sunday night pasta (herb explosion)

I’m not a big pasta fan (I know, weird) but I fond an easy, light recipe that I’m confident you’ll love, especially if you enjoy herbs.   It’s called Sunday night pasta with balsamic vinegar.  I discovered it when I got stuck in a Julia Child YouTube wormhole.

The recipe itself is in the video below, it’s a quick fun watch (less than 10 minutes) and it’s a very organic recipe.  Sometimes I enjoy some wiggle room.  I’ve outlined the ingredients you’ll need below:


  • Olive Oil (2 tbsp)
  • Tomatoes (fresh or canned) as many you’d like
  • Linguine
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Marjoram
  • Fresh Mint
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar

(I omitted the chives and the cheese mentioned in the recipe)

I think technically this could be viewed as a vegan dish (sans cheese) so I’ll stockpile that away in my vegan recipe book.    Again, I’m not a big pasta fan at all, but this recipe was perfection.   Just enough to satisfy and the blend of herbs is so pleasing.  I honestly might consider trying this without the tomatoes and doubling the herbs.   So easy to make.  Great recipe to keep nearby in a pinch.

Also.   Good news if you’ve been concerned about the potential of the end of the world in December.   Apparently the farmers disagree with the Mayans, this book isn’t blank:

They send these to the radio station each year, I’ll admit I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw it.  🙂

meryl, stanley, julia and autotune

Julie & Julia (the story of a woman trying to complete Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” intertwined with the story of Julia Child) was on the other day and I had to watch.   I’m a sucker for a Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci moment:

I just love watching these two do anything together.   I believe the only other movie where they’ve shared the screen was The Devil Wears Prada (another fave.)

I digress, Julie & Julia got me curious about Julia Child.   Short of watching my mom watch some of her shows on PBS when I was younger I didn’t know a lot about her so I went on a wikipedia binge and discovered so much about this lovely woman.    One fact stuck out to me, she didn’t really learn how to cook until she was 37.   For some reason I found this fascinating.   All the Julia research also reminded me of this adorable little video I stumbled upon earlier this month in honor of what would’ve been her 100th birthday.   Julia Child autotuned.  This isn’t a parody, it’s quite lovely:

Also I grasp the irony of my fascination with Julia Child when, from time to time, I’m in the midst of the vegan experiment. She had such a love for what she did, and I find that heartwarming.