Spring Shells with Shrimp and Ricotta

A dollop of ricotta tops of my Spring Shells with Shrimp. Full recipe on BigTasteTinySpace.com.

If I made you dinner in 2010 there is a 70% chance you came over and ate ravioli. Not just any ravioli, homemade shrimp ravioli. Since I was barely employed and had a lot of free time on my hands, I'd spend the day wandering from Reading Terminal Market for shrimp and to the Italian Market for cheese and canned tomatoes. The long walk helped counteract the copious amount of wine I'd serve with dinner. After hunting for ingredients I'd cover every inch of the kitchen counter with flour to make fresh pasta and fold chopped cooked shrimp into fluffy ricotta for ravioli filling. It was amazing, and time consuming. But I didn't really have anything else going on, so why not. I'd usually follow this decadent dinner up with a boozy dessert drink. Dirty Girl Scouts are supposed to be taken in shot form but in college my roommates and I drank them in larger quantities. It took me a while to shake that habit. So not only were you coming over for a heavy homemade meal but you'd be [Read more...]

Penne a la Vodka

This easy Penne a la Vodka is roasted in the oven. A hands-off easy recipe. Find the recipe on BigTasteTinySpace.com

You're supposed to eat a good meal before you drink. I was new to drinking my freshman year of college but I at least knew that. So with that nugget of knowledge and a water bottle of junky tequila that I got from someone in my dorm, I made the quick trip to the University of Delaware to see my friend Cara for a pre-spring break weekend. After a detour to health services to see if Cara had tuberculosis, she didn't, we headed to Main Street for dinner. Since we were going to spend the rest of the night party-hopping from frat to frat, ugh we thought we were so cool, I ordered pasta for dinner as a base for all of the shitty beer I was going to consume. Even bad penne a la vodka is good so dinner was awesome.

Bagna Cauda Bucatini

Bagna Cauda dip transformed into a weeknight pasta sauce via BigTasteTinySpace.com

I'm not sure how the subject of garlic bread came up over 'Build-your-own burgers' but it was quickly made clear that whatever garlic bread Marc's brother had been making was too offensive to his wife. Too strong! Too much garlic breath that lingered for hours! Oh, that's an easy fix, I thought. Just use roasted garlic, I proudly suggested.