Thursday, January 31, 2008

recipe, no pictures yet

The lucy cardi is done now and I've even worn it, but there are no pictures yet to share. I hope to have one this weekend. In the meantime, I improvised a quick pasta dish that turned out pretty well, so I decided to write up a little recipe. I thought this up while walking to work one morning and jotted some ingredients down, which then became this dish. I think I will definitely be making this again.

Green Olive and Sun dried Tomato Pasta
10 - 12 sun dried tomatoes, dried package, not in oil
1 onion chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package button mushrooms chopped
1 jar pitted green salad olives, buy them chopped up if you can, and drain them before adding
1 cup white wine
zest of one lemon
1 pound pasta, I used spaghetti
1 cup pasta water

Place sun dried tomatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes, when they are soft, chop them up.

Put water with salt in large pot to boil for the pasta. Add pasta when water starts to boil. You can chop the rest of the ingredients when waiting. While it boils saute sun dried tomatoes, onion, mushrooms and olive oil in a wide skillet for 5 minutes. Then turn up heat up. When liquid is almost gone add the white wine. Let wine cook off for a couple minutes and then add the olives. Let the olives heat through and then add lemon zest. Add 1 cup pasta water to dilute the sauce.

Make sure to keep watch on pasta when doing this, so you can drain it (and reserve 1 cup pasta water) when it is cooked through. Toss pasta with the saute. You can add grated cheese or serve as is.

If you are like me you end up cooking for at least four people, so this becomes lunch for the next two days. So far it's been lunch a few times and I've yet to get sick of it.

Monday, January 14, 2008

food food food

I've had this chili recipe kicking around for a while and finally made it on Sunday. I don't care for beef so I substituted ground turkey for it. I wasn't feeling much like chili, but when it was done it was exceedingly yummy. And it was so easy!

I got a great idea for a pasta sauce while at the gym this morning. I think it should involve sundried tomatoes, green olives, mushrooms, white wine, lemon zest and parsley. Maybe I'll write it up if it turns out.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

it's so wrong...

Is it bad that I have found the most perfect ring ever and it just happens to look a tiny bit like an engagement ring? Is it wrong to buy myself a diamond ring. I do love it so, but it slightly over budget for a self valentine's day gift.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

December recap

Before I headed home I went with some friends to see the lights in Midtown. We saw pretty much everything, but the giant stars at the Time Warner Center are my favorite, well and the snowflakes on the front of Saks.

The day I got home we cut down our own tree. It was slightly crooked when we got it inside and my dad found this in the tree.

Which he used in the wreath by the front door.
I got some interesting stuff, but this gift was a favorite. A cute Led light village scene with a santa claus circling above the town.

And now all of this is behind me, time to get back to work and reality.