Last weekend one of the guys Jason works with had us over for dinner and his wife made us an absolutely fantastic meal! She reads my blog (hi Helen!) and knows I like trying out new recipes so after dinner she showed me the cookbook she had used:
Cascade Spinach Salad (with hazelnuts, *blue cheese and rosemary-balsamic vinaigrette)
Rosemary Garlic Foccacia
Portabello Fettucinie (with arugula pesto, roasted peppers and Romano cheese)
*Before I go any further, I must say that before I read this recipe I had no idea that I ate blue cheese. Both Jason and I had never been able to get past the smell of blue cheese so we had never given it a chance. When I was eating this salad I was going to say something about how creamy and flavorful the feta was! We've now discussed the fact that we have not only eaten but enjoyed blue cheese and we are excited to enter the wide world of blue-cheese connoisseurs. It just goes to show - you can't judge a cheese by it's smell.
Anyways, back to my story - I now have this book in my possession for a few weeks was very excited to try out a pasta sauce this evening:
JASON'S REVIEW: I had to wake Jason up to get a review from him. He said "it was very good" and then he proceeded to get a phone call which he is still absorbed in (bike talk). I imagine he would toss out some other adjectives for "good" if he had the chance! He did enjoy this and was able to finish his whole plate before falling asleep on the couch.
MY REVIEW: This was fantastic sauce! I really don't know why I've never thought about freezing pasta sauce before but I've now got 3 more jars of 2 servings each tucked away in the freezer. The extra tomato paste at the end was a must as the sauce was fairly runny. I did add brown sugar but just a pinch was all it needed.
Helen also let me borrow a Julia Child cookbook. As I browse through it I find myself skipping over the recipes and just reading the stories in between. I can sit on the couch and read a cookbook for hours like it's a thrilling novel and this one is definitely entertaining. She was able to do so much more than write a recipe - her vibrant personality and sense of humor finds a way to shine through the sometimes dull steps of a recipe. I'm determined to try at least one thing from this book!
NOTE: Rebar has a website where you can see their menu, view some recipes and also purchase the book. Click here to check it out.