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I was at Trader Joe's today, without my children, chatting with the ever-friendly cashier, and I made a comment about school starting next week. He asked me what grade I was going into. Blink. Blink. Now, my 20th high school reunion is next year and I only get carded for booze anymore out of pity or hope for a better tip, so all I can think is that they didn't have drugs that good when I was, you know, more than vaguely aware what the current illegal drug choices were.

Unrelatedly, good things to eat that are fast and cheap if not necessarily low-fat.

Leaving Home Penne Rigate
, with thanks to Amanda L. for the recommendation, is yummy and easy and acceptable even to those people like my husband who think au gratin vegetables are Satan-sprung. We did it once with pecorino and I liked it but the aforementioned husband was not so into the sheepiness and once with parmesan which said husband preferred and I found a bit bland. Most any mildish-cheese would likely work, even cheddar if you are not married to a man who hates cheddar on pasta.

Tuna Pasta with Peas is what to do with the can of tuna that has been in the back of the pantry for too long. You don't actually need a recipe for this - can of tuna, box of pasta, some frozen peas (canned peas gross me out) and alfredo sauce to taste. But if you, like me, cannot prepare buttered toast without a recipe, this recipe is for you.

So, how is everybody anyway? Good summer?

Comments (7)

Wait, weren't you not eating gluten and dairy and a bunch of other stuff? How's that going?

Oh Beth, I miss you posting regularly here. I hope you are well. From reading Chris' blog, it sounds as if you had a good summer. I had a blast, but am really looking forward to autumn, it is my favorite season.

Canned peas freak me out as well. As do frozen green beans. :-)

Just returned from a wedding. I was up past midnight and then had a little person (grand-niece) climb into my bed at 6:45 this morning. So I feel a little sleep deprived. At nearly 53 years old, I get tired easily.

Miss your posts, but see from Chris' site that things are going well. I can't believe how big our children are getting! My Owen is going in to fourth grade. I started reading your blog when Mia was born. Time flies. Hope you are well.

I make a tuna casserole much as you describe, with just a few variations, and it's always a hit: add the juice of a lemon to the alfredo sauce; mix the sauce, peas, cooked pasta and tuna; pour the lot into a baking dish; mix the zest of the lemon, half a cup or so of bread crumbs and a tablespoon of olive oil; sprinkle that over the pasta; bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (until the topping browns slightly). This is wonderful to make ahead and pop in the oven at dinnertime.

Awesome summer! Mini vacay to a Northern Lake (WAY WAY North for you!) I got married, went to Mexico and now I'm back at school. Life flies by....

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