So, after 30 days of not drinking, I broke the streak with a 2009 Gaja. That's a good way to do it. I took a leg of lamb out of the freezer on Sunday and then my week got crazy.. I ended up inviting some people for dinner last night..
We started with mussel pasta.. This was really nice.. Sweated some shallots in butter and olive oil.. Then I added some garlic and jalapeno peppers.. Then, I took the mussels out once they opened and deshelled them.. Added some milk that had anchovies soaking in it to the pasta sauce, the the spaghetti, then the mussels, red pepper, parsley and finally some toasted white bread crumbs.
It looks very good. Since my town of origin is famous for mussels, I'm very big on this dish. I suggested other times on egullet, if you have 10 more minutes to spare, try, I'm sure you'll be amazed on the difference: open the mussel by hand, not steam to open. It takes a little bit of practice but I'm sure you are good at this stuff. Collect the mussels with their filtered water. Add this to your garlic/pepper and so on. It tastes so, so much better.