Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cooking Italy - ragù alla bolognese

This is my first post in the group Cooking Italy!  After visiting Italy last summer, I decided I wanted to learn to cook real Italian food.  Not just spaghetti from a jar as most of us do here in the states.  So I have joined a lovely group of ladies who are learning to cook Italian food through the recipes of Marcella Hazan from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking),  This recipe came from the La Cucina Italiana Magazine and is a delicious bolognese sauce.  You can find the recipe here.  It was not a difficult recipe, but it takes a while to simmer which to me, is part of the joy of cooking.  I made it exactly as the recipe said, except I left off the milk at the end.  We prefer ours to have that rich tomatoey sauce flavor!

So here I sit on Saturday afternoon, laptop in lap, simmering the most delicious smelling sauce ever.  I can hardly wait to put it on Chandler's plate for dinner tonight.  I am confident the way to my husband's heart is through his stomach, so I fully expect him to fall in love all over again with me about 5:30 tonight.  I, of course, have already sampled the sauce each time I stirred and it is fabulous.  Rich in taste and perfect in every way.

While it simmered, I watched Inception with Leonardo Di Capio.  Boring and strange.  Now I am watching a western from the late 1980's about General Custer.  I love western movies on the weekend afternoons because they are the best to nap with.  They are slow moving, yet informational, and usually a hint of a love story in there somewhere.  I've always been sympathetic to the American Indians in how we robbed them of their land, however, the scalping and torturous ways of the natives do not bring me pleasure to watch.  In this movie, General Custer is depicted as bit of a dandy, always combing his hair, brushing his teeth, and dabbing on some sort of cologne.  Not at all how I have pictured Custer in my mind.

Thank you all who have visited this blog today and let me share my wonderful sauce.  You must try it if you are a spaghetti fanatic as I am!!  Now you will have to excuse me while I go eat this fabulous plate of pasta!


Kayte said...

That looks delicious...nice and rich and lovely perched on top of that pasta!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Looks delicious - I swear I could smell it wafting through the blogosphere. Nothing better than "couching" with some good movies on the weekend while something simmers slowly of the stove. Can't wait to try it.
Sue :-)

Lynne Faubert said...

Peggy, that looks like a wonderful start. We are having tomato-meat sauce for supper as well, only it's one I throw together in a jiffy like the one my Mom used to make... As for western movies, I am SO with you on that one, loved them as a kid, love them still. Welcome to the group!