Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Tagliatelle in olive oil and butter with cherry tomatoes

When you arrive home and late from work and you have been suffering from Spring allergies you want something warm and tasty for dinner!

Not in the mood to go out because that would mean getting in the car and leaving the house and I am already in my evening attire, I pull together some leftovers.

In the refrigerator was some whole wheat tagliatelle with garlic. I like tagliatelle because its long like spaghetti but is flat so sauces stick better! I have also discovered that if you throw some peeled garlic in the pasta water it will become soft and mild just like if it was roasted.

There also was a small container of cherry tomatoes, and some onions.
on the spice rack: Penzey’s Spices’ Pasta Sprinkle mix (basil, oregano, garlic, and thyme), and crushed red pepper for a little heat!

1) Cover the bottom of a sauce pan with olive and ace on medium heat.

2) When the olive oil is shimmering add the onions and stir cooking until they soften. Add about 3 tablespoons of butter and the tomatoes which have been quartered. Yes, I worship Paula! Once the butter melts and you have coated the onions well, stir in the about a teaspoon each of the spices. Carefully taste and adjust the spices. Salt and pepper if needed.

3) Add half of the cold, leftover tagliatelle and garlic and toss to thoroughly coat with the oil and butter mixture. Add the remaining half of pasta and toss to coat and mix the two portions of pasta.

4) You may add other vegetables or just sprinkle some cheese as I did to here!

So much better than fast food and tastier!




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The three geographic regions of North Carolina and gardening.

North Carolina is divided geographically into three regions: the coastal plain, the piedmont plateau, and the mountains. The soil of these regions varies and requires different gardening techniques.

The coastal plain has a grey sandy soil called Portsmouth sand. It’s very porous and drains fast. It usually needs amendments rich in organic matter such as compost or peat moss to absorb and hold water and add nutrients.

The piedmont plateau is a red clay base with a thin layer of organic matter. Its called Cecil soil. The clay blocks water movement and storage and plant roots are shallow. The challenge in gardening here is to add enough organic matter or sand to improve drainage and to create a deep enough layer of permeable soil for good root developement.

The mountains have a rock base on the slopes while the valleys and pockets have a rocky organic mix. The challenge is not only finding a flat location to garden but also soil deep enough to allow roots to grow.

Below is a map of North Carolina’s regions. You can find information about your state’s soil through your local agricultural extension or agricultural college. Most states also have a department of agriculture, too.



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