Not Penne with Vodka Sauce

As promised … Pasta with vodka sauce. Not penne. Blame Trader Joe's, I do. Plenty of rice and gluten free options. Am I now a minority? So linguine stepped in and twirled its way round our hearts. Two kids took home leftovers, an endorsement if ever there was one. Any way you toss it, Ina did a great job with the recipe. I lightened the load a bit on the hot pepper flakes. I also think it covers more than a pound of pasta.

Click here for the recipe.

Mangia – B

Note: obviously can be gluten free. Just ask Trader Joe's.

 

 

New Year’s Day Ribs…or Any Day!

Sticking with a theme that packaged food is better than mom's food, my son asked that the ribs I was making to welcome 2014 be smothered with bottled sauce. And I almost did it! But with my hand poised on 2 (!) overpriced condiments, I figured out a last minute compromise.

A good friend gave me Ina Garten's “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof”. The barbecue sauce recipe (click here for recipe) uses a combination of pantry staples and fave bottled condiments. It is now a family favorite. As suggested by Ina, I used St. Louis ribs – I think they're meatier anyway. I also had no desire to start a midwinter grill, so I cooked them covered, and smothered in sauce, at 350 for 1 3/4 hours. Then mopped and broiled for a nice crunch.

Eat – B

(The recipe makes plenty of sauce for dipping and making BBQ chicken at a later date!)

 

No Regrets Antipasto

My magazine copy is tattered, but the link works just as well. Every time I make this app I thank Ina Garten out loud. It's super easy but tastes like lots of effort was made. Plus it's summer heat friendly.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-artichoke-salad-recipe/index.html

Consider this one for July 4 and beyond. Don't forget to hide some for later – B