Tag Archives: pasta

To Pasta (1: Butter and Onions)

This post initially said Happy February, but now it’s March and I may as well be publishing it in April…where did the first quarter of the year go?! This is a quick dish my dad used to make at home.  It is still one of my favorite things to eat:

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Quick: Vermicelli and Clams

Clams

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Meal: Rigatone with Brussels Sprouts

So there’s a great place right in our neighborhood called Bocca Lupo, with nice tapas options, a great whiskey selection, and a DJ on the weekends.  We’ve been there a few times by ourselves or with friends and really enjoyed everything, except for one pasta dish that sounded great, but was almost unbelievably bad: a special pasta with brussels and guanciale in a cream sauce.  The sauce was described as light (it was heavy), the pasta was gummy, the guanciale was overly chewy, and the brussels were nonexistent.  Really one of the worst dishes I’ve ever been served.  However, the idea stuck with us and on Sunday, searching in vain for a supermarket or butcher’s shop to be open, we were left without any ideas for dinner.  Rachel suggested just going home, seeing what we could put together with what we had, naming the brussels, pasta, and soppressata as some things we had on hand.  Smart girl.

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Meal: Gameday Pappardelle with Oxtail

This meal came about at a good time, when our GREAT friend Tommy Eskew was making his presence felt in the BK.  We had eaten a few good meals around, seen some great music (Gabriel Alegria @ Tutuma Social Club — get you some) and had an overall wonderful time, accompanied by the one and only Jonny Salud along the way.  The only thing left was to cook up.

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Sauce: Pork Ragu

It’s been over a week since this recipe actually happened, and almost a week since we’ve posted anything here, so hopefully I can remember it in enough detail to make it work again.  I stopped at Los Paisanos Meat Market on Smith St. to take a look around and pick up a sausage for lunch (their lamb sausage on a roll with Newpond Farm cheese and red onions was delicious).  While I was there, I saw some cheap pork shoulder ($3.50 a pound, I believe) just asking to be braised, so I picked up a couple pounds and planned to make some pasta sauce.

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