Friday, March 11, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie…Beggar's Linguine

This morning, as I was looking out the window at another rainy day, names of songs about rain kept popping into my head.  "Rainy Night in Georgia", "Purple Rain", "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "It's Raining Men" etc. You get the point!  I have to "Blame it On the Rain". Sorry, that was really bad but, I just couldn't help myself. Since we returned home from the beautiful, sunshine filled days of the South, we have had nothing but grey skies, melting snow and rain.  New Jersey has issued a state of emergency due to flooding. Ok, this really has nothing to due with the recipe that we are making for French Fridays. Thankfully, I won't have to schlep out to the store. This recipe is pretty basic and doesn't call for anything I don't already have in the house. I love pasta and I have always loved to try different types of sauces. I have even used butter with different additions. Never nuts or fruit…so I'm very intrigued!
To get started I chopped the nuts, figs, and chives and zested my orange. I knew that once the pasta cooked, things would move quickly.  I then started the pasta boiling.  Meanwhile, I melted the butter, added the nuts, figs, and raisins. I let the butter brown slightly and then added the drained pasta, and the parmesan cheese. That was pretty much it! I might not have been in a chic paris bistro but, my pasta couldn't have been any better. Served with some Italian bread, a salad and a nice glass of wine! Quick, and I thought, so scrumptious! Ok, one last thing…I loved this dish but my husband took one bite and requested some jarred spaghetti sauce! He is not a very adventurous eater!  He didn't rate this a 10 and does not consider it a keeper! Oh well…you can't win them all! I will make this again, if only for myself!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans new book "Around My French Table".  Since we are cooking as a group from this book, we are asked not to publish the recipes. However, this one Dorie has published herself and you can find it  here.
View of my front yard…rain and melting snow!
The butter melting
Chopped nuts, raisins, and chopped figs
The lovely Beggar's Linguine

20 comments:

  1. Kathy, our husbands are very much alike! In fact, I only made enough for me :) Yours looks beautiful!

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  2. I hope the flooding doesn't affect you! Too bad your husband didn't like it. I think yours looks delish!

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  3. You dish looks great. I couldn't get 'approval' to serve this at home so I took it in an entirely different direction. I pull out a single serving though 'cause I am more adventurous than spouse.

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  4. Kathy, Thanks for sharing your photo of the rainy day, mess, and melting snow. Too bade you couldn't stay longer in Florida.
    I love the linguine dish of Dorie's. You would make her proud. Pastas are my kind of dishes that I prepare mostly. I love this recipe...will check it out.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I am so ready to shoot that groundhog right now! I am jealous that you can see your front lawn. Rain + mountains of snow just don't mix well.
    At least the dish was a success for you!

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  6. Kathy, your dish looks fantastic! I love your rain songs, especially Purple Rain!

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  7. I agree, this was lovely. My husband wouldn't even try it, but my daughter did and actually liked it.! Great photos!

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  8. It looks wonderful! I hope you manage to avoid the flooding. We have had some bad floods in Missouri in the past, so I understand how rain is on your mind.

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  9. yummmm. The dish looks delicious. No ragu sauce for me. But, I could see certain members of my family requesting the same. Today, I watched a Pad Thai dish being prepared. Noodles are certainly on my mind.

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  10. Funny about your husband...I make a sort-of Sicilian pasta sauce with golden raisins and tomatoes, so maybe that would bridge the gap! I loved how quick but still elegant this was...but I'm not sure I could sell it to anyone either!

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  11. Looks wonderful, as usual, Kathy! I must confess, I made it as a side-dish just in case we didn't really like it! That was silly, because we were so surprised by how good it was that my husband had seconds.

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  12. My husband is out of town but I can't wait to make it for him when he returns. I don't know if he'll like it or not. This recipe is hard to predict! Love the picture of your front yard! We very badly need rain.

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  13. Did your husband put the spaghetti sauce on the fruit and nuts? At least he tried it. Mine just laughed at me :)

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  14. Any recipe that doesn't require me to leave the house (or stop somewhere on the way home from work) on a dreary day earns a lot of goodwill points!

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  15. Glad to see you enjoyed this! My sister and I really liked this dish.

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  16. We loved this dish, Kathy, but I was skeptical about it with fruit and nuts since I had never had pasta with these ingredients before. Sorry about all the rain you are having!

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  17. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! The photo of your yard is making me wish for the East ... beautiful homes, places for kids to run, etc. but it was almost 90* here yesterday, so it's a toss-up.

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  18. The photo of your yard is almost identical to my yard. I agree with you...this was a good one.

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  19. Beautiful! Sorry about all the rain...I know most of the country is read for spring...as long as it's a dry spring. We finally have had several days in a row with sun and no rain. So nice! Your dish tooks so delicious...too bad the hubby didn't go for it.

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  20. When I described this dish to my partner, he asked if we had some red sauce on hand. Seems to be a common reaction!

    I hope the rains and snow melt are subsiding where you are.

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