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Valentine's Day FOOD

February 2nd, 2007 at 01:32 pm

YES, I still chose to post this under the 20.00 Challenge, because I am reading HOW each of you are being so thrifty.

I know beef is a meat that men love, So, my WONDERMENT (QUESTION) is What dish do you plan to prepare on Feb. 14.

I am really searching around but right now, I am thinking of OF PASTA WITH CREAM SAUCE.

( I don't make this very often, maybe 3 times a year.)

" Vodka Cream Pasta"
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

It's Rachael Ray's most romantic dish!

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
Serve with:
Crusty bread, for passing

Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and shallots. Gently sauté 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.

3 Responses to “Valentine's Day FOOD”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    This sounds like a very nice meatless dish and Rachel Rey is great. Penne is my DH favorite type of pasta, and he is 100% Italian.

    However, I really downplay Feb. 14 and wish to go out for a quiet dinner, without the kids the following weekend. We recieved a gift cert as a Christmas gift for a great Thai place which we have not used yet.

    Maybe for our family dinner I will make some silly heart shaped pancakes.

  2. jriessel Says:

    I make something simular occasionally, except it has italian sausage in it. Yummy!

  3. MarthaAnn Says:

    My dear Hubby Loves sausages all kinds..
    That is a great idea.

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