Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Menu - Pasta Making


Appetizers available during the pasta making process:
  • Dianne brought a delicious puff pastry appetizer and some prosciutto wrapped moz 
  • Jan brought brochette
  • Maggie brought a way cool cheese spread on tiny crackers with a tiny slice of tomato
  • variety of olives cheeses and meats. veggies.
NOTE: it was a good thing I had made the pasta dough ahead of time.  We had so much fun sipping wine and eating appetizers we would have skipped the pasta making. :)

Pasta recipes: will try a basic recipe and one with spinach. I plan to make the basic dough in the
morning so it will be ready to roll when my friend arrive.

Sauces to have on hand: 
  • basil pesto, 
  • bolognese (Note: I made this sauce the night before. The downside is that Mike discovered it and ate about half. Must be good. The smell was heavenly) 
  • marinara sauce. I added olives and red peppers as per Giada.
  • marinara sauce.  Dianne brought one that she had made.  Super good and very intense.
Possible dishes to make: NOTE: we never made these dishes. It was fun to sample the pasta with the various sauces and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Fettuccine with butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Sage, 
  • Spinach pasta with artichokes and mushrooms
Dessert: what do you serve after so much food. I am going with Strawberries and Chocolates.  I also served a  Sorbetto from Ciao Bella, Sicilian Limone. That was very refreshing.

The wine. It was so much fun finding a variety of Italian wines

  • Paringa is a sparkling Shiraz from Australia. Love bubbles to start the event. Not Italian but looked fun. Delicious.  A touch of sweetness
  • Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva 2011 is from the Puglia region, 100% Negroamaro
    This was one of the favorites.
  • I had to find a sweet red for my sweet wine loving friends so here it is, Pemene Falls 2012 made in Escanaba, MI at Leigh's Garden with UP grapes: Sabrevois and St. Croix
  • Lange Nebbiolo 2013. Claire recommended finding a wine with the Nebbiolo grape.  Very good
We did not get to these two wines:
  • Tofanelli  2010 Napa Valley Charbono
  • Brunelli Poggio Apricale 2013 is 100% Sangiovese from Tuscany

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