Yikes! My Norwegian Is Showing!
Feb. 20, 2013 1:01 pm
Updated: Feb. 25, 2013 6:35 pm
I have a love/hate relationship with trying to figure out what to make for supper everyday. I keep threatening to use the Menu Planner, but I have a hate/despise relationship with organization. AllRecipes is a great place to find recipes for a last minute
inspiration, and today they gave me a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan. The eggplant is breaded and then baked instead of frying. I think the kids would prefer chicken parmesan, because vegetables still elicit the dreaded question, "What IS that yuchy stuff?!?!?"
Thus inspired, I looked for a recipe for chicken Parmesan and quickly settled on Chef John's recipe. Then I thought, and incidentally hurt my noggin doing so, that a pasta would work well as a side. I was inspired to make cavatelli. Alas, AR let me down. The
only recipes that come up for cavatelli are either using dry, store bought, or are substituting rotelli or wagon wheel pasta. What gives with that!?!?!?
Thankfully, Google is a friend (although in this case I used Bing because Microsoft is playing games again and I can't set Google as my default search engine in Window 8 which totally sucks and has me really angry but I need to breathe and this is a post for
another time)! I found a recipe for Ricotta Cavatelli. Unfortunately, I don't have an Italian Grandmother to show me what the heck, "Cut the dough rope in 1/2" pieces and with your index and third fingers together, press lightly and drag the rope over itself."
I finally figured out how to make fairly decent cavatelli shapes with the flat of a knife. I then tossed the cavatelli on a floured cookie sheet to try to keep them fairly separate. Guess what? LUMP OF FREAKIN' CAVATELLI DOUGH!!!! *sigh* Apparently, the cavatelli
were young and single, and liked to mingle.
After some trial and error, I have the cavatelli ready to go. Youngest daughter helped me finish the noodles while I ran to the store for some fresh Basil. Why are am I being faced with so many disasters today? As my wise daughter would say, "Rich man problems!"
She has a way of putting things into perspective even if she doesn't quite understand the economic reality.
Now I'm tired, frustrated and can't face another kitchen disaster. I refuse to even try to make chicken parmesan today. Another time most certainly. It's going to be Italian sausages in a nice red gravy. It will have to have some heat too. I'm feeling spicy
It may be true that white men can't jump, but I hope that Norwegian men can make pasta.
Ricotta Cavatelli with Italian Sausage Gravy