Packs A Punch!

Hi there! Happy Friday and 3-day weekend to you bloggers 🙂 Hoping some of you at least have that luxury…

Before I delve into this post I have to let you guys know how upset I am that I am missing Camp Morton on this fine 2010 Labor Day. My parents in California have a huge Labor Day Bash every year and it saddens me that I have to miss it this year. With the wedding in NY in August, it just wasn’t feasible. BUT, we are going out for Thanksgiving which is my father’s favorite holiday-so I’m happy about that. Here are a few past memories from Camp Morton!

Camp Morton Sign, Dad built it.

Me & Dad

Astro! Our dog 🙂

Plenty of hula-hooping….

…and neat adventures!

…and sibling LOVE.

I’ll MISS you guys!!!!!!!

Dinner has been a bit off track this week. One night I was over at my mom’s for dinner and one night Chris grilled steak (again) which was fine with me but I didn’t feel like I needed to post about it again. We are such creatures of habit and had the exact same meal a few weeks ago. It was that tasty.

Last night I decided to get back in the swing of things and I actually attended Group Power! It had been so long since I was in the class and being back brought on a spur of happiness that stayed with me throughout the rest of the night. I can’t explain how this class makes me feel leaner, stronger and buff all at once! I highly recommend if you STILL haven’t tried it (ahem Jess, Emily…)

After dinner I decided to go for the easiest thing off my meal plan or list of foods I was going to cook. I decided that the tuna pasta with capers and white wine sounded good, and it was. This picture, is poor quality sure (as I am still using my camera phone) but it also does not do this dish justice. Capers and white wine are a match made in heaven and this meal packed a punch! The flavor was great and it was easy. I’m thinking I should change the name of this blog to “easy, good recipes” because those seem to always be my favorite. Also, we all know how the meal ends up if there is any kind of challenge involved…in case you forgot, click here and here.

Tuna Pasta with Capers in White Wine Sauce

Recipe from Simply Recipes

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 4 ounces bow tie (farfalle), linguini, or spaghetti pasta
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (plus more)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • Pinch chili pepper flakes
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tuna packed olive oil, drained
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt (1 teaspoon for every quart of water), return to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until cooked through, but still firm (al dente).

While the water is coming to a boil and the pasta is cooking, prepare the rest of the recipe. In a large, wide sauté pan, heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and chili pepper flakes and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes or so. Mix in the canned tuna, the capers, and the salt. Add the wine, bring to a simmer then lower the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes or longer, while the pasta is cooking. If the mixture begins to dry out, add a little more wine.

When the pasta is ready, drain it and add it in to the pan with the tuna. Toss to mix. Drizzle on a bit more olive oil over it all, then add the chopped parsley and a few grinds of black pepper to taste.

I wish I was going to California, or even Charleston (where everyone else is going) but instead me and the hubs are staying home and taking advantage of a quiet 3-day weekend. I plan on still doing some major re-organizing (like my closet), maybe thrift-store shopping to find a great lamp for the bedroom and of course sipping on some $1 Margs with some friends after work. Happy Hour is a must sometimes 🙂

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lynette on September 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Claire we will miss you Chris at camp Morton this year… It’s not the same without you!

    Reply

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