9/24/08

Bland But Full of Potential Awesomeness

I wish I could tell you that the post that Blogger ate was the next great American novel. Full of wit, heartbreak, and redemption but alas the post and the meal, I thought were mediocre and bland, at best. Which is ironic but really not ironic but because I used ironic wrong, will be ironic in and of itself because everyone liked this meal... except me.

Fettuccine with Artichokes and Beans: (Real Simple October 2008)

Serves 4 (I also doubled this recipe)

3/4 pound fettuccine
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 13.75-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
kosher salt and black pepper
1 slice white bread, toasted *I used about a cup of bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano *I used fresh and a lot more
a good splash of white white

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the beans, artichokes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes * Here's where I added some white white and let it cook off.Pulse the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the oregano and the remaining teaspoon of oil and pulse until just combined. Toss the pasta with the artichoke mixture and reserved pasta water. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs.

Tasting Notes: Would I make this dish again? Yes. Why? Because A) the kids all liked it and it was easy and fast. And B) THIS DISH HAS POTENTIAL, DAMN IT! It's like the movies. You know the one about the ugly duckling that no one thinks is beautiful but that one guy sees through that ugly duckling facade. He knows he can make her into becoming someone special by taking off her glasses, plucking her brows, getting her a hair cut and taking her shopping in one ten minute montage scene with lots of laughing, twirling in a new dress and topped off with a kiss, all the while I'm Walking On Sunshine is playing in the background. Yeah, this pasta is like that. My montage scene includes more garlic, a squeeze of lemon, and maybe a little lemon zest. Then I would present my dish to the amazement of others. Then I would get high fives all around and people would talk about my culinary prowess. (oops, we changed to a sports movie but it's the same idea.) all the while Eye of The Tiger is playing in the background.

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

Cut and Scene!

either I'm super awesome or terribly nerdy... I can't decide

13 comments:

noble pig said...

It sounds good, I'm sorry it was bland but I'm a nut for artichoke hearts!

asthmagirl said...

It does sound like it has potential. I think your game plan of garlic and lemon sounds like you're headed in the right direction!

melissa said...

either I'm super awesome or terribly nerdy... I can't decide

Definitely both. It's not like they're mutually exclusive (says fellow mega-nerd).

I can see why you would say it has potential. And I could see adding lemon because of the beans. It would probably really perk everything up.

Mental P Mama said...

It sounds good to me...and garlic and lemon do too! Yum. Oh, and thanks for the song now stuck in my little brain.

Caroline said...

I find that Real Simple recipes can be bland...but they are easy (which I love). I think I will try this with extra garlic, shredded parm and heavy cream!

KitchenKiki said...

You had me at "Walkin' on Sunshine!"

Actually it was artichokes, but I really like that song. It makes me feel warm & fuzzy. (And reminds me of my first love. In a good way, not the heartbreak, you are a stoner loser part)

But I really love dishes with POTENTIAL I like to take a decent dish and make it work for what I'm feeling like eating.

Me! said...

it still looks and sounds great! lemon and garlic will definitely bring up the flavor, that sounds really good. maybe some onion too? or green onion? or fresh parsley (i never have that in the fridge but on tv they do so maybe you do)?

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

That looks soooo yummy :o)

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

Nerds rock in a cool way! (This from the girl who is currently wearing a 'Weird Al is my Homeboy' t-shirt.)

The pasta dish LOOKS amazing. I'm with you on the lemon and garlic fix. I'd also throw in 'Me!'s parsley but I'd switch the bread crumbs from white bread or othersuch bread crumbs to some toasty whole grain variety for a bit more flavor from that end of things. Yum!

Kristin said...

I'll go with super-awesome, because anyone who can quote a Survivor song gets two thumbs up in my book.

And I love those montage scenes. That's often my favorite part of a movie.

Aggie said...

This looks great and easy! I just got my Real Simple issue, will look for this in there. I love recipes with potential!

Familia said...

it sound really good! i've had bland trouble with Real Simple before. do you like their recipes as a rule?

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