Red Sauce and Memories of Italy

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
Summer 2010


I'm going to completely ignore the fact that it is snowing outside. On the 30th of March. And, I'm not going to go on about how March came in like a lion, so many of us (who know the old saying) are expecting it to go out like a lamb. Nope. I'm ignoring it. However, IF, the temperatures reach 60 degrees tomorrow, as forecasted, and it is sunny (also forecasted), I might be mollified. But, seriously? Waiting until the absolute last day of a month with the highest possible number of days, at the end of the longest, coldest and snowiest winter in memory, is just too much.

Fortunately, we had a very lovely diversion this evening.

The Kids Making the Perfect Wish, Trevi Fountain, Rome 2010

It is one that I am going to go on about (and possibly on and on about): the absolutely delicious dinner we made tonight. It literally took me back to Sorrento, Italy with a single bite. We started out thinking of having fresh fettuccine and a red sauce. I then suggested we add shrimp for a really nice and simple dinner. John was doing the shopping (at Wegman's) and remembered a former co-worker had mentioned a sauce that she loved that Wegman's sells. He was able to find it and decided we should try it. He also picked up some fresh broccoli to steam with it. We heated up the sauce, cooked the pasta, and sautéed the shrimp separately. The broccoli steamed in just about 10 minutes; the fettuccine and shrimp in about four to five minutes each. So, the entire fabulous dinner cooked in under 15 minutes and was outstanding. The sauce was exactly what I remembered sauce in Italy tasting like. It was so light and fresh.


The Italian sauce memories lead me to go through our photos from our Italy trip. It was a fantastic trip. When we were in Rome, we all made a wish at the Trevi Fountain. If you've ever been to the Trevi Fountain and made a wish, you know what they say. I am hoping this imagined culinary jaunt to Sorrento does not mess up my luck and good karma for getting back to Rome some day. And, I'd like to go sooner rather than later. In fact, looking at our photos from that trip (and looking out the window at the snowy-rainy mix) makes me want to hop a plane tomorrow.

Alyssa and Me in Sorrento, Italy, 2010



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