Thursday, April 30, 2009
You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
This recipe will make enough for 2 couples. If you plan a romantic evening where more than two's a crowd, reserve half the sauce to freeze for another supper before the addition of basil, and only cook 1/2 to 2/3 pound of penne.
Prep Time: 5 min, Cook Time: 20 min
Level: Easy Serves: 4
* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, once around the pan in a slow stream
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 shallots, minced
* 1 cup vodka
* 1 cup chicken stock
* 1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
* Coarse salt and pepper
* 16 ounces pasta, such as penne rigate
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn
* Crusty bread, for passing
Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. Gently saute shallots for 3 to 5 minutes to develop their sweetness. Add vodka to the pan, 3 turns around the pan in a steady stream will equal about 1 cup. Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
While sauce simmers, cook pasta in salted boiling water until cooked to al dente (with a bite to it). While pasta cooks, prepare your salad or other side dishes.
Stir cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat. Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Pass pasta with crusty bread.
Printed from FoodNetwork.com on Thu Apr 30 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Since I was an artist, I immediately started my search for a blank aisle runner that I could paint. And then I didn’t stop there. I painted my invitations, table cards, paper cones, and place cards with the same design – EACH one was individually drawn and painted by hand with the same motif.
So that was 11 years ago, and I am wondering today, what would you do to make your wedding really special, as if money were not an object? Please comment!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Ahh Springtime... the season of renewal. A feeling of starting over, starting fresh. A new beginning. It captures my thoughts exactly as I begin down a new path on my journey. Of course the unknown is always scary, but if you don't embrace these forks in the road that life sometimes brings, you just might wind up missing a whole lot of good stuff. So hold on for the ride, and get ready for new experiences, new friendships and new routines.
This Spring, we celebrate the start of our new shop on Etsy where we are proud to present our glorious designs! Our wedding aisle runners are hand painted for the most spectacular walk down the aisle you have ever seen! You can choose one of our original designs, or we can custom design one for you.
They are the perfect pathway for the start of YOUR new journey.