Saturday, April 24, 2010

What's for Dinner

Tonight's menu features a "what's on hand dinner" - my favorite kind of dinner - no recipe - work with what I've got on hand - a beautiful pasta, mustard greens, lemons, smoked salmon and a divine fresh tomato from a Lancaster county hothouse. That tomato was so flavorful I had a flash back / forward to a 90 degree August day - amazing!

If you've never tried mustard greens now is the time to give them a try. Spring mustard greens are mellow compared to the bitterness they develop over the hot summer months. They are so simple to prepare - all they need is a wilting in a hot pan.

My dinner tonight features this gorgeous pasta from Severino - it looks like thin strands of lasagna noodles.

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Mustard Greens in a Lemon Cream Sauce
3/4 pound pasta
1/2 to 3/4 cup cream
zest of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 bunch mustard greens
4 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
1 tomato, cubed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta as directed - reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Place cream, lemon zest and garlic in a small sauce pan - heat to simmer and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain. In a large skillet heat olive oil, add the mustard greens and turn constantly with tongs until wilted, add the salmon, tomato, cream and Parmesan cheese - toss to coat. Add the pasta - toss again to thoroughly combine, add the reserved pasta water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Done!

Mmmmm! Here - have a bite! Yummy!

Dessert - stewed rhubarb and vanilla ice cream - hello spring!

My husband were driving around Lancaster county today and stopped by Zook's in Intercourse - love their pricing system - masking tape. This is a shop which had gas lights illuminating the shop until just a few years ago - gas lights and fabric - what could possibly go wrong??? I picked up the fabric for my entry in my guild's baby quilt challenge - the two prints are from Andover fabric, the solids are Kauffman. I've got an idea and can't wait to finish the bird quilt challenge to start on the baby quilt.


Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Dinner sounds delish -- I might take your recipe and try to lighten it up a bit -- a great starting place! And I made stewed rhubarb last week, too. Do you ever put it over sliced bananas? Excellent!

Lisa ONeill said...

Never tried it over bananas - will try tonight - thanks!

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