So the boys are both off working and I am left to my own devices. I will freely admit that when they’re both home for supper I can take a heavy hand to the meal. Chicken fried steak with sour cream mashed potatoes. New Orleans BBQ shrimp, which I believe requires a stick and a half of butter for one pound of shrimp. Hot chicken salad, which must include a bag of the greasiest potato chips you can find and a gallon of mayonnaise. What? It has celery in it…
But tonight, the night before the big Mayhew Christmas Eve feed, I am all by myself and I feel the sudden urge for Giada De Laurentiis’s Lemon Spaghetti. I am the only one in our household that loves this dish. In fact, I crave it. The recipe is from Giada’s first cookbook, Everyday Italian. However, it contains no meat which immediately cancels it out in Mark’s opinion. It is a recipe that if you were a professional chef you would call “clean” in that it has clean flavors. You taste the pasta, the lemon, the olive oil, the Parmesan cheese, the basil. It’s simple yet so enticing.
I make it. I do not even put it on a plate. I eat it out of the bowl it was mixed in. It is my pre-Christmas Eve treat. And I don’t want to share.
You will want this recipe. I promise you.