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Spaghetti and Meatlessballs

17 Sep

Well, not exactly spaghetti; I didn’t have any, so I used whole wheat medium shells instead.  I actually like shells better because they become little pockets of sauce.

I’ve finally eaten all the dishes I prepared for freezing and will be back to cooking fresh for a few days, building up a new supply of heat-and-eat vegan delights.

Tonight I prepared a large amount of shells and meatless meatballs in marinara sauce.  The meatless meatballs were made by Veggie Patch and were a little bland for my taste, but I’ve been eating such spicy foods lately that an Habanero chile would probably taste bland.  The sauce was rich and full of mushrooms, onions and garlic.

On the side I prepared a red leaf lettuce salad with the last of my veggie snack cache of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and bell peppers marinated in a delicious balsamic vinegar.  I swear, any vegetable you can think of tastes fabulous with a good-quality balsamic vinegar and nothing else!

To round out the meal, I enjoyed a glass of 2009 Ravens Wood old vine zinfandel, described as “big and unapologetic…a robust red, brimming with mouthwatering flavors of spicy ripe raspberry, cherry and boysenberry.”  I usually prefer a light rose zinfandel that is crisp and fruity (like Foxhorn), but, given this dusty bottle was all I had in the house, it was Delicious!

Because the spicy meatless sausage I made a few weeks ago (and that I used in everything from lasagna to pizza) were so easy to make, I’m going to make my own meatleassballs and freeze them, just as I did the meatless sausage, so I can up the spice content.  I’m happy with how the whole wheat pasta came out; I like my pasta al dente, but whole wheat pasta tastes nasty al dente and even more nasty mushy.  You have to keep sampling to get it right.  And sampling the wine while you’re cooking is definitely helps, too!

What’s my favorite pasta?  Brown rice pasta.  Better than semolina any day!

Quote for the Weekend

20 Nov

“What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.”

~Diogenes, Greek Philosopher, 412-323 BC~


Another Good Reason to Get Drunk!

6 Feb

When I was in my second year of college at the University of Delaware, I worked as a research assistant for an English professor on sabbatical who was writing about Benjamin Franklin.  I never ran across this saying in any of my long hours in the University’s library (I remember old Ben had lots to say, however, about the good effects of porridge) and wish I had!  Many thanks to my friend, Monica, for forwarding this email to me.

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine…and those who don’t.

As Ben Franklin said:  “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) — bacteria  found in feces.

In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop per year.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine and beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

So remember:

Water = Poop

Wine = Health

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of crap.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information; I’m doing it as a public service.


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