Destressing…

December 23rd, 2009


Post exams… as I was sitting around brain dead (well, I’m still quite brain dead but recovering)… I started cooking… so get excited… many yummy posts to come… this recipe is my go to feed an army meal… it is easy, delicious, and versatile… Sometimes I add the shrimp… this time I kept things simple and halved the recipe, which was still enough for four people with leftovers.  I served it with some bread and salad.

Linguine with Feta- Tomato Sauce
(adapted from here)
* 1 pound assorted mushrooms, sliced
* 2 pounds tomatoes
* 4 teaspoons dried basil
* 4 teaspoons dried parsley
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
* 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled
* 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 pound linguine

In a frying pan, sprayed with Pam, sauté mushrooms until tender, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, and red pepper, if desired; stir until heated through. Mix in both cheeses.

Meanwhile, cook linguine in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Return to pot. Add 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Add mushroom-tomato mixture to pasta; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer linguine to large bowl.

Brownie Points!

November 9th, 2009

Randomly I started getting Saveur in the mail… unasked, unsolicited… I wondered why for a little bit but with first year law school stress, I did not have time to ponder the question too deeply… I would flip through them and then put them on the bookshelf.

Well, a couple weeks ago I started reading them from cover to cover and I discovered that I loved them!  The magazine focuses not only on food but on the culture, history and tradition of the food… I take them to gym to read (which does make me hungry but also gives me motivation to keep running).  My only critique is that it focuses a lot on food in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  All very interesting and delicious but I would like to learn more about the rest of the world.

My new found love of Saveur made me start wondering how this magazine started appearing… Could it be Foodbuzz? No, they always tell me when they send free stuff. Could it have been a present? No, wouldn’t someone have told me… but then it dawned on me… Juan…

So, I asked him and I was correct… Juan got me a subscription and forgot to tell me… I remembered wondering why he randomly asked for my address one day… now the reason is clear… Thank you, my love! and you definitely get some brownie points!

I love brownies! They are quite possibly my favorite chocolate dessert. Saveur had an article on them with a few recipes including Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies and  Nick’s “Supernatural” Brownies. I made Nick’s last week.  I liked them but they are not as chocolaty as I typically like.  However, friends at school really liked them because they were not over powering with chocolate… I guess it is really just a matter of preference…

Other recipes I have made from Saveur are the Chocolate Caramel Tart and Spätzle. The Tart was amazing! Be really careful when pouring the whipped cream into the caramel. It bubbles up and almost burnt me. The Spatzle was also delicious served with Goulash.  But it was a lot of work and the leftovers did not heat up well.  My friends and I took shifts pushing the dough through a colander and got a really great arm work out…  we decided that we’ll go to their favorite German restaurant the next time the Spatzle craving hits…