This is a regular in our dinner rotation. I first made it one night when I didn't have dinner plans and was stocked with little more than grocery fumes. I realized that a whole log of sausage straight from the freezer could be browned in a skillet and needed only a can of tomatoes to become a delicious sauce. I served it with a pound of pasta scrounged from the pantry.
This recipe is adapted from "Pasta Sfoglia," by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky (Wiley, 2009), which also has a recipe for preserved lemons. Serve this dish with nutcrackers, so that guests can work on their own crabs and lobster tails. The job can get messy, so have extra napkins on hand.
A piquant soup exudes flavors culled from the Mexican kitchen, from a cumin-laced broth to a roasted tomatillo and cilantro pesto. Cilantro's pungent fragrance partners well with fruity tomatillos in a lively pesto. The mixture offsets the spiciness of the cumin and jalapeno in this delectable soup.