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Old 11-16-2010, 01:02 AM   #11
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How about a pasta carbonara? That wouldn't take long. Serve it with a salad. The salad can be ready and the vinaigrette could be ready to whisk in the oil right before tossing with the salad. A home made cake for dessert could be made earlier in the day or a day ahead.

Here's my carbonara recipe for two:
  • 4 medium scallions/green onions, sliced in thin rounds, including the green part
  • 4 ozs of bacon (~ 4 slices) fried and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, creme fraiche, yoghurt, or heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tblsps (1/4 cup) grated parmesan
  • 1 tlbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried basil
  • 4 ozs pasta, I prefer fusilli for this because it really holds the sauce.
Fry the bacon and slice the scallions ahead of time. Grate the parmesan too.
  • When ready to serve, start the pasta in lots of boiling water. Cook al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, whisk the eggs with the wine, and yoghurt or cream.
  • Stir in the parmesan and basil.
  • Put a collander in the sink.
  • When the pasta is al dente, drain it.
  • Return it to the pot over the lowest possible heat.
  • Add the sauce, scallions, and bacon to the pasta.
  • Toss until the sauce has thickened.

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Old 11-18-2010, 01:59 PM   #12
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Well??? How was your anniversary dinner? What did you end up making? We like follow ups here... can you tell? :)

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