yesterday was busy. and i’m used to things being pretty cruisy. cruisy means you do what you want, when you want and just about anything can get put off for another day. all plans stay flexible and i never ever leave the house before 11 am. please don’t hate me cause i’m cruisy…
but yesterday was busy. and i’m not wired for busy – yet. but i’m an adaptable kinda gal and i’ll ease into this. because i’m in for a lively period coming up here. with deadlines. DEADlines. just the mere word is enough to scare the bejeezus out of you.
so yesterday at 4:30 i’m in the middle of ‘whole foods’ trying to decide what i’m making for dinner. my kid and her kid were coming over and i wanted to make her something she’d love. i remembered the cheese cavatelli from lazzaroli’s in my freezer along with the leftover pesto from the summer and i figured i could whip up a vodka sauce pretty quickly.
i had a can of san marzano crushed tomatoes so i grabbed that from the pantry, lightly sauteed some garlic in some olive oil added a pinch of salt and the tomatoes and let it cook for a few minutes. then i added a few glugs of vodka, cooked that down and then some cream. done. easy. fast. perfect!
vodka sauce is a debatable issue among the foodie crowd. some say it’s nothing more than a gimmick that came about from a marketing campaign to sell more vodka back in the 70’s. others say that frank sinatra invented it. but after a bit of googling i read that the vodka is used to release the acids and flavor in the sauce and also to enhance the sweetness of the cream. and even if vodka doesn’t have much of a flavor on its own, when mixed with the other ingredients it acts as a flavor enhancer. and i believe everything i read on the internet. so i’m going with that.
the 5 year old got a chocolate cupcake with a colorful buttercream turkey on top. it was a huge smash success, perhaps because i agreed for it to be his first course before his chef boyardee. we’ve implemented the ’no vodka’ rule for the kid. but that’s just us.
anyway, he was the designated driver.