The Looky-Loos

Marriage A-La-Mode

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Hiya folks. So ... I had a great time with my guy last night. Of course, we played poker!! YAY ... I have nothing else.

ஜ~§Quote of the Day§~ஜ

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo Galilei

ஜ~§The Question Of The Day§~ஜ

If you had to choose, would you rather live in the mountains or by the ocean?

ஜ~§The Word Of The Day§~ஜ



verb: 1. To produce or secrete pus.

From Latin suppuratus, past participle of suppurare, from sub- + pur- (pus)

"From one perspective, a certain irony attends the publication of any good new book on American usage. It is that the people who are going to be interested in such a book are also the people who are least going to need it. ... The sorts of people who feel that special blend of wincing despair and sneering superiority when they see EXPRESS LANE - 10 ITEMS OR LESS or hear dialogue used as a verb or realize that the founders of the Super 8 motel chain must surely have been ignorant of the meaning of suppurate."

ஜ~§What I'm Reading§~ஜ

The History of Western Philosophy

ஜ~§What I'm Watching§~ஜ

Tonight is: Dunno

ஜ~§Poem Of The Day§~ஜ

Marriage A-La-Mode

Why should a foolish marriage vow,
Which long ago was made,
Oblige us to each other now
When passion is decay'd?
We lov'd, and we lov'd, as long as we could,
Till our love was lov'd out in us both:
But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:
'Twas pleasure first made it an oath.

If I have pleasures for a friend,
And farther love in store,
What wrong has he whose joys did end,
And who could give no more?
'Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me,
Or that I should bar him of another:
For all we can gain is to give our selves pain,
When neither can hinder the other.

John Henry Dryden

ஜ~§Recipe of the Day§~ஜ

Penne w/ Vodka Sauce and Pancetta

12 ounces whole-wheat penne
2 ounces capicola or pancetta, finely diced (see Tip)
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup vodka
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne until just tender, 12 minutes or according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.

Return the saucepan to medium-low heat; add onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add vodka and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced by about half, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, half-and-half, Worcestershire sauce and crushed red pepper to taste; reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with the capicola (or pancetta), basil and pepper.

Yield: 6 servings

Brightest Blessings,

9 Things people say ...:

Irish Gumbo said...

How about mountains near the ocean? I like mountains a lot, but I like being near water too.

The word of the day is making me shiver. Ewww.

And penne with vodka sauce and pancetta? I think you might sweet on me or sump'n ;) Man, that sounds good!

(and thank you so much for the stew :)

dogisms13 said...

I don't know, I think the mountains since that what I live closer too so I don't have to move far and the sunsets over the mountains are just as spectacular as the ones over the oceans.

I just finished reading Salvation in Death. That was pretty good. But I was expecting Promises in Death first so I was a little confused for the first couple chapters. :)

RottieGirl said...

Seeing that I live in the prairies, I'd sooner have the mountains than the ocean.

The recipe sounds yummy. Just what is pancetta? I've never heard of it. :s

Pam said...


Do you ever play on PokerStars?

SweetPeaSurry said...

IG, I see how to snatch you right up ... through the stomach. Too easy!!!
I think I'd like the ocean better, hah ... I've always said if I win the lottery I'd move to the southern coast of Ireland.

Dogisms, I hadn't even heard of Promises in Death. (Odd since I usually check NR's site nearly every week) I thought Salvation in Death was good ... once you hit about the second half of it. There were so many characters I sort of got lost.

SweetPeaSurry said...

Rottie, I live in the prairie too ... I'm a water sign though, so I'd definately prefer to live near water, I'm really tired of being landlocked.

Pam, I haven't used PokerStars ... I'll check it out and let you know if I get on there. Does it work like the PartyPoker site does? (If you've ever been to that one that is)

Irish Gumbo said...

Doh! Gave myself away AGAIN! Well, between the food and the southern coast of Ireland, I'm a goner! The white flag is up ;)

doctawho42 said...

One of those menacing, romantic cliffs or mountains overlooking the violent sea. Just for fun-zies.

Also, word of the day? Ewwww?

SweetPeaSurry said...

Rottie, Pancetta is an Italian bacon that is cured with salt, pepper, and other spices, but is not smoked. Unlike English and American bacon, which are taken from the sides and belly of the pig, may be smoked, and are usually cut into slices, pancetta comes only from the belly, is salt-cured but not smoked, and is generally sold rolled up into sausage shapes.

I meant to pop this in here earlier!!