Family spaghetti sauce with meatballs and Italian sausage; mixed green salad.
We had a rare treat tonight, as Chuck's parents, brother, aunts, uncle, and cousins joined us for dinner! That side of the family always gets together at his Aunt Sharon and Rita's house, but tonight they bravely ventured from midtown out to the western suburbs. We talked and talked and drank lots of red wine. I don't think anything too scarily suburban happened (although I guess I might not even notice if it did).
My family's four-hour spaghetti sauce is a great way to feed a crowd. All the meat cooks in the tomato puree and seasonings so at the end, you wind up with a very rich stew-like tomato gravy and--bonus!--only one pot. (To feed fifteen, I used three pounds of ground chuck for meatballs and twelve Italian sausages.) It's really very low effort and who doesn't like pasta and meatballs?
I hope we get to do this again, and I mean soon. These people are fun and they bring the fun with them even if they do have to trek west.