Monday, August 9, 2010

fusilli jerry

H. decided this week that he didn't want to bring his lunch (brat), so it has given me the opportunity to make something with cheese. Delicious, nutritious cheese.

Somehow I was running way too early this morning. Like, 30 minutes early. And I don't like to look too eager, so I got off the subway at Union Square and had a mosey through the farmer's market before walking up to work. Sometimes I hate the Union Square market - it is soooo busy. But not at 8:10 in the AM!

So, I picked up some of these lovelies.


And this beautiful basil!


Remember when I bought that nasty basil a few months ago? For $4? Well, this gorgeous forest of green was only $2. And I don't even know what to do with it all! Maybe tomorrow I'll buy some pine nuts, and make some pesto, and then freeze it up.

Anyway. The result of these fine finds is the Barefoot Contessa's amazing fusilli with sun-dried tomato pasta. Here's the recipe:

½-pound fusilli, cooked

Kosher salt
Olive oil
1 pound ripe tomatoes, medium-diced
¾ cup black olives, (kalamata, pitted and diced
1-pound fresh mozzarella, medium diced
6 sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

Dressing:
5 sun dried tomatoes in oil drained
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
6 Tbls olive oil
1 clove garlic, diced
1 tsp. capers, drained
2 tsp. kosher salt
¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup packed basil leaves, julienned
Add tomatoes, olives, mozzarella and chopped sun dried tomatoes to pasta. Combine sun dried tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic, capers, salt and pepper in processor until smooth. Pour over pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil and toss well.
I exclude olives, because they are disgusting, vile, vomitous things. In the end, this is how it looks:


I also bought a few ears of corn at the market. Who can resist corn in August? My mom will only buy corn on the cob if it was picked that day. I'm not so picky, so I bagged a few and H. and I ate them before I could take photos. God, August is good.

(sorry for the blurry photos - I really hate the camera flash - it makes everything look washed out).

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