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Basil Spaghetti, Beer Tasting, More Grilling

Posted Jul 01 2011 10:34am

Happy Friday! Today is awesome because I’m at home! I have to work on the Fourth (I know, I know) so I got to take today off. Here are my plans:

  • Sleep in check!
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Relax
  • Sit in the sun
  • Read magazines
  • Spend 30 minutes cleaning
  • Relax
  • Meal plan
  • Do 1 load of laundry
  • Relax

Sounds like a plan :)

Tonight we’re going to see Eddie Vedder in concert!

( source )

I’m so excited – he’s on my bucket list of artists to see before I (or they) kick the bucket. Other artists include:

Tom Petty * Bob Dylan * Elton John

I know Bobby Dylan is less than stellar nowadays, but I’m still dying to see him. I’ll let you know how Eddie goes! I’m sure it will be amazing.

For now, I have a bit of a food mix for you today. Our dinner on Wednesday night was quick and mighty tasty. Our roommate’s mom had given us a gift of pasta and basil-infused olive oil from Olives Oils and More , a local olive oil store. We decided to cook that up with these Basil Tomatoes on top.

I stopped at Local Harvest for groceries before dinner and got a ton of stuff but they were out of tomatoes :( I’m not even a huge fan of tomatoes but wanted to try it! I have heard a lot of terrible things about tomatoes so I’m pretty strict about buying them either local or organic. I didn’t have time to stop at the farmer’s market, so I picked up a couple green peppers and used those in place of the tomatoes.


A recipe that tells me to melt mozzarella and parmesan on a vegetable?

I already love it.


I followed the basics of that Basil Tomato recipe for my green peppers. Arrange flattened halves of green peppers on a baking sheet, sprayed or oiled. Season each with salt and pepper, then add thin slices of fresh mozzarella and a sprinkle of parmesan on top. Broil until bubbly and golden, about 3-5 minutes.
Serve your cheesy veg over spaghetti!


After dinner, we did a bit of an at-home beer tasting. We had brought quite a few home from our Indy trip , and adding those to our collection provided quite a variety!


We tried: Stone’s Ruination IPA, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, 3 Floyds Dreadnaught, 3 Floyds Apocalypse Cow, 3 Floyds Gumball Head (had this before but really wanted one!)


I enjoyed them all but really liked the 3 Floyds Dreadnaught . It was a fun at-home tasting!


That was Wednesday. For dinner last night, we grilled! I <3 grilling. We bought a few chicken tenders from the local meat market and threaded them on skewers. Then, chopped up some veggies and made kebobs! Also, sliced some zucchini for grilling on the side.

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I’ve never had grilled zucchini before and they were great! Brushed them with olive oil, garlic salt, and a tiny bit of pepper. I love how watery they are (that’s why I like cucumbers too)!


I love char marks.


I rubbed the chicken with the same combo of spices as in this post . I like rubs because they make the chicken kinda crispy.


So that’s what we’ve had going on this week! Hope your week ended up great and that everyone has a fantastic long weekend. My next post will be an Eating Through St. Louis post!

Question: Do you have a music bucket list of an artist you just have to see?

This week’s eats: Feast in the Field , Trip to Indy , Eat Live Run’s Vegetarian Tacos

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