Scientifically Sweet: Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy pasta for two with red wine.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy pasta for two with red wine.

It's Valentine's Day and I'm married.

Well I didn't get married today, but it's the first time I've been married on Valentine's day. Does that make sense? Yes ok.

Valentine's day is even more fun now because I have so much more love to give! And, I'm gonna give it in the form of chocolate stuff.

But that's really no different than any other day I guess.....I eat too much chocolate.

I'm making a Chocolate Souffle Cake right's in the oven, I can smell it. It smells good.

I love a lot of other things in life besides chocolate.

I love coconut sticky rice with mango because it's delicious.

I love Thailand in general because the streets are overflowing with the most amazing street food vendors, and I can eat ridiculously fresh and perfectly ripe fruit right on the beach for less than a dollar.
That yellow spot on my arm is turmeric by the way. My Thai cooking instructor smudged it on me to prove a point I guess.

I love my Mom because she can make a killer lasagna among many other things...and I love my Dad because he says things that don't make sense, but they make me laugh.

I  love how people say I look like my mom. I'm OK with that. And, I love my Nonnies because they can put a whopper of a smile on my face.

I love my husband because he doesn't hate me when I pop out from behind the door and scare the crap at him so I can get a good chuckle. Now that's love.

I also love how we can accomplish really cool things climbing a mountain over 4000 m altitude. 

Want to know how we fell in love? It was over ice cream. Yep.
Jon has a Master's Degree in the science of ice he made lots and lots of tubs of the good stuff for his experiments. One day around Christmas time, I had a bunch of friends over for drinks and appetizers before we headed out for a Christmas party. At that point we were just acquaintances...although I used to catch myself staring at him a lot during our Food Science Club meetings (we were big nerds).  He was so impressed by my homemade pizza that I guess it caught his interest. The next day he sent me a message thanking me for having him over and offered me some ice cream to show his appreciation. Pffft...of course I was all over that. That day I had two bowls of the best strawberry ice cream ever for dinner...and I think I fell in love right then and there.
Anywho, I figure you'll be drinking a lot of wine tonight with someone you love, even if it's with here's a great entree that will go wonderfully with a big glass of red.

It's Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, Roasted Red Peppers and Spinach.

You'll love it. It has everything you need - red wine, carbs, pork and green leafy veg.

Now, let me talk to you a bit about salting your pasta water. When people see me do this, their eyes bug out of their face like they just witnessed a horrendous crime. I put about 2 teaspoons of salt for about 5 quarts of water. It's necessary! That's the only way your pasta will have flavour...otherwise, and I assure you of this, your pasta will taste like styrofoam. I can tell instantly when someone hasn't salted their pasta water. And, if you've never done it, then start doing it and I promise you'll notice a difference. Just remember that your pasta water should taste like sea water. Ever gotten water in your mouth at the beach? Nasty. It should taste like that.

Have a very Happy Valentine's Day. xox.

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  1. Hi! Lovely blog and very cute post :)
    I am curious in your education and career. I have been planning on a Masters in Nutrition for a long time... but maybe Food Science is more for me. Where did you go to school? What was the focus of your degree?

  2. Chia, I just read this post now. You made me cry (in a good way). Your talent is exceptional. I love you so much. Thank you.

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    1. For the valentines day you have suggested eating pasta for celebrations, the information is excellent


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