Friday, September 19, 2008

The Roundup: Presto Pasta Night #81

Our week to host Presto Pasta Night has come and gone. Initially, I was worried that no one would "show up at my party". But, I'm happy to say that this party has been a roaring success. Ok - we may be on carb overload. But, that's beside the point.

Ok - enough of me talking - here's what you came for...THE ROUNDUP (presented in order of submission):

First up is Kittie from Kittens in the Kitchen. She's moving soon and is on a mission to clear out her cupboards. Actually, I've challenged Giz to a similar mission. Kittie's delicious-looking Spicy Marinated Salmon with Raw Bean Cous-Cous looks like a great balance of flavours and nutrients. Also, Kittie is hosting this month's "Think Spice.." and has chosen Fenugreek. Check out this link for more details.

Gay from A Scientist in the Kitchen shares her sopas, which is Tagalog for soup. Gay explains that sopas is "...a versatile pasta soup as you can use any meat to make the broth". That's what I love about food blogging - learning about dishes from all over the world.

Julia from Grow. Cook. Eat. made Chicken Ragu with Chick Pea Pasta. Definitely check out Julia's homemade pasta, featuring sage grown in her garden. Very impressive. Technically, this is Julia's 1st, 2nd and 3rd time participating in Presto Pasta Nights because the day after submitting this dish, she made another TWO pasta dishes.

Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe shares her soy bombs, spaghetti and tomato sauce, a great-looking vegetarian option with a pretty cool name.

Deeba from Passionate about Baking enters her Mixed-herbs Pasta with Bell Peppers & Feta. This fresh-looking dish also features sage, this time it come from Mumbai. Also check out Deeba's pictures of her daughter camping in the Himalayas.

Jin Hooi from Smell and Taste are my Memory brings Braised Pork and Yee Min. The Yee Min, which I assume is the noodles, looks really good and Jin Hooi is convincing me to give radishes a 2nd try.

Ohiomom from Cooking in Cleaveland made a great looking Tomato Anchovy Pasta. Fresh, easy, flavourful. Triple threat!

Kitchenetta from Got No Milk shares the beautiful, well-rounded Spicy Couscous Pilaf that she made for her son's recent visit.

Nikki from Nik Snacks is a first time PPNer who shares her Sharon's Bolognese Sauce With Spaghetti. No one seems to know who Sharon is, but word is that she makes a mean Bolognese Sauce.

Dell from Cooking and the City made a Penne Arrabiata with Sweet Peppers. Dell wasn't sure about the sweet pepper, but has since declared them a success. Looks like one big success to me.

Katie from Thyme for Cooking posted her Zucchini Stuffed with Orzo and Feta. Why haven't I thought of making something like this? Note to self: stuff zucchini. Looks great.

Ivy from Kopiaste...To Greek Hospitality shares her Linguine with Kalamari. Check out Ivy's quick tutorial on how to cleam kalamari. Ivy, this seafood pasta is my weakness! Lovely.

Next up is Priya from Priya's Easy and Tasty Recipes who shares a Pasta Creamed Veggies, which looks both easy and tasty.

Dharm from Dad - Baker & Chef posted about his Fettucine Piccante con Salame ed il Fungo . According to Dharm's instant translator, this mean "Spicy Fettucine with Salami and Mushrooms". I really like spicy food, so the spicy salami sounds right up my alley but what I really want to do is make some fettucine. I need to broaden my flat noodle horizons (don't mind the pun).

Darius from Everyday Cooking shares his Tequila-Lime Fettuccine. Darius says that this recipe is very easy. Easy + good flavour + tequila + pasta + lime +....need I go on?

Ning from Heart and Hearth shares her Soba with Unagi. Soba are a popular Japanese noodle made of out buckwheat flour. Must try them. Ning is hosting this week's Bookmarked Recipes roundup. Check that out if you're interested in participating.

Our very own Giz from Equal Opportunity Kitchen shares her Lokshen Kugel, which is a traditional Jewish noodle casserole. Giz claims to be making this kugel as a warm up to the upcoming high holidays. I think that's code for "Giz wanted to eat kugel, so she looked for a good excuse". All kidding aside, this sweet-flavoured pasta is delicious.

Marye from Baking Delights shares her Cajun Farfalle with Smoked Sausage. The dish looks delicious and the sausage has no nitrates! How cool is that?

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes brings her Pasta Salad with Seared Tuna and Citrus Dressing. Looks like a nice fresh-flavoured dish to me.

Mrs Ergül from Mrs Ergül in the Kitchen brings her Farfalle in Tomato Sauce. This dish would be very welcome in my home! I'm also intrigued by Mrs Ergül's bio: "She is a Chinese wife married to an awesome Türk man. That is one big motivation to learn how to cook good food from both of these cultures". I'll definitely have to take a closer look at her blog.

Daphne from More than Words made her Roast Duck Noodles. Can you believe I've never made duck before? Daphne, you are welcome to come show me how to make duck any time because I see you are very good at it. This looks awesome.

Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once shares a Mung Bean Fettuccine with Pumpkin and Sage Burnt Butter Sauce. Check out the unique-looking fettuccine. This well-rounded dish looks great for the season.

Becke from Columbus Foodie shares a lovely Sep Abruzzese Lamb and Red Pepper Ragu with Penne, a dish I would love to curl up with on a cool evening.

Tigerfish from Teczcape - An Escape to Food shared a Tom Yam Tuna Noodle Soup. Go check it out. It looks like a great way to make a fast, versatile soup. I also just learned that Tom Yam (or Tom Yum) originates from Thailand and is one of the most famous dishes in Thai cuisine.

