Friday, May 27, 2011

Presto Pasta Night #215

Remember those cheesy public service announcements of the 1980's?  (i.e.:  'The More You Know!')  Ruth Daniels of Once Upon a Feast decided to turn those upside down by doing a weekly roundup of Public Pasta Announcements via Presto Pasta Nights.  Much more cheese appropriate in my mind! 

This week I had the honor of hosting the weekly roundup.  I can't remember the last time I had an entire week where I so looked forward to the new message icon on my phone.  You would have been excited too if you had bloggers from all over the world messaging you their delicious dishes for the week.  Check out what I received!

I look forward to giving up my apartment dwelling ways and also having a garden full of foodie inspiration like Kirsten at From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours.  The mere thought of fresh, peppery arugula combining with the nutty, salty profile of pecorino romano cheese has my taste buds all riled up.  Added bonus?  She gives some great tips for growing your own arugula if you are a newbie gardener.  

The purists may not approve but I adore the trend of non-traditional pesto.  Anamiko of Taste Junction created a pesto of meaty walnuts and bright parsley to douse this weeks submission with.  This dish makes me so excited that I packed the food processor as an 'essential' kitchen item to be unpacked the first night.

While packing for the move I found my grandmother's lasagna pan.  Unusable now for its intended purpose because the lining flakes into the food, I am trying to figure out how to use it as a decorative centerpiece.  Heather from Girli Chef brought back fond childhood memories by using cottage cheese in her lasagna dish.  Totally Grandma approved!

Was the book better than the movie?  Who cares!  Let's focus on the food.  I am smitten with Tina's blog Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor where she reviews books AND then makes a dish based on the book.

The Hemingway classic Farewell to Arms inspired a dish of double carbs, bacon, and onions.  Right?  I would read the entire cannon if they were all this delicious.

I know it isn't quite the same as the heat in Malaysia but the temperature in Michigan finally motivated me to turn on the air conditioning this week.  And begin looking for cold pasta dishes.  Jen, from Taste of Home, supplied a scrumptious cold dish perfect for beating the heat.

Yes, flavor combination is important -- sweet peas, salty bacon, and creamy cheese is perfection.  But don't get so distracted that you miss the lovely flower shape of the raviolis that Tandy created on Lavender and Lime.

© pea and bacon ravioli with a blue cheese sauce

For me the mouth feel is the emotive part of a finished dish.  (As in, it tasted good but was it sincere?)  Imagining the crispy carby goodness created by Krista of The Beet Reporter is almost too much for me to handle right now.

I really do hope that Michelle at Ms Enplace gives us an update on her dear friends from Joplin.  With all of the craziness (and supposed stress) of packing for the move it was a (nice) slap in the face to remember I am blessed to have a home to move into soon.  Good to be reminded that a boiling over pot in nothing in the grand scheme.  (Not that any of us have ever had a pot boil over...)

At first glance the thumbnail in my email made me think that Mangocheeks of Allotment 2 Kitchen was being an overachiever and submitting four different dishes.  Then I read the full post and realized that each quadrant was showcasing the progression of the dish.  In what might be one of the most awkward sentences I have ever typed, my tongue tingles when I read the ingredient list.  


One of my favorite childhood memories is of eating canned sardines on crackers with my grandfather.  I adore that Linguina of Pastificio Dei Campi:  The Blog resolved what to make for Father's Day this year already!

I am planning on spending Memorial Day Weekend with my best friend in the woods.  After setting up camp we are going mushroom hunting.  Gilli, author of So So Simple Food, must think we are going to come back with quite a haul and has inspired me with a mushroom dish.  Wish us luck! 

Rounding out this week's roundup we have a submission by Daphne from More Than Words where she is trying to increase her vegetable intake.  With a dish this delicious that won't be hard!

Tomato Basil Soup with Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli:

A special thank you to all of the bloggers who made my first time hosting experience absolutely wonderful!  If you are interested in participating in a roundup please be sure to check our Presto Pasta Night for details.

Next week's roundup will be hosted by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast.  Please consider joining in these very important, and oh so cheesy, Public Pasta Announcements.


  1. Great Presto Pasta Night Roundup. Thanks for the great hosting job and terrific commentary. And thanks all for those delicious dishes.

  2. Trish you did a great job hosting. A good chance to have a look at some new blogs as well. It's nearly lunch time here in NZ so I am off to the market to buy ingredients to make a tasty lunch to whet my taste buds.

  3. thanks for such a lovely round up trish!!

  4. Thanks for doing a wonderful round-up Trish! Everything looks great and I'm totally inspired for new pasta dishes!

  5. Your did terrific for your first time hosting a blogger foodie event. Thank you so much for hosting and the lovely commentary.

  6. Thank you so much for hosting! I also appreciate that you asked for an update on my Joplin friends--so sweet! They lost their house but are safe.

  7. Such a wonderful array of carb-loaded dishes...everything sounds amazing. Thank you for hosting this week =)

  8. I love me some pasta and you sure did a fantastic hosting job! Lots of new blogs for me to explore after seeing this roundup!

  9. great ideas! now I'm craving pasta!