Tonight's supper was another recipe from the Pollan Family Table: creamy spinach pasta alfredo with crispy pancetta. Oh my- it was very, very tasty! I forgot to take a pic, but here's the recipe page from the cookbook. Our supper looked almost just like the picture.
I also much prefer to grate my own Parmesan cheese and nutmeg because they taste so much fresher and better to me. But one time and work saver I did use tonight was already diced pancetta. I saw it last time we were in Publix and thought I'd try it. I'm glad I did, it was excellent and seemed to brown much better and faster than when I've hacked at it myself in an attempt to dice it. Did I tell you I am hopeless with a knife? It's one of those skills like swimming or riding a bike that I was never able to master despite the efforts of some very dedicated instructors. The poor souls tried everything they knew to help me get past my clumsiness before finally throwing their hands up in desperation and giving up. So I am a hacker with a knife rather than a slicer, dicer, chopper or a mincer, and the pancetta was spared from a torturous end on my cutting board, thanks to Publix.
I used another trick to peel the garlic called for in the recipe: put the cloves in a jar ( I used a plastic smoothie glass with a lid that came with my blender) with a lid and shake vigorously. The skin falls off and the garlic is peeled with little or no effort on your part and no garlic smell on your hands! You're welcome!
The dish came together quite nicely. It was quick, delicious, and called for a minimal number of pots, pans and utensils. The latter alone is enough to elicit a five star rating from Mr. G., who has taken over dish washing duties. He frequently mutters under his breath about how, based on the number of dirty dishes confronting him, anybody would think I was cooking for an army instead of two people. He just doesn't appreciate the concept of mis en place and all the extra little bowls that hold the prepped ingredients. Tonight, there were only three little bowls, one saucepan, one skillet, a spatula, wooden spoon, colander for draining both the spinach and pasta, two plates and knives and forks. We were both happy and there was a minimum of muttering, thank goodness!