Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buns away

 Miss Sophie celebrated her year of dance by having a dance recital last May. We loved watching her dance with her friends and she was so excited to dance!

This year her costume was a fish and they danced to "Goin' Fishing." I was really proud of her. She was the youngest dancer in her tap and jazz class on Fridays.

On a sidenote: This little dancer did not like having her hair brushed into a bun on performance days. Oh my. We did find that using a bun helper was a lot easier.

Are you having the summer dinner doldrums?

For sure, I am getting tired of cooking! However, little fun shortcuts makes regular food taste more summery and fresh. Plus, in Richmond the humidity can be so hot that heating up a kitchen with the stove is not so appealing on a 95-plus day.

A fresh and easy way to make your dinners is to save the stovetop (besides the pasta) and add all of your protein and veggies to an oiled grill on aluminum foil.

Just cook your protein and then add the yummy veggies to the pasta cooked for 9-11 minutes. I usually do make a quick little sauce to go with the pasta. The trick to the pasta is to sauté a garlic clove whole and then remove it once it's infused the evoo.

Quick and fresh summer pasta sauce 

Add 1 - 2 TBS evoo 

Add 1 full garlic clove to the oil and mix around for 1-2 minutes. When you smell garlic, remove the clove as it's fulfilled its clove destiny.

Add 1 tsp red pepper flakes if you are inclined. 

Add half a red onion diced small and 1 small tomato diced. 

Combine pound of spaghetti to the sauté pan, along with one cup of pasta water. 

Add parm. cheese, meat and veggies from grill to finished product and loads of fresh herbs like parsley, oregano or basil. 

I try to use DeCecco because it's a great pasta and Ina loves it of course!  

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