I could invent some sort of rationale for having made this meal—minimalism, balance, a focus on good ingredients—but, honestly, I just came across the recipe and found it irresistible. I was sold on smoked salmon and al dente pasta. Pulling this salad together, flavor-wise, proved challenging, but ultimately rewarding, once we hit the right balance.
We had the great fortune of having mjw join us for dinner. This seemed like the perfect occasion to make something a bit more involved—ravioli was the perfect adventure. Turns out mjw is a natural at the pasta making! Going with a very seasonally appropriate recipe, we stuffed the ravioli with mashed parsnip and topped it with a mushroom ragoût and added a side salad. As this was a long process, we tried out pkf‘s suggested polenta fries with our leftover polenta.