I'm not certain as to why I selected vegetarian for this weeks food challenge. Perhaps it's because last weeks food challenge wasn't remotely healthy. It could also be that there's still some late summer veggies to be had. Or...the holidays are coming up and we'll all enjoy the hell out of all the confectionary delights to be had. A plethora of possibilities! Either way, I went with vegetarian because I care about y'all. And you're welcome.
Well and so, I realized that I had no idea of what I was going to make. So I thought I'll just make something off the fly. I was preparing my grocery list and remembered that Columbus day was coming up and I wanted to make a dish that was something of a tradition with my children and I. A pasta dish called Farewell to Friends Fettuccine. It's a recipe in a cookbook that I've mentioned before, Sarah Leah Chase's Cold Weather Cooking. As I was thumbing through the So Long, Summer portion of the cookbook I discovered a delicious meat-free recipe that sounded downright yummy. Must. Try. This.
Admittedly, this dish does take a little time and ingredient wise it's a little busy. However, I do believe that it's well worth the effort and for me time in the kitchen is therapy. Some days I'll put music on and go to town. Other days, especially during Autumn and Winter I prefer only the sounds in the kitchen itself. Knife to cutting board. The mixer. The oven door closing. A friend who is about to become an ordained minister once said to an ex of mine, "Seek solace in solitude.". Last week was an unpleasant week for me and as Gigi knows, I work at a job that has so much noise going on and though I eventually managed to block out a good portion of it I still find it to be rather taxing. Today I urged Tremain to read from Psalm in the little bible he carries with. He was reluctant but opened to Psalm and read 5 verses to me. I then served the pasta. He could sense that I needed to seek solace in solitude and left shortly after we'd finished our meal. I found myself back in the kitchen diligently at work on the dish for this blog and found that I was able to relax and enjoy. Here's to a better week!
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Warm Tomato Pie
So this week was actually Nikita's week. But she and fam boarded a plane and headed to Prague. the photo above is of her son chilaxin in NY while waiting to board.
I made a hearty vegetarian black bean soup and grilled swiss cheese sandwiches.
Just recently we found out that Randy has high blood pressure. He was told he can control it with his diet and by walking at least a half hour every day. So we've changed the way we eat by reducing the sodium in our diet dramatically and we get up early every morning and take a walk before the sun has even risen. Change is never easy, but the results are well worth it
All the ingredients are either low sodium or no sodium.
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Hearty Spicy Black been Soup
Nothing - Not a conversation, not a handshake or even a hug - establishes friendship so forcefully as eating together.
Amy, Nikita and Georgia
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