Another Rainy Weekend Special

After a brief sunny respite the rain is back. Just in case you are wondering how to ward off the boredom … why not get out your pasta maker. Or fill your kitchen with the sweet smells of a Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies. (I baked up a batch with my mom and some of her friends yesterday. A fun and yummy time was had by all.)

Rain or shine, everyone loves homemade pasta. If you’re not sure how to put it all together, here are a few suggestions for a delicious pasta dinner with your own freshly made tagliatelle. If you like, make your pasta dough in advance but wait until your guests arrive to roll and cut the tagliatelle. Invite everyone into the kitchen for a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres. Whether you ask for volunteers or roll and cut the pasta yourself, everyone will enjoy the show.

Kick off your dinner with flavorful crostini or bruschetta. My favorites include Mushroom Crostini, Crostini with Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes & Olives and Roasted Vegetable Bruschetta.

Moving on to the main course … Combine your freshly made pasta with a a beautiful sauce. For traditional, you can’t beat Tagliatelle alla Bolognese or Carbonara. Serve the pasta with a crisp Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons or take advantage of apple season with Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes.

For a cozy dessert, Banana Foster sounds delicious. Or try my Apple Crisp or very special Ginger Crème Brûlée.

Stay dry and have a great weekend. Bon appétit!

What are your plans for this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Another Rainy Weekend Special

  1. Thank you for your appreciation in my blog, your Italian cooking is really really good (I’m from Bologna, so I can consider myself an expert taster of “Ragù” – what you call Bolognese sauce)!
    I have only one suggestion: for the Carbonara is usually used a pasta not made with eggs, like spaghetti (or better yet bucatini), try and see the difference in taste! Have anice day and congratulations again!


    • Artphalt – thanks for stopping by. Thanks for your suggestion. I agree – Carbonara with spaghetti is also delicious. Not sure why but I’m not a big fan of bucatini – spaghetti, linguine yes … bucatini – not so much. Buon Appetito! Susan


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