Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Day one: Pasta MY way
Yes, it is that time again that Dr. Food is out of town and *I* get to eat anything that I want for dinner. I have to say that for all the stuff that I put up here that we cook together, our food tastes are really different. Ole "Tex" likes meat. I prefer vegetables (ohshutup I DO). I am from California afterall. Home of the artichokes and strawberries and anything else you can think of. Did I ever tell you that we lived in San Jose and every morning when I woke up and went outside (NOTE: in California you CAN go outside in the morning EVEN in winter and not freeze your ass off) I would smell garlic. Yes, garlic wafting all the way from Gilroy. I loved it. Not only that but we had an Asian Pear tree and a Buddah's Finger tree and a cherry tree and apricots and a HUGE lemon tree. Now what do I have? A Keffir lime tree, a lemon tree and lemongrass. How? All inside and not happy at all. They need to go out but the SNOW is still there.
Wow, how do I get off on these tangents? It is like I am talking to myself or something but I know you are reading this. Maybe that is why I was not selected for "Food Blogs" Hell, everyone is selected for that and they have snubbed ME.
Ok, let me continue.
Where was I? Ok, so I like pasta with an egg on it. I know that Dr. Food would eat this but not be thrilled by it. I am thrilled by it. So, I went into my kitchen and pulled out my tools. If I had a tool belt for the kitchen this is what would be in it.
The BadAss Spoon which Michael Ruhlman told me to buy (well he didn't really tell ME to buy it he just sent an email to everyone and I pretended that he was talking to me. I bought towels that he told ME to buy too). This spoon poaches eggs perfectly and is my new favorite gadget. The other thing I use on everything is a rice paddle. Ok, I know that is weird but so is drinking out of my kids sippy cup from when they were 3 (they are in their late 20's now) but I do it. The shaker is obvious. How does one cook "creatively" without a Manhattan??
I started off with an egg to poach. I swear I love this spoon. I know I keep saying it but it is really a great tool.
This was really the first time I got a pretty poached egg.
I also took some of the scapes I had frozen from summer and I sauteed them with some Trader Joes Basil Pesto Turkey Sausage. Man were they good.
Boiled up some bowtie pasta.
Voila, I called it dinner.
Oh wait. I also had a glass of wine with it. No Manhattan tonight. Didn't want to be on "Girls gone wild" Especially since I was the only person here.
Pasta My Way
Bowtie pasta (as much as you need)
2 Tbl chopped scapes (if you don't have scapes which you probably don't use garlic)
1 or 2 Tbl Olive oil
Trader Joes Basil Pesto Turkey Sausage
1 or 2 eggs
Shaved parmesan cheese
Make pasta according to directions.
Saute scapes or garlic in oil. Add sausage and brown (I like it crispy brown)
Drain pasta and add to meat. Put egg on top. Put lots of shaved parmesan on it.