Beloved Friday nights.
This wonderful night is when many get dressed in warm clothing to go and watch their favorite hometown football team demolish the big rival.
Friday nights are when the teenagers all get together at their favorite hang outs and drag main street or the strip, showing off the loud bass in the speakers and the bling bouncin' off the rims of their oh so carefully polished sleek car.
Friday nights are when many suits, dressed in their "Casual Friday" threads, get together after work in downtown restaurants and pubs to reflect on the work week that was.
Friday nights are when many couples get dressed up to go out on the town and eat at the finest restaurants, patiently waiting for their drinks to be refilled and the check to get to the table.
Friday nights are when the young ones get to stay up because there is no school tomorrow, and sleepovers and slumber parties are quietly tucked away behind warm windows of light.
Oh, how I love Friday nights.
So, what did I do on my Friday night you ask? I cooked one amazing dinner for my two favorite boys. I started off with a lettuce wedge, drizzled in buttermilk ranch, topped with halved grape tomatoes and bacon bits. I prepared Italian panini sandwiches, made with Italian Boule artisan bread, 3/4 of an inch thick. In between the slices of this hearty bread were slices of Boar's Head Black Forest Ham, Boar's Head Pepperoni, and Boar's Head Hard Salami. Fresh slices of buffalo mozzarella topped the meat. The outside of the bread was brushed with an olive oil mixture of chives, garlic, and dill. The sandwiches were placed in a hot cast iron skillet and cooked evenly on both sides until the bread was toasted and the buffalo mozzarella a gooey goodness. Along side the paninis were the most amazing fingerling potatoes that had been drizzled with olive oil, garlic, and dill. I grated Italian Pecorino Romano cheese over the potatoes and put them under the broiler until they were roasted perfectly.
Dinner was perfect. The company and atmosphere were perfect. This Friday night, my Friday night, is perfect.