Thing of Beauty Thursday, Sept. 15

Santafe.com - September 15, 2011

"Chardy Pasta"

Beautiful things may be hard to find, today....for today I am, finally, sitting down to deal with our 2010 taxes. Joy!

BUT....last night, I had a few beautiful moments. After searching the fridge and pantry several times, back and forth, wondering what to make for dinner, I finally hit on something that's nutritious, tasty, and best of all EASY!. It's kind of pretty too. I used to do a lot of food photography for this website, and I learned that though I'm not a huge fan of cooking, I do love to shoot food. So I whipped out the camera, and lingered a bit over composition--especially at the end, when I had the bowls lined up. Then suddenly, the kids swiped my subjects, and that was that.

Still, it was fun, and beautiful while it lasted!

Here's the recipe, in case you need to whip up something easy and nutritious and just happen to have some chard in the fridge (or better yet, the garden! Sadly, mine never came up this year).

Chardy Pasta
Red Chard, 2 bunches (or about 10 big leaves), chopped
Pasta, your favorite type (we like angelhair)
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Grated Cheese (parmesan is the standby, of course, but we love white aged cheddar)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:
Cook the pasta.
About 3 minutes before straining, add the chopped chard directly to the boiling pot. Let cook down until the pasta is al dente.
Strain and return to cookpot. Add olive oil (and/or butter!). Stir well.
Dish out to bowls and squeeze lemon juice, to taste, over each serving. Add cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

If you're feeling bold, or happen to love shooting food as much as I do, get out the camera before you call the family to the table! Food is fun to shoot.

Bon Appetit!