Fun with the Foodies- Italian Night


It’s time for another episode with The Foodies.

Let me reacquaint you with the cast of characters.

We have Hilary…

IMG_0618IMG_0650 and Jo-Ann…

Then there is Doug…he goes with Jo-Ann

IMG_0649 Steven goes with me.


And then there is me…

IMG_0667 The group began last fall. We pick a theme for the evening, decide upon the menu, then decide who will prepare what. The ingredients are bought and we convene at one of our homes to prepare the meal, consume the wine, and share an evening of food, fun and laughter. Our previous themes include the Fall Harvest, Holiday Cheer and Fondue Night.

Saturday’s theme was Italian which was selected to prepare the way for Doug in Jo-Ann who will be indulging in authentic Italian cuisine later this month. The 3 of us gals being weight watchers try to select menu items that won’t be a Points Plus disaster, this month was no different. The evening would be hosted at my home with the food prepped to get underway around 4pm.

The table is set…


The FOODIE Flashcards are making a debut this month. A birthday gift to Jo-Ann from her daughter.

On the menu is a colorful Antipasto. Beautiful as well as tasty.


We nibbled on this while we prepared the main course and enjoyed our first couple bottles of wine.

In the kitchen at the cooktop Hilary prepares the main course. This may be the most scrumptious chicken recipe I have ever tasted. First the chicken is coated in fresh herbs and “sits” for a spell.IMG_0566

It is then pan cooked thoroughly. Fresh herbs of parsley, fennel, roasted pine nuts and dried cranberries are then sautéed until soft. A good dose of wine is added and cooked off. The chicken is then added back into the vegie laden broth. The result is absolutely fabulous.


The accompaniment to the main course was Eggplant Rollitini. Thinly sliced eggplant with a dollop of ricotta cheese mixture rolled and covered with a marinara sauce and cheese. The result was quite tasty.


What would an Italian feast be if there was no bread? Even weight watchers have to indulge a little bit.


We are now ready to EAT!


Some calories to burn we turn on Santana and head into the living room for a little dancing.


No one thought to grab the camera when I grabbed my pink boa and coin skirt and started to salsa around the living room. That is the problem with being the photographer!

We head back to the kitchen to get dessert ready to go. My absolute yumminess. Lemoncello ice cream is the treat for the evening, now I know what you are thinking…there is no way this is on the Weight Watcher’s meal plan…well you are wrong. The recipe is straight out of Cooking Light magazine and made a perfectly delightful way to end the meal.


We broke out the Foodie Flashcards while we indulged on the treat.


The girls were better guessers and did better depictions of the clues. It was fun to watch those boys try.


We tried to convince the guys that they should take a turn at being the “chefs” but so far no go. Given how challenged they were at the game maybe we should let it be.

We wrapped up the evening with a bottle of Sambuca. What a perfect ending to a great night.


I hope you enjoyed this episode of Fun with Foodies. Perhaps you want to start your own Foodie group. I would highly recommend it.



5 thoughts on “Fun with the Foodies- Italian Night

  1. I love Italian food—need I say more? That eggplant dish looks fabulous, all I’ve ever done with eggplant is fry it! Chicken looks great, and Santana? Perfect! It’s good to escape from the problems of our lives and have fun with friends.


    • The food was truly fabulous and quite easy to prepare. I have come to discover great food doesn’t have to cost a lot OR take hours in the kitchen. It is all in the blending of the ingredients.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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