Saturday, January 18, 2014

Week 2 Saturday (1/18/14)

Recipe Review
Today’s Recipe and Location:  Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
Pages  136 - 138    Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 290 calories per serving (if 8 servings are made)
(Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This is one of my favorite recipes so far.  I absolutely love pesto.  My first experience with pesto came with a Jenny Craig pizza.  I loved it then and still love it now. I love it with pasta as well as on a pizza. I totally cheated on this recipe.  I have a favorite pesto that I always have in the fridge and the freezer.  It is found at Costco and the brand is Kirkland’s Basil Pesto.  The way I cheated was that I used this instead of making my own fresh pesto.  Next time I will bite the bullet and make the pesto, too. The dish is so flavorful but you really have to watch the portion size because it is so rich.

No it is not your eyes - this is a blurry mess! 
Food is hard to photograph or I was a little shaky on this day!

Today’s critics:  The Lehman Family

         Brandy Lehman: “Um, ok, that is my absolute new favorite pasta. I have never really gotten into pesto, well now I'm going to start. You’re right and  should have made more :). The only thing I did notice is when I re-heated it (in glass container) was that it was SUPER oily. Not really a con, just something I noticed. Maybe due to reheating? Flavor was great and the texture of the noodles was great, Just delish all the way around. Can’t wait to make that dish! I am thinking that I may throw some chicken in mine...or shrimp? So good!”

         Nicole said,  “It was really good.”  Gianna loved it so much that she ate the rest of it.”

Random Reflections

         Yesterday I was sitting in traffic on my way home.  I glanced to the left and had a childhood flashback.  Campana, located at the corner of Rt. 31 and Fabyan in Batavia is now a historical landmark. The Campana building was built in 1937 of steel, glass and brick.  Hand lotion was the first thing they made there. They later added feminine products to their product repertoire. The square footage for the building is 70,000 sq. ft.  This is one enormous building. I remembered going there on a field trip and being embarrassed because they showed us how the feminine products were made.  Apparently, I was an immature fifth grader.  I know you are all shocked!  Stop smirking – you probably were, too!

No, the car was not supposed to be in the photo!  Oops!

Helpful Home Hints

         Steve and Matthew Mendel own a fabulous plumbing company named Good Call Plumbing. I have asked them to give me a plumbing tip of the month, so we all have a gentle reminder of something that we can do to save money and insure that we do not have a plumbing problem in the future that could have been avoided.  Let’s be proactive – not reactive.

Plumbing Tip of the Month:
         The temperatures have plummeted and our furnaces are running constantly.  One of the easiest ways to save money and cause less stress on our furnace is to change the filters regularly, I took this advice and have a large calendar in my house that reminds me of things to do in the house on a regular basis.  It also cuts down on the dog hair floating through my house as well as the dust. Our lives are too busy and chaotic to remember what day to complete each task so a home calendar is the way to go.  During the frigid months, I change my filter on the first day of the month. 
         I wrote it on the calendar and now it doesn’t take up needed memory.  This is extremely important at my age because I need all of the short and long term memory available.  So lets get organized and save money at the same time. Change those filters more frequently in the winter!!!

         If you have any plumbing needs call Matt and Steve at:

Good Call Plumbing
Fax  630-365-6748

Tell them Becky sent ya! 

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