My Life as a Traveler

The Last Supper

What do you make for dinner when it’s the last dinner you’re going to make at home for 5 weeks? The goal, you would think, would be to use all perishable food and leave an empty refrigerator. Except for pickles. And barbecue sauce. It’s really no fun to come home to fuzzy lumps of mystery food or slimy  leftovers.

We had veggie soup a couple of days ago, but not all the greens are gone. There’s pasta, too. It’s a game, like I’ve heard on the Splendid Table podcast, where the host, Lynne Rosetto-Kaspar (love her) has to make a meal from 5 random things people have in their refrigerator right now. She’s actually whipped together pretty good-sounding meals from goat cheese, octopus teeth, lamb testicles, venus fly trap, and rice. She gets to add butter and seasoning.

Here are the 5 things I need to use up in my refrigerator tonight. I call it Spaghetti Surprise Stir Fry. (Ate the octopus teeth last night.)


  • Leftover Spaghetti (made too much the other night, couldn’t throw it away)
  • Fresh asparagus (I get the big pack from Costco, we’ve had some already this week)
  • Fresh mushrooms (ditto)
  • Half a red pepper
  • Half a jar of Trader Joe’s Ratatouille
  • Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, Vegetable broth

Directions: Saute mushrooms in olive oil, then add asparagus (cut in 1-in pieces) and broth. Cover and steam for 3 minutes. Add pepper, let cook while trying to open stuck jar of Ratatouille. Add Ratatouille and seasonings. Dump in as much spaghetti as you can without overwhelming the dish. (Unfortunately, I still had spaghetti left over. Who says you can’t have spaghetti for breakfast??) Heat and eat.

It's What's for Dinner

Quick, simple, and, if I say so myself. Pretty good.

Tomorrow we leave for Annapolis to attend a training seminar with Grandmaster Pellegrini, founder of Combat Hapkido and all around amazing guy, on Saturday. We’ll be back late Saturday night, then I’m off to Switzerland with Susie.

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