Last night I continued my emptying of the fridge and creating dishes the kids would eat quest and we hit on another good one. Although I would like to know what I'm doing to my mushrooms that makes my sauce turn grey when I add cream. BOO. Under the cut is
I lol at that because who do I think I am, some Top Chef contestant? A Cheftestant? <-- kill me if you ever hear me using that without irony.
Deconstructed Tuna Noodle Casserole
3/4 pound of portabellos (portobellas? PETEBELLES? I never spell it right and I'm too lazy to look it up.) because that's how much I had. More or less to your tastes
2 TBSP butter
splash of olive oil
1 large shallot diced (or sub in garlic or leave it out, who am I to tell you how to eat?)
1 4oz tub of mascarpone cheese
1 packet of albacore (I buy those foil packs - less liquid to drain, so I don't)
4 C egg noodles
1/2 C shredded Parm
salt and pepper
Start a pot of boiling water. Chop up the mushrooms, heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet, add the mushrooms and cook down until they release their liquid and start shrinking. Add shallots.
Get the noodles in that boiling water - shouldn't take more than 6 minutes to cook, if that.
When the majority of the liquid is gone from the mushrooms, (is this why it's grey? Guys, help me here. Obi-wan [you finish the rest]) add in the mascarpone and let it melt into the mushrooms. (If you like it all runny, add some cream or double your mascarpone. I'm going for a healthier option, and the kids wolfed it down, so you know.) Stir in the tuna, top with the parm, stir it up.
Slop some of them noodles on some plates, scoop and ladle the mushroom/tuna sauce on them, watch the kids eat it up, even when they say they hate mushrooms. We had a little side salad with this and it was perfect for 4 generous portions. No thick bricks of baked cheddar and cream of soup mix here, everything tasted fresh and real. NOM.
I need to figure out what we're having for dinner tonight. I think I might hit the Asian market and grab some bok choy and green onions and make a dumping soup. (I have the leek-mushroom dumplings already.) Yes, I buy store bought dumplings. Dude. The packaging is in Chinese, it feeds a group of 6, and costs 3.50. No way can I duplicate that in my kitchen for the price OR the flavor.
I also need to find a dress for my high school reunion next weekend. I keep hearing about old friends that won't come, and I have been leaving them scathing messages of "who do you think you are? You were in Orchestra with me, GET THEE TO THE REUNION. We'll be more awesome than the people who tormented us, I promise." Guys, I cannot WAIT for the reunion, the 10th was such an amazing mix of OH MY GOD, LOOK AT HOW THEY TURNED OUT! to holy shit, she looks 50 and she's not even 30 yet. Then again, that particular person looked like a 40 year old real estate agent when we were in high school, so that wasn't a surprise. Hint: she's in that top picture in the bottom left corner. BUT I BET YOU ALREADY GUESSED THAT, HUH? Lol. Whatevs, she was horrid to me.
It will be sad to see a few old friends that won't be there because of their untimely deaths. Steve Resta, the first boy who's leg hair I noticed in Mr. Murter's Earth Sciences class (how great is that name?), the first boy that gave me that "He's a MAN!" hot belly feeling, who was in most of my AP classes and took theater with me, who moved into my dad's neighborhood my senior year, so I saw him all the time outside of school too... He'll be one I missed. He committed suicide right after the 10 year reunion (which he didn't attend) and I hadn't seen him since we graduated.
Should be interesting to see how people have let bygones be bygones and who has held on to the weirdness. Goodness knows I'm a completely different person since those days. (Well, except for my goofiness, that hasn't changed.) I BASICALLY WANT A DRESS THAT GOES WITH THESE SHOES. I have them in brick red. They are SEX incarnate.