Friday, February 17, 2012

Date Night Dinner: Linguine in Clam Sauce

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While it is rare that Dad takes over cooking in our kitchen, but when he does, it's always something delicious!  It helps, of course, that you only need to be good one day out of 30, while Mom must please everyone 29 out of the 30 days.  But, Dad did teach Mom to cook when they first got married and Dad's mom was a wonderful cook, one that I like to model myself after!

This clam sauce is no exception.  He received the clams as a gift from a fellow co-worker, and made the executive decision to freeze them until the whole family was home to enjoy the sauce together.  And enjoy it we did!  Dad never measures when he cooks so I stood behind him observing and scribbling. 

The best thing about these types of sauces is that you can add pretty much whatever you want to it and it will taste good.  I love to add a lot of garlic which is a great complement to the pasta, but I wouldn't attempt it on a first date hehe.  As for my dating life, I'm thrilled that John will be here soon; I am already making dinner plans for the two of us!  I can't wait to be able to spend some quality time with him.  I hope you all are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am.
Linguini in Clam Sauce
Serves:  6
1 pound clams
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 teaspoon thyme, dried
1 box of linguine

Boil the clams in warm water, about 3-5 minutes until fully cooked.  Chop them in the food processor until bite-sized.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet.  Heat over medium-high heat until warm.  Add garlic and stir until fragrant.  Add lemon juice, white wine, salt, pepper, and thyme.  Cook about 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, cook linguine according to pasta box directions.  Drain and set aside.  Add clams to the wine mixture and cook for about 10 minutes, until clams are heated through and sauce thickens slightly.  Toss pasta with sauce.  Serve immediately!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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