Monday, June 28, 2010

A Hunka Hunka Burning Love kind of weekend...

More on Elvis in a minute....

First - in French Press news - remember how I kept casually mentioning on this here bloggy that I had a mini 3-cup French Press on my wedding registry?? Well, I got it! One of our good friends sent us the press, espresso and cappuccino cups (for our BANGING espresso machine the in laws are giving us for the as soon as I have it in my possession!) . So nice! BUT, the French Press was shattered. :( so sad. I sent it back to Macy's and I'm awaiting my gift card replacement, so I can turn around and buy it again! Can't wait! Hurry up Macy's!

Thursday evening the fiancee' headed to happy hour with one of his buddies, so I was on my own for dinner. I used to cook all the time for myself and I enjoyed it. But the fiancee is such a wonderful cook, I haven't had to cook for myself all that much over the past years. Usually I can last on leftovers from something he has made, but on this particular evening, we had nothing in the fridge. So, I busted out the canned tomatoes and whole wheat pasta!

Start by sauteing garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil.

Next up, the tomatoes. Only San Marzano tomatoes will do. Seriously, unless you have fresh tomatoes, use these. They are more expensive, but worth every single penny.

Smoosh the whole tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon or crush them in your hands. Or just leave them whole, they will cook down.

Simmer as long as you can. I put a cover on mine for a while because it was cooking down too quickly. I also added some basil and parsley from our garden. And earlier some dried oregano. Always add dried herbs early, fresh one later...

Simmer simmer. I boiled a pound of whole wheat linguine and added it to the sauce and about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Sprinkled with parm cheese and enjoyed!! Lovely dinner, better leftovers!

Friday began with Sun Chips and cheese crackers. Why was I starving at 10am? A little People, Country Special (hottest men of country music) and my Friday was off....

Lunch came in the form of a BBQ in the back parking lot at work! We attempted to have a Memorial Day BBQ at work, but it fell through.... This was our makeup! I had crab cake sandwich with some pasta salad and greens. Really good!

Friday evening I headed with the MIL and SIL and another friend to Blackwood, NJ. The SIL is a HUGE Elvis fan. There was a guy named Doug Church performing. This is my second time seeing him - and I really enjoy it! Call me crazy, but I love it! It's so fun! I was (with the exception of my MIL) the youngest person there by at least 30 years! No joke! But it was a great night! They have a great dinner buffet with tortellini, salad, chicken, veggies and a carving station. Really good, sorry no pics. But I do have plenty of pics of Elvis, I mean Doug Church!

Hilarious! But so much fun! He's coming back in October and you best believe I will have my tickets in hand!
Anywho, I was on my own this weekend because the fiancee was kidnapped for a Bachelor's Weekend with the guys! More on what I did at home all by myself later!
I always get more done when he's not home! Why is that, I wonder???


  1. Yay for a French press! I love, love, love mine!

    Elvis is back! Whoo hoo ;)

  2. I'm paitently awaiting my gift card to get my French press! It's killing me - can't get here fast enough!