Tuesday, November 11, 2008

fusilli with mixed greens and goat cheese

Well it's happened. My work has finally started to pile up and finals are growing nearer. In short, I can no longer pretend that being a third year law student requires nothing more than laying on my couch watching TV, pausing only to have another cookie or to make a snarky comment about the new 90210 (because lets be honest, even though Annie isn't half the whiner Brenda was, she's at least twice as annoying). So yesterday, I begrudgingly put down the remote and spent the entire day doing work. Around eight pm, my stomach started to growl, and I knew that it was time to call it a day and make some dinner. (Besides, it was time for Gossip Girl. You didn't think I was going to go cold turkey on bad TV overnight now did you?) The angel on my shoulder suggested that I wage a preemptive strike on the rapidly approaching holiday season and its inevitable accompanying weight gain and have a salad. The devil on my shoulder was tired and cranky from all that work and wanted to be rewarded with pasta. After all, I had been a good girl all day....

So who won? Well thankfully I remembered a recipe in my "to make" archives that allowed me to call this little battle a draw. Whole wheat pasta and two kinds of cheeses to satisfy my craving for some comfort food, and enough mixed greens and tomatoes to make it seem positively virtuous. It's pasta and salad at the same time! It was the perfect dinner. Now if I could only come up with a way to finish my seminar paper while still making it home in time for tonight's 90210...

Whole Wheat Fusilli with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese
From Everyday Pasta by Giada de Laurentiis
The original recipe is available here

In other news, Sihan of Fundamentally Flawed has given me an award!

Thanks Sihan--I am so honored!!

I am supposed to answer a whole bunch of questions along with this award, but since I am super pressed for time this week, I'm just going to answer the food related ones for now.

My 7 Favorite Foods (in no particular order)

1. Pizza (preferably with onions, mushrooms, peppers and extra sauce)
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
3. Ice Cream (any flavor will do)
4. Tomato Basil Soup from Turtle Bread Company
5. Eggplant
6. Goat Cheese
7. Candy Corn

I see that some of the other bloggers that Sihan tagged have already passed this award on to a few of the people that I was going to pick, so rather than repeat them here I will just say that I echo the choices of She's Cookin' Now and Sugar and Everything Nice.


Bridgett said...

I love this recipe and have made it several times for dinner guests. Super easy but tasty, isn't it? Yours looks fantastic!

Matt's Kitchen said...

I like your adaptations to the Giada recipe! Also, I don't envy your third year law status and upcoming finals. You have my kind of way of dealing with pressure: "guilty pleasure" television. Does the Annie character on 90210 have the same lopsided eye thing going on that Brenda did?