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Stupendous Seafood Pasta

27 Aug

I’ll come out and admit it.  I’ve always been intimidated by seafood pastas and stews.

Okay, okay, I’ve made scampi.  But the prospect of a bouillabaisse or a paella or a pasta with various sea creatures on it…well, it just seemed too hard.  I can’t say exactly what made these dishes seem so unattainable, but I am pretty sure it had something to do with the challenge of obtaining three or four different fresh fish or shellfish on the same day in almost embarrassingly small amounts.  Now, this may be a real problem for folks who live in areas lacking good grocery stores, but as a person who lives just miles from TWO different Wegmans supermarkets, I really have no excuse.  So, recently, when Dan and I saw Lidia Bastianich making a mouthwatering seafood pasta on her show, we decided the time had come.

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Got Garlic? Proceed!

1 Sep

Okay, well, you’re going to need a few other things, but I am positively reeking of garlic this morning.  Luckily, Dan is also reeking of garlic and is working from home (a fortunate coincidence – not a reaction to over-consumption of garlic).  I’m not sure the electrician will be thrilled when he arrives, though.

Last night I improvised a meal that turned out great.  It was cheap, healthy, and fairly simple, so I thought I would share it.

My neighbors graciously told me to go pick all their ripe veggies while they were away this week, so I came home with a basket of mystery peppers and a bunch of tomatoes.  While talking to them online, however, they warned me to “be careful with those long green peppers…we don’t know how hot they are.”  Well…one tentative taste told me that their reckless use was liable to burn our eyebrows off.  With so many of these little buggers to eat, I wondered what I should do with all of them?  I also happened to have some fresh cilantro left over from a weekend meal, plus a half a vidalia onion.  Is it any surprise I thought of salsa? Continue reading