Things have been so crazy that I hadn’t gotten this posted earlier. The Saturday after Tony’s birthday, we had a birthday gathering with our neighbors a la the movie the Big Night. We spent all day making a timpano — handmaking the sauce, the pasta, the meatballs, etc. I practiced my mommy-to-be skills by putting together some stuff for the kids to do (we made chef hats out of poster board and tissue paper and I had them make “spatula people” as a cooking-related craft).

This is a pic of the timpano going in the oven. That’s Emily, one of our neighbors, helping Tony out. She was the big helper of the day, helping out with the pasta through each step. I think she had a lot of fun. We also had on some foodie movies for the kids (like Ratatouille).

And here’s the timpano out of the oven. It came out pretty well. A small amount of sauce leakage, but nothing significant. It’s a great dish and a lot of fun to both prepare and eat. We had a lot of fun and there were about 14 neighbors (w/ kids) in and out all day).

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