I was watching The Chew today on ABC, and Michael Symon made Pasta Pomodoro.   The recipe uses fresh tomatoes and basil and takes all of 10 minutes.  Our tomatoes are turning red faster than we can pick them and the basil has grown into full bushes, so this was the recipe for me today.

2 T. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced*

2 cloves of garlic


fresh basil

a pinch of red pepper flakes

Let the onions sweat for 2 minutes and then add the garlic.  Stir in the tomatoes and let cook down for 5 minutes.  Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper flakes.  When pasta is cooked, transfer it directly to the tomato mixture and add a ladle full of pasta water.  Toss with fresh basil and serve.  After I took the picture, I added some cooked shrimp.

*Michael blanched and peeled his tomatoes.  I used small tomatoes, so I didn’t. Image




 My first doctoral seminar class was Monday night.  I learned a few things, such as:

-dissertations are seven chapters

-you have to pick a committee

-some doctorate degrees can have a minor

-there is a database of published dissertations

– if your idea for a dissertation topic (like, if you are at Florida U. and invent Gatorade) might have retail value, save it for AFTER you graduate.  Anything published while you’re a doctoral student is property of the university.

My homework for this class is to find a published dissertation and read through it and read the first two chapters of Write Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day


I started The Happiness Project on Monday and it has been surprisingly good.  Most self-help books get boring after the first 1-2 chapters.  This book moves along and the author gives honest insight into her life.


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