Today is October 12, 2021

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Cookbook Launch Day

Cookbook Launch Day is an annual holiday observed on October, 12 2021. This date is an inspiration to write down own recipes of your favourite food and compose them in a cookbook.


The Month of October is National Pasta Month!

A generic quick pasta recipe should be a welcome addition to your healthy recipes collection, especially if you are into seasonal cooking. Many new recipes can be developed from this main recipe, depending on the season, and what is in your produce drawer! Lots of room for creativity!

Ingredients in a Quick Pasta Recipe

Grains of Choice: 8 to 16 oz. cooked hot pasta choice (1 to 2 oz per serving) Choices are unlimited. There are whole wheat, corn, brown rice, and gluten free choices available in any shape or size that you can imagine.

Meat of choicevegan or vegetarian meat sub of choice, or beans like garbanzos or white beans.

  • Sliced Onions
  • 2 T. oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Chopped Garlic

Fresh Chopped Vegetables of choice: Zucchini, Asparagus, Celery, Yellow Squash, BroccoliGreen peppersKale, Red peppers, Cauliflower, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Green beans, Peas, or any seasonal vegetable.

Fresh herbs of choice: Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Thyme, Oregano, or your choice.

Topping of choice: Parmesan cheese grated, any Tapenade, Olives, Artichokes, Capers, or combination, and salt and pepper to taste.


Directions for Generic Quick Pasta Recipe

  • Prep your meat. Italian sausage that is chemical free works well. Chop it in rounds about 1/4th inch thick. Leftover chopped chicken is quick, but any chopped meat works. Stir fry until browned and cooked through and remove from pan.
  • Stir fry your onions in oil, and add ¼ cup water to prevent burning and keep the calories low, add garlic. Push to the side of the pan.
  • Add vegetables of choice and quickly stir fry them until tender, but still crispy.
  • Add back in the cooked meat, cooked pasta, beans, and fresh chopped herbs and heat through.

Top the pasta vegetable dish with anything that sounds good! I often use Trader Joe’s Red pepper/Artichoke Tapenade and Fresh grated Parmesan cheese and it has a nice tang.


This Day in Music

  • 1970 – Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway
  • 1979 – Tusk is released by Fleetwood Mac
  • 1991 – Emotions from Mariah Carey hits #1 in America
  • 2002 – Faith Hill is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and sings Cry and Free
  • 2013 – Royals by Lorde hits #1 on the Hot 100. She is just 16 and is the youngest solo artist to write a record a Hot 100 #1.