Dining Al Fresco on the Lake

Sitting here on the terrace overlooking the beautiful lake, there are blissful sounds of families and friends on the boats, in the water or just having fun outside.  Memories abound of vacations from years gone by.  There is a peace of mind that comes while being near the water.  There is a draw of fellowship amongst family and friends bringing us all back to a simpler time and place.   A moment in time that allows us to shed the stresses of everyday life.



The favorite time of the day is when everyone comes together to eat, whether we were having something as simple as hotdogs and hamburgers outside on the grill or maybe something that took a bit more work to prepare.   In any case, nothing beats dining al fresco (the phrase is used to mean dining outside or in the open air).   The fresh air, the lapping of the water and the silly laughter that comes with being together.  Being on the water has a way of drawing us closer.  Dining outdoors has a way of taking us into a different time and place.

It is vacation again on the lake, but this time only two of us.  This evening we decided to make something Italian and celebrate the many blessings of this life.   We first dressed the main table with our favorite linens and Italian dinnerware by Intrada Italy with a Baroque wooden charger in Walnut.  The Versailles linen tablecloth set in terracotta and natural flax is stunning on this outdoor table.   The Baroque Paprika design of the dinnerware has ornamented details on the edges and are hand painted by master Italian artisans.  It is colorful and brightens any lifestyle.   We also couldn’t resist adding the etched glass goblets, wine glasses and lovely wine decanter.   Why not?  It just added for a more appealing table setting and is absolutely beautiful to look at.

We started with a simple Caprese Salad (tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella) and some delicious Brie, candied pecans and baguette bread with a wonderful red pepper jelly.  A good quality Red pepper jelly goes extraordinarily well, actually perfect with Brie.

For an entrée, we considered making chicken parmigiana (see update at end) as the main course, but the delicious and hearty Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage and Spinach served with Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread was more than enough and was absolutely delicious.  This dish was not complicated to make, just took some modest time to prepare the ingredients.  Let us not forget the fantastic Pinot Noir wine served with dinner.  It is the Heart & Hands Wine Company 2012 Mo Chuisle Estate Pinot Noir.  The definition from the Heart & Hands website is ‘Mo Chuisle is Gaelic, and translates literally to “My Pulse” or colloquially to “My Darling”’.

UPDATE: We still kept thinking about the chicken parmigiana, so the next evening on the lake we made a definite ‘keeper for the recipe box’ from Bobby Flay.  This recipe gets 5 stars in our ranking.  It took a bit of work, but was definitely worth it to have the red sauce made from scratch with fresh mozzarella and parmesan. The seasoned panko crumbs for the breading on the chicken was perfect. We raved about it all through dinner and it got even better as leftovers the next day.

Bon Appétit

Linens featured in this article are from Beautiful Linens at https://www.BeautifulLinens.com

The Linen Mill’s stunning Versailles Linen Tablecloth Set in Terracotta/Natural Flax

Recipes featured in this blog (click on link):
Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach
(Pinned by Yellow Bliss Road)

Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread (click on link):
(Pinned by Plain Chicken)

Caprese Salad (perfect summer-time dish – ingredients below)
Simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, vine-ripe tomatoes, and fresh green basil, seasoned with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling.  In Italy, it is usually served as an antipasto.

Update: Chicken Parmigiana
Food Network – Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Wine served in this blog:
Heart & Hands Wine Company
2012 Mo Chuisle Estate Pinot Noir

1 thought on “Dining Al Fresco on the Lake

  1. A wonderful & special way to spend dinner time. I especially love how the paprika color of the dinnerware compliment the Versailles linen tablecloth set. Always appreciate your great recipes. Can't wait until your next blog.

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