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Pasta with Fresh Herbs; I have CCC: Creative Cooking Compulsion — 20 Comments

  1. Not only fine, but really really good! With simple ingredients, less is more, and this dish shows that beautifully.
    I’m an avid food blog reader, and I’ve often thought about starting my own blog, but then I think about how bad the lighting in my kitchen is, and how many measuring cups I’d have to wash each night if I carefully measured all my ingredients so I could blog a recipe with confidence, and… I can’t bring myself to do it. I’m just a small step away from the point of obsession you describe but I’m trying so hard not to go over the edge!

  2. Amy, but it’s so HARD!!!!
    Joanna, try not to go over the edge….step back, take a deep breath…
    Colleen, it was just the giant hand coming to smack me on the side of the head…I’m fine now….I’m fin not….I;m finee no…

  3. Oh, my, that looks good. I am just home from work, starving and what am I doing? Reading about other people’s meals instead of fixing my own.
    I have had some real adventures (and misadventures) trying to cook creatively.

  4. No thought, throw together pastas are always fun! I like all of the fresh herbs in this pasta. I am looking forward to the local fresh herbs showing up in the farmers market again.

  5. I had to laugh – yesterday, I found myself wondering if asparagus with strawberry sauce would taste good! 🙂

  6. Ah, I just finished eating my bowtie pasta when I opened your latest blog post about bowtie pasta! Yummy! I made mine by putting the hot pasta back in the pot, and then added a raw egg, a little milk, butter and a little cheese to make a creamy sauce with the residual heat of the pasta and pot. I used blue cheese instead of Parma, which added a nice bite to the dish. I don’t know what the raw egg method is called, but when it works out, it is really good!

  7. The entire Time Life! Yes, me too.
    Why oh why am I so irrational when it comes to cook books. At least I’m in excellent company!
    Yes, all those would be good with the pasta but it looks complete if only it were in front of me for dinner tonight!

  8. I’ve started “cheating”: I take photos of leftovers. The chutney on my website? Yah.. took hat three days after I made it. The Challah.. those photos were from last month’s baking spree… I claim it’s because the lighting in my kitchen is not particularly good at night and I hate my flash, so I should only take photos during the day. In reality, it just feels like so much of a hassle.
    But my photography skills have gotten way better!

  9. Lydia, have you checked your doorstops? It is rather a large tome….
    Mimi, we don’t talk about the ones that don’t work… mon mari does, WE do not!
    Kevin, right now I’m confined to chives and oregano…soon the others will start growing.
    Zoomie, asparagus with strawberries…
    Hmmmm…
    Lannae, I would just call it delicious! I don’t do that often enough…
    Ashely, we all need that occasionally..
    Tigerfish, I hadn’t realized (until recently) that garlic chives were ‘Asian’. I’ve just always loved them.
    Tanna, I did not 1 but 2 entire Time Life series…but I won’t admit to it…
    Neen, but you see the trick to that is to HAVE the leftovers! Not be little pigs and eat it all…sometimes. But it IS a good idea!

  10. I love that you call it a “full-out compulsion.” Since I started my food blog, I’d have to say it’s become a full out compulsion for me as well!
    I love dishes like this – ones that can be change and added to and taken away from. But always delicious!

  11. I so agree with you on this dish. I love my pasta sauces, but a simple treatment of pasta is the best. The pasta is allowed to show how it really tastes. Your photo has me salivating here!!!

  12. You must have been married a while for your husband to pick hot food over hot wife. Being a hot wife compensated for a lot of bad food when I was a newlywed. Now I’m a better cook, so it all balances out.
    Your pasta looks perfect. Stop tweaking and eat already!

  13. The dish looks perfect as is…but I do fall into the same illness as you! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  14. I loved reading this post! We are going to have to start a support group for obsessed food bloggers 😉
    Truly, this is my favorite way to enjoy pasta. The herbs get to shine!

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