I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends…..

…..and family!

Good Friday Morning (possibly afternoon by the time this finally gets published)! The sky is blue, the clouds are puffy and I’m feeling good! On Wednesday I had outpatient surgery and I cannot tell you how completely blessed I feel by the people who offered prayers and support – both emotional and physical.

The surgery I had is fairly routine and aside from what is probably typical apprehension about any surgery, I was not particularly worried.  Even so, it was so comforting to know that there were so many friends and family members praying for me and Jeff.  The phone calls and text messages and email messages you sent (and continue to send) were (are) greatly appreciated.  A kind word from a friend or just knowing that someone is thinking of you goes a long, long way!

We appreciate all the offers we had for meals – more than we could possibly have ever accepted!  How fortunate we are to know so many generous, thoughtful people.  The two meals we received – from my mom & dad and from our friends Alicia & Jason – will last us a long while, as it’s just the two of us most nights! And not only were the meals abundant, they were both downright comforting!

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

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It’s the Simple Things

I had a crazy busy day yesterday.  The kind where you don’t sit down from the time you wake up at 7:00 a.m. until you go to bed at 10:30 p.m.  And I did not feel 100% today.  And I was on my own for dinner. And I was too tired to cook, but neither a frozen meal nor a sandwich would cut it.

All these things factored together make it the perfect night to bust out some comfort food!  Normally I would want something gooey or chocolaty, but not tonight.  Tonight it was the simple things and just a few of them! If you use really good ingredients, you don’t need lots of them.

So here’s the formula:

Imported pasta + a small pat of butter + freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano + cracked black pepper = heaven!

Let’s analyze the ingredients.

1. Imported pasta – I know there are people out there who cannot possibly fathom paying more than $1.00 for pasta.  They are couponers who believe all dried pastas are the same.  NOT TRUE!  I guess growing up on handmade pasta has made me a little fussy (or a lot fussy) about the kind of pasta I eat.  My favorite brand is La Fabbrica Della Pasta.  It has a great flavor and a comforting starchy goodness.  The sauce (if you’re having it) adheres nicely to it – it doesn’t slip off!

2. Butter – Less is more, but some it good!

3. Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano – NO, I am not referring to the junk in the green can.  I am talking about the nutty, salty real deal – the cheese that if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life would be my choice.  I give it a coarse grate and sprinkle it over the hot buttered pasta.

4. Cracked black pepper – I like it cracked or ground coarsely, but I use a gentle hand when adding it.  You’re food shouldn’t taste like pepper, it should taste like what you are making; but I love how it creates a spark on the tip of my tongue.

For me, the pasta was heaven.  It gave me the comfort I was craving, the illusion of having a home cooked meal (I can hardly say I cooked when all I did was boil water), and the easy clean up I love.  It was exactly the kind of pasta Jeff wouldn’t appreciate because he likes his pasta like he likes his women – saucy!