I have this habit, when I get new magazines (and cookbooks, for that matter), I dog ear the pages that appeal to me. Those of you who like pristine books and magazines...well...I believe in the spattered, crumbled, and bubbled from use method. How else will I know how loved an old recipe is? I also make notes in the margins, so that when I have a vague idea for a dish ...I also have a starting point. Typically, books and magazines fall open to treasures.
Wandering down memory lane, looking at the folded down corners of a bazillion magazines made me think about how my tastes have changed (some of the magazines date back to the mid '90's). Some, just because I'm trying to reduce the amount of fat we consume - not so big on making those unbelievably rich cream sauces or deep frying these days. Others, just because... well, I wonder what I was thinking! Too many pots and pans, too much prep time...bottom line...too much work.
Anyway...in a back issue of Bon Appetit, dated August 1993 I found a few gems and because I do want to get in a pasta dish this week, I used a minty orzo dish as a springboard to this one that I will be making often. It was rich and creamy from just a tablespoon of butter and so flavorful that , little piggies that we are, we ate the entire dish that was supposed to serve four!
Don't forget to send your Presto Pasta Night entry to this week's wonderful host Mansi of Fun & Food Cafe. Email your link to mansibshah (at) gmail (dot) com and cc me - ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com