Monday, May 16, 2011

PASTA QUEST DAY...week 3...DAY 14

Tonight I had the pleasure of sharing our table (OK...counter!) with out dear friends Aynex, who is visiting from Maryland, Nikki, who is visiting from Park Avenue, and Julie from 7th St. three very sophisticated diners. After just the tiniest bit of thought I decided we would have our pasta with salmon, asparagus and baby broccoli in a light lemon/butter cream sauce.


Pasta w salmon, asparagus and broccoli


Shallots & garlic (pressed)
fresh dill
Asparagus cut into 1” pieces
Broccoli timed to bite sized pieces
1/3 cup of heavy cream
Olive oil, salt, pepper. Red pepper flakes
Lemon juice
White wine


While the pasta cooks, sauté shallots, red pepper flakes, and garlic in olive oil. Add the asparagus and broccoli and cook for 5-6 minutes before adding the salmon with a splash of white wine and lemon juice. When the salmon appears cooked through add the cream, stirring constantly.


Aynex, who is VERY critical, gave this a 7, Nikki, and Julie gave it a 8.9, and I would give it a 9. Everyone gave it a thumbs up. Aynex thought the sauce was too thin, and that there could have been more salmon…and I consider this a valid observation. Nikki would have preferred the salmon rarer (she is a big fan of sushi.)

The pasta was good…the company was better.

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