Do you ever have those meals at home,
even if it's just family that turn into something
It's been happening a lot around here lately.
The inspiration can come from a borrowed magazine,
a beloved cookbook or a new favorite blog-
More often than not, what makes the
meal a memorable event (and maybe it's just
one dish) is effort.
You know, when someone takes it upon themselves
to reach out of their comfort zone, challenge
their talents and tap into their fortitude.
Let's see, with that in mind,
there was the bbq oysters,
mussels in tomato broth, slow smoked pork (and beef)
linguine and clams....to name a few.
my daughter, upon hearing I was thinking pasta
for dinner decided that she was going to make
Hmm, well it just so happens we were having coffee
with a friend who has a pasta machine- check.
and San Marzano tomatoes-check.
Basil from the garden -check.
Well what followed was an afternoon and
kitchen full of flour, dough and more flour,
there was stirring, kneading, rolling
and drying (over a broomstick)
Who cooks without wine?
and after a lot of effort and happy determination.
we ended up with the a fabulous meal of
handmade, fettuccine with a light tomato basil sauce.
Combined with much conversation and
a couple bottles of wine, it was more than
It was divine.