Black and Taupe Squiggles

Ala Vodka

Black and Taupe Squiggles

Years ago, my husband took me to visit his friends in New York. His friend made Rigatoni ala vodka and it was absolutely delicious. I asked for the recipe, and she told me, but I did not write it down. When we got back home, I decided to make it with my husband’s help. (As you will see that was a mistake). I knew the ingredients but could not remember the ingredient measurements. I sauteed the onions and garlic and could not remember the amount of vodka. When I asked Mike if he remembered he said yes it was one cup. I thought it sounded like a lot, but I measured a cup and then proceeded to put all of the remaining ingredients into the skillet. I cooked it for about twenty minutes and like any good chef, I did a taste test. “I can taste the vodka,” I said. (i don’t drink so it was very strong). “it’s all in your head” Mike said. I continued to let it simmer, and simmer, and simmer, and took another taste. I could still taste the vodka.  I told Mike I needed to lay down for a bit and passed out on the couch. You guessed it I was drunk.

I found out from a friend who is a chef that you never put the cream into a recipe until the end. the alcohol has to burn off and this cannot happen if you add the cream. He also told me that one cup was too much, one-half cup was perfect, and he was right.

I don’t make this often as there may be a few too many calories but Mike’s daughter Laura likes it so I make it for her Birthday dinner. It has become a tradition.

I have also made this recipe without the vodka, and it was delicious.

We just moved into a new condo (one of our many moves) and Mike decided to make Rigatoni Ala Vodka and surprise me. When I got home, he had the sauce cooking and it smelled delicious. I was impressed. When we sat down, he said, “I met our new neighbors”. I thought that was nice, then he continued “I knocked on their door and said,” I’m your new neighbor and I am making my wife dinner, but I don’t have any vodka, can I please borrow half a cup?”. Mike’s dinner was delicious, and he even brought some over to the neighbor.

Black and Taupe Squiggles God Bless xoxo RoseMary (Black) Black and Taupe Squiggles

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