Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rachel Ray Saves the Day

I'm happy to report that Rachel Ray's Tomato, Basil and Cheese Baked Pasta was a hit! Mal's parents raved about how wonderful it tasted! Mal's dad even said that he felt like he was on "vacation" because the night was so enjoyable! :) I'm so glad that they had a nice evening with us. 

The night began with a cocktail each. Mal, his step-mom, and I enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay, while Mal's dad had a vodka martini with olives. While we drank our cocktails and chatted, Mal and I cooked dinner for his parents. Like all of Rachel Ray's recipes, the meal was fast and easy to cook!

Here's the Tomato, Basil and Cheese Baked Pasta hot out of the oven... mmmmmm, I love broiled cheese! 

Dinner with the future in-laws... 

The four of us split a bottle of cabernet sauvignon with dinner. I drank a good-sized glass... probably about 4 ounces. We also served French bread. I sopped-up my tomato-basil-cheese sauce with 2 small pieces. 

My portion of pasta was very filling! I typically want seconds of really delicious meals, but I was so full, I couldn't even think about eating more pasta. 

My glass of wine...

Salad with dinner included lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and green peppers. I served the salad with a homemade dressing. Our good friend, Jacky (hi, Jacky!) gave us a salad dressings cookbook as part of a shower gift, so, of course, tonight was the perfect occasion to test one out. I made a Classic Dijon Vinaigrette. It was delish!!!

Classic Dijon Vinaigrette

1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 medium garlic glove, minced
3 tsps Dijon mustard
Pinch of sugar
3 tsps fresh lemon juice
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mined fresh thyme
3/4 cup virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, garlic, mustard, and sugar. With a fork, stir into a paste. Add the lemon, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Whisk in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Classic Dijon Vinaigrette keeps refrigerated for 1 month.

After dinner, we enjoyed more conversation, and some French vanilla coffee and Newman's Fig Newmans

What a nice evening! I'm off to read in bed. Good night, all! 


magpie said...

Glad the meal turned out well!

Thanks for the dressing recipe; I'm always looking for new ones :)

Kath said...

What a lovely evening!!

hk said...

so glad it was a fun night, looks great :)

romina said...

It LOOKS like it was a hit!! Delish!!

Cassie said...

What a great evening! And that meal looks fabulous- I love some f Rachel ray's recipes. And I bet the leftover pasta will make a fabulous lunch! Sometime I prefer pasta the next day - is that weird?

VeggieGirl said...

HOORAY!! Sooo glad that Rachael's recipe was truly "yum-o," and that you enjoyed your evening :0)

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