the dirty dozen: super? friday

i'll finish one of these in a single day if it kills me. maybe not this single day, but y'know.

01 remember jim, the bitchin' photographer who took the magical photos of dead books in detroit? he opened an etsy shop last week, and i happened by just in time for one of his prints. we have very little blank space on our walls, to be sure, but the print i seized was number 12 in an edition of 30; there is a nanobot in my bloodstream that forces me to purchase when it sees the number 12. also, jim was then kind enough to compliment my (extremely amateur) photos. the nanobot saw this coming, you see.

02 i'll be defeating 101 in 101: 038 participate in a charity walk next month via the the new york city colon cancer challenge. since i've been diligent gymgoer for the past few months, the 4-mile run is more appealing than the 1.7-mile remembrance & prevention walk; i'm doing my best to rock the list honestly (read: literally), though, and there will be other runs. a few more months of prep at the treadmill never hurt anyone.

03 simplest pasta recipe of all time (punched up and canned down from a dish we featured in the ladymag):

- 1 lb. spaghettini or capellini
- 1/3-1/2 c extra virgin olive oil* (joe prefers more; i go light)
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1-2 tbsp red pepper flakes (i go heavy, for i am pele, goddess of fire)
- large (28 oz.) can whole plum tomatoes*
- 1 c chopped pitted kalamata-ish olives (anything dark and tart will do)
- 1/2 c rough-chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1/3 c toasted pine nuts

add oil to a large wok (large enough for the pasta when cooked), then saute the garlic and red pepper flakes for a few minutes. stir in the tomatoes and olives, cook for another minute, then set aside. cook and drain the pasta, then dump it into the wok and toss until coated. stir in the parsley and pine nuts.

grated parmesan or pecorino is nice on top, but there's enough oil and fat in the dish that it feels hearty as is (and reheats really nicely, which is perfect for us, as it yields 4 big portions).

04 speaking of recipes, today's design*sponge "in the kitchen with" recipe - homemade granola - looks delicious.*** both granola and trail mix are really expensive in manhattan, and i recently discovered a good local source for cheap(ish) dried fruit and nuts, so i'm going to start experimenting with making my own. if any of you have favorite versions, i could use the direction!

*did anyone else throw up in their mouth a little bit when rachael ray started selling e.v.o.o.?

**you could just buy diced tomatoes, but joe feels a lot better about eating them if he's pulverized them himself. either way, use the juice, too.

***dish dork aside: the fiestaware and lorena barrezueta pieces in those prep photos are hot.


jen said...

>>did anyone else throw up in their mouth a little bit when rachael ray started selling e.v.o.o.?

no, but i did throw up a little bit when i was forced to watch Rachel Ray on Ice the other day while at the gym.

please, god, bring spring, so i don't have to run on a treadmill any more. when Emily Hughs zips on to the ice, does a quick triple salchow enroute to bringing Rachel Ray a bottle hot sauce, it makes baby jesus cry.*

*am i going to hell for automatically capitalizing Rachel Ray's name but not baby jesus's? or is hellfire already assured because of my flippant use of baby jesus and the crying? catholic guilt is hard to parse.

lauren said...

ooh, i didn't even think of that - in the spring, i could have ALL the treadmills to myself! yeah, three months into the new gymmishness, i still have no interest in running in public. i sweat too damn much.

our gym pipes in BET, various MSNBC financial shows, and VH1 reality programming - and ONLY those three things - so i've seen many, many episodes of rock of love and scott baio is 46 and pregnant.