For years whenever we got to opportunity to go to Ani and Papi's house for dinner we would go. Clearly it was always nice to spend time with my Dad and my step mother in fact it was always special. But special too was the meal. Ani is a cook. She's not a cook of extraordinary measure but she always tried something new and she always put love into it. It was always a treat.
Not long ago Marco asked me to hook him up with Ani for a cooking lesson. Yes, that's right, Marco wanted to cook and he wanted Ani to teach him. So last night was the night. Ani guided Marco not only in the cooking but in the entertaining part of cooking. He poured wine, made the table on the patio, he did it all. The only thing Mary and I had to do was show up and eat.
Dinner was Homemade Meatloaf, summer squash, mashed potatoes and a Salad with homemade olive oil and lemon dressing. It was awesome. Tons of flavor, very much summer and a classic night. I think the thing that really made it special was Grace. It has always been a tradition at Papi's house. When Papi was around he would say Grace. Ani has taken the duty over but last night Marco said it. It was honest, and from his heart. Simply amazing.
Dinner with Love from Marco.
It's a good life...