Here's the thing about consignment shopping - you can go in looking for one thing, and walk out with something completely different. One must keep an open mind! This weekend I was looking for shoes. I couldn't find a pair I liked but wound up with some great deals:
- Esprit Fall jacket
- Banana Republic pants - tags still on
- Reebok hoodie
- Old Navy corduroys
We've been harvesting cucumbers, green beans, and cherry tomatoes often. I also picked a sprig of rosemary. We don't have a lot of rosemary this year - but I cherish what I have because I have so little of it this year. Our first Roma tomato was ready today...sort of. A little green, but I was impatient since I knew we were going to have the following this evening:
Summer Linguini with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs
- Boil linguini in salted water - set aside
In a saucepan:
- Some butter AND good quality olive oil together - A GOOD amount of olive oil since this will be the pasta topping
For infusing the butter/olive oil sauce:
- Add a sprig of rosmary - no need to chop up, just cut into 2 or 3 pieces to spread it around in the sauce pan
- Add 1 clove of garlic - sliced once down the middle
- Add some fresh chopped parsley
- Melt the butter/olive oil together with other ingredients on low heat very slowly - you don't want to burn it.
- Add sliced tomatoes and warm these up for a while. Stir occasionally until the tomatoes are warmed up and soften to your liking.
- Top your pasta with the butter/olive oil sauce with tomatoes & parsley. Enjoy the garlic and rosemary on top of your pasta too if you wish.
- This dish is easy to supplement - it's good with kidney beans, left over chicken, seafood, parmesan...etc. etc.
The subject of food is a very interesting one to me. Growing it, gathering it, production, cost, cooking, ingredients in processed foods, organics - it's endlessly fascinating to me. Yes - I am taking a moment to embrace this foodie-geeky side of me!
Here's an interesting recent article at Time.com: Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food. It's a good introduction to how the cost of food for Americans is at a historic low, but the cost in other ways (to our health and our country's farmland) is high.
And if you enjoy food voyeurism like I do, you'll like this slide show also from Time.com: What the Word Eats.
Grocery bill in Germany: $500 a week a for a family of 4! And I've been concerned about our more than $700/month grocery bill.