Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tapas Class Cancelled Tonight

The weather forecast was right today! It's been snowing since early this morning and the roads are a mess. We decided to cancel class tonight and reschedule for next Thursday, January 14, at 6:00 pm. I hope everyone who was registered will be able to make it next week. We have a few openings in the class, and can take additional students as well. By the way, the classroom was ready on Tuesday for our class. It looks great - we're just waiting on new pictures for the walls.

Jungle (Jim) stopped by the cooking school while we were testing Shrimp and Chorizo with Sherry and Paprika from the tapas class menu. He was happy to serve as an official taste tester and gave us his 'thumbs up' approval.

A cold and snowy day like today just begs for something warm and comforting for lunch or dinner. This recipe is quick, cooks in one pan and I usually have everything in the pantry and freezer to make it. A big plus when the roads are bad and you don't want to venture out.

Stovetop Pasta

2 ounces dry penne pasta (2/3 cup)
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
3 frozen party size meatballs
Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

Combine ingredients (dry pasta - frozen meatballs) in a small (1 quart) saucepan and stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15-18 minutes, stirring once or twice, until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve. Serves 1.

To make 2 servings: double all ingredients and prepare in a 1.5 – 2 quart saucepan.

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