Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pasta Puttanesca with greens

Pasta Puttanesca is a traditional Southern Italian recipe, "Streetwalkers Pasta." This version is from Four Frogs Farm. I used red chard for the bright color and spaghetti as I was out of angel hair.
Kale or Chard Puttanesca
1/2 16-oz package angel hair pasta
2 T olive oil
1/2 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t red pepper flakes
1 T drained capers
1 2-oz can anchovy fillets, drained and quartered
1 c canned diced tomatoes, undrained
2 c coarsely chopped kale or chard leaves
4 oz sliced kalamata olives
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add
pasta and cook until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat
olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add
onions, garlic,
and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the onion has
softened and begun to turn
golden brown. Stir in capers, anchovy fillets, and diced
tomatoes, and bring to a
simmer. Stir in kale(chard), and simmer over mediumlow
heat until wilted and tender.
Once the pasta has cooked and been drained, stir into the
puttanesca along with the black
olives. Toss and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese
before serving.
Serves 4.

Apple Pie

Still trying to use up items that won't go on the trip. I have the remains of a couple of bags of apples. I get asked to buy apples, then people don't eat them, so I wind up making pies or something. Valerie says when they are living here and she hears I have made a pie she will be "get on your shoes, we're going to Grandma's." I said that's OK, but she can stop for the ice cream, because I never have any. I don't make the most lovely pies, but they are pretty tasty. This one has extra spice because I like it that way. Once I put black pepper in with the cinnamon and nutmeg. That was good, too. This time I looked at the pepper, but just put in extra cinnamon and nutmeg.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Social Network

So we go to Nevada City Video on our way back from seeing the Tibetan monks working on the mandala. we decided to get The Social Network since Bill had not seen it. I also got the first Harry Potter movie. Because when we are in Florida, we are going to go to the Harry Potter theme park. Since Bill has seen none of the movies, I decided he needed a crash course in Harry Potter.
After dinner we tried to get the DVD player in the media room to work. No Luck. So I decided that we should test out the new DVD player in the RV. So we went out there and watched it. Not used to such a small screen. It is no bigger than this laptop. But the sound was fine and the heater warmed up the RV.
Maybe we will go out in the daytime tomorrow and watch the Sorcerer's Stone.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Working on the pumpkin

This pumpkin was a Halloween pumpkin that I brought in before it got too cold. Since we are hitting the road in a couple of weeks I needed to work on cooking it up.

Today I made pumpkin bread and another pumpkin pie.

The best is dinner. Ginger Tomato Pumpkin soup with fresh baked corn bread. Supremely delicious.