Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fun at the Goodwill







I love old glass. The ripples, imperfections and character of it. My favorite picture frame has old, bubbly glass. So, I was delighted to find this big glass jar at Goodwill, with it's ripples. I somehow think it's made for my laundry area, but I can think of a number of uses. If I had a bricks and mortar store, it would be perfect for displaying lavender sachets, or other small items. It's quite large, at 10 1/2 inches tall with 6 in sides. I put my soap next to it, a big 6 oz bar, for comparison. I want to do something useful with it here at home. What uses can you see for it?
While I was in the pantry yesterday, I noticed some forlorn cans of artichoke hearts. I bought them with the best of intentions, but it's not something I usually think about, so there they were. I resolved to change that, and after a look on Google, made this recipe by The Pioneer Woman. I've added my notations to her recipe.

Spaghetti with Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
1 can artichoke hearts (14.5 oz) drained
1 can diced tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chicken broth (I used vegi broth)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (left this out)
salt & pepper, to taste
1 pound thin spaghetti (use what you've got. I used penne)
1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (I used Romano)
2 tbs fresh chives (or other herbs) chopped (I used chives, oregano & parsley 3-4 tbs)

Cook spaghetti until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Melt olive oil & butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions & garlic & saute 2-3 mins.
Add artichoke hearts & tomatoes. Stir & cook for 8-10 mins. Reduce heat to low.
Stir in cream and broth. Add salt & pepper to taste (do not undersalt!).
Cook over low heat until heated through, then turn off heat.
Place drained pasta in a large bowl (I used the pot... less dirty dishes) Sprinkle with Parmesan. Pour sauce over the top. Add herbs. Toss lightly to combine and coat.

Delicious! (Her words, but true)

2 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

oh that is a big jar!
Have J make you a wooden lid and fill with Landry soap would be nice.
Filled with.... oh anything would be great.
It is a nice jar!

underthebigbluesky said...

love it, love it!! i'm a sucker for glass too, several bottles we've found or dug up. i think i'm the only one who keeps my cat food in a glass apothecary jar.

i can see your little store with all your goods in these glass jars, paints a pretty picture!