Lesson: read the recipe.
For last night’s dinner, I tried a new recipe: Orecchiette with chicken sausage and broccoli rabe. Up until just this minute when I was looking for the recipe to link on-line, I thought I had followed the recipe. But, I hadn’t. The recipe said to blanch the broccoli rabe in boiling, salted water – which is how you get rid of some of its bitterness. I didn’t do this step.
I just didn’t read the recipe through. And, as I ate the bitter broccoli (mine, L’s and J’s), I wondered: “This is so bitter. Why didn’t the recipe have you blanch the broccoli rabe?”
Nonetheless, the broccoli rabe to pasta ratio was too high in my opinion. And, there wasn’t enough sausage. And, the recipe had you add vinegar. It smelled good while it was cooking, but, well, I can’t blame the recipe that I didn’t follow. It may very well be fantastic.
We had ice cream for dessert because dinner was lousy. A silver lining of mint chip.
So, there is no link and I won’t try the recipe again. But, I’ve learned a lesson.
Read the recipe.