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Going to do a cook food, watch Godfather 1, and drink some wine kind of thing. Any suggestions on a good recipe? I was thinking a vegetarian lasagna. Food doesn't have to be vegetarian, but in some ways it would be a plus. Taste is the primary goal...

 

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That's not a bad idea...

 

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Going with Bruschetta for an appetizer, the Spaghetti recipe linked above for the entre, and pana cota for dessert.

A bottle of Rubizzo Sangiovese di Toscana to go with the food and a bottle Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine to go with the dessert. Both picked up on a whim as I have no idea what I'm doing when I choose a wine...

I'll let you know how it turns out. Maybe even get some pictures up in this b****.

 

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treating yourself or dinner for 2?

 

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I've got good company to help me with the wine. grin

 

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lol awesome

 

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After Action Report:

Bruschetta turned out good. Roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Put on some French bread and then topped with a marinated mozzarella cheese. Didn't cut the cheese into small enough pieces to get a good melt, but it still came out alright.

Spaghetti in the sauce above with Venison/Buffalo meatballs and Italian sausage. Somehow lost my can of crushed tomatoes and ended up using a a jar of red-pepper/tomato pasta sauce. Altered the flavor a bit, but I think the meat and sugar did their job and gave a good taste of how the recipe should come out. We ended up making about 6 times too many meatballs though. tongue

The Panna Cotta came out perfect. Topped it with some fresh bliueberries and starberries and also a blueberry/strawberry sauce. Definitely going to make that one again.

The red wine was good enough to finish the bottle, but not good enough to want to buy another. My search for a red wine I really like continues. The dessert wine though was awesome, even after I accidentally froze it. Not sure how much thawing it changed the flavor, but I'll definitely be grabbing another bottle.

All in all, good food.

Didn't make it through the Godfather though. We made it far enough to see the recipe's cameo, which was good enough for me.

Bruschetta
Spaghetti Sauce
Panna Cotta

 

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very cool. now find a spanish movie and make some paella ;P

 

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I like all the ideas, especially the lasagna. I would go with a simple gnocchi dish. Add some cheese, olive oil, diced tomatoes and some spices. Make the cheese creamy to create a sauce. It makes for a good side dish!

 

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deadcactus posted:
After Action Report:

Bruschetta turned out good. Roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Put on some French bread and then topped with a marinated mozzarella cheese. Didn't cut the cheese into small enough pieces to get a good melt, but it still came out alright.



I like a nice sharp, hard cheese on my bruscetta. Try crumbling on feta or maybe goat cheese instead of the mozzerella.

I've found that the best bruscetta I've had is when the bread is properly toasted BEFORE adding on the bruscetta topping.

Mix up your bruscetta to your taste; I like tomato, garlic, olive oil, cilantro, spanish onion, maybe some basil and a splash of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, a pinch each. Let it all rest together for a few minutes while you toast your bread.

Cut your bread to desired thickness and drizzle with olive oil, then bake your bread on a good heat, say 350 or 375. Let it get nicely crisp: when you add your bruschetta, the bread will get good and moist from the tomatoes and oil and lemon juice. Your bread will soften as you add the topping and bake again with the feta on top. Once the feta is warm and soft (don't brown - it'll be overcooked then) remove from heat and plate. It shouldn't take more than 5 or 6 minutes.


Mmmmm... I like to add chicken on my bruscetta too. Dammit, now I'm hungry.

 

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