I’ve been waxing poetic about the blogging community lately. See, I knew it was a wonderful community to be a part of before when everyone sent me lovely messages when Adam and I got married. I knew you were all supportive when my father passed away and people came out of the woodwork to send their condolences, and later helped me and my family raise over $1000 for pancreatic cancer research. When Adam’s stepfather passed away, the support was just as amazing.
And then this morning, something far less remarkable happened. I was reading blogs before school started (isn’t that what all of us teachers do?) and something on Jessica’s blog stuck out to me. Ok, that’s not something new either. I generally drool over her posts. But this morning? She had a recipe for Creamy Caprese Baked Pasta .
It was on my mind all day, and at about 5:30 tonight, my bags of groceries went from bags of ingredients to this
And then this
Twice. There was wine involved too. I
‘m not going to post the recipe since you can get it here from Jessica, but a few things that I did a little differently:
- I used two pints of grape tomatoes instead of just one. I cut half of them in half and half I left whole.
- I used only 8 ounces total of fresh mozzarella. Jess’s called for 4 ounces cubed, plus a layer on top. I utilized an old “make the real cheese go farther” technique by breaking slices into small bits that spread.
- I used a TON of basil. Almost two bunches. I think I have a problem.
See that little jar in the last picture? With basil in it? I’m trying to grow my own by using cuttings. I don’t know if it will work, but it’s worth a try, right? Anyone have any experience with that?
Then, because I’m a good wife, I made these:
Nothing like browned-butter rice krispie treats with extra mini marshmallows to make a Monday less Monday-ish. What, you want the recipe? Maybe…
OH! And remember Maddux? He’s quite a cooking buddy! He stayed in the doorway to the kitchen the whole time, and any time I’d say “oh no” or “ouch” he’d come running!
I hope you all had a beautiful Monday… it appears that things may be looking up around here (knock on wood, cross your fingers, etc.) You can bid on a batch of my soft pretzels with a homemade honey mustard dip on Tina’s Blog Bake Sale until Midnight EST today, 5/16!