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Lemon spaghetti

December 27, 2008

This lemon spaghetti sounds delish!

Lemon Spaghetti

by Giada De Laurentiis

4 main-course servings or 6 side-dish servings; Total cooking time: 8 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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What a Morning!

November 23, 2005

It started at 6am, feeling sorry for myself…surely I was the ONLY one going to work today. John made me breakfast, which always helps. I jumped into my car after it warmed up a bit (Thank you John for my remote start!), I hit the road and it started SNOWING!!! There’s nothing like driving fast on the highway with snow bouncing off your windshield. I got to work and I kicked butt building eight content pages for the website, uploaded data via ftp for a co-worker, build some cool front page images and went shopping at lunch. Now I’m having a great day!

I need to pick up a poinsettia for Gail on my way home from work so we can take it to dinner tomorrow. What do get a person who has everything? A poinsettia!

Tomorrow’s weather prediction has us getting 2-4 inches of snow beginning before 9am. I can’t wait! We’ll get to try out the new ride-on snow blower. John will be traveling for the next two weeks during the week so I should probably learn how to operate at least one of the two snow blowers. Not thrilled with that prospect but I’ll get over it. We’re going to Charlie & Gail’s for Thanksgiving dinner at 1:30, it should be a pretty drive if we get the snow they are predicting.

The Open House Brunch is next weekend so the goal(s) for this weekend is to get the Christmas lights up on the house (woohoo), snake the wall to run the Entertainment center wires (John), get the server back up (we haven’t touched it since we moved), hang curtains and paint a second coat around the trim in the living room. I’ve got the menu all planned…Cream Cheese & Bacon Crescents, Sky High Brunch Bake, and Cheese & Ham Spirals. Fran’s bring her French Toast, Ronnie’s bringing 2 quiches and Linda is going to make Belgium Waffles. We’ll serve Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Coffee (with liquors available like Baileys) and Orange Juice. We’ve received 30 RSVPs so we should have a good turn out….I’m praying for a pretty day!

I’m almost done Christmas shopping…I think I only have 2 people left. I think this is a Shannie record! I’m usually still shopping well into December. I need to get started on my Christmas cards; I like to get them out early.

I have so much homework it’s ridiculous. I’m going to need the holiday time off to get it all done. I’ve been in denial but I do have to make myself write some boring papers and long message board postings to keep my grades up. If you want to be bored to sleep, take Operations Management! Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to run a manufacturing plant? Logistics and Supply Chain Management? Me either!!!!!!

The rest of my degree won’t be fun but it will be over at some point so that what keeps me going. I think I’ll take a semester off when I get married (in June). I’m getting a lot of pressure to do so. And I think if I don’t…I could find out what it looks like to have my brain explode and I don’t think it would be pretty…

I’m going to go finish this day with a Red Bull and some painting and maybe, just maybe some homework. I recommend the Red Bull (Sugar Free) but don’t attempt the homework! It will make your brain work and that would be bad…very very bad.