March 30th, 2008

alton, hip to be square

wherein I cook stuff...

Tomorrow at work, weather permitting, we'll be grilling out and having an all-hands potluck for Opening Day (wooo! Brewers! yeah, I'm not that good of an actor to be actually excited about their chances) and so I signed up to bring something. Now, I've been making a big effort to eat healthier stuff, more veggies, more lean protein...and we've got a few vegetarians on our staff, who always seem to get overlooked, so decided I would bring a vegetarian pasta salad of my own devising...

I started with a little olive oil and some minced garlic. I sautéed it for a couple minutes and then dumped in about a half-pound of pre-diced red, orange, yellow and green bell peppers from my grocery store (they actually worked out to be cheaper than buying whole peppers, taking their guts out and dicing them myself). I let that sit for a couple minutes while I sprinkled in some various italian seasonings (most notably basil) and then I poured in a 32 oz carton of vegetable broth, plus a 14 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, with juice. I also tossed in some chopped italian parsley. Once the liquid and peppers came to a boil, I added a 16 ounce bag of whole wheat radiatore pasta, and let it sit for 10 minutes over a simmer, stirring occasionally. While the pasta was soaking up the juice, I cut about 1/2 a bulb of jicama into little bits, for a little sweet crunch, and added that at the last minute. Once the pasta had absorbed as much of the broth as it could, I mixed a little tomato powder, olive oil and balsamic vinegar together, with a bit of ground mustard as an emulsifier, and poured it over the pasta salad, and sprinkled on some ground parmesan and romano (to soak up liquid as much as for flavor).

Now it's in a big ol' Tupperware bowl in the fridge, swapping flavors, and waiting for tomorrow.

I love improvisational cooking!
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been a little while since my last meme...and by a little while I mean 5 days

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You often resist any cravings or urges that you have, but sometimes you give in, however you feel enraged when things do not go your way. You are sensitive about being treated fairly and feel resentful and bitter if you think you are being cheated. You lead a leisurely and relaxed life. You would prefer to sit back and smell the roses than indulge in high energy activities. You enjoy a certain amount of debate or intellectual thought, but sometimes get bored with too much. You are tenderhearted and compassionate, feeling the pain of others vicariously and are easily moved to pity, however you generally see others as selfish, devious, and sometimes potentially dangerous. You are not an overly cautious person. You will think about alternatives and consequences but make up your mind fairly quickly.

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PureAwakening Jewelry.

seems pretty accurate, all things considered.
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you all know what a huge softie I am for animals...

in the bunnyowners community, there's a user who's friend has a rabbit with tumor behind her eye, and needs surgery to remove the eye and the tumor ASAP... I don't know this girl, or the bunny, or anything, but I know that I can chip in to help...and I was hoping some of you out there in LJ land might be able to help, as well.

if you're willing, would you click on the little link here and give a little bit to help? They need $437 for the surgery and they're already at $120...every little bit helps save a bunny named Tammy.

help da bunny!
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