Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw is throwing no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.
Today: How to make a Monday night feel special.
Usually, when I think of a "special night," I think of times when I'm on my couch without pants on, watching The West Wing on Netflix and eating ratatouille in February. Or I recall parties where I make platters of nachos and get drunk off of cheap wine, and then hold my friends hostage while I sing my favorite songs from Kinky Boots.
But sometimes you need to make a night special: the kind of night that you buy nice produce for, that you light candles for, that you put pants on for. Because getting a little dressed up and eating ramps is a kind of escapism, just like eating zucchini in the winter; it's deciding that this night, this Monday night, is going to be the best part of the week. It's deciding to eat a Real Dinner instead of a Weird Dinner, and inviting a few good friends over to share it with you.
Let's get fancy. Here's the plan.
When you're almost ready for dinner: Start boiling your pasta, and heat up your pancetta and ramps. Bring everything else out to the table. When the pasta is ready, do all your tossing and carbonar-ing at the table. Watch your guests' eyes light up with glee.
When the carbonara is gone: Bring out the buckle, with some unsweetened whipped cream.