Monday, February 9, 2009

My Best Friend Says I Look Drunk...


in this picture. That's because I was....or well on my way.

Saturday night, after killing a perfectly good iPhone, we had friends over for a pasta making dinner. From semolina flour to the table. We started from scratch and ended up with honestly the best pasta I've ever put in my mouth!

It started off kinda rough. I wasn't sure that we'd end up with anything at all the way things looked in the beginning. The dough was too dry. It was a pain in the ass to knead for 15 minutes by hand. Then it had to rest for 2o minutes in the fridge. Hell, after all that kneading, WE needed the rest!

When things looked like they were going to really work, I whipped up some Wild Mushroom Vodka Sauce for the fettucini and some Browned Butter Balsamic Sauce for the Caramelized Butternut Squash and Parmesan Ravioli. Yeah, it was fabulous.

But what really made the dinner wonderful was the amazing friends that love to laugh and cook. Looks like we'll be taking that pasta machine to their condo on the beach in April, because frankly, we ROCK at making pasta and getting smashed!

P.S. Yes, that's my circa 1985 log cabin kitchen with the Z cabinets. Pray that I win a kitchen makeover!

35 comments:

Slyde said...

for what its worth, i dont think you look drunk in that picture....

just happy :)

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Last time I made fresh pasta my friend and I both drank the entire time because it was very time consuming.

Ghost Writer said...

Ahhh Lynn. Nice to see you! Personally, I love the cabinets. But I'm a fan of vintage.
Cheers!

Lu' said...

Quite a few bottles on that there counter and two very happy gals; good times.

Lynette said...

Heck you have to sample the wine to go with dinner. And the Vodka could have gone bad if you did not check it out. And you worked so hard and deserved just on lil ol drink.

LOL

Jude said...

I agree...not drunk but very happy looking gals with full glasses of wine in their hands. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. cheers!

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh, homemade pasta .. sounds divine! I love an evening of good food, good friends and a lot of laughs.

Dana said...

Did I count 4 empty wine bottles? Yes, I'd say you were having fun!

southernfemme said...

Awesome!! Glad you had a great time. Do it again!

Vixen said...

I lost count counting the bottles of wine.... ;)

I totally LOL at you "whipping up" a sauce I can barely pronounce. I'm guessing you are are a really good cook!

:)

pe1biv said...

Hm.. Happy and exited might I say?

What is shown of the kitchen looks nice, but 24 years will leave some wear an tear..
Ours is most likely over 30 years and definitely has problems with the work top and for us it is too low.
unfortunately we will have to safe some more before we can install a new kitchen.

Solo said...

You had me at Vodka sauce.
Guess we'll be seeing you on the Food Channel Smackdown soon!

we're doomed said...

Pasta and booze. A great combo anytime of the week.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

holy cats, what a great party idea!

Dianne said...

kitchens are the best place to hang out in - you look wonderful!! so happy

I think your kitchen is pretty

Grant said...

I have a recipe for homemade udon noodles if you're interested.

Dr Zibbs said...

Wait. Did a raccoon get loose in your kitchen?

kimber p said...

this looks like a fantastic evening, the only pasta I've ever made from scratch is homemade egg noodles..I'd love to try homemade ravioli with portobello mushrooms..YUM!

Matt-Man said...

I don't think you look drunk. I think you look happy. I like that. Cheers!!

Ashleigh said...

You look happy. Nice to have friends that know how to live, love and laugh.

BTW...You need to come cook for me. Bring wine too. Pronto.

mmmkay? Mkay.

:)

Spiky Zora Jones said...

The best breads and pastas are made with...wine.

Hehehehe.

I think you look so very cute as bug when you're drunk, Why I just want hug and kiss you hard. :D

Oh and may the Iphone rest in peace. :(

Ciao honey.

Beth said...

um...my invitation must have gottan lost in the mail...

damn I hate it when that happens!!!

XOXOXOX sounds FABULOUS!!!

Gnightgirl said...

What a blast. If I'd have had that party, I would have had to ban wine until that pasta was done, or we'd all have quit and ordered pizza half-way through!

Akelamalu said...

Nope you don't look drunk, you look as though you're having a GREAT time!

Live.Love.Eat said...

If someone asked me what my idea of a perfect night with friends is, it would be the evening you just wrote about. Wow. Awesome. Wine, pasta making and friends.

Scarlet said...

That picture is priceless! You make pasta making look like a blast!

Btw, I'm invited to a "pasta from scratch" dinner tomorrow evening, a first for me...so I'm glad I stopped by here first. My mouth is watering already!

Jeanne said...

You call that drunk? It's not drunk till you're at "one more drink and I'll be under the host(ess)."

CrystalChick said...

That sounds like a really great night!! You and your friend look very happy. :))))
Hope you have many more times like this.

Heff said...

Now, YOU know how to do it !

Cooking while SMASHED is the ONLY was to cook !

"Wow, I don't remember a damn thing about last night, BUT LOOK AT ALL THIS FOOD !!!"

Heff said...

um,,"way" to cook, lol !

Jessica said...

Aw fun! and I like your kitchen! :)

Tink said...

I don't think you look drunk at all... But if those bottles are any indication. ;)

I love the amount of counter space you have. Hoop and I have a galley kitchen. We litterally bump elbows if we try to take a different side at the same time.

buffalodick said...

Drunk? Or just look drunk... Hung for a sheep, hung for a goat- that's what I say...

~*Jobthingy*~ said...

if i am ever your way you must be making me some of this yummy food you always talk about

Ann said...

You don't look drunk, you look happy and pretty!