Fettuccine with Bacon Tomato and Arugula

This hearty pasta dish is an easy meal to make on a busy week night.

Fettuccine with Bacon Tomato and Arugula

6 slices of bacon chopped

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 small yellow onion chopped

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half

2 T balsamic vinegar

1/4 c half and half or cream

1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese (more for serving if desired)

1 c arugula

16 oz cooked fettuccine or other pasta

in a large pan cook bacon over med high heat for 3 minutes, add garlic and onion and cook until bacon is crisp about 3 more minutes.( Surprisingly, I did not need to drain any bacon fat at this point but I know some bacon can be fatter than others, if you find that there is a fair amount of grease in the pan, strain it out before adding the rest of the ingredients) Add tomatoes, 1 T vinegar and stir, getting all the crispy bits from the bottom of the pan,

Turn heat to low cook until tomatoes glisten and have a slight wrinkle on the skin, about 2 minutes. Add half and half or cream, stir and add parmesan, heat through. Remove from heat add arugula and remaining 1 T vinegar. Toss together and serve. Top with more parmesan if desired.

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Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day !

 

So many holidays lately, but of course this one is made for me! Today, August 10th, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day, but which day isn’t? I am getting excited for an upcoming trip to Biloxi to see them, and will probably have a Duran Duran dance party tonight with my bestie to celebrate.

So all you Duranies, break out the old albums, buttons and t-shirts and maybe make a Duran Duran themed vegetable platter.

 

or a Cherry Ice Cream Smile

Enjoy!

 

 

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Cookies: Lemon Cranberry Cookies

The leftover produce of the week was lemons. I do have a great Strawberry and Lemon muffin recipe, but this time I decided to make cookies. They came out more like a shortbread than a sugar cookie, delicate and crumbly with just the right amount of lemon. These would also be good with dried blueberries or cherries.

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1cup sugar

1 1/2 sticks of butter (12 T)

1 large egg

1/4 c fresh lemon juice

1 T lemon zest

1 c dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)

Preheat Oven to 375

In a med sized mixing bowl stir together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl beat together room temp butter and sugar. Add egg, lemon juice and zest, then slowly add the flour mixture while beating on low/med speed. Stir in dried cranberries (or other fruit).

Roll into 2 inch balls and press flat on a an ungreased cookie sheet (use a silpat if available) with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.  Bake until golden on the edges about 9-11 minutes.