Thursday, September 30, 2010

Random Thoughts for a Thursday

I am officially done with Sonic. I don't eat a lot of fast food, but Sonic used to be my go-to if I needed a quick bite or a little bit of grease. Today I needed the latter.

Somehow cooking dinner last night for a certain male friend ended with us seeing a band at House of Blues. Random for a Wednesday, but a few vodka soda's were consumed and resulted in me driving around today looking for a cheeseburger for lunch. If forced to describe the crap I just ate, I would have to say...

Soggy, wilted, old, bland, disgusting. 

Is it just me or has the quality seriously suffered in the last ten years? I mean, yes, it's fast food so by definition it's crap, but it's gotten bad.

I am loving this stuff. It's Sebastian Whipped Cream. If you have curly or wavy hair you need this now! I absolutely hate paying over $20 for a can of mousse, but my hair guy raved about it. Annnnd, I pretty much do whatever he tells me to for good reason. Not washing my hair everyday when it's straight is pretty standard for me, but typically, if I do it curly, I have to wash it the next day to avoid looking like a hot mess. This morning hair washing was not happening (see: vodka sodas, above) and it is actually looking pretty decent:
Thanks to Ian for the rec! (And yes, I really did just take a picture of my hair at work to show you.) 

I made spaghetti with meat sauce last night for the first time ever and it turned out pretty well!  (Thanks Elizabeth for getting me started).  I went with this as the base and then changed it up a bit.

1 pound ground lean turkey breast
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes, canned with basil if you can find it
1 1/4 cups red wine (whatever is currently open at home)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
1 pound dried pasta
Set a big pot of very salty water on the stove to boil.
In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, brown the ground turkey until nearly cooked through, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat. This should take about 3 minutes. While cooking, season the turkey with salt and pepper. Pour the browned turkey into a paper towel-lined colander and set aside.
In the same pan used to brown the turkey, sweat the chopped onions in the olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the onions have turned soft and translucent, add in the garlic and lower the heat to medium. Pour in the canned tomatoes and juice (stand back as you do this, or it will splatter and destroy your chic, white, no-iron button down shirt. I just assume this is what you are wearing, I find that the food turns out better when I’m attired in an appropriately waspy fashion).
Let the tomatoes cook down for about 5 minutes, breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon. Pour in the red wine and use your spoon to scrape up any yummy bits of flavor stuck to the pan. Let this liquid reduce a tad, then stir in the tomato paste.
By this point your water is hopefully boiling, dump in one pound of your preferred pasta into the water.
Return the ground turkey to the saucepan and allow it to warm through and fully incorporate. Add in the oregano and test the sauce to see if it needs additional salt or pepper. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and pour directly into the pan with the sauce. Stir with tongs to incorporate the sauce and cooked pasta.
Serve with grated parmesan reggiano or pecorino romano. There will be plenty of leftovers! Enjoy!

It seemed like it needed more liquid so I googled a few additional recipes and saw that some called for 3ish cups of water.  Is it bad that I poured an extra half a bottle of red in it instead?  It wasn't going to be consumed, and I figured that in most situations I would choose wine over water, so why not here too?  It was pretty good. Next time I'm going to kick it up a bit with some cayenne and/or red pepper.  My dinner guest is kind of a pansy when it comes to spice so I thought I'd take it easy on him.

That's all I got for today!


Maggie said...

Ummm... need this product! I think we have the exact same hair.

ps: Your list yesterday rocked.

Samma said...

Ha- Maggie I was just thinking "I really need that product for my hair". Do you just get it at salons?

Natalie said...

Thanks Maggie! And I've thought the same thing before when I see your hair curly.

Samma- I get it at my salon, but I bet they sell it at beauty supply stores too. I'm telling you- it works magic on my mess of a head of hair. And it smells ah-mazing.

Harper said...

Did you know I was a carhop at Sonic? Ken worked at one when he was in high school too...clearly they've gone downhill since we left the organization.

Your hair looks AMAZING.

I'm making that sauce for dinner tonight. Thanks!