Back To Basics




It has been a long slow frigid slog of a winter.

I really need more sunshine and warmth. I am tired of wearing a coat that weighs ten pounds and that gains two pounds every day, three when the sun doesn’t shine. I am tired of sloshing through snow and ice in my heavy Army-like boots. I am tired of salt on my car.


And the Columbus area, while frigid cold and a little snow here and there, has not had a sixth of what the East Coast, the South, the Midwest, and even the Southwest has had blizzard, snow, rain, and tornado wise.

I am lucky.

Nevertheless, today spring still seems so far, far, FAR away.

And oh! By the way. Somebody ought to fire that doggone rodent in New Jersey; lousy stupid fat furry critter that gave me hope for an early spring.

Good News ~ Balance

There is a bit of a silver lining in these storms this year. The Southwest and Plains states, hit hardest by the drought last summer, were among the states that were hit hardest by the blizzard. As the snow melts it will help ease the drought in these states.

This reminds me of the Gaia hypothesis. A simple explanation of Gaia is that the earth stays in balance.

Wikipedia explains it this way:

The Gaia theory posits that the Earth is a self-regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolving system. The theory sustains that this system as a whole, called Gaia, seeks a physical and chemical environment optimal for contemporary life.

Drought in summer balanced by storms in winter.

I kind of like that. I like the symmetry of the earth staying in balance theory. It makes sense to me. It is simple enough even for me to understand.

Featured Recipe           Pasta with Butter and Parmesan


I am normally not much of a carb eater. I usually prefer red meat. Give me protein.

But the last few days I have been craving carbs. I dream about pasta morning, noon, and night. Some foods are just more comforting than others.

So today it is Back To Basics.

This is one of those non-recipe recipes. However, if you are worried about calories or butter this may not be the dish for you.

I was making this with spaghetti when I was a starving teacher- college student. It was an easy delicious go to dish after a long day working/teaching then going straight to college after work to get my Masters Degree.

By the time I got home at 8 or 9 p.m. I was starving. I wanted something quick and easy and inexpensive. This dish fit the bill perfectly.

This is what you will need:

Pasta of your choice ~ Choose a pretty one: bowties, shells, rotini.

Butter ~ at least 4 tablespoons

Parmesan cheese ~ at least 4 tablespoons

Salt and pepper to taste


NOTE: Just multiply ingredients by the number of people you want to feed.

Here is what you do:

Cook the pasta according to package directions.


Cut some butter in teaspoon size pieces only because it will melt faster that way.


Drain the pasta and dump into a bowl in which you have placed about half of the butter. Place the remining buter on top of the pasta.



Gently mix around till the butter melts completely and the pasta is completely covered with butter, adding more butter if necessary or desired.

Throw in some cheese and gently mix. Add the salt and pepper too, if using.


Serve with a salad or some fruit.


Bon appétit!!!


Pasta of your choice             $0.32

Butter                                  $0.31

Parmesan cheese                 $1.01

Salt and pepper

Total cost = $1.64
Cost per person =$1.64

Not a bad price for comfort food, is it?

Quote of the Day

Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.

Willa Sibert Cather


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