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Midnight at Eight
Here's my version of a traditional central Italian "midnight snack" pasta:
• Cook spaghetti until toothily al dente, then tossing with a little olive oil after it has been rinsed off and transferred to a bowl
• While the pasta is cooking, begin simmering anchovies -- I used two standard-sized cans -- in olive oil
• Add crushed red pepper and garlic to taste
• As the mixture starts to thicken to the point of not sliding easily across the bottom of the man, add a little white wine to deglaze it, turning down the heat until the sauce is barely bubbling
• Toss in a few handfuls of raisins and about half as many capers
• Add the juice of two lemons
• As the sauce thickens to the consistency you desire, grate pecorino romano cheese
• Once everything is done, sprinkle the cheese over the pasta liberally, then toss with the anchovy-raisin-caper sauce
• Try not to eat as much as I did tonight
Although the combination of salty, sweet and sour flavors might not seem like a good match for the cheese to some, I was overwhelmed by the heady savor of the combination.

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Muse: a memory of the aria from La Wally that is featured in Diva

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: May 9th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's great P.M.S. food and I don't even have P.M.S. right now!
chefxh From: chefxh Date: May 9th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh! How delicious! I'm doubly flattered.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: May 9th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

my favorite aria

You mean Ebben, ne andró lontana, which brings tears to my eyes every time. La Wally should get produced more.

Edited at 2008-05-09 06:48 am (UTC)
flw From: flw Date: May 9th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Do the italics mean that you have to say it in a half-assed Italian accent like you're an NPR commentator?
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: May 9th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"Midnight snacks" that involve things "not sliding easily across the bottom of the man" is what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Sounds delish, with the exception of the anchovies which I imagine that I don't like.
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