- Pasta Primavera
- Almost No-Knead Bread
- Tossed Salad
- 2009 Tré Monterey County Chardonnay
This was Caryn's last Sunday dinner at home with us this summer as she'll soon be returning to college. Thus it seemed only right and proper that this meal feature a vegetarian entrée. I asked her to suggest something but nothing special was forthcoming so I suggested Pasta Primavera. Primavera is Italian (and Spanish) for Spring and this dish features a lot of fresh, green vegetables. For most of my life the only pasta I ate was spaghetti with a red sauce. I now enjoy learning about other pasta dishes so this was an easy choice to make.
After several Sunday dinners with roasted meat it was nice to have something relatively light. The bread came out really well and we consumed over half the loaf. (It's good left over but never as good as when it is fresh.) We all thought the entrée had too much pasta for the amount of sauce and vegetables, but it was still very good. We enjoyed it all and it was a suitable last Sunday home meal for Caryn. It's been nice having her home for the last few months and we'll miss her as she returns to college.
Almost No-Knead Bread
The "sloppy chicken" sandwich makes a good dinner or lunch, just warm up some in the microwave and server on a bun. It only gets better as it ages and flavors continue to develop. I suspect it freezes well, too, but it didn't come to that.. The potato buns kept pretty well. They did dry out some and became a little brittle, breaking apart when served with the chicken. I wonder how they would have been toasted, we didn't try that.
The pasta primavera was also very good left over, it just needed to be warmed in the microwave. Unlike the original meal their seemed to be plenty of vegetables this time, suggesting it was not well mixed. However, we still thought it would have been better with more sauce.