I’m not a writer, I can barely craft a coherent thank you card. I’m not a professional chef, but I do love to cook. As a finance geek, cooking affords me what my profession does not: a beginning, a middle, and an end - with immediate feedback. Sunday Suppers are a labor of love and the menus for our Sunday Suppers continue to expand and evolve. But I can definitely say it all started one afternoon while watching Anne Burrell create her famous spaghetti bolognese sauce on the Food Network.
Anne made me feel like I could follow her recipe and make something that would be every bit as mouth wateringly good as hers. My only dilemma was having 5 hours to prepare the way she does. So I did what every ambitiously lazy chef/finance geek/mom would do. I cheated. I mean… improvised. I did all the steps as Anne would but I used Rao’s Marinara Sauce along with the tomato paste to help things along.
Every good pasta must have accompaniments, just like any pianist would love an orchestra. Heather is a master at creating the perfect Caprese Salad. I do a traditional Ceasar’s Salad and I find the most perfect French baguette from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica to create garlic parmesan crostini. .
A fun family fact: Bay Cities has those little machines where kids can put a quarter in and get a toy in a little plastic container…I let the our kids do that the first Saturday of every month.