Here are some random shots from the other day -
I went to visit my parents and took a photo of the corn growing in their yard.
I also went grocery shopping with my dad and it was really weird to shop for more than one person, especially when those people have completely different food tastes from myself (well, not completely: my mom yelled to us as we left the house, "Get some chicken! Oh and get me something healthy!" My dad replies, "Tofu?" -Silence- "I-I'll eat tofu!" It was cute.)
I don't even look anymore at the egg/dairy section and all of a sudden I'm considering the sale options of yogurts: Fruit on the Bottom? No-Fat? Do my parents want brown or white eggs? Jumbo A or Large AA? (Does anyone even know what those rating systems mean?)
The funniest part was when I was holding my arms around me in the meat department (because it was so cold - not from horror, although..) and my dad suggests I stand in front of the rotisserie to warm up! Like a chicken! Ahaha. I declined and offered to pick up the white trash bags.
Anyway, I went home and Greg and I hung out and ended up making another Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: "Crowd-Pleasing Pasta with Tomatoes and Artichokes." It definitely would have fed a crowd - we were left with a huge pot's-worth afterward. Her recipe calls for olives, which we left out but added in mushrooms, and we also left out the garlic since we used marinated artichokes which probably had already been sitting in garlic. We also steamed a bit of spinach in (which pretty much disappeared in cooking) for some greenery. It was tasty.
Also, I still have the giveaway for the Will Write For Food book. If you're interested, you know, say so.