Hey dudes! Well…… I’m off on vacation for the next 10 days! Heading down to San Francisco, over to Yosemite, Over to Vegas for a super posh wedding, then back home. Whew! Follow along on Instagram to see where I am! I’ve got 4 rad guest posts heading your way while I’m gone. First up…. Marissa from OMGFOOD is sharing her linguine with asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes. YUM!
Oh, hi! I’m Marissa. Nice to meet you! I’m super excited to do a guest post for Trish on Rhubarbarians! Trish and I have never met in real life (we live on opposite sides of the country), but based on our similar interests in food and booze, we’d have a blast if we hung out. True story.
I write to you from Boston, Mass; born and raised! Both of my parents come from Greece which basically means two things: 1.) My family’s a bunch of loud mofos and 2.) Food is everything. My parents owned a restaurant for 25 years, which has been most of my life. They opened a month before I was born and retired about six years ago. I also had grandparents who were super-amazing bakers! So, yeah. Food rules everything around me. F.R.E.A.M. (I’m not going to apologize for that joke.) Aside from loving food, I also love writing, so it made sense to put the two together and start up a blog of my own. Why the name OMGFOOD? Because food gets me so excited, I tend to say “OMG” or “hot damn” whenever I take a bite of something super amazing and I figured omgfood had a better ring to it. You get what I’m saying, right? I knew you would.
When I’m not blogging, I’m probably working on video games (that or playing them at home or I’m out enjoying drinks/food with awesome friends). I work at Harmonix as a game designer for my full-time gig. You know of Rock Band and/or Dance Central? That’s us! We also teamed up with Disney to work on Fantasia: Music Evolved. Game development is a ton of work and can be super stressful at times. I love it so much. Also, in case you’ve ever wondered: No, working in games doesn’t mean you play them all day and no, working in games is nothing like the movie Grandma’s Boy. Those are the two most popular questions I get when I tell people I work at a video game company.
One of my favorite things about blogging aside from getting to share my recipes with all of you is the photography! I first purchased a DSLR when I started up my blog last year. I sometimes still have no clue how to use it, but I’m having a ton of fun and when I get a good shot, I usually sing about it or shake my butt. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I pretty much have a song and dance for everything. Remember a couple paragraphs back when I mentioned I get excited about food? Yeah, I sing and dance about that, too. SPOILER ALERT: It’s the same song with slightly different lyrics. The dance will sometimes change, though.
Anyway, enough about me. Let’s talk about food! That’s why you’re here, right? Trish asked me a little while back what I’d like to make that was fresh and spring-like! My mind immediately went to a light pasta dish with fresh ingredients and a simple white wine sauce. White wine makes me think of warm weather and so it only made sense I go with linguine with asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes! This dish makes a great weeknight meal because it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to make, including prep. It’s a great option for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike! If you want to add some sort of meat option, I recommend chicken or shrimp. If you’re a fan of cheese, definitely top this with parmigiano-reggiano.
- 8 ounces linguine
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small bunch asparagus, chopped in one-inch pieces (about 2½ cups)
- 1 leek, (white parts only) finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, tightly packed
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ⅓ cup dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided (if using sea salt, use half the amount or to taste)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano (optional)
- Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add asparagus and leeks and cook until asparagus is tender; about fiveminutes.
- Add garlic and saute until fragrant; about one minute.
- Add the sun-dried tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt. Saute for another minute.
- Stir in the lemon juice and wine.
- Let come to a boil and cook for three to five minutes, until the wine has reduced.
- Remove from heat and add in the linguine, parsley, remaining salt, and black pepper to taste. Toss to combine.
- Add parmigiano-reggiano to individual servings to taste.
What a beautiful Spring time recipe! Now, for the QUESTIONNAIRE!
1. Tell us a little bit about you and your blog:
I basically grew up in a food family. My parents owned a restaurant for about 25 years, so cooking was
always a big part of my life. I came up with my first recipe when I was 11 years old, which was spaghetti sauteed with chopped tomatoes, sugar, salt, garlic and a crap‐ton of cheese. Thinking back to how much cheese and sugar I put into one serving alone, I wonder if that dish would even taste good to me now… I started my blog in February 2014, though I took a 6‐7 month break and relaunched in December. I love cooking with real ingredients, so you’ll almost never find processed foods in my recipes. Real food is where it’s at.
2. What is your favorite thing to eat?
Oh, man. Do I have to choose? Maybe chocolate cake. Or fettuccine alfredo. Lamb? Mac and cheese!? Burgers! I could seriously go on. I’m not sure I have one all‐time favorite, but I love food.
3. Coffee or tea?
Coffee, black, though I definitely love a relaxing cup of tea from time to time.
4. What is your favorite restaurant?
5. Alright, it’s Monday night. What are you making for dinner?
Something that doesn’t require too much prep because I’m probably tired from work. Maybe steak with a bunch of veggies and rice!
6. Do you have a job outside of blogging? If so, what do you do?
Yes! I’m a designer in the video game industry. It’s a lot of fun, but it can be stressful at times.
8. Beer or wine? (or none!)?
Wine! I don’t drink beer much these days.
9. Alright, what is your favorite recipe from your blog?
Chocolate Espresso Pie Bars
10. Where can we find you on Social media?
Thank you so much Marissa for this awesome recipe! I REALLY want to hang with your “loud mofo” family, and play some vids with you!
Check out more from Marissa at OMGFOOD!