I know that it's been a while since you last heard from me on How To: Simplify. I wish I could tell you that I've been busy testing out ways to simplify time spent in the kitchen. Even though I'm always thinking of ways to simplify, I was far removed from the comforts of my kitchen this past weekend.
As a birthday celebration for my husband, and a much needed reunion with our North Carolina friends, my husband and I packed up the SUV with luggage, his brother and fiancee, and our two dogs. That's right, I rode five hours in the car with a 75 lb on my lap...and I have the bruises to prove it. We drove down to Marian, Virginia which is located near the North Carolina border and arrived at Hungry Mother State Park a little after midnight on Thursday. Our friends had a shorter drive so they warmed up the cabin for us and had the celebratory drinks ready and waiting.
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at this place and, as soon as we returned home from that trip, we knew that we had to bring our friends to show them how amazing it was. This state park is absolutely amazing because it's located right in the mountains and the fully-equipped cabins are nestled in the foothills along a beautiful lake.
On one of the days, we decided to hike up Molly's Knob, an all-day, straight uphill excursion that was well worth the effort, especially since the views at the top were amazing. The next day we decided to go wine tasting and sampled some of the wines from the region. Our days were full of adventure, while our nights were filled with...well, cocktails, fire and delicious food. My best friend from college, the North Carolina girl, loves to cook so she gave me a break from the kitchen by preparing the meals. We made sure to cap off the nights with a traditional camping dessert, S'mores. I mean, how can you go camping and not eat a single S'more?!
All in all, it was a great trip with an amazing group of people. My body is still recovering from all of the laughter and fun! While in recovery mode, I've ventured back into the kitchen and put together this simple yet delicious pasta dish that I can't wait to enjoy for dinner tonight.
Pea and Pearl Onion Pasta in Butter Herb Sauce
Ingredients (serves one):
- 1 serving size of pasta noodles
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 5-10 pearl frozen pearl onions
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 3-4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt (depending on taste)
- Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Put a dash of salt into the boiling water and then add the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the directions.
- Pour olive oil into a frying pan, heat the oil and then add the pearl onions. Cook until thawed and browned. Add peas, toss a few times to thaw. Remove from heat.
- Drain the pasta and add to the pan. Add the onions, peas and remaining ingredients into the pan and stir the noodles to coat.
- Serve warm.
What are you having for dinner tonight?