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Pasta Three Ways, or Cooking for One

I’ve been living at home so I’m used to cooking for three (often with a bit left over)–and I’ve always baked for an army. I’m going through a bit of an adjustment period cooking for just me.

For example, Friday night I decided to make myself pasta and homemade sauce (pictured above). I only used a small can of diced tomatoes, a bit of tomato paste, some sauteed mushrooms, and some olive oil to make the sauce. But I really wanted it to be light on the pasta, mainly just chunks of tomato, mushrooms, and olive oil, none of this heavy red sauce that I could have just gotten out of a jar. So to get the ratio of sauce to pasta right I decided to make a whole box of pasta. Apparently the fact that a whole box was easily enough for three  with seconds or leftovers for one slipped my mind. I should have just used half a box and half the sauce and frozen the left over sauce.

Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. So I was left with enough pasta to feed a family of 3-4 for just me. I’m on a budget so I didn’t want to wind up tossing the leftovers. On the other hand, I didn’t want to eat the same thing for three (admittedly large and satisfying) meals in a row.

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The first night: shrimp and pine nuts

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Letchworth State Park

As promised, the world photo day runner up–Letchworth State Park–is here. I was planning on waiting another couple of days to post it so I had a bit more time to cull my favorites out of the collection. Today, however, is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service so I thought it was fitting to do this now. So here goes:

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Lamberton Conservatory

The voters have spoken and it’s a tie. As the vote for Lamberton came in first, I will post it first. But not to worry, Letchworth will be coming up very soon.

For those of you who are not familiar with Lamberton, it’s a small but very well kept conservatory in Rochester, NY. They’ve got a great variety of tropical plants like orchids and bougainvillea.

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Recipe for White Chocolate and Rhubarb Mini Loaves

When I made the rhubarb bars, I had nearly half the bundle of rhubarb left over. I’d owed baked goods to some people and figured I’d use up the rhubarb, because who doesn’t like rhubarb? I always like giving away mini loaf cakes: they are easily transportable, a good size, yummy, and easily modified to work with nearly any flavor combination.

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Baby Blanket

I’d like to start by apologizing for not writing for (according to my WordPress home page) 23 days. I recently moved down to NYC. In the chaos of packing and unpacking, I’ve had very little to say that didn’t go something like this: “darn it, I have to run to Lowes again!” Not to mention getting settled in my new apartment and running errands (like going to Lowes) when heat index hasn’t dropped below 90 in a over week is exhausting.

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The finished quilt. (I don’t know what happened with the color of this photo when I uploaded it, it was perfect in iphoto. Ah well, I guess that’s what happens when you shrink the file size drastically so the upload is easy.)

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