This is my second day experimenting with some of Teresa Giudice’s recipes from “Skinny Italian”. I have to say, I’m very impressed with the Real Housewife’s book; I wasn’t expecting such a well-written and entertaining book, with good recipes to boot! I really like Teresa’s philosophy on food (natural, made from scratch, no preservatives or foods your great grandmother couldn’t buy at the market, etc.). So, I decided to whip up her Bolognese Sauce and serve it on some homemade Linguine (thank God for my KitchenAid mixer and the pasta rollers, it makes pasta-making so easy you cannot justify ever using dried pasta again!).
First, I culled my salad garden (my freakin’ spinach has all bolted, anyways) and made a big green salad with mixed greens, red peppers, tomatoes, cukes, and a homemade vinaigrette (like Teresa, I NEVER use processed/pre-made salad dressing–it’s way to easy, and much healthier, just to make your own!), topped with fresh Parmesan cheese and some Salad Crunchie mix. Served with a very very generous (and DELICIOUS) glass of Chardonnay from Morning Fog Winery (California). I’m no connoisseur, but this wine is AMAZING!
Then, I had a (waaay too large) helping of homemade linguine noodles smothered in Teresa’s Bolognese sauce (made with ground veal, pork and beef and a generous helping of the above Chardonnay). And now 2 hours later, I’m still bloated but very happy and still very full Maybe this is the trick to being a “skinny Italian”, just fill up on carbs so you’ll be too bloated to eat dessert. The pasta and sauce was really good, but I have to admit the sauce was slightly bland and I had to add a bunch of salt. Perhaps another hour of simmering would have helped it (I do admit, I did sneak in some fresh Oregano from my garden, along with the fresh basil and parsley!). Also, I probably messed up a bit and added too much tomato sauce. Anyways, with all the breaking news on the Twittersphere about Teresa’s apparent Bankruptcy application, perhaps she’ll make up the $11 million+ in debt with her book sales (what? It has reached #5 on the NYT Bestseller list, apparently, it could happen).
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