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keeping it simple


Oh my, what a weekend.  With our deadline at the office behind us Brian and I were finally able to relax for Two. Whole. Days.  We took advantage of the sunshine on Saturday with a trip to the farmer’s market and tasks in the garden, while Sunday’s rain allowed time for baking and reading to the mellow sounds of some favorite bands.  We even entertained Friday night.  As far as weekends go, this one was definitely good for our mental health, and much needed.


Our kitchen finally feels loved again, as do our stomachs.  Simplicity was key to most of what was prepared and consumed because we were still in recovery from the weeks of late nights and take-out food (sadly, crockpot minestrone only lasted for a couple of days).  After that long of a hiatus one really doesn’t want to rush into anything too complicated too quickly, and we were in need of some instant gratification. pasta-2 So many good, simple recipes came from the grill, oven and food processor that I had a hard time deciding which to share first.  Ultimately I decided on this one because it was the most recent of my options and looking at the photographs caused my mouth to salivate at the memory they evoked.  Also, I love that the simple pasta dish uses fresh ingredients purchased at the farmer’s market Saturday morning - sweet Italian sausage from one favorite farmer and tender mustard greens from another.  If only I’d stopped by the Everona Dairy booth I’d have had local sheep’s milk cheese to use instead of store-bought parmesan.  Next week... pasta-3 Spring greens are abundant right now and any variety would do, but I think that the spicy bite of the mustard greens really makes this dish shine.  If you decide to use a milder green such as kale or swiss chard, you might want to kick up the flavor with hot Italian sausage instead of sweet, or some red pepper flakes tossed in the skillet with the onion and garlic. pasta-4 Pasta with Sausage and Spring Greens serves 3 Ingredients:
  • 3/4 lb brown rice pasta
  • 1 bunch mustard greens (about 1 lb), leaves separated from stems and rinsed well (stems discarded)
  • 1 lb sweet italian sausage, removed from casing and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan, plus extra for topping
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • salt + pepper
  1. Boil pasta, drain, return to pot and set aside.
  2. Rinse mustard greens and drain.
  3. Saute' sausage in non-stick skillet for 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and onion and continue to cook until sausage is browned.
  4. Add mustard greens to skillet and cover.  Cook mixture, stirring occasionally, until greens are wilted (4-5 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile, heat chicken broth over medium heat in small saucepan.  Whisk in 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Add fresh parsley and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour parmesan broth over cooked pasta.  Add sausage/mustard green mixture and stir well.
  7. Serve immediately with parmesan shaved over the top.
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Last night as I was setting my alarm before bed I told the hubb I'd be getting up early to practice some yoga.  He laughed and told me that no, it was far more likely that when my alarm sounded he'd roll over to cuddle me and convince me to turn it off.  Well, he was right.  No yoga for me this morning...but it sure felt good to sleep in a little!  I hit snooze every 10 minutes for a full hour.  Do any of you do that?  I like to wake up slowly so I always set my alarm for 20-30 minutes earlier than I actually need to get up so that I can hit snooze a couple of times.  Is that strange? I've done it since high school.  Its gotten worse now because I will literally hit snooze for a full hour (like I did this morning).  Each time it goes off I wake up a little bit more.  I'm just not a jump right out of bed when the alarm sounds kinda girl... Anyway, I made up for my lack of yoga this morning with 50 minutes of yoga this evening.   It felt great, and now I feel good and stretched out for my 3-1/2 mile training run tomorrow morning!  :) Today's eats: Breakfast:  Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin muffin with 1-1/2 tbsp almond butter, sliced apple and cranberry ketchup!  Oh my...this was delicious!  I love the Ezekiel Muffin/nut butter/fruit keeps me so satisfied! 081219-b1 081219-b2 Several of you have asked for the cranberry ketchup recipe, which I got from Erin at Care To Eat. I've asked her permission to post, so if she says yes I will hopefully have it up tomorrow!  If you can't wait though, just send her an email and I'm sure she'll give it to you, she's a sweetie! Morning Snack:  I didn't need a snack because my super-hearty breakfast kept me happy through the morning.  But when my hubb brought me a donut from his office, I just couldn't resist!  Actually, it was a spudnut...even better.  Have you ever heard of a Spudnuts?  I hadn't before moving to Charlottesville. Apparently Spudnuts used to be all over the country but I thought that ours was the last in existence, until finding the above website that states there are still 35 locations spread across the USA. Here's ours... spuddies (image from here) A spudnut is a donut made with potato flour, and they are heavenly.  Better than a Krispy Kreme any day of the week...  I chose a glazed spudnut with shredded coconut on top.  YUM.  It had been so long that  I forgot how good they are.  Indulgent.  :) Lunch:  Whole wheat pita stuffed with TJ's edamame hummus, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli slaw and red bell pepper, along with TJ's split pea soup.  I didn't eat the second 1/2 of my pita...perhaps because I was full of spudnut?!?!?  The TJ's split pea soup was pretty good.  I honestly have nothing to compare it too....I'm pretty sure this was my first split pea soup experience ever! Surprising for a girl who loves her soup... 081219-l1 Snack:  I'm in fridge/freezer/pantry clean-out mode, and it was driving me crazy this morning that I had just a little Kashi H2H left in the pantry but didn't want cereal for breakfast.  So, I added it to the trail mix that the hubb made me last week and brought the tub to the office to live. 081219-s1 It contains: Kashi H2H, mixed nuts, dried cherries, pineapple and pears, and crystalized ginger.  I had about 1/2 a cup of the small stuff and one dried pear. Dinner:  Veggie Bean Chili a la my hubb...he's the best!  We had it over brown rice pasta, with a little sprinkling of cheddar on top.  I also had a glass of Meridian Cabernet...this is one of our favorite wines for every day. 081219-d1 081219-d2 Well, I officially have 3 full days left before leaving for Florida Tuesday morning!!!  Soooooo excited, but this weekend is going to be ridiculously busy so my posting may be minimal...  Here are a few To Do's:
  • training run (3-1/2 miles!)
  • haircut
  • finish knitting
  • finish last minute shopping
  • make christmas gift boxes for c'ville friends (bark, marshmallows and hot cocoa mix)
  • finish wrapping presents
  • laundry and packing
  • yoga sunday afternoon
  • make dessert for company party
  • my company party sunday night
  • the hubb's company party monday night (hence all the packing happening this weekend)
I know you're all really busy too and I hope that you all accomplish the enormous lists that you've made yourselves!!!  What's on your agenda this weekend? PS:  All of you Google Readers out there...let me know if you still can't read my full post.  Thanks!  :) PSS:  The vote was summary posts!  Thank you all for the great feedback, I just didn't want you annoyed by slow page loading but it doesn't sound like thats a problem, so I won't change a thing!
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