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)


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!

Anonymous 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!