Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Just saw this article at Grist on how convenience foods take about the same amount of time to make as unrefined food, contrary to what you might expect. I had just had a conversation along these lines at the dinner table. I wondered aloud.. 'Why would anyone buy prepackaged food when you can make this is 20 mins?' We were having my go-to comfort food, a riff on al olio and arrabiatta pasta. Evan pointed out that the individual ingredients did take time to get our hands on; cheese from the italian store, tomatoes from the organic store, olive oil from The Light Cellar. But once you have the staples, it takes no time at all.
When you are hungry and need dinner now, try..

olive oil medium low
4 cloves of garlic minced
a shake of hot pepper flakes

cherry tomatoes sliced in half
bread crumbs
grated parmesan or cubed feta
artichoke hearts

Boil up some fettucine, toss it in with the garlic, bada bing bada boom.