Happy First Day of Autumn! (I’m trying to be more positive about this whole seasons-changing thing.)
Big Guy was on his own last Saturday night before his early flight Sunday morning. He is so proud of his dinner that he insists I share it with you. I must say, he saved some of the sweet tators for me (cue the “awwww”) and they were divine.
Look at him documenting the prep work. He also made a grilled romaine wedge salad with crisp bacon and blue cheese. Ummm, why doesn’t he cook like this for me?
He boiled the tators…I know there was some rosemary in the mashed sweet tators, a little sour cream and milk, chicken stock…help me out, Big Guy…
I think his droid takes better pictures than I do with a real camera…
Now to a recipe since I’ve been a slacker this week. Anchovy and Walnut Pasta. Say whhhhhhat? Stay with me. It works. And it’s delicious. In fact, I think this dinner got better with each bite.
Once again, I used anchovy paste (1/2 teaspoon = 1 anchovy, by the way). And I added an extra clove of garlic (imagine that!). There’s no cheese or milk product in the recipe but it ended up being creamy. I think the onions and the anchovies are to “blame” for this awesome aspect.
I also used brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s instead of spaghetti and it held up really well in this dish. The last time I used spaghetti noodles they didn’t have much integrity in the dish.
Baby zucchini!!!! I saw these at Trader Joe’s (Harris Teeter has them, too) and I couldn’t just leave them on the shelf. I simple heated up about a tablespoon of EVOO, chopped the ends off these little babies and sauteed them. The only thing I added was sea salt.
There are a lot of onions in the pasta dish – so if you’re not an onion fan, I’m not sure you’d like this dish. I also left out the extra salt – anchovies add plenty of salty-goodness.
Those zucchini were so delicious. The red pepper flakes added a touch of heat that jazzed up the dish. I made the comment that the walnuts didn’t add that much flavor. I think it’s because I used pre-chopped walnuts. Big Guy thinks that it added really nice crunch to the whole dish, though.
And since Big Guy left me leftovers, he gets these leftovers today.
Big Guy, when are you making me dinner?