After several hours racking my brain for the “perfect” recipe, I decided to go with my gut – instinct that is – and do something simple, playful and fun.
Even for King Foodie, Chef Joe, it’s not always about the most distinguished, decadent, intellectual creation, such as duck breast confit wrapped in foie gras and smothered in truffles that took days to prepare. It is more about the feeling of nurturing and love when you prepare a meal for someone you care about. And, if the cook looks hot doing this, the taste and quality of the food are secondary. Ok, now you know what I rely on. Sometimes something simple can be just as stimulating, maybe even seductive. Trust me, my husband never goes to bed hungry…
Yes, back to the food…
So, I went to Whole Foods to pick up some organic whole wheat spaghetti and some ingredients to add color and freshness. Cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon, and parmesan looked good, and the excellent customer service person recommended a great tasting red wine for under ten bucks.
Got home, put a pot of salty boiling water on the stove (“salty like the sea,” as Chef Joe likes to say), sliced my cherry tomatoes, minced the basil and shaved the parmesan. Next, I poured olive oil, lemon juice, and salt into a separate pan on a low flame. I tossed the tomatoes in for a few minutes, then the spaghetti, then the basil til this mixture was coated nicely. Then, I added the shaved cheese. Oh, and did I mention I was wearing lingerie while doing this?
After a long day of work, I had a few surprises waiting for Joe. Last but not least was the spaghetti sizzling on the stove. Joe savored every bite of my simple sexy spaghetti and I noticed his senses working overtime as he enjoyed the wine, the music, the candlelight, and the lingerie sitting next to him.
•1 package organic whole wheat spaghetti
•4 tablespoons olive oil
•12 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes (¾ of a box), cut in half
•Juice from ½ lemon
•2 oz. Package of living Basil, minced
•4-6 oz. shaved parmigiano reggiano, or to taste
•Salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil and cook your pasta according to the directions on the package, minus one minute. Drain the pasta well in a colander, turn the stove temperature to medium low, and add the olive oil and pasta back into the pot on the stove. Add the tomatoes, lemon, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute, allowing the tomatoes to just soften. Stir in the basil and parmesan , serve and enjoy!