Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Chard; I itch, therefore I am

I really hate it when I’m on the menu.

I may have gloated on occasion, about our lack of mosquitoes.

I may have mentioned that WE don’t need insecticides to get through summer.

I may have felt superior about not needing screens on the windows, and being able to enjoy late summer evenings without constant swatting

I have been most firmly put in my place.

It happened last fall, too.  My neighbor says they are août-ets: little midges that appear this time of year to torment the susceptible.  ( août is French for August)

That would be me.

I’m told that they are particularly fond of back of knees, inside of elbows, ankles and hairlines.

I suppose I can be grateful that they have confined their feasting to the back of my knees.

Yesterday I had 12 welts behind one knee and 8 behind the other.

Today I had 30 behind one knee and 25 behind the other.

Yes, I counted.

My neighbor also told me that the bites last about 6 weeks.

Oh joy!

I have a lot of self control.

The itching got so bad last night that it woke me up.

But did I scratch?

Not me!

I exerted my iron will and vowed to ignore it.

But, as so often happens with people who have a lot of self control….. When it slips it’s well and truly  gone.

I scratched.

Hard.

Really hard.

I have long, strong nails.

I decided that I had obviously removed all of the skin from my legs and should probably get up and put on a tourniquet or something to stop the bleeding.

One of the reasons I try not to scratch is that I have quite sensitive skin.  A light scratch can turn a small dot from a mosquito bite into a huge welt.

The backs of my legs looked like a relief map of a mountain range.

It was actually kind of scary.

It was also 3 in the morning.

I don’t have much in the way of medicine-type stuff.

Actually all I have is a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.

I decided the alcohol would hurt so, by default, I put peroxide on it.

It soothed the welts enough that I could sleep.

And, actually, didn’t start itching again until about an hour ago.

We’ll see how long the iron will lasts this time!

Now that summer is officially over, I’m back in the kitchen and cooking pasta.

About a month ago I decided that the chard was seriously past it’s prime, and time for it to do it’s part in the compost pile.

We hadn’t had rain in ages and I couldn’l pull most of it out.  
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So I just cut it all off and figured the roots would bet roto-tilled under in the spring.

It came back.

I know have a fresh new crop of chard to use.

I’m sending this to Bellini Valli, of More Than Burnt Toast who is this week’s host for Presto Pasta Nights.

She’ll have a recap of all the fabulous dishes on her blog on Friday.

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Chard

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Chard

10oz (300gr) sausages
7oz (200gr) chard
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes
15 fresh leaves, snipped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, snipped
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/4 cup pasta – penne, rigatoni, fusilli

Cook pasta according to package instructions.  Drain.
Wash the chard and trim any bad bits. Stack the leaves together and fold over, the long way. Slice into strips, using both leaves and stems, but keeping the stems separate as best you can.  Roughly chop tomatoes. Slice sausages into 1″ (2.5cm) pieces.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add paprika and sauté 1 minute. Add onion, garlic, chard stems and sauté 5 minutes or until starting to get tender. Add sausage, sage, rosemary and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, chard leaves, turn heat to low, cover and simmer 5 – 10 minutes or until sausages are cooked through and tomatoes have cooked down a bit.
Add drained pasta and toss to mix well. Heat through and serve.

If you’ll excuse me now…. I have, er, things to do…..

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7 thoughts on “Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Chard; I itch, therefore I am”

  1. Ooowowwwwwwwwww!! Gloves. You have to wear cotton gloves to bed so you CAN’T scratch. It might make you feel a little like Mini Mouse but at least you won’t scratch while you’re sleeping. (Every spring when I do the shrub pruning, I get a major dose of flea bites from the creatures that hang out under our shrubs. I’ve discovered that I’m very good about not scratching the actual welts. My problem is that I scratch AROUND the welts. Very bad. I’ll remember your peroxide idea. It might work better than the witch hazel I use.)
    As usual, your pasta looks delicious. That’s definitely my kind of dinner.
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    Heheh… thinking of witch hazel, the last time I was in Italy, I got nailed by Italian mosquitoes and went into a pharmacy to try to buy witch hazel. The trouble was that I didn’t know the folk name for it and I COULDN’T remember the latin name hamamelis. Nor did I have any idea that it is a North American plant. I knew the word for “witch” and looked up the word for hazel in my handy English-Italian pocket dictionary and asked for “ummmmm… strega nocciolo?? eerrrmmmm contra punture di insetti?????” I guess you know the reaction I got.
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    STOP SCRATCHING!

  2. Ina, thanks. I hope it’s 3 days!
    mma Thanks… we liked it.
    manningroad, ouch! I’m very susceptible to bug bites.
    Elizabeth, I have bruises surrounding the bites! I got hydracortisone cream – worked a treat!

  3. I think I’ve been at the top of the mosquito food chain lately. Guess it’s the time of year, but I’m usually too lazy to put on repellent. I don’t see them, but they sure see me coming.

  4. Yes to the perfect pasta…NO! NO! NO! a thousand times NO! to those pesky bugs. Thanks for sharing the pasta with Presto Pasta Night and for keeping the bugs to yourself.

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