Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dinner and a Movie

Fran's J drove up from his day at the State Solo Competition Saturday afternoon. I didn't have any good dinner ideas, so I was happy to discover that Lise did.
She stopped at the store at the end of her grand day out and bought the few ingredients we didn't have on hand to make a double batch of -

Vodka Sauce
{slightly modified from - Grace Parisi}
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 package of Aidell's Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Sausage, sliced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 C vodka
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 35 ounce can of Muir Glen whole fire roasted tomatoes with juice, crushed by hand
Pinch of sugar
2 basil sprigs
1 bay leaf
salt and fresh ground pepper
1/4 heavy cream (I forgot to add at the end, but everyone agreed it was great without)

Heat oil in large saucepan. Saute the garlic and crushed red pepper over moderate heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, add sliced sausage and saute another 2-3 minutes. Deglaze with vodka. Add tomato paste, stir for one minute. Add canned tomatoes with juice. Stir in the sugar, bay leaf and basil, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and is reduced to 3 cups, about 30 minutes. Season again with salt and pepper. Discard basil sprigs, bay leaf and garlic. Add heavy cream and simmer for 5 minutes.
We served this over penne pasta (one lb.)

After dinner we watched this week's Netflix - The Cohen Brothers', "Burn After Reading". I believe I was the only one in the living room who found this movie hilarious. Lise thought there was too much senseless killing and Fran didn't see the point. No other opinions were voiced, but I only heard my own laughter.
I guess I'm becoming a little sick and twisted in my old age. ;>)


Salem Man said...

I also think that movie was funny and sick. Typical Cohen Bros. The more you watch the more interesting it becomes. The version I saw, also through neflix, seemed like it had missing parts. Like why was Clooney's character always checking out the hardwood floors? Did I miss something?

KandN said...

Oh that's right! Maybe it was the "craftsman" part of his interesting personality?

Rebekah said...

I love weird and twisted movies as well, particularly with great characters. Hmmm, maybe there's a blogger profile somewhere here. Wanted: Bloggers. Must be able to write and must love sick, twisted movies. :)

KandN said...

Now that would be a fun group!
My Sissy K said she enjoyed Burn After Reading, too. Especially Brad Pitt's character - it's the only time she's really thought he nailed it. ;>)