Thursday, May 24, 2007

Girls Cooking Night 4: Italian

My first post-Tokyo Girls Night was themed Italian. Marian is our resident pasta expert and she outdid herself! She made fresh linguine, tossed with a wonderful lemony-garlicky-parsley shrimp scampi.

Then also spinach-ricotta ravioli, which I had the fun job of stuffing and rolling!

We also had grilled peppers, great mushrooms with thyme and a bit of kick courtesy of brownie, and I made a vinegary caponata -- eggplant simmered with tomatoes, onion, a little celery, pine nuts, and capers (from the classic Italian Silver Spoon cookbook)

Brownie also made an amazing Peach Frangipane tart. Debbie liked the peach and almond paste middle, while I liked the crumbly buttery-salty-sugary crust, so no one minded if I just pulled off crust right off the tart!


1000yregg said...

I thought you had a thing about capers from the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

fougoo said...

I do! I always think of rat turds... But since I forgot the olives, I thought I better at least keep something that had that salty pungent flavor!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys!

I love this blog and constantly read it to check up on new food ideas! You guys keep me inspired.

I live in Central Jersey (next to Asbury Park), and I was wondering if any of you know a good place where I can eat some oyster omelets!!

Im dying for some!



fougoo said...

Thanks! Glad you like the blog!

Well, the last place I had oyster omelets was in the DC area, so that doesn't help you much...

Sorry, I don't know the shore as well for restaurants! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, anyways!

Since it seems you guys are always up for something new, how about trying my native cuisine, Brazilian?

New York has the famous PORCAO, but it is really expensive. However, in NJ (Newark), there are cheaper, but tasty alternatives!!


fougoo said...

That's a great idea! For next time, we've already designated grilling steaks and veggies in honor of summer. But I'll throw out Brazilian as a suggestion for the time after...

Meanwhile, if you have any recommendations of places to go in Newark, please tell!