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Recipe: Linguine With Smoked Salmon Sauce

Salt
2 - 3 ounces linguine
1 teaspoon butter
2 scallions, sliced fairly thin
A splash of vodka
2 or 3 slices smoked salmon
3 - 4 tablespoons heavy cream
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon capers, rinsed
A scattering of chopped fresh parsley

While the linguine is boiling, melt the butter in a small wok or a medium skillet. Toss in the scallions, and saute gently for 1 minute, stirring. Splash in the vodka and let it cook down a little.

Tear or cut the salmon into small bite-sized pieces, and stir them into the sauce. Pour in the cream and bring to a simmer. When the linguine is done al dente, scoop it up with a spider and tongs, letting the water drain off, and mix it in with the sauce. Grind pepper generously over the pasta and stir in the capers and parsley, then spoon it all up into a warm bowl.

From The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones. Copyright 2009 by Judith Jones. Published by Knopf. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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