Oof, I'm slacking big time. It's not easy to type with a very active four-month-old jumping on my lap.
Nor is cooking a simple feat, even if it's getting easier these days. Without getting into dangerous 30 Minute Meals territory, I'm always on the lookout for quick cooking ideas. Josh always has good suggestions, and I have years of food magazines I need to peruse for weeknight recipes.
Spaghetti alle vongole, though yet another pasta fall back, fits the bill. A quick Food Network website search yielded a few recipes, which aren't really necessary unless you're using a special technique, such as the Marcella Hazan method.
Other than the pasta, all that's required is garlic, hot chili flakes, white wine, olive oil, lemon, parsley, and approximately 3/4 pounds of littleneck clams per person. (But we could've used better than Mayfair's mollusk selection. Oh Fish King, why can't you be closer?) After simple prep and about 10 minutes of steaming, dinner is done.
While none of my friends would discourage me from cooking in general, Matthew reminded me "friends don't let friends like Rachael Ray." So let's make sure I don't go down that path, tempting as it may be. But frankly, I don't have much of a leg to stand on if I'm gonna criticize Rachaelraysian hegemony, do I?