Vegetarian Puttanesca for Two
The scene is my husband's art opening and I play my role with decorum, clutching my plastic cup of Australian Chardonnay.
Does he influence your work? (The subtext being, of course, he is the man, after all.)
I catch my husband looking at me through the peanut nibbling crowd. He raises an ironic eyebrow. I laugh. A sparkled perfumed woman leans in to him for a kiss on the cheek. He is polite. I will tell him later he smells like Bloomingdale’s.
Nope, he always says. You're the cutest girl ever.
Stir together ingredients invoking passion and apparently you have a Harlot's Sauce. Perhaps wives should pay more attention to the contents of their pantry.
1/2 package Tinkyada Pasta Joy Spaghetti
Extra virgin olive oil
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 14-oz. can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice (Muir Glen is tasty)
1 tablespoon chopped jarred jalapenos
1 tablespoon rinsed capers
1 tablespoon basil pesto
1 generous splash balsamic vinegar
2 shakes of hot red pepper flakes
Option: add grated Parmesan for serving
Put on some jazz. Pour some Italian red.