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As promised…

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Forgot to take a picture of the whole deal, sorry.  So I’m going to post the recipe that I did, because it is pretty drastically different from the one in Veganomicon.  For starters, mine isn’t vegan.  Oops.

Anyway, here we go:

  • Four handfuls of whole wheat penne (Sorry, that’s how I measure. I figure a handful is about a serving).
  • 1 15 ounce can of pureed butternut squash (See, I didn’t even use pumpkin!)
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese (You could use whole or even fat free probably)
  • 4 – 5 sage leaves, chopped (Do you want me to stop writing things in parentheses now?)
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 -3 T soy milk
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Handful of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Couple shakes of paprika and cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Cook the pasta.  In the meantime, heat the can of butternut squash and add the ricotta, brown sugar, soy milk, 3/4 of the sage, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and some salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne.  In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, the remaining sage, and the chopped walnuts.  When the pasta is done (take it out a little early), mix it with the butternut squash, then spread in a pan and top with the breadcrumb mixture.  Add the rest of the parmesan cheese on top.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 350.

And there we go.  This was kind of like macaroni and cheese, but without the cheese.  Or at least without so much cheese.  Parmesan isn’t really cheesy, in my opinion.

I have to scan a bunch of things for work now, which takes about four times as long as it should because Jack is absolutely enthralled by the noise the scanner makes and so he gets in the way and paws at it and tries to bite it.  It’s fun.

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THIS IS VERY URGENT

Have I mentioned that Jack requires a lot of attention?  He is what you might call needy.  Basically, if he was a person, he would have no friends and any prospective girlfriends would dump him after the first date.

When I work from home, this is what he does for approximately six hours a day:

Pathetic

But as if that sad little puppy face isn’t enough, he also uses his chin to press the keys on my keyboard.  He is particularly fond of the caps lock button.  So, a few times a day, I’ll be working intently on something, only to look up at the screen and see that EVERYTHING I’VE WRITTEN FOR THE PAST TWO MINUTES LOOKS LIKE THIS.

Did you know that you can’t uncap everything all at once?  Because you can’t.  You can do that with italics, and bold, and even underline.  Who the hell uses underlines anyway?!  People use caps.  But yet if you change your mind and decide that whatever you’ve written isn’t that important after all, or if your dog has some kind of weird capital letter fetish, you have to erase everything and start all over.

It’s annoying.  And I’m glad I got that out.  I feel much better.

For dinner, I finally figured out how to make a little wine sauce for pasta:

I have been working on this for awhile because I get so sick of tomato sauce and cream sauce, if eaten on a regular basis, has the potential to kill you.  Here’s what I finally did tonight that worked:

1 clove minced garlic

1/4 cup white wine

1/4 cup vegetable stock (or chicken, if you want)

1/2 T butter

1 bag baby spinach

5 cremini mushrooms, chopped

Bunch of fresh basil

Salt and pepper

Add the butter to the pan, then the garlic and mushrooms.  Cook for about a minute, then add the wine and the broth and let reduce a bit.  Stir in  spinach until wilted, then add basil and salt/pepper to taste.

It was really easy.  It might still need a little work – I didn’t get it quite as thick as I was expecting – but the flavor was good.  I put it on some Trader Joe’s mushroom ravioli and made garlic bread for the side.

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One of the best Seinfeld episodes ever.  On right now.  Why are you still reading this?

Anyway, lots of snacks today.  I was hungry.

Pear this morning:

I am usually skeptical of Trader Joe’s pears, but these are actually good.

Grapes:

Not frozen.  Let me ask you a question – red or green?  Chris says red.  I think I prefer green.  Are red really sweeter, or is he just making things up again?

Z bar:

Fairly self-explanatory, I’d say.

And then for dinner, I made this random eggplant/pasta/mozzarella concoction:

I’d post the recipe, but that’s about it.  Cut up an eggplant into chunks, saute in a little olive oil, mix with some pasta sauce, 4 ounces or so of cooked penne, and about three ounces of fresh mozzarella.  Bake for 15 minutes.   Voila!

Here’s my plate:

And now I’m having a few chocolate chips:

I also had a random meringue and two chocolate covered raisins.  I was trying to decide what I wanted.  I like to test things out and see how I feel about them.

Good night!

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Tonight I didn’t really feel like cooking anything so Chris made his special red sauce:

With equally special whole wheat penne:

I know, he’s quite the chef.  You should see him whip up a veggie burger.  It’s outstanding.

After, I had some chocolate chips:

Apparently I didn’t get enough this afternoon, when I made my new favorite snack again:

Okay, gotta go.  Seinfeld is calling my name.  That poor hen.

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All in one

Sorry for the late post, but:

I figured I’d spare you an entire post about peaches again.  I know, I’m too good to you.  No need to thank me.  Lucky for you, my peach supply has run dry (Mom! Help!) and so I’ll have to be more creative tomorrow.  And by creative, I mean eat a cucumber, because that’s the only thing we have.

For dinner, I used the remaining zucchini and yellow squash, canned tomatoes, and some pasta to make a little something that looked like this:

We had some of those amazing breadcrumbs leftover, so I added them on top to jazz it up a little.  And now I’m drinking some wine:

As you can see, there is a marathon of The Next Food Network Star on, which, in my opinion, calls for a celebration.

UPDATE:  Chris just called me man-hands because of the peach picture.  I would like to point out that my hands are, in fact, quite feminine and dainty.  Some might even say graceful.

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I attract the crazies

Sorry for the late post, I was out running around all day.  Uptown and downtown and uptown and downtown and Brooklyn and the nail salon and Whole Foods and Starbucks and it’s a tough life, okay?

And yes.  I did go to Starbucks again.  I’m actually quite glad I did because while I was there a completely sane man approached me with a very lucrative offer.  He wanted to know if I would like to wrestle with him on Wednesday night, and if I wasn’t up for that, perhaps we could just go on a date.

I swear.

And then, to continue my bizarro day, I was walking Jack this afternoon and a woman stopped to let her dog sniff him and then proceeded to tell me that her dog was having one of her “sexy days.”

I pulled Jack away.  He is just a puppy, for god’s sake.

Anyway, in the midst of all this I ate a Z Bar, but did not photograph it.  Things were just too hectic, I think you’ll understand.

But I did photograph dinner:

Did you know that if you mix pesto and plain yogurt, you get a nice, creamy sauce?  You do, it’s true.  This is just my pesto mixed with about two tablespoons of non-fat yogurt.  Then pasta, shrimp and sun dried tomatoes.

And now I will probably have some chocolate chips.  I think I deserve them.

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Overcoming obstacles

For dinner we had pasta and zucchini again (I apparently am a bad planner) with sun dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and mushrooms this time:

This meal was a minor accomplishment because I essentially cooked it in the dark.  Our kitchen is fairly dim as it is, but the light bulb over the stove burnt out, which made things a little rocky.

Luckily, I am nothing if not resourceful:

Clearly, Chris thinks cooking by flashlight is funny.  I thought his time would have been better spent buying light bulbs.

Earlier I had a couple of carrot sticks:

And I also had an ice cream sandwich and a glass of wine after dinner.  It’s almost a holiday, after all.

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