Long weekend with very little to show for it; though I’ve done nothing but work.
Salvaged it somehow by throwing a few things together for dinner for myself (M and the kids at a movie).
Boiled up a big ass pot of very salted water and cooked some shells.
While cooking, I toasted a few slices of day (really, two or three day) old bread, and put some good olive oil on it (I find it works better putting the evoo on after toasting/grilling the bread; reduces the chances of accidentally scorching the oil). Used a vegetable peeler to slice some Parm Reg over it.
Washed some really good local lettuce.
*Here’s the real take-away from this post*: Dressed it by putting a little bit of walnut oil in the palm of my hand and tossing the salad; then adding a little bit of decent vinegar to my hand and tossed again. Salt. Done. (This is by far the best way to make a dressing. I’m pretty sure it’s a Mark Bittman trick).
Shells done, I reserved a cup or so of the heavily-salted cooking water (important) and drained them.
Tossed them in a pan with a little butter, olive oil and one of those teeny little cans of tomato juice. Added some of the pasta cooking water.
Let it cook down for about 5 minutes. S&P, grated parm reg.
Lillet blond and soda to drink.
The weekend finished on a high note.
(Annabelle is currently eating the left-over shells.)