The In Laws came over for pizza on Friday night, so we did dinner solo on Saturday. Ideally, we were looking at something quick in order to finish, wash dishes and be on the couch for the Syracuse-Duke game at 6:30 p.m. Well, kinda. The Kid is going to bed around 7 p.m. right now, so the last half hour of her day is spent viewing a Doc McStuffins stored on the DVR. So, we lost the first 30 minutes of the game, but were back for the fireworks in the second half and overtime.
Ideally, I wanted to roast something during the day and beef is as good a choice as anything. While I enjoy a nice roast beef and haven’t done one recently, an all-day braised roast is just as good. Robyn Stone’s recipe at Add a Pinch was my guide for ingredients and heat. Rather than think for myself, I decided to let her do the heavy lifting. Typical Jared move…make the women do the work and I come in later to grab the glory at dinnertime. Ha! Continue reading Saturday Dinner: Oven-Braised Roast Beef
About, oh, five months ago, The Wife and I went to Flour City Pasta in Pittsford and got a little crazy. Amongst the things we bought were a $20 box of braised beef ravioli. In fairness, I didn’t know how much they were until we got the receipt by email. They went into our basement freezer, which I affectionately refer to as the cryovault, and I proceeded to forget about them.
Fast forward to Saturday morning when I asked The Wife what she wanted to do about dinner. She had…nothing. I went searching through the cryovault and found the ravioli. It got me thinking about a sauce. I didn’t want the typical red marinara sauce here, nor did I want a rich alfredo. Bolognese seemed like overkill. Arrabiata would work, but thought it would be too much for the delicate pasta. So, I went looking and ran across The Pioneer Woman’s tomato cream sauce. It’s a simple quick marinara with heavy cream, or a vodka sauce without the booze. It looked like would complement the pasta and allow its filing to drive the bus. The sauce is a perfect weeknight improvisation, going together in about 30 minutes without much drama.
WHAT WORKED: The sauce stayed out of the way. It had all of the tang of a tomato sauce, but didn’t have an overwhelming onion, garlic or tomato flavor. It provided a proper base for the ravioli to stand out.
WHAT DIDN’T: Me. I forgot the basil. Shopping without a list is problematic like tha.
WHAT DID THE WIFE SAY: Nothing about the food. The Kid was acting like a three-year-old during dinner.
WILL IT MAKE ANOTHER APPEARANCE: Almost certainly. Continue reading Saturday Dinner: Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce