Dinner w/Fifi & Himay

Stolen Says highlights the best of New York City from bar scenes to brunches. As fantastic and fun as all of that is, sometimes the best evenings are those spent in your own apartment with a couple of your closest friends, a bottle of wine, and delicious home-cooked meal.

This week’s Dinner w/Fifi & Himay is (drum roll, please): Spaghetti Barbara!!!

Wait…no. Spaghetti Carbonara. Well, sort of. Fifi and I tend to pull our hair out some days trying to come up with fun and delicious things to make for our weekly dinners. It was my turn this week, and I decided to indulge in a slightly less vegan option. When I indulge in meat and other animal by-products, it generally involves bacon. I figured, while we were at it we might as well go all the way and have some carbs as well. Bacon, pasta — Spaghetti Carbonara. Except my new DroidX didn’t like carbonara, and autocorrected it into Spaghetti Barbara.

It turns out my idea of Spaghetti Carbonara is just a figment of the actual recipe. It calls for eggs, beaten, slowly mixed and dripped over hot pasta and melded with the other ingredients to create a perfect coating of…it was too complicated for a Wednesday evening after a mind-numbing day in the cubicle and a glass of pinot grigio. So we stuck with Spaghetti Barbara. Sautéed some mushrooms, onions, and garlic, tossing in a good chunk of butter — as I said, we were going all the way with this. Those sizzled for a few minutes, while the pasta water boiled, and we seasoned the mushroom/onion/garlic combo with some thyme, rosemary, a pinch of oregano, and of course, a little salt and pepper. Adding the cubed pieces of chicken cutlets, and the crumbled pieces of bacon that Himay seared in, well, the microwave, it all turned out just in time to add it to the cooked and drained pasta. Fifi had done something to the chicken/mushroom/etc blend whilst my back was turned — something that made it a little creamier and a little cheesier. This is the first of her secrets. Unfortunately, since my back was turned and my torture devices were in my other bag, this is one that will remain a secret.

But my, was it yummy! A little of that, with a salad that Himay washed and prepared, a(nother) glass of pinot grigio, and some Modern Family — perfect.

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