That Rachael Ray is everywhere! She popped up with entertaining tips in a recent issue of Woman’s Day magazine, and then with romantic meal ideas in this month’s Glamour magazine. How does she do it? She says lots of caffeine is the trick, and I can certainly believe it.
In the Glamour article, she shared a pasta dish that she enjoys with her husband, John, and I can certainly attest to its yumminess. The Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is quick, easy and delicious. It’s a great go-to meal for harried weeknights, and I promise, even if you don’t like anchovies (me! me!), you will still like this recipe. When the anchovies are heated with the olive oil, they literally melt and are only perceptible with the salty taste they add to the finished dish. As Rachael would say – Yum-O!
I promised we would talk Tupperware tonight. I go through phases where I think the stuff is a little pricey and buy the disposable storage pieces at the grocery store instead. But now I use those primarily for either a staining sauce (like red marinara) or something smelly (like fish), and use Tupperware for everything else. Yes, they are a little more expensive, but they are a lot stronger and more durable, and that’s important with the amount of use the pieces get.
Everybody seems to be selling Tupperware these days. Would you believe soapstar Lisa Rinna is a new Tupperware consultant? There was an article in a recent issue of Life & Style Weekly all about a Tupperware party that Lisa threw, a night of “food, fun and functional plastic.” There’s a slogan I can get behind! Of course, being the Hollywood star she is, it included catering from chef-to-the-celebs, Wolfgang Puck. With a menu of Mini Cheeseburgers, Crab Cakes and Black Truffle Ravioli, that had to cut into Lisa’s Tupperware profits a tad!
She also served Tuppertinis, a new cocktail with the antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice (see recipe below). Jennie Garth stocked up on Tupperware to store jelly beans in, and fellow 90210 alum Jason Priestly bought items to store leftovers in. Lisa Rinna’s favorites? The mini-chopper (love that!) and the ice cream scoop. She calls it “genius” – the scoops’ zinc core heats up in water, so it glides right through frozen dessert. How cool is that?
Nicholas had a very exciting day today – he graduated from his 3-year-old class! A two-hour graduation ceremony, mind you. There were three classes involved, and the 4-year-old class, who are moving onto kindergarten in the Fall, were resplendent in caps and gowns. It was very cute, and The Neighbor and I caught ourselves tearing up a few times. They sang several songs, including the one he recorded below, and did a fantastic job. Hard to believe he’s going to be 4 soon – time does go by fast!
All for tonight. Until tomorrow…
A year ago today… pure deliciousness!
4 oz. citrus vodka
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh pomegranate juice
2 oz simple syrup (1 oz. water and 1 oz sugar combined, boiled and cooled)
Shake all ingredients well over ice. Strain mixture into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with an orange peel, if desired.