ARF/5-A-Day #41

by Cate on October 18, 2006

Poor Nicholas. It was a rough night. He has a very bad ear infection that came up rather suddenly last night. After nearly two hours of screaming bloody murder and tons of tears, we bundled him up and headed off to the ER. There was no way he was going to make it through the night, poor thing. After tons of reassurances that he would NOT be spending the night there like I did back in February, he agreed to go inside. We were in and out in less than 45 minutes, leaving with 3 medications and doses already given to him there. They added some Tylenol with Codeine to help him sleep, and sleep he did, finally waking up at 9:30 this morning. He’s feeling a bit better, but still in pain, so we spent the day at home together.

Between Nicholas‘ rough night, the chilly weather and the constant rain we’ve had all day, I was very indecisive about what to make for dinner tonight, changing my mind countless times. I finally just closed my eyes and picked a cookbook off my shelf, ending up with Rachael Ray’s Express Lane Meals. Looking to make something with ingredients I had on hand already, I went with her Linguine with Rach’s Cupboard Red Clam Sauce. On the table in under 20 minutes, it was hearty comfort food that hit the spot and perfect for tonight’s ARF/5-A-Day roundup. Nicholas asked what each ingredient was as I put it into the pan; when I got to the red wine, he started giggling. My kinda kid.

Before I leave you with tonight’s ARF/5-A-Day roundup, please think good thoughts for my Mom tomorrow. She’s having surgery for the first time ever, getting both knees replaced. She’s a little anxious, and understandably so.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago today… dinner, alcohol and Ellen.

Since I was on vacation last week, and didn’t do an ARF/5-A-Day roundup, tonight’s edition includes some delicious entries from last week as well. Dig in!

Faith from Blog Appetit in California has got her veggies going on with her Turkish Greens with Potatoes and Portobello Mushrooms from her cookbook collection:

Next up is the beloved okra from Salt and Pepper:

Transition to Vegan in Ohio served up the very healthy, cancer fighting Teryaki Seitan with Eggplant last week:

and eggplant popped up again this week with her Eggplant Bake:

Sugar Delirium joins us for the first time this week with her beautifully colorful Roasted Vegetables:

Paula from The Cookbook Junkie in Pennsylvania does it casserole-style with her Broccoli and Beef Pasta:

The Chocolate Lady in New York celebrates Fall with pumpkins:

Claire from Cooking is Medicine in Mississippi dishes up some drool-worthy pizza:

Perfect for Fall, and Stacey from Just Braise in New York shares her Braised Pork Chops with Apples:

Fall is also on the mind of Cooking Debauchery as she bakes up Pumpkin Muffins:

Catherine from Albion Cooks celebrates the season with a very ARF-friendly Vegetable Stew:

And last in for the night, Sarah from Cucina Bella in Connecticut packs tons of antioxidants in here with Black Beans with Salsa Cruda – yum!

Linguine with Rach’s Cupboard Red Clam Sauce
Four Servings

Coarse salt
1 pound linguine
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan
One 2-ounce can flat anchovy fillets, drained
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine
Two 14-ounce cans whole baby clams in juice, 1 can drained
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Grated lemon zest, for garnish

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add the pasta and cook until al dente. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce: Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the EVOO (3 turns of the pan) and the anchovies and cook until the anchovies melt into the oil.

Add the crushed red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme and garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add the onion, raise the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the wine and cook 1 minute, then stir in the clams with their juice plus the drained clams. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute to concentrate the flavors. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste (be sure to taste the sauce before seasoning it; there’s so much salt in the anchovies and clams that you may not need to add any).

Drain the linguine, return it to the pot and add the sauce. Add half the parsley and toss. Adjust the salt and pepper and plate the pasta. Garnish it with the remaining parsley and a little lemon zest.

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Claire October 18, 2006 at 2:26 am

Nice round up! Poor Nicholas! I hope he feels better soon. Ear aches are some of the worst pain you can have. I will be praying for your mom tomorrow, for sure!


Robyn1007 October 18, 2006 at 2:36 am

Good thoughts coming for both your mom and Nicholas! I went through so many ear infections as a child and still have scar tissue and get about one a year to this day! I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse pain in my life. Give him a hug for me.


Madeline October 18, 2006 at 4:23 am

Consider good thoughts emanating from California for both your Mom and Nicholas!


Barbara (Biscuit Girl) October 18, 2006 at 12:28 pm

Poor Nicholas! I had that happen to me when I was a kid and I still remember crying like crazy.

And like your mom, mine had both her knees replaced at the same time about three years ago. Tell her good luck and do that therapy……


patsy October 18, 2006 at 12:36 pm

Ear infections are no fun – for the kids or the parents! At least he got some medication and some sleep. Hope he’s feeling better soon.

Good luck and good thoughts are going out for your mom. I can imagine how worried she must be.


Anonymous October 18, 2006 at 1:17 pm

Don’t worry Mom everything will be fine.

Nicholas, hope your feeling better.

Let me know if you guys need anything.

The Neighbors (wife)


Alisha October 18, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Hope Nicholas is feeling better today – I’ve made that run to the hospital before – sometimes necessary but definately no fun.

Good luck to your mom … I’ll be sending her some good thoughts today.


stacey October 18, 2006 at 4:25 pm

Oh ouch! I’ve def had those bad ear infections as a kid where I needed to be rushed to the hospital– ear infections never get better…. hope he’s doing alright and your mother is okay too!

A nice roundup of fall flavors in the meantime!


Anonymous October 18, 2006 at 6:50 pm

Sorry to hear about the ear infection. I remember getting those as a kid, the only thing that I remember helping even remotely was a hot water bottle with a towel wrapped around it… of course not so helpful if both ears hurt, but with just one it was soothing.


Anonymous October 18, 2006 at 11:40 pm

Glad to hear Nicholas is better.
Tell your mom she’s in my prayers.

Oh, saw your Brother In-Law at the airport. He was on this phone and on the way to the gate. Could catch up with him to say hi.

The Sister In-Law


Abby October 18, 2006 at 11:41 pm

I’ve never seen okra sliced that way! All those cute seeds…

Hope your son feels better soon!


Catherine October 19, 2006 at 5:13 am

Thinking of you and your family.


Cate October 19, 2006 at 8:01 pm

Thank you to all of you for your well wishes for Nicholas, and especially, Mom. Very, very much appreciated.


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