Happy 2012! I decided to start this year right and introduce some new columns to the Kitchen Bitch Blog right away. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’re already familiar with my man-friendly Man Meals column (see, for example, this post) and my ever-popular Feed a Crowd column (check out this post on Texas-style beef brisket, for example).
With life being so crazy, as it always is (I’m busybody, what can I say?), I wanted to establish a few columns in which I can share 1) cooking tips and tricks of the trade; 2) cooking gadgets and gizmos I’ve come to know and love; 3) brands and manufacturers I trust to make foods that taste great; 4) snapshots of my life in food and otherwise; and last, but not least, 4) tried-and-true recipes to which I’ve made little or no changes, because they’re perfect just the way they are.
And that brings us to today’s Recipe Flash column. I’ve actually featured a recipe for sugo alla bolognese before on this blog in the post, Sunday Supper: Not Your Mother’s Meat Sauce. And I do LOVE that recipe. But me being me, I just had to try a new version for the Christmas dinner I offered to host for my mom’s side of the family. After much searching, I decided to go with Anna Nanni’s Ragu alla Bolognese, featured in Saveur magazine.
And of course, I couldn’t just make a meat sauce for the 17 guests I had coming—I was also dying to try out my new Kitchen Aid pasta maker attachments! So my sisters Annie and Paige and I set to work making pasta for our guests. We assumed a pound of pasta per every four guests, but we probably made enough pasta for 30! I have to say, Paige (in pink above) turned out the be a pasta maker extraordinaire, and we couldn’t have done it without her deft handy work. Thanks also to Annie for volunteering for what I like to call “KB duty,” meaning she spends the day doing whatever I need her to in the kitchen 🙂 See, she even puts a smile on her face while she does it!
Anna Nanni’s bolognese sauce is delightful. It differs from my usual sauce in that it contains ground pork shoulder instead of sausage, pancetta instead of bacon, and absolutely no beef broth and very little wine. I loved it, and so did my family, as you can see from Annie and Bart’s happy dance. Although, who can’t be happy when there are this many presents under the tree?
The meal was a success, and if you have a few hours to let a pot of bolognese sauce simmer on your stovetop, I highly suggest this recipe!