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Din din

Last night we went to Spiazzo in West Portal for dinner, with Dave H. and Rick (ricksf). It's our favorite Italian place in that neighborhood, and I had pappardelle all'agnello, which is long, wide egg noodles in a red sauce with braised lamb. It was so good, I wanted it again tonight. I came home a little early from work and made a cheap imitation:

Lacking pancetta, I browned some diced turkey bacon in a little olive oil, then added chopped onions and garlic and red pepper flakes. Being fresh out of lamb, I thawed some frozen carnitas in the microwave, then cut it up and added it to the pan. After the vegetables softened and the pork browned a bit, I deglazed with a couple of turns of red wine, then added chopped fresh sage, dried basil, a bay leaf, two cans of tomato puree and a can of chopped tomatoes. Let it simmer awhile, then added some capers and turned the heat way down. We happened to have some whole-wheat pappardelle from Trader Joe's in the pantry, so I cooked it al dente, then added it to the sauce with a handful of parmesan cheese, just as rootbeer1 walked in the door. He said it was better than his gnocchi last nght!

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thomb
Jun. 1st, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
sounds yummy

i usually use prosciutto as a pancetta substitute...feel more...italian i guess. ;)
joebehrsandiego
Jun. 1st, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Yummmm!
simonbear
Jun. 1st, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Your domesticity is bliss. I envy you both so.
tmaher
Jun. 1st, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
I should try going there sometime. Our default West Portal place is El Toreador.
bearpawly
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Serendipity (and the Capitol Records Tower)
Hey, this is pretty wacky.

I was just composing an LJ post about recently helping mattycub move to Hollywood, and when I searched online for a pic of the Capitaol Records Tower to include, I came across a photo of you that led me to your journal.

Hurray for serendipity!

So, I'd like to add you to my LJ. And I'd like to use the photo in my LJ later today.

(If you object, I'll totally remove it. It'll like send bunches of bears to check out your journal, which is a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective.)

HERE'S THE PIC.
qbear
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Serendipity (and the Capitol Records Tower)
That's me, all right!!!
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