Thursday, August 9, 2007

Presto Pasta without any Fuss

I never did find my pasta pot today...or any other pot for that matter, although we did make huge progress in unpacking the boxes. Not finding proper kitchen toys didn't mean going without pasta for Presto Pasta Nights though. After a full day of running around and unpacking frankly, I'm glad I didn't find the pots. But a quick hop in the car (only because we were too tired to walk the 10 minutes) we found everything we could want at the Abato Italian Gourmet Market.

My idea was just to get some interesting cheeses, olives and fresh Italian bread to go with the chilled Chilean Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc we had in the fridge and blob on the couch (which is currently propped up by four Dickens novels because one leg broke in the move) to watch some movie or other. But my Honey saw four different kinds of lasagna for Presto Pasta Nights that we could just zap in the microwave and who am I to argue?!

The photo sucks (because I obviously haven't learned enough from the fabulous food photography session at BlogHer'07 led by Bea Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande and Lara Ferroni of Cook & Eat) and I haven't figured out how to use my fantastic natural lighting. I have north, west and south facing windows in my living/dining/kitchen area, so eventually I will take some awesome shots....just not today. By the way, you can read some great posts about the different BlogHer '07 sessions. I'm afraid that if you wait for me to write (although I have good intentions) you might not see them for a while. But I digress and the wine is kicking in so I better just tell you what we ate.

chili & garlic marinated black olives (very spicy)

spicy artichoke hearts marinated in balsamic vinaigrette and lots of garlic and dried chilies.

(Both will be wonderful in salads and frittatas too, so you can be sure I'll have them on hand often.)

Four different kinds of lasagna - spicy ratatouille(my Honey's favorite), creamy rich & earthy mushroom & ricotta (my favorite), meat and vegetarian. Forget the photo...use your imagination.

Hopefully you will have had more luck with making pasta and I can't wait to see what you share for Presto Pasta Nights.

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katiez said...

Looks like a lovely dinner - esp. on an unpacking day! We've moved 4 times in the last 10 years: MN, Ireland, Andorra, France... I can relate!

Ruth Daniels said...

wow - I guess I better stop complaining....the last time we moved was 17 years ago!

Thanks for dropping by.

s'kat said...

Quite a fine feast for moving day!