Jury duty………

Hi all!  How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty busy trying to catch up on things that I didn’t get to take care of during the week like salon appointments — my clients’, not my personal appointments — due to jury duty.  Unfortunately it is not over yet and most likely I will have to go back for at least a couple of more days. Then I am off the hook for at least a year and will be keeping my fingers crossed that it is a LOT longer than that.  This is the third criminal trial I have sat on and really feel I have done my civic duty and would like the honor to be passed to someone who has not experienced the whole process.  The wheels of justice is truly an honor and privilege and very interesting, but traveling 100 miles round trip for several days out of the week (this is week three) gets kind of spendy so I will be glad to have this behind me.
Has anyone tried the pasta recipe I posted last time?  I am almost ready to cook it again!  Love that stuff!Someone wondered about putting the rind in along with the brie, and yes that is what you do; it wasn’t a printing error.  There was also some concern about the rind and cheese melting, and yes, it does melt.  Just cut your cheese in smallish pieces and stir thoroughly.  You might want to put a lid on the pot for a few minutes if you are working in a cool kitchen, but it will melt, I promise.
I don’t have anything new for you this time due to time constraints, but please check back next week. Everything should be back to normal by then.  Well, MY version of normal anyway 🙂 Have a fantabulous week!

Recipe

Good Monday to you; hope you had a good weekend.  I had a little post ready to go concerning more uses of the wonderful handheld steamer I told you about in an earlier post, but I got sidetracked and had to share this fabulous pasta recipe with you.  It came from a dear friend of mine just in time to serve over the holidays.  It is super quick, extremely easy, and everyone from my two sons to all the grandchildren loved it.  With my picky crew, that is saying something.  There is usually one in the group that doesn’t like something, but not this time.  ENJOY!

Tomato Brie Pasta

1 lb. linguine   (you can use any kind of pasta.  I used rotini)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 brie cheese (8 oz), cut into small cubes (rind and all)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper (I always use more pepper)
1/3 cup parmesan
Cook your pasta according to package directions.  While it is cooking combine the oil, brie, tomatoes, basil, and the spices.  Mix well.  Do not cook the sauce.
When the pasta is cooked drain and pour the sauce over the hot pasta and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with parmesan. 
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family did.  We thought it was YUMMY!
Thanks for stopping by!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

How’s things going for ya?  2011.  Can you believe it!?!?!  It’s been a whirlwind of activity, work, and more activity and more work over this past holiday season.  I am afraid to blink because Christmas will be here again!  *wink* .
I had over-night company last weekend and we had a lovely visit.  She was heading back up to Roseburg, Oregon from San Diego where she spent Christmas with her siblings and she got to SCUBA dive off Catalina Island.  Lucky duck!!!  That’s something I’ve always wanted to learn to do. But that was way back when.  Now I will settle for tales from my friends who have the gumption to make it happen.  I’ll stick with above-the-water activities.
I had a couple of things rolling around in my head for the post that gets me back into the swing of things here in Blogland, but I think I will ease into it.  Actually, it is fear that I will run out of things to share with you and I would hate for that to happen.  So if you can bear with me, I will string you along a bit.  Are you ready to strangle me?  *grin*——————
This is earth shattering, so hang on.  My friend who visited, you know, the amazing SCUBA gal from two paragraphs above?  Well she was looking over my shoulder when I opened the fridge (probably wondering if there was something GOOD in there, not the stuff I was trying pawn off on her.  Dang, she SAID she liked my offerings.  What’s up?)  and she noticed the turntable I had on the top shelf and mentioned what a good idea that was.  So, I thought if she hadn’t thought of that maybe you hadn’t either.  So that’s it.  My tip for the day  week.  Use a turntable on one or more of the shelves in your fridge.  Makes organizing and finding stuff in there a whole lot easier.  I’m all for easy.  And convenient.  Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs, and thanks for not bailing when I decided to take a little vacation from posting.  See ya in a week or two!