Friday, November 02, 2007

Feed Me! Friday & Road Trip Update

I hope you all have been having fun reading about the Road Trip! I was trying to keep my absence a secret from Mom! You all know I am not good at keeping secrets. Like Monty's karaoke machine... You should see what the Sammy Meezer found down in the luggage compartment... He was down there with Abby "investigatin." Oops, there I go again.

Go to Beezer's blog to find out what we have been up to lately. He's now my hero -- you're just gonna have to go over and find out why. The answer is one word: BEEF!


Mom has decided to hijack my blog again in my absence and post another recipe. Well I never!

This is another vegetarian pasta recipe. It's a little bit spicy, but not too much. Mom says to make it -exactly- the way it is written or you'll lose the something that makes it special. This is another recipe that takes about 30 minutes.

By the way, Mom is from New Hampster, so what she thinks is "a little bit spicy" will probably be "not spicy enough" for some beans in the Southwest.

Spicy Penne with Cauliflower

1/4 cup golden raisins

2 Tablespoons pine nuts

2 Tablespoons olive oil

4 cups cauliflower florets

4 cloves garlic, thinly slivered

1 14-1/2 ounce can no-salt-added stewed tomatoes

8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce

¾ Teaspoon salt

½ Teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ Teaspoon ground ginger

12 ounces penne pasta

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  1. Start heating a large pot of water to boiling for the pasta. In a small bowl, combine the raisins and ½ cup of hot water. Let stand until the raisins have softened, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small dry skillet, cook the pine nuts over low heat until lightly toasted, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until hot but not smoking over low heat. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is lightly golden, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add the raisins and their soaking liquid, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, pepper flakes, and ginger, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Cook until the cauliflower is tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes longer.

  4. Meanwhile, cook the penne in the boiling water until just tender. Drain well. Transfer the cauliflower mixture to a large bowl, add the penne and parsley, and toss to combine. Spoon the penne mixture into 4 shallow bowls, sprinkle with the pine nuts, and serve.

this recipe is from a book called "Great-Taste Low-Fat Pasta"


Mickey said...

Mom likes the recipe. She also says that yer Mom is not the only one who lets whole days slip by ;)
Can't wait to bet to Beezer's place.Woo Hoo!!!!!

DEBRA said...

Wow what a day in San Francisco! We're all having such a great time and Beez is a terrific host...can you believe how much Ping and Beez lookalike?


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very yummy recipe. Our mom is always looking for tasty low fat stuff to eat.

Are there lots of hampsters in New Hampster?

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Mom read da recipe to dad and dad said "Millie is always talking about beef, where's the meat in there?" well, how do you like that!

Captain Jack and Dante said...

That looks like a good recipe. Mommy may have to ask Daddy to make it (our Mommy doesn't cook - our Daddy is an aspiring chef so she leaves it all to him!)

Tybalt said...

Mommy says thank you to your mommy for the recipe. I'm glad you are having a great time on the road trip, Millie!

Monty Q. Kat said...

My kareoke machine is back!! I'll sing whatever you like!

Tyler said...

Are there any adults I mean humans on this trip? If not, wow that must be fun!

My mom is so thrilled to see the recipe because she's one of those vegetarians. We all thinks she's nuts, but we love her too much to tell her to her face. She wanted to thank your mom, Millie.

DK & The Fluffies said...

YUMMMM - I'm making that tomorrow! ~DKM

Pet's are 4 Life said...

Sounds like your havings too much fun, so its only fair your momma gets to hijackings the bloggie.

ASTOR CATS said...

That sounds yummy. Mom likes pasta and cauliflower. Glad you are all having such a good time on the road trip.

Midnite & Stray Kitty

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Me and Mike are having lots of fun on the road trip too, I will have to leave early to get Mike back to Gretchen's though!

The Cat Realm said...

I Dare You!
Yes, It is ME, Anastasia! Karl was thoughtful enough to put the Dare out on the Day of the Dead, so I can come personally! And if you don't accept the challenge, I might just come again and haunt you, Hahahahahahahahaha!

LHK said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit in San Francisco! As a host I really try to make my guests happy :)

Roxy said to run with it so I did!

Kimo & Sabi said...

Sounds yummy!

Skeeter And LC said...

We're havin a great time readin about your Road Trip. An don't worry if the Mom posts recipes about Collieflowers and pennies. We sure aint gonna try that. LC bit a penny once and it wasnt bitable AT ALL!

Skeeter and LC

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Fanks to yur Mom for da veggie recipe. Owr collij girl prolly would like dat an so would da Mom and Dad. Sounds furry interesting. A'course Beau Beau will eat anyfing.