First — don’t forget to change your clocks on Saturday night!
The snow from last weekend’s storm of the century has mostly melted. With any luck we are in for a warm (at least relatively warm) and mostly sunny weekend. What luck! We even have an extra hour to enjoy it on Sunday! It’ll be a great weekend to be out and about. And maybe spend a little time in the kitchen.
As soon as the sun goes down the air turns chilly, so a bit of comfort food would not be out of line. Whenever I want a simple and comforting supper, I think of pasta. Spaghetti was my favorite dinner as a kid so maybe it’s a childhood holdover. Fettuccine with Escarole, Radicchio & Mushrooms sounds like a good idea. The combination of woodsy mushrooms, slightly bitter radicchio and escarole, nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano is wonderful. Then again, I need to give my sage plant a haircut before I put it to bed for the winter so Raviolis with Sage Pesto might be just the ticket. Alternatively, Tortellini à la Crème is a warm and cozy dinner on a chilly night. For even more options, check out my new recipe index for a links to my favorite pasta (and more) recipes.
Keeping it simple, just add a salad … before or after the pasta. Insalata Caprese would be a great start to your meal. Now that local tomato season is over, I suggest you roast all of the tomatoes. Roasting will intensify their flavor. I like the European habit of eating salad after the main course. If you do too, Mixed Greens with a Classic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad will be just the ticket.
Earlier this week I wrote and photographed a Christmas cookie story for Parenting New Hampshire’s December issue. The house was filled with the warm and wonderful scent of orange, chocolate and spice. If you’re in a cookie mood, I’d like to suggest my Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies. A twist on an old fashioned are favorite, these hearty cookies are filled with sweet surprises.
Have a great week end and buon appetito!
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