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If I knew tomorrow was going to be my last day, I would like for this to be my last meal.  I have loved this simple yet overwhelmingly refreshing pasta dish for as long as I can remember.  My grandma Suzy is one of the best cooks I know and this is the dish that she makes for me when I come home to visit.  There is just something about grandma Suzy’s cooking that makes me feel so comforted and satisfied.  No matter what she makes, if I try to make it, I am always left wondering why my version does not taste as good as hers.  I think this phenomenon of our versions of our mothers’ or grandmothers’ recipes not tasting as good as the original is inevitable.  I believe that the experience we have while we are dining can make the food we are eating taste completely different.  For example, when eating Fettuccini Freddi at grandma Suzy’s house I know that it will be accompanied by her to-die-for-I-want-to-lick-the-bowl Caesar salad and warm out of the oven homemade French bread.  Then after dinner I will have Earl Grey tea in my favorite teacups of hers where I have to drink the tea down far enough to find out which color of delicately painted butterfly is hidden on the side of my cup.  I know that these memories and traditions compliment the food and make it taste all that much better.  Although I cannot actually have the pleasure of drinking out of a butterfly teacup or have the delightful company of grandma Suzy tonight, this meal takes me right to her dining room table every time.


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Straight from farmers’ market!

Blanch the tomatoes in salted boiling water for 4-5 minutes or until the skins begin to split

Peel and seed the blanched tomatoes

Blend tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and pepper

Heat sauce with more basil, 2 tablespoons of butter and cornstarch mixture.  The color of this sauce is so beautiful!!

Cook pasta and mix with garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper

Serve with warm, or room temperature with sauce and some bread to soak up all of the goodness

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2 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Joanne
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    I totally know what you mean. I have tried for YEARS to make mini meatballs as good as my grandmother…to no avail.

    this pasta sounds fabulous and your grandmother is adorable!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    Such a sweet story!


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