Melissa from Alosha's Kitchen is another first time PPN'er. She shared her Taglierini with Bay Scallops and Meyer Lemon. I trust Melissa's judgment and if she says she was blown away by it, it's really good. But, the picture speaks for itself.

TS and JS from [eating club] Vancouver made a Duck Tortellini in Brodo. This homemake tortellini makes for a very impressive dish. Ok - you convinced me...I'll take a bowl. Do you deliver to Ontario?

Katie from One Little Corner of the World shares her Pasta with Oxtail Sauce. She too is having troubles with her blogger account - so I'm not going crazy. This is a series of first for Katie...first time participating in PPN...first time cooking oxtail...first time shipping Pasta with Oxtail Sauce to Canada. Ok...maybe I've gone to far.

Wiffy from Noob Cook shares a Chilli crab pasta made from leftover chilli crab. Ok - you convinced me - I will put making crab pasta on my to do list. Can you tell I'm getting hungrier as the roundup progresses?

Ching from Little Corner of Mine shares her Spaghetti with Chicken and Shrimp Little Corner of Mine is a really attractive, well-organized blog. The recipes look delicious as a whole and this submission is no exception. Go check out Little Corner of Mine.

Lori Lynn from Taste with the Eyes shares her Spaghetti, Tomato Vodka Cream. I'ved made vodka cream before, but never with the addition of ricotta. Sounds like a great idea to me. Giz and I have been fans of Lori Lynn's since we first met during our first Tried, Tested and True event. I love to drool over her dishes (both the food and the dinnerware beneath them). Go check out her blog!

Last, but not least, is Ruth from Once Upon a Feast. Eighty-one weeks ago, Ruth started Presto Pasta Nights and has put a lot of time and energy into it every week since. I'm in awe with how much work goes into hosting an event and to do it on a weekly or biweekly basis is truly remarkable.

Ruth shares her new Sobaya Soba Noodles purchase. Between Ruth and Ning, I'm beginning to thing that Soba are the new "it" noodle.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth for letting Equal Opportunity Kitchen host the event. Also, thank you to everyone who participated this week! This was fun.



Ruth Daniels said...

Great roundup and a fantastic job of hosting! Thanks a million for putting it all together.

I guess I'll be spending much of tomorrow, checking out each fantastic entry.

Anonymous said...

You did a great job!!!!! You know it is funny you say that about shipping to Canada - I will be there next week.

Fran Z said...

Great line up! Giz- I sent a note to your email...

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous edition!

Patsyk said...

Great round-up! I'm bummed I couldn't get my act together in time for this week. Now, I have a ton of pasta dishes to go check out.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

What a great host you are! Great dishes. I will have to join in soon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for accepting my last minute entry! Nice round up, good work! :)

pam said...

Great job on the roundup!!

OhioMom said...

WOW! Fantastic round up and fab dishes, I will definitely be checking some of these out.

Thanks for hosting this event :)

Anonymous said...

I love these roundups because I get so many awesome ideas! Thanks for the carb loading.

Dharm said...

And you were worried no one would show??? This was a great roundup. Thanks for hosting and keep up the punny puns!! Horizontal horizons indeed!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great roundup! So sorry I missed this one--I even MADE the pasta dish a couple of nights ago, but didn't have time to write it up! Maybe next time. . . anyway, congrats on a great "party". :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a fantastic round-up! I love the way you present each dish! And thanks for adding the mention on Bookmarked Recipes! :) :)

Ivy said...

I think you should enter the PPN Guinness record. I think it's the first time I've seen so many entries. Congratulations for the great job you did. We really eat a lot of macaroni. All recipes look delicious.

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Wow, that's a lot of entries! Good thing we weren't too late!

Haha, if we figure out how to ship soup...

Katie Zeller said...

It's really hard to no tun to the kitchen every 5 minutes for a pasta break... So many great recipes...
And Good Job!

Deeba PAB said...

What a ROCKING round-up! WOW!! Load of interesting reading...must have been hard-work! Well done indeed!

kat said...

that is quite a great looking round up

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Great turnout ladies:D

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Wow what a great roundup. I'm sorry I missed it, I had a pasta/meatball recipe but I had just taken the pictures and didn't have time to do the writeup yet and all that!

My favorite parts? Soy bombs (like the term) and the stuffed zucchini (love zucchini and orzo). Great stuff!

Laura Paterson said...

Great round up - I bookmarked three... then gave up and bookmarked this page instead!

ps. thanks for the think spice link! :D

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Hostesses with the mostesses? Oh, I tried.

Great round-up! I'm so glad I could participate. This was totally awesome!

Adam said...

Roaring success? Try earthquake success. I thing the entire universe came in and contributed :) Well that's what happens when two dangerously good caterers host the party

Little Corner of Mine said...

Oh, you left out my entry. Should I pass it to Ruth for next week?

Lori Lynn said...

Whoa - this post is chock-full of great ideas! Thanks for hosting!

daphne said...

What a fantastic job u did with the round up! Amazing stuff and so many recipes to check out!

Cakespy said...

Yes, I am having a carbohydrate coma...but man, is it worth it! It all looks so comforting and delicious!

Lori said...

So missed this one.

I love soba noodles. There are a lot of great ideas here, thanks!

Melissa said...

Sorry to be a few days late in visiting PG, I was gone most of the weekend. Thank you again for the great job!

There is so much here to love I don't even know where to begin. Love the tequila lime chicken one. Love the soba and unagi (LOVE) but could not make it for anyone but myself, not even friends of mine (they don't know what they're missing!).

The braised pork and yee min... the tom yum... Katie's stuffed zucchini. What a great roundup!

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