Thursday, November 28, 2013

Unsure of What's Next for #SundaySupper? We Got You Covered

No need to be left out in the cold; We Got You Covered

For those of you reading this in the United States, I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and food.

I'm pleasantly surprised this week because I wasn't expecting as many participants as we received due to the holiday. Apparently, they've got me covered which is the theme of this week's #SundaySupper event. There is food covered by some tasty toppings in addition to covering other topics, such as turkey leftovers, budget friendly holiday meals and homemade dishes so chemicals that are in store-bought foods can be avoided.

I'd also like to thank Heather of Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks (her link is below) and her spouse, Frank, for the picture above. Heather posed for the picture and Frank operated the camera.

This week's Sunday Supper Participants

Please join me in checking out this week's Sunday Supper contributors:

Sunday Supper Movement

Covered Appetizers and EntreƩs
Covered Desserts
Not Sure What To Do? We Got You Covered

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spaghetti Ubriachi for a Thanksgiving #WeekdaySupper

Spaghetti Ubriachi

Earlier this year, the team at Sunday Supper Movement expanded their reach by introducing #WeekdaySupper. The concept is very similar to my Light Stunt series: quick and easy meals that can be prepared after returning home from a long day at the office. A different member of the Movement publishes a dish each weekday, Monday through Friday.

The Challenge

There are several motivations for this dish. First, I wanted to update a similar dish I profiled in the summer of 2012 with an easier method. Second, these ingredients are staples and it wouldn't be a stretch to already have them on hand especially this week. Third, this is a good way to use leftover wine and finally, I recently accepted the position of moderator within the Sunday Supper team, but hadn't participated in a Weekday event and needed to so I could advise other members, should the need arise.

The Source

Adapted from page 80 of Fabio's Italian Kitchen by Fabio Viviani with Melanie Rehak.


2 quarts water
1 750-mililiter bottle red wine
1 teaspoon sugar
Kosher salt, as needed
1 pound dried spaghetti (Do not use fresh pasta)
1/2 pound pancetta, diced (I substituted bacon)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shelled walnuts, chopped
Freshly grated parmesan, for garnish
Fresh Italian parsley, chopped for garnish


1. Combine the water, sugar, salt and wine in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Drop the pasta and cook until just shy of al dente (normally about 2 to 3 minutes less than the package instructions). Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid then drain in a colander and set aside.

2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the pancetta to render it's fat. Add the reserved spaghetti with the reserved boiling fluid, 1 tablespoon at a time until the fluid has been absorbed and the pasta is al dente. Remove from heat, then toss with the ricotta and walnuts. Serve in warmed bowls garnished with parmesan and parsley.


I probably should point out that spaghetti ubriachi is Italian for drunken spaghetti. Yes, this dish was well balanced in flavor, but then again, it's difficult to screw up wine, cheese, pasta and bacon.

Oh, and please don't forget to check out this week's other WeekdaySupper participants:

Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter for a Squashin' Winter #SundaySupper

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter

Thank you for your patience with my hiatus.

About a year ago, I moved to my current residence where I published my first dish from my new home. At the time, I hadn't worked out the best place to take pictures of my food which resulted in a shoddy pictures, even by my low standards. So when the team at #SundaySupper Movement tackled winter squash dishes this week (hosted by Heather of girlichef), I welcomed the opportunity to reshoot and update my pumpkin gnocchi dish.

The Challenge

Fix my sub-standard photography.

The Source

I substituted butternut squash for the pumpkin plus an egg for the olive oil and updated the brown butter sauce for more flavor using this Emeril Lagasse recipe, but omitted the herbs in the gnocchi dough and followed Willow's method ofWill Cook for Friends.


1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds) halved lengthwise, seeds and fibers removed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more if needed
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped plus more for garnish
Freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish


1. Roast the squash and make the dough: Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Rub the olive oil into the flesh and season with salt and pepper. Place on a foil-lined sheet pan and roast in the oven until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and rest until cool enough to handle. Scoop out the flesh into a large bowl and discard the skins. Too the squash, add and combine the egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover the mixture with the flour and work it into a dough using your hands. Once complete, cover with a damp towel and rest at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.

2. Make the gnocchi: Place the dough on a lightly floured flat surface and divide into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a long rope, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut each rope crosswise into pieces 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch long. If not using immediately, freeze on a floured sheet tray.

3. Cook and finish the dish: Bring a well salted pot of at least 4 quarts to a boil over high heat. Add the gnocchi and boil until they float to the top. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter until the foam subsides and the butter turns an amber color and releases a nutty aroma, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add the shallots, vinegar and sage, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Add the gnocchi and toss to combine. and heat through. Serve in warmed bowls and garnish with fresh sage and parmesan cheese.


If I remember correctly, my dish from last year was one of the most balanced I had consumed in a long time, hitting all the notes, despite my problems documenting the occasion: sweet, savory, salty, and sour. This dish was no different but they key is the well seasoned brown butter. If you're interested in the prior photo I've published, you can view it here.

In other news, I can't speak highly enough of Isabel, the founder of the #SundaySupper Movement and Anne of Webicurean who I had the pleasure of meeting in person a couple of weeks ago over dinner when Isabel was in town on business. Anne and I are local. Mrs. Stuntman and our daughter also attended and left the meeting with a better understanding why this movement has attracted so many participants.

From, left to right, me, Isabel and Anne.

Other Sunday Supper Participants

And finally, please check out this week's other Sunday Supper contributors:

Sunday Supper Movement

Breakfasts and Breads
Appetizers, Starters, and Condiments
Soups, Sandwiches, and Salads
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
Wine Pairing Recommendations for Squashin' Winter #SundaySupper from Enofylz Wine Blog

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.