Monday, November 24, 2008

Cupboard Staples--Oven Fries and Tortellini with Red Sauce

The music today is by Lyle Lovett.



Okay, a few of our cupboard staples may be worth mentioning. Here's Tavo, chilling in our living room. The painting above him was my grandfather's--all the grandkids were entranced by this "Naked Lady." I was lucky enough to inherit it, though I think I promised to give it to my cousin Kevin at some point...
and how about some oven fries? 425 degrees for 15 minutes on each side. These had paprika and garlic salt.

oh. I think I just ate 3 potatoes. (yum!!!!!!!)

and for the romantic pantry staple night...I broke out the dollar store candles, along with CENTO--the best brand of canned tomatoes, pesto pasta, incredible $5 chianti, portabellos, and garlic. Apparently, this is also the time of year to buy Italian.
I like my red sauce with minimal salt (hence the unsalted Cento tomatoes) basic minced onion, garlic, and a hefty dose of mushrooms, red wine, crushed red pepper, and honey. This one had quite a bit of leftover dried lemon basil, from the summer's Community Shared Agriculture. Cooked down for an hour to evaporate all the wine and water from the tomatoes.
Someone is exuberantly flattering. (I totally dig it)
Romance on a kraft paper covered table!!


We painted the tablecloth, too.

14 comments:

doggybloggy said...

aw shuckers you guys are too cute....your red sauce looks really good right about now - maybe that is on the menu for tonight...

buffalodick said...

I swear,you two could manage to have fun during an IRS audit!

jesse said...

LOL, why are the two of you so cute?!! And o noes, 3 potatoes? I bet I can eat more than that... XD

TavoLini said...

Doggy--thanks! Yeah, I think we're going to eat the rest of it tonight, too :)

Buffalo--well, I am pretty good about saving receipts :P We'll be up in your neck of the woods tomorrow...Go Lions!

Jesse--Thanks! Yeah, I think I might have eaten more than 3 myself ;)

doggybloggy said...

I thought you went to michigan last week....misleading or is it me?

TavoLini said...

Misleading on my part. I got excited and started talking it up last week ;) We're headed out tomorrow night!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

At first, I thought those were apples. Hmmm... apple fries... actually that sounds pretty good! I might have to try it!

Anette said...

Aw! such a romantic post! Tableclothpainting, candles, tortellinis and all!

Darius T. Williams said...

You guys have waaay too much fun!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

buffalodick said...

Go Lions- somewhere else! Ford, you are going bankrupt- sell the team to a pizza joint- I don't care which one!

The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll are so creative! I love it!

Pass me a fry...or two...or ten! :)

TavoLini said...

CCV--You'll have to tell us how those apple fries go ;)

Anette--thanks! It was a pretty great evening!

Darius--you bet :)

Buffalo--is Ilitch in the market for a football team?? Perhaps Buddy's will buy them? Pizza Papalis?

Blonde Duck--aww, thanks! Here, have 3 potatoes worth of fries. (they're best in large quantities)

Vodka Mom said...

I think I love you.


that was wonderful!!!

Zen Chef said...

You've just reminded me i want Lyle Lovett's haircut. :-)

Painting on the table is wayyy cool! You bunch of artists, you! :-)

One day i'll just move in with you guys. Hope you don't mind. hehe