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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror: Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places

Last week, The Wife and I made this delicious Angel Hair with Meatballs. The Meatballs are Beef and Sweet Sausage with garlic, Parmesan, Parsley, etc... The Red Sauce is crushed tomato, garlic, onion, fresh basil, red wine...the usual suspects. This was way better than what I've eaten in a long time. It was based on a Cook's Illustrated recipe that I tweaked a bit.

Since we were celebrating my birthday, some time late in the evening, The Wife threw together a birthday cake-- lemon infused cake with a cream cheese frosting topped with coconut. It may sound like an odd combination, but I loved it.

Meanwhile, life moves on at the restaurant. Each day brings a new challenge, a new chance to test my limits. New learning is around every corner. Some people love the food, some don't. I can't bother with reviews still. I understand their importance but, in too many ways, they are too distracting. Often times I think I am at the limit of my tolerance (heat, stress, etc...) and somehow the dust clears. Just like life.

Today's song pretty much sums up where I'm at...

From The Mountain Goats album "The Sunset Tree" on 4AD Records.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which recipe from Cooks Illustrated?
For the sauce, meatballs or the pasta?

5:25 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

For the sauce and the meatballs, actually. I added more garlic, more cheese and tweaked other things, too.

In many ways, this bares slim resemblance to the CI recipe, except for baking the meatballs rather than frying.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

The sausage and beef combo is also in the CI recipe.

12:48 PM  
Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

Looks great. I love the combo of Angel Hair pasta and meatballs. There's something about the contrast of the little thin pasta and the dense meatballs that really appeals to me.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Willkat98 said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

shoot i missed the birthday! sorry mateo! glad you're still plugging away and ignore those reviews. they don't know what they're talking about. i still have to make it in. will soon i swear. btw, love the angel hair, looks awesome. i just finished my first triathlon last week in montauk -woohoo! you getting out to the hamptons much or not really because of the new digs?

8:59 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Mona! Congrats on the triathlon accomplishment. Obviously, you don't eat alot of BBQ. LoL.

No, I don't get out to the hamptons much these days. Once every two months, or so. Not enough.

1:20 PM  

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