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29 Sept 2009

Brown butter pasta with salad; Nannie's green stuff (for me) and fudge & marshmallows (for Chris) for dessert. Brown butter pasta with salad; Nannie's green stuff (for me) and fudge & marshmallows (for Chris) for dessert.

This pasta dish is a favorite of ours, in case you couldn't tell. I tossed in some roast beef with it. This was originally planned for Monday night - a no-bean night since Chris had to go into the office on Tuesday - but we wound up going out to eat that night instead. No matter. Roasted the beef earlier in the day, tossed it in the fridge, then pulled it out (half for this meal, half for the next night's), chopped it, tossed it in during the last ten minutes or so of cooking to let it heat through, and soak up the wonderful sauce. I purposefully roasted this "best braising steak" so it'd be dry, so it'd suck up the sauce it was being put in for both dishes. Worked out really well.

Nannie's green stuff is a favorite of mine, has been for years. She calls it something like pistachio pineapple salad, but I find that title too boring: it doesn't elicit nearly as many fun faces when I say that instead of "green stuff". I had a hankering for it, so started Monday evening to make the most labor-intensive version of it ever. First we made the marshmallow; let it set up; Tuesday night I cut them into mini-marshmallows. I'd read an idea to pipe the marshmallow into long, thin lines, and just cut those into mini marshmallows, and tried that, but I didn't grease the parchment I piped them onto, so they didn't come off well enough to do that with. So I just made a lot of cuts. Yay, pizza cutter! We did buy the pistachio pudding mix (we can get that through our usual import company), and I found the crushed pineapple (exactly one store in town carries it), and we whipped up some cream (yeah, there's no Cool Whip here, either). We toasted some nuts, chopped them, and tossed them in. And, voila! Chris tasted a bite, and decided the pistachio/pineapple taste mixture was too weird for him - so, more for me!

When we made the marshmallow, before putting it in the pan to set up, we put some of the hot liquid marshmallow (fluff) into a bowl, and then immediately used that to make the fudge. We used castor (superfine) sugar this time, instead of the plain granulated sugar we'd used last time we made this fudge, with much success: the fudge was grainy last time, but nice this time :-) Woohoo.

Chris had some fudge and marshmallows for dessert. Yall just don't know, if you've never made your own marshmallow - these suckers are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, good enough to be dessert like that. Seriously, go make yourself some. I've even put together a photo recipe for you, starting here. Go. Now. Bye!

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