Chilly, relaxing weekends are the perfect times to gather friends and family for home-cooked meals that nourish the body and soul. Braised meats and sausages star in this menu, served over a bed of hearty pasta — comfort food at its most delicious, and guaranteed to please kids and adults alike. Garlic bread is perfect for soaking up extra sauce, and a light green salad provides fresh, tangy flavor. Finish the meal with biscotti, easy to make ahead and store, so it’s always on hand for after dinner snacking.
Create a cozy gathering with a simple patterned table runner, paired with chargers and serving pieces in natural materials and textures. Family-style serving keeps the atmosphere intimate and easy, fostering a sense of connection and companionship that comes from sharing good food with people we love.
|Italian-Style Braised Pork Shoulder and Sausages
This dish is great when prepared a day in advance, so it’s easy to work ahead. Set out a trio of grated Parmesan, olives and minced herbs in small serving bowls so everyone can garnish the dish themselves.
|Toasted Parmesan Italian Bread
Thanks to the addition of roasted garlic and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this recipe takes garlic bread to a delicious new level. Place the bread in a natural woven basket for easy passing.
|Green Herb Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Fresh herbs add a unique flavor twist to butter lettuce in this delicate salad, which is ideal for using whatever herbs you have on hand. A simple white serving bowl is easy to mix and match with other items and sturdy enough for everyday dining.
These twice-baked Italian cookies can keep for a few weeks when stored in an airtight container, so you can make them at your leisure. Kids will love dunking them in a glass of cold milk or hot chocolate, and adults can wash them down with a cup of coffee.
About the author: Olivia Terenzio grew up in Mississippi, where she cultivated a love of sweet potatoes, crawfish and cloth napkins at a young age. A passion for sharing food with friends and family led her into the kitchen and later to culinary school, where she learned how to roast a chicken and decorate a cake like a pro. As a Williams-Sonoma blog editor, she’s now lucky enough to be talking, writing and thinking about food all day.