Six Degrees of (Recipe) Separation

Just a brief, yet nonetheless scary, look into my thought process when it comes to food.

Read an email from Chow with a recipe for Penne with Roasted Peppers.

Scan inbox for other new recipes today.

Find email from Pioneer Woman for Pasta Puttanesca.

See reference to “Bucatini” in the recipe.

Search Google for”Bucatini”.

Read Wikipedia article. Cry that there was a type of pasta I didn’t know.

Go back to Google search results.

Find recipe for Bucatini with Smoked Asparagus and Gorgonzola.


Plan to make it this weekend.

(Even if the boys don’t like it.)


Inspired by the #NerdCandyHearts and #CandyHeartRejects tags on Twitter today, I offer the following #FoodieHearts

What #FoodieHearts would you like to see?

Living (Food) Will

I got this  from my Dad.  Feel free to edit the checklist as I did.  Seriously, folks, you never know what will happen!

I, ____________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.  Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply running up the bills.

If a reasonable amount of time passes, and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:
___a Martini
___a Margarita
___a Scotch and soda
___a Bloody Mary
___a Gin and Tonic
___a Glass of Shiraz
___a Steak
___a Lobster  or some crab legs
___ a bowl of pasta

it should be presumed that I won’t ever get any better.

When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, and call it a day. At this point, it is time to call the New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to come do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.

Signature:___________________________________________ Date: ___________

Sarafina’s Steps to Prepare for Cooking

In order to be fully prepared to spend more than an hour in the kitchen, one must prepare both oneself and the kitchen.  Follow these simple steps for a harmonious cooking environment.

  1. Chill a bottle of wine for dinner. I personally love my Southern Living terra cotta wine chiller.  Fill with ice water, and submerge the bottle.  It will be ready by dinner two hours from now.
  2. Make yourself a cocktail.  My cocktail of choice today is mango juice, Paula’s Texas Orange, and a splash of Luna Zul tequila.  (It’s already 90 degrees in Central Texas, so I need something cold and fruity.)
  3. Empty out your dishwasher of any clean dishes so you’re ready to load it up with the pots, pans, etc. you are going to use for this meal.
  4. Wipe down the counters and pull out your ingredients.
  5. Take a few more sips from the cocktail you made in step 2.
  6. Check on the temperature of the wine, even though it’s only been chilling for about 10 minutes.
  7. Grab a garbage bowl and/or your compost pail.
  8. Take one more sip of courage from your cocktail.
  9. You’re ready to get cooking!

Awesomeness from the Past

Mom brought over a box of my childhood stuff this weekend, and the following items were among those inside:

  1. Whitney Houston tape (old school, baby)
  2. Beauty & the Beast handheld game (no PSP or DS back in those days)
  3. Atari Warranty Card (need I say more)
  4. Reminder to tape Road Rules (a wee bit embarrassed about this one)
  5. My So-Called Life tape (this is the awesome)

Embarrassing Photos

I hope that all of you will forgive me for posting about something other than food today, but I promised my friend, Corrin, that I would join her in posting embarrassing photos this week.  These go out to you, Shimlet! :)

6th Grade

Rocking the curled bangs and jumper dress.  Oh yes, and the huge bow on the back of my head.  I see the envy in your eyes!

9th Grade Homecoming

Ah yes.  Still with the curly bangs, but this time, with “fancy” shorts and rhinestone shirt.  What you can’t see are the classy navy blue pumps and hose I’m wearing with the shorts.  Nothing says “hot date” like that!

At least they know how to share…

Grimmy Dinner

What Am I?

A bit of food humor for this Wednesday!

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