Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy pasta for two with red wine.

It's Valentine's Day and I'm married.

Well I didn't get married today, but it's the first time I've been married on Valentine's day. Does that make sense? Yes ok.

Valentine's day is even more fun now because I have so much more love to give! And, I'm gonna give it in the form of chocolate stuff.

But that's really no different than any other day I guess.....I eat too much chocolate.

I'm making a Chocolate Souffle Cake right's in the oven, I can smell it. It smells good.

I love a lot of other things in life besides chocolate.

I love coconut sticky rice with mango because it's delicious.

I love Thailand in general because the streets are overflowing with the most amazing street food vendors, and I can eat ridiculously fresh and perfectly ripe fruit right on the beach for less than a dollar.
That yellow spot on my arm is turmeric by the way. My Thai cooking instructor smudged it on me to prove a point I guess.

I love my Mom because she can make a killer lasagna among many other things...and I love my Dad because he says things that don't make sense, but they make me laugh.

I  love how people say I look like my mom. I'm OK with that. And, I love my Nonnies because they can put a whopper of a smile on my face.

I love my husband because he doesn't hate me when I pop out from behind the door and scare the crap at him so I can get a good chuckle. Now that's love.

I also love how we can accomplish really cool things climbing a mountain over 4000 m altitude. 

Want to know how we fell in love? It was over ice cream. Yep.
Jon has a Master's Degree in the science of ice he made lots and lots of tubs of the good stuff for his experiments. One day around Christmas time, I had a bunch of friends over for drinks and appetizers before we headed out for a Christmas party. At that point we were just acquaintances...although I used to catch myself staring at him a lot during our Food Science Club meetings (we were big nerds).  He was so impressed by my homemade pizza that I guess it caught his interest. The next day he sent me a message thanking me for having him over and offered me some ice cream to show his appreciation. Pffft...of course I was all over that. That day I had two bowls of the best strawberry ice cream ever for dinner...and I think I fell in love right then and there.
Anywho, I figure you'll be drinking a lot of wine tonight with someone you love, even if it's with here's a great entree that will go wonderfully with a big glass of red.

It's Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, Roasted Red Peppers and Spinach.

You'll love it. It has everything you need - red wine, carbs, pork and green leafy veg.

Now, let me talk to you a bit about salting your pasta water. When people see me do this, their eyes bug out of their face like they just witnessed a horrendous crime. I put about 2 teaspoons of salt for about 5 quarts of water. It's necessary! That's the only way your pasta will have flavour...otherwise, and I assure you of this, your pasta will taste like styrofoam. I can tell instantly when someone hasn't salted their pasta water. And, if you've never done it, then start doing it and I promise you'll notice a difference. Just remember that your pasta water should taste like sea water. Ever gotten water in your mouth at the beach? Nasty. It should taste like that.

Have a very Happy Valentine's Day. xox.

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