April 18, 2008

Broccoli Pesto Pasta, Take Two...and an Earthquake

Mother Nature hasn't been too nice to us in the Midwest. We've had cooler spring temperatures, tons of rain, and early this morning...AN EARTHQUAKE! Something woke me up around 4:30 am, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. I thought the ceiling fan had gone all wonky. I even, for some reason, got out of bed and went downstairs. I just knew something was not right. But, I soon went back to bed, having not found anything awry.

When I woke up later, I had a text message from Ben: "Dude!!! Did you feel the earthquake???" I must have felt it and then woken up to see the fan wobbling just after the tremor. I turned on the news and they were explaining that the epicenter of the 5.2 magnitude earthquake was near West Salem, Illinois...nearly 166 miles from where I live!

Apparently, there was an aftershock around 10:15 this morning as well, but I was in the car at the time and didn't notice it.

I am ready for spring, but the weather hasn't been cooperating much. It was warm and sunny yesterday, but very windy. Today was colder, gray, and rainy. It was the perfect day to stay inside, doing a bit of cleaning here and there, but mostly just lazing on the couch with the laptop.

For dinner, I decided to (finally) retry the broccoli pesto pasta I made last month. This time, I left the ricotta out and didn't add as much sauce to the pasta. The result was a much better version!

The sauce is made with steamed broccoli, parsley, garlic, walnuts, parmesan, and olive oil.





Denzil said...

The pics and food look great!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love this version of the broccoli pesto as well. It is still the perfect meal when basil is at a premium!!

Anonymous said...

We felt that earthquake all the way up North where I am, too - very freaky!

Your recipe looks delicious by the way!