Now I live too far from my family to have a proper Sunday dinner, but I still try to do it up. Even if it's just for me and my husband. My mom and gram did a good job of including me and teaching me how to cook. I loved being in the kitchen with them. Once I was older, I took over and did a lot of the cooking myself. I remember the first few months after I was married, I always made way too much food for just the 2 of us. It was because all of the recipes I knew by heart were for at least 8 people. Now, I have learned to modify them and I'm a little better at portions. I still slip up a lot. I hate wasting food. Sometimes, I have to get creative with leftovers (which might be a good topic for a post someday).
This past Sunday I went all out. I was very excited about trying a recipe from my newest cookbook, Urban Italian by Andrew Carmellini. It's amazing. I told my husband that this book will change our lives. It's filled with a ton of fabulous dishes. For this meal I started with a leafy lettuce with his roasted garlic dressing, followed by homemade rigatoni using his pasta dough recipe tossed in a spicy shrimp sauce (modified from his recipe for a spicy clam sauce with linguine), and finished with raspberry involtini cookies from his book. Of course, what's a good pasta dinner without bread? I found a nice fresh crusty italian loaf from Whole Foods. The meal was indulgent and awesome. We opened a bottle of local red wine, and dined like kings. I had a fun time cooking the meal, and an even better time sharing the feast with my guy! It was a good night!
|For my compost pile.|
|Homemade pasta is a good arm workout.|
|Involtini cookies. Yum!|
|I knitted this wash cloth earlier that morning.|
|Garlic sliced Good Fellas thin.|
|Nothing beats fresh pasta.|