Hello lovelies! It’s Tuesday so that means a new post. I made a fantastic new meal last week and was going to post it then, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you. (Or, what really happened was, I had a busy week and decided to keep up with the Tuesday theme for awhile.) I had a Junior League event, dinner with my Dad, and wait for it…. a night of dancing with some fabulous ladies set to the soundtrack of the 90s out at Common Ground in Allston. It was amazing.
I will pause to also tell you about where I went to dinner last week, it was a very impromptu event. I had a tough afternoon (a lot of manual entry for nearly two hours, yikes!) at the office and called my Dad to see if he was heading straight home, or if he could meet for a glass of wine at this place near his office in Newton Centre, Tartufo. A glass of wine turned into dinner (yay me!) and I’m so happy I did, everyone needs to go to Tartufo asap. It’s this little italian restaurant that has yet to disappoint me. More importantly, it has yet to disappoint my Dad, and he’s tried almost everything on the menu. You may even have a local celebrity sighting of Matty in the Morning, Mr. Matt Seigel of KISS 108. Anyway, I digress.
I ordered a glass of chianti, just what the doctor ordered, and the butternut squash ravioli. It was so flavorful and comforting, but light at the same time. It was topped with a butternut sauce (I think) a few pieces of buffalo mozzarella and arugula, it was perfect. It’s right off the D line, (Green Line for you out of towners), and it’s worth the trip!
If you take my advice it looks like you’ve got a nice lil’ weekend set-up, 90s night this Friday, and Tartufo for dinner on Saturday. You’ll thank me Sunday. 🙂
Back to what was going on in this Cucina. I have, as discussed previously, not been a fan of mushrooms. Recently though, I’ve come to appreciate them. Awhile back, like a long while back, I ordered chicken marsala at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, and it was the most amazing thing. So rich & unexpected for a chicken dish, and I loved the mix of the sweet marsala sauce, the earthy & hearty mushrooms, and a touch of salt.
Last week I had some leftover mushrooms and chicken breasts in the freezer and thought, aha! Chicken Marsala. Nevermind the fact that I didn’t have any Marsala wine… details. I went to the liquor store, bought Marsala and all was right with the world.
After what turned out to be a “when it rains, it pours” kind of day, (no, literally, it was pouring outside, and in my apartment, 2 stern phone calls to the landlord later, things are sealed up) I set up shop in la cucina and got to cooking.
And once again, cooking up a storm proved to be the best therapy for a rough day. Especially when the end product is so delicious.
After perusing recipes online and in Joy of Cooking, I did a sort of combination. Though the next time I make it I am using much more Marsala, it cooked down so much, there was barely enough for 2 servings. I also made up a mashed potato, yes it was just one lone potato, and green beans with slivered almonds and the zest & juice of an orange (thank you Kate for that idea.) I was very pleased with myself.
What is a delicious meal without dessert? Incomplete I say! So I also made brownies. Martha Stewart’s double chocolate brownies, but I had to go and one-up Martha, I added a third chocolate, because two is never enough.