In the season of graduations and weddings, there are always lots of friends and family still around "the day after." Invite them all over for brunch to re-live the event and say goodbye over Michael Chiarello's delicious White Bean Waffles smothered in Asparagus with Leeks and Pancetta with Eggs en Cocotte, plus recipes for Brunch Panzanella and Melon Juice with Champagne.
Forget the pink and blue and "girls only" baby showers. Now, everyone gets together to celebrate a new arrival with delicious food and drinks, like Michael Chiarello's Spring Panzanella, Slow-Roasted Halibut with Asparagus and Salsa Genovese, and Raspberry Gratin.
An open house is easy when Michael Chiarello shows you how. Easy Polenta Lasagne and Mozzarella Stuffed Portobellos are on this make-ahead menu -- all the food stays out on the table for self service. Pitchers of Rose and Summer Fruit Sangria keep you away from tending bar.
A special celebration for someone with a big birthday. Michael Chiarello prepares easy Crab Cakes Chiarello with Shaved Fennel Salad, hearty Tortellini Salad with Fresh Herb and Tomato Vinaigrette, refreshing Moscato di Asti with Pineapple Juice and decadent Polenta Birthday Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting. Big birthday, big food, big party!
When the weather is hot and you don't want to turn on the oven, Michael Chiarello will keep you cool with tasty no-cook dishes Bay Scallop and Grapefruit Ceviche with Avocado and Radish, Spicy Melon Salad with Mint and Ricotta Salata, Meyer Lemon and Spanish Almond Semifreddo, and Stonefruit and Mint Julep.
Michael Chiarello takes the party outside for a dinner that you can make entirely on the grill. There's meat and potatoes and lots of it, but also delicious grilled provolone for the vegetarian. Menu: "Meat Counter" Mixed Grill with Salsa Verde, Marinated and Grilled Provolone, Grilled Yukon Gold Potatoes with Thyme and Garlic, and Zin-tini.
It's an outdoor movie night with all the fun of an old-fashioned drive-in! Michael Chiarello and guests watch movies from the car while munching on spicy Shrimp Po' Boys with Angry Mayonnaise, Warm Basil Gnocchi Salad with Carpaccio of Tomatoes and Brown Butter Fruit Tarts.
A day of horse riding in the Napa Valley ends in a cowboy-style picnic. Michael Chiarello dishes up grilled Italian sandwiches, hearty meatballs with smoky barbecue flavor and rustic side dishes.
Michael Chiarello serves dinner around a campfire of grapevine cuttings during pruning season in Napa. It's a hearty and savory meal of Grilled Pork Chops and Shelling Bean Stew with Roasted Banana Boats for dessert.
Michael Chiarello creates a nighttime picnic under the summer stars with an easy menu you can pack up and take to the campground or your own backyard. Menu: Couscous Salad with Honey Vinaigrette, Pickled Grilled Eggplant, Piadine with Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad, Corn Flour Lemon Cookies.
In late winter, yellow mustard flowers carpet the vineyards of the Napa Valley. Michael Chiarello celebrates with an all-mustard meal featuring Fettucine with Mustard Greens and Mushrooms, Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin and Chicken-Apple Sausage Bites with Hot Sweet Mustard.
Michael Chiarello cooks a classic big meat menu from Italy with classic Double Cut Veal Chop Saltimbocca, a hearty Tuscan Olive Harvest Ribollita and a Northern Italian Caponata with Potatoes. Molto bene!
A sunny afternoon on the lawn with a game of croquet and light and easy pick-up foods spells fun for Michael Chiarello and his friends. It's an easy menu of foods that are easy to eat while you play: Bruschetta with Greens, Focaccia "Giana," Mushroom Tart and refreshing Limoncello Spritzers.