Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

Quick pork and mushroom pasta sauce

September 27, 2008

I haven’t been working at home this week, and missed lunch on Thursday, so was starving by the time I got to the market at 5 to shop for dinner.  Most of the pasta sauces I make are the all-afternoon kind, long braises of meat, garlic, and tomatoes in wine.  But, inspired by a large package of marked down pre-sliced button mushrooms and one of organic basil, I grabbed a 1/2 pound package of thinly sliced side pork (and 5 kinds of ice cream – it really is a mistake to shop when you are hungry) and headed home.

I try to keep canned diced tomatoes in the pantry, as well as pasta in some form, garlic, and olive oil.  There wasn’t any red wine I was willing to open for cooking in the house (need to remedy this pronto), but I wanted to go for a hearty sauce with bright basil flavor, so a splash of wine could go missing.  In retrospect, I should have put the pasta water on to boil the minute I started cooking the sauce, so I wouldn’t be found at the stove later yelling “BOIL!” at the pot.



Cheesey Carb-y Goodness

February 28, 2008

Sorry for the tardy post on the topic of comfort food, but I was just invited to contribute and couldn’t pass up writing a few words about my favorite foods….

Like most Americans, “comfort food” means three things to me: carbs, cheese and more carbs. Some of my all time favorites have been with me since I was a little kid. From my mom’s potato salad she makes for every family gathering (no matter the season) and her scalloped potatoes with extra cheese on top (that she still makes every time I go home for a visit), to my grandmother’s mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. Other favorite comfort foods I discovered a little later, like gnocchi, baked macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumplings, read beans and rice, carbonara, and gratiné.


Pasta with Lamb

February 25, 2008

I had a great idea for a post on comfort food, but that post will have to wait, as I seem to have misplaced a crucial bit of material evidence. (I assure you the above sentence will make sense just as soon as I make the aforementioned post.) In its place, I thought I’d report on the dinner I made this evening, which turned out to be pretty comforting (and one of those meals that seems to get better the more time I spend remembering it).