I’m very guilty of falling into the trap of expecting that the recipes I cook from my foodie magazines and online newsletters are going to be extra delicious. I put in the time and do all of the work of slicing, dicing, peeling, stirring, whatever, while making a big mess in my kitchen of pots, pans, cutting boards, etc. Therefore, it’s extra disappointing/infuriating when the recipe turns out to be a bland failure.
This pasta dish I made last week is the perfect example. I can’t even tell you where I found the recipe because I deleted the link immediately after dinner because I was so upset by it. I had followed the recipe to the letter, unlike some recipes where I improvise as I go along. Maybe that was my problem. This recipe included two pints of halved cherry tomatoes. Those poor tomatoes deserved a better fate. There was so little flavor in this dish that none of us truly enjoyed the meal, and we merely picked at it for sustenance. Bleh. It’s a very good thing that Annie was away at school because it would have been a double insult to her to eat a dish that was drowning in her food nemesis, tomatoes, and not even have the pasta taste good. Such a waste of time and ingredients.
And then, there was Friday night’s dinner. My lazy pizza dinner. I’m beginning to love lazy pizza dinner. All I needed to do was purchase a fresh loaf of French bread while I was already out running errands. When it was time to prepare the pizza, I blended up a little pizza sauce in my mini food chopper to layer on the halved loaf while Louisa grated mozzarella for me at the island. My quick and dirty pizza sauce included a couple of minced garlic cloves, 1/2 can of tomato paste, a 14 oz can of drained plum tomatoes, 12 leaves of fresh basil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Easy, right? Well, it would have been easier to use jarred pizza sauce if I could have found it while picking up the loaf of bread, but that in itself would have taken too much time. Yes, I truly had a lazy attitude as I prepared this dinner. After I spread the sauce over the halves of bread, Louisa sprinkled on the cheese. The halves were baked at a high temperature for approximately 10 minutes, just until the cheese melted and the edges of the bread began to brown, and we had a far better dinner than that time consuming pasta from earlier in the week.
Remind me in the future that simple is often best, and lazy pizza is definitely simple.