla Caprese. I browned some chicken tenderloins and sprinkled them with a garlic and herb blend and diced the cooked pieces. I boiled spaghetti noodles. I made the tomato sauce from Giada's recipe and I sauteed up a bunch of fresh vegetables (summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and red peppers) in olive oil. I mixed all the cooked ingredients in a bowl and added the chopped up basil. I served it with a bowl of diced fresh mozzerella and let each person spoon in their own desired amount of cheese. We served it with foccacia bread.
The dessert was to die for. We made Strawberry Romanoff, using a recipe of a good friend and made Ghiradelli dark chocolate brownies. We topped the brownies with the strawberry romanoff. Oh. My. Goodness. It was to die for.