What joy the gospel gives me. I can approach the throne of God with confidence, not because I've done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I'm clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. ~ C.J. Mahaney

I'm a Hopeless Cooking Addict!

I've decided that I just can't NOT cook! Brad called on his way home from work just now to ask, "Mom, what's for lunch?" I said, "Nothing! Whatever you can pull together. I'm not cooking today. " We're going out for dinner tonight to celebrate my birthday a few days late. And I had no intentions of cooking lunch.

But then...

But then, my friend and fellow cooking addict, Sharon, sent me the link to
this cooking blog. And, oh my word! The first recipe I saw looked so good I couldn't stand it. I had to make it for lunch. The only thing I didn't have on hand were the peppers. Oh well, it still turned out great and we scarfed it up in record time. I halved the recipe for a quick lunch. And I figure it cost maybe $2 to feed the five of us lunch today.

Pasta with Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fusilli or gemelli pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 heaping cup of fresh basil, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • a healthy pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

Prepare pasta according to package instructions, making sure not to overcook. When pasta is almost done, sauté garlic, red pepper and bell peppers in olive oil in a separate saucepan for about 2 minutes. Stir tomatoes and beans into the oil and heat through. The pasta should be done at the same time the other ingredients are hot. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot it cooked in, then add the garbanzo mixture. Toss this together with the cheese and basil. Season to taste with lots of freshly ground pepper. Serves 4 to 6.

I managed to snap this photo of Lacy's bowl before she inhaled the last bite.

Enjoy your weekend!

Laura Lee


Hon's Daddy said...

I am convinced that Tomatoes, Pasta, and Garlic combined with anything else in the world will taste fantastic!

btw, will you be documenting your birthday evening out for inclusion on the blog? Of course, shots of the menu, the food, the wait staff, the kitchen, people eating the food, even the sign outside the place are all acceptable!!

Have fun and enjoy your birthday dinner!
~Hon's  Daddy

sher said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! Your picture of your dish looks wonderful! Thank heavens for quick recipes.

Alyssa said...

I enjoyed today's blog; but, I just have one little problem: You put a double negative when you said, "I can't not cook". You should have said "I tried not to cook, but it's imposible." This is not a post from Hon's Daddy but from Hon. I'm very smart sometimes! BTW the recipie was Delious!!!!!!!! Love the blog! Tell everybody I said hey!!!!
The (REAL) Hon

Alyssa said...

I know I have a few words spelled wrong in the last comment from me, but, hey, nobody's perfect!
The (REAL) Hon

Laura Lee said...


I think you just pose as a cute little eleven year old when you are in actuality an English teacher in disguise, possibly an underground grammarian.

Well, grammar rules were meant to be broken, especially when one is trying to add emphasis to her sentence. For instance, one is taught that a sentence always has to have a subject and a verb. Really? Not always! See?

Love you girl!

Alyssa said...

I'm 12

Laura Lee said...

ooops, sorry!

Hon's Daddy said...

I tried to persuade Hon that a perfectly acceptable double-negative phrase such as “I aint got nothin’” does NOT imply that you DO have something, but, rather, emphasises the state of nothingness that one is in. In this case, “nothin’” is more than you currently have. Therefore, your use of “cant not cook”, does not necessarily imply that you “must cook’, as much as it concisely describes that you tried not to cook, and were unable to do so.

Laura Lee said...

Simply put: Roy,you crack me up!

I enjoy the friendly banter with Alyssa!