I have plenty to catch up on these days, including blogging about some things that were going on around the time my dad got sick.
Just about a month ago, I went with a friend to Dave's Fresh Pasta, which is a wonderful store in Somerville that I had somehow never been to. They sell ... well, everything! Fresh pasta (of course), plus gourmet items like fancy-shmancy mustard and imported rice and olive oil, fresh bread, homemade sauces, artisanal cheeses, tons of prepared foods (both fresh and frozen), wine and beer, and more. It looks as though one small shop kept expanding to neighboring shops, because the whole place is like a series of rooms, each with more delectable goodies than the last.
They also offer wine-tasting and cooking classes, and that night we were there for a paella class! There were about a dozen of us, and it was much more of a hands-on evening than just a watch-and-learn. We nibbled on the ingredients while slicing vegetables, sautéing shrimp, drinking wine, and marinating chicken. Here's how it turned out:
I've made paella before, but I might try Chef Jason's recipe next time. (I had to pick up some Palacio chorizo while I was there, of course, and now it's just calling to me....)