Guest Blogger: Sister #3-Glee goes Italian

June11

Sister #3 gets together with a group of long-time friends on a regular basis to eat, drink and be merry together.  Glee is an acronym for a phrase which I can’t recall at the moment.

“Gone are the days of stopping by the video store and picking up the movie you want to rent.  Sure there is Netflix but I’m still pretty old school and my computer equipment is not current enough to accommodate such things.  So with an upcoming Glee dinner to host, I sat down with my remote and searched MTS Video on Demand for a film I could build a dinner party around.  I decided on Woody Allen’s From Rome with Love. Primarily so I could make the theme: Italian.

The evening started with Heather’s bruschetta and sparkling Ruby’s; a combination of Italian Ruby port and prosecco. Kathy provided the salad, our best guess at Amici’s house salad made of butter lettuce and toasted pine nuts with a “from scratch” dressing.  I decided to be politically incorrect and make veal. Breaded in Italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, it was fried in olive oil and topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella. I picked up my veal, port and prosecco at Piazza Di Nardi along with some of their fresh spaghetti and made a delightful clam sauce.

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Here’s the recipe I found on-line.  I’m so glad I did as it was scrumptious!

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce to Die For!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T anchovy paste (I know, but it won’t work if you don’t use it!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 t red pepper flakes
  • ½ c dry white wine
  • 1 can chopped clams with juice
  • 1 can chopped clams - no juice
  • ¼ c fresh chopped parsley
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put oil, minced garlic, red pepper and anchovy paste in a large skillet. Heat on medium low. Do not brown the garlic. Mix and incorporate the anchovy paste until it dissolves into the oil.
  2. Add wine and clam juice and bring to a boil for five minutes, until water starts to evaporate. Turn heat off, add clams and mix.
  3. Cook one pound of spaghetti. Add pasta and parsley to the sauce and mix. Let stand for 5 minutes. Top with parmesan cheese and serve.

Barb and the other Kathy did what they do best, went shopping!  Barb’s visit to Goodies Bakery resulted in a lovely variety of mini cakes for us to sample and Kathy provided the wine.  An integral part of any good dinner party.  As for the movie…..not so much, but the food was stellar and the company unsurpassable!”

Kath’s quote: Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought– particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things. -Woody Allen

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Love-that is all.

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