Sunday, February 10, 2019
Burd House Cooking - A Taste of Italy
Have you ever made homemade pasta? It's something I've always wanted to learn to do. And after my friend Alex Burdette threw a dinner party, I don't think I can ever go back to store-bought pasta again.
Alex and his wife Emily were kind enough to throw "A Taste of Italy"-themed dinner party with some of our friends. And, wow, I can't remember the last time I had such an amazing meal. Here are some tidbits.
Butternut squash ravioli with balsamic reduction and brown butter infused with sage.
Three-cheese tortellini with mozzarella housemade ricotta and Parmesan. Basil and nutmeg. In a housemade pesto.
Garganelli Cacio e Pepe with Parmesan and Romano cheese and black pepper and butter.
Pasta e olio - linguine with oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, parsley and lemon.
I think the key to good pasta, for me, is the nice chew, al dente texture. I hate super soft, limp noodles. I want something to stand up rich flavor. And this was that and more.
And, I didn't mention the homemade bread from Emily and Sam, and house-made tiramisu. I mean, my goodness. I nearly moved in.