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February 27, 2010

Wow—you guys rocked that discussion!  Fifty-two comments is definitely a new record high…which is hilarious, because some bloggers get more than that about their daily bowl of oatmeal, but whatever… 🙂

I really enjoyed reading each of your comments, and thought that everyone made excellent points.  I wish I could show your comments to my students…but I don’t want them to know that I have a blog! Lol.

Sorry for the lack of a lunch post today, but A.) my lunch was boring, and B.) I didn’t want to mess up the great flow of discussion y’all were having in the current post!

Today has been SO ugly outside—the house has just been shaking and quaking with winds of over 45 mph!  The snow that still hadn’t melted has been drifting around in the winds, and new snow has fallen too.  I am SO ready for spring…and next year, I’m going to kill that stupid little groundhog if he predicts six more weeks of winter!

I worked in bed all morning, writing and grading.  Around 11, I grabbed a Kind bar from my stash.  I wasn’t too crazy about the previous Kind bar I tried a while back, but the one I had today was AWESOME!  It was macadamia nut and apricot, and it was really soft! 

It held me over until about 1, when I finally sat down for a quick lunch:

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Amy’s Brown Rice and Vegetable Bowl.  I think this might be my favorite of all the Amy’s microwave meals.  It never lets me down!

This afternoon was…well, lazy!  I lounged around in bed, reading and napping on and off for THREE hours, until I finally got out of bed to do a little laundry.  What a lazy bones!  I won’t be surprised if I have trouble getting to sleep tonight, after my afternoon of lounging. 

At four, I got on the treadmill for what started as a walk but ended up as a walk/run.  I ended up doing 5 miles in about an hour, with a steady back-and-forth between walking and running. 

For dinner tonight, pasta was on the menu!  This recipe turned out really well.  I’m happy to share it with y’all!

Artichoke and Walnut Fettuccini With Toasted Breadcrumbs


1 10 oz. jar of artichoke hearts, drained

1/4 cup walnuts

1 cup loosely packed parsley

1 tbsp. lemon zest

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Fettuccini, or pasta of your choice


Bring a pot of water to boil for cooking the pasta.  When water boils, add and cook pasta. 

In a food processor, combine artichokes, walnuts, parsley, lemon zest, and salt and pepper.  Pulse 2 to 3 times for a chunky consistency, or 5-6 times for a smoother consistency.

In a small pan, heat olive oil for 2-3 minutes.  Add breadcrumbs and stir rapidly until breadcrumbs have absorbed the oil and toasted.  This happens very quickly; the breadcrumbs only need cook for about 30 seconds to a minute, or they will burn. 

Drain pasta, reserving a cup of the pasta water.  Combine the fettuccini with the breadcrumbs, adding a bit of the pasta water if the breadcrumbs are too dry. 

Top pasta with artichoke mixture and serve!

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We enjoyed our pasta with huge, spiralized salads!  I’m telling you, if you aren’t a salad person, buy a spiralizer and see if it changes your mind!

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Playing with food…

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Hope your Friday night is going well!  See you tomorrow, kiddos!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010 1:31 am

    You are too stinkin cute!!!

  2. February 27, 2010 3:33 am

    I missed the last post…but I really enjoyed reading all the discussion! 😀

    Gosh, I never knew toasted breadcrumbs can make the pasta look 10x better…i must try that sometime! And lol at your remark abt some bloggers getting more comments on their boring bowls of oatmeal…To be honest, I’ve unsubscribed to alot of those “popular” blogs…I’m just sick to the brim of the same food over and over!

  3. eaternotarunner permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:38 am

    That pasta looks great, but I am the HUGEST artichoke fan so I might be biased 😉

  4. February 27, 2010 3:53 am

    A spiralizer sounds so cool!!! And yummy pasta.. your meals always look so darn good! I need to be more creative in the kitchen.

  5. February 27, 2010 5:04 am

    Lovin’ on the spiralizer. Kenzie @ Healthy Purpose made a raw pasta from zucchini out of it which I thought was a kick-ass idea

  6. February 27, 2010 6:07 am

    hahah u are so cute w. your pasta!
    GOT to get the spiralizer! do you recommend your brand?! YUM!

    • February 28, 2010 4:19 am

      I love mine…but I just looked on it, and realized that it says nowhere on it what brand it is! I’ve thrown the box away too…doh! It was about 25 dolalrs on amazon…

  7. ginger permalink
    February 27, 2010 1:51 pm

    Yum! That pasta looks great! Your blog is so much more than a food blog – I love the discussions! Stay warm up there!

  8. February 27, 2010 2:04 pm

    Haha I’m with you- that’s a LOT of comments!! 🙂 Wow that salad is beautiful!!!

  9. February 27, 2010 2:07 pm

    I love pasta and yours looks sooo good! I’ll have to try out your recipe sometime. My fiance would be in heaven!

  10. February 27, 2010 2:27 pm

    Congrats on such a successful post! I love that Amy’s bowl…so yummy! Have a great weekend 🙂

  11. February 27, 2010 2:38 pm

    I missed the last post since yesterday was such a busy day!! I’ll go back and read it now! Along with all the comments 🙂
    Oh goodness your pasta looks amazing! Artichokes make everything that much better!
    The weather is gross here too 😦 oh well!

  12. February 27, 2010 2:43 pm

    52 comments! You are on your way to blogger superstardom. Now you have to start posting tons of photos of yourself posing with food. I’m not sure if the playing with food one counts.


    See you tonight!

  13. February 27, 2010 2:52 pm

    Oh that recipe sounds so good. Loving the salad!

  14. February 27, 2010 3:04 pm

    I really want to get a spiralizer but I don’t want to have to find another place to store yet another kitchen utensil!! I need a house. 🙂

  15. Emily permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:19 pm

    Yum! What kind of pasta was that?
    Like Karla, I missed your Dove post yesterday, so I went back and read it today — wow, wonderful comments! I love discussions like this! I think that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder — you may not think you’re beautiful, but I do! And I don’t think I have a great figure, but my hubs does. So it’s relative — and that’s a good thing! If we were all Helen of Troys, bo-ring! I also agree with Ryan — I look forward to the day when media campaigns use ordinary/average women and men without the “ordinary” reference.

    • February 27, 2010 3:28 pm

      It’s Ezekial fettuccine…we really like it! The downside to it is that it sticks together really badly…but the taste is great. Really dense and chewy.

      I agree with Jon– I think you have a great figure!!! We’re always our own toughest critics, aren’t we?

  16. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:47 pm

    I’ve been thinking about you with all of this snow! I’m sending some Arizona sunshine your way!

  17. February 27, 2010 4:38 pm

    What a fun dinner! 🙂

  18. February 27, 2010 6:22 pm

    Did you create that recipe yourself? So good looking!! I’m sure your students would have a field day with your blog.

  19. February 27, 2010 8:22 pm

    YUM! your lunch looks perfect!

  20. February 27, 2010 8:34 pm

    Oh wow – I want a spiraliza!!Gosh that makes food look fun 🙂 where did you get it?

    • February 28, 2010 4:21 am

      I got mine on Amazon for under $30! I love it!

  21. February 27, 2010 10:51 pm

    Spiralizers look like so much fun! I looked for one when I went into London Drugs the other day but I didn’t see any. 😦 Maybe I’m just blind or they’re too special for LD?

    • February 28, 2010 4:22 am

      I had to get mine online– I looked at a few kitchen stores here, and the people I asked about them looked at me like I was crazy, or that I had made the concept up or something!

  22. March 14, 2010 10:33 pm

    I really do need to get a spiralizer. I love salads already I just love the fun spirals .


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