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post #31 of 42
Hijacked by whom?

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #32 of 42
Roast chicken, simple garlic mash, asparagus, light salad, bread pudding. All easy and not too fussy.
post #33 of 42

Here's what I cook for dates (too few recently tho). I learned it at an Italian joint I used to cook pasta at. 

 

Ripe!! Plum tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and cut in half

                                OR

High quality canned tomatoes (like San Marzano)

Good quality EVOO

Basil

Garlic

Chili Flakes

Butter

Parmesan

Dried Spaghetti, or make your own if you can

Chopped fresh basil

 

Basically, you start by adding basil, slivered garlic, and chili flakes to a pot with a good amount of olive oil (think like 1/4c-1/2c) depending on how much sauce you are making. Heat this up over LOW LOW LOW heat for like half an hour. Then let cool slightly. 

 

Meanwhile, add a film of EVOO to a pot on medium heat. When the oil sheens but not smokes, add the tomatoes and some salt. Cook for a minute, stir, and then start mashing the tomatoes with a potato masher (I've used a whisk before and it works just fine) to start chopping the tomatoes and getting the water out. Cook for like 10 minutes, until the tomatoes are starting to get dry but not too cooked or burnt. 

 

start cooking your pasta

 

Strain the basil oil into the pot with the tomatoes, then whisk vigorously to combine. Once your pasta is nearly aldente, add it to the tomato sauce with a few tablespoon of the pasta water. Cook for a couple minutes, stirring regularly, until pasta is al dente. Add a couple nods of butter, fresh grated (real) parmesan cheese, and some chopped basil. Stir to emulsify butter and cheese into sauce. Plate, top with some fresh EVOO, a but more cheese and basil. 

 

I hope I made sense. This is a killer, light dish that almost every girl I've ever known loves. 

post #34 of 42
Well it worked on Scarlet Johanssen in that Chef movie
post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by Koukouvagia View Post

Hijacked by whom?

Not so much by whom but why.
You always hear that boys will be boys when the subject is luring a woman into their "trap".
Always the elbow jabbing and winks and pirate style laughter.
I am not a prude nor a member of the PC police but sometimes I do get tired of this type of boys club humor.
My 2 cents and IMO.

The OT occured when the basil smash and liquor being quicker line of posts were added.


mimi
post #36 of 42
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Originally Posted by flipflopgirl View Post

Not so much by whom but why.
You always hear that boys will be boys when the subject is luring a woman into their "trap".
Always the elbow jabbing and winks and pirate style laughter.
I am not a prude nor a member of the PC police but sometimes I do get tired of this type of boys club humor.
My 2 cents and IMO.

The OT occured when the basil smash and liquor being quicker line of posts were added.


mimi
And yet.....
some of us good ol' boys get accused of some of these stereotypical
attitudes when we're in fact completely innocent of it. Something I happen
to get tired of myself. frown.gif
post #37 of 42
Didn't mean to group the entire male gender ... it was just the way the thread was leading.
Sorry meeze blushing.gif .
There are plenty female preditators as well.
You cannot go online without reading about yet another female teacher being indicted for lewd contact involving minor boys.
A student entrusted to her care.
The ones that really get me involve a pregnancy.

Being a mom I can imagine the angst the boy's family is feeling.
Knowing there is a baby coming but most likely having no future contact with it.
Rips my heart out.

mimi
post #38 of 42
WOW. "Hello ... Earth to left field ... Come in please!!!"
post #39 of 42
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Originally Posted by MillionsKnives View Post

Well it worked on Scarlet Johanssen in that Chef movie

 

That was a different pasta...that was a garlic/oil pasta. No tomatoes in that one. 

post #40 of 42
Nah....really wasnt referring to you Mimi, just what you
brought up.smile.gif No worries.
post #41 of 42

I apologize, mimi. Sometimes my adolescent sense of humor leads me astray.

 

Mike :o 

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post #42 of 42
Aww.
You guys.
I used to bartend and could get pretty nasty myself at times.
Glass houses and all that.
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mimi
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