The Cool List: July 5, 2016

Farmers’ Market Pasta

Farmers' Market Pasta Ingredients
I was given this recipe by one of my vegetarian coworkers years ago and I always find myself looking forward to summer so that I can make this dish. Simple, fresh ingredients and very little cooking allow the flavors to shine through and I’ll take any excuse to use ingredients from my garden. If you want to make it a little (ok, a lot) healthier, omit the fettuccine and try zoodles instead. I promise you won’t be disappointed either way!

Farmers' Market Pasta

• 3 garlic gloves, minced to a paste
• 3 TB Sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar (I usually add more because I like a little tang)
• 1/3 cup EVOO, plus extra for drizzling
• 1 ½ lbs of pretentious multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved
• 3 ears corn, shucked
• 1 ½ lbs zucchini, shaved ribbons
• fettuccine, or whichever noodle/zoodle variety you prefer
• ¼ lb sugar snap peas, halved diagonally
• ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
• 1 cup basil leaves, chiffonade style
• mint leaves to taste
• ½ cup sliced chives
• parmesan shavings to top

Bring a 6 to 8 quart pot of well-salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, mince and mash garlic to a paste with ½ teaspoon of salt, then stir together with vinegar, oil and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and stir gently, then set aside.

Cook corn in boiling water until tender, 4-6 minutes, then remove with tongs and cool.

While corn cools, peel lengthwise ribbons from each side of the zucchini, stopping when you reach the seedy core.

Cut corn from cobs; add corn to tomato/vinegar mixture.

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Just before pasta is done, stir in zucchini ribbons and snap peas and cook 15 seconds (I cook mine for 30-45 seconds). Drain pasta and vegetables together in a large colander and add to tomato mixture with onion, then toss gently.

Add herbs and toss gently again. Top with Parmesan shavings.

Mini Silicone Oven Mitt

Photo courtesy of Sur la Table
Photo courtesy of Sur la Table
Fun Fact: I’m all about tools that have multiple uses. Shoe/spider killer, wine bottle/pizza dough roller, oven mitt/makeup brush cleaner. If you watched any YouTube beauty influencers in 2013, your subscription box was likely filled with videos plugging the Sigma Spa Glove and its $39 price tag. When I realized that these ‘gurus’ were using a glorified oven mitt to clean their brushes, it took me no time at all to head to my nearest kitchen store and pick up an affordable alternative.

Enter the mini silicone oven mitt. The texture and material of the mini oven mitt are nearly identical to Sigma’s patented Spa Glove and the grooves & ridges do an amazing job of getting built up product out of your brushes (side note: how the hell do you patent an oven mitt as a brush cleaner?!). I dampen my dirty brush, squirt a little bit of Dr. Bronner’s soap on the silicone mitt and swirl my brush on the mitt until it rinses clean. I can clean all of my brushes in a few minutes and I sleep well at night knowing that I didn’t throw $40 down the drain for a gimmicky product.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighter: Precious Petals

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Spoiler alert: you need this! Wet n Wild’s Precious Petals is a dupe for the cult favorite Becca Champagne Pop highlighter. You will glow like an Instagram model and you’ll do it for about 1/10th of the price. Need I say more?

Wet n Wild MegaGlo: Precious Petals
Wet n Wild MegaGlo: Precious Petals
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: Champagne Pop
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: Champagne Pop

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JOMO (Joy of Missing Out)

FOMO’s red headed stepchild.

Sometimes it’s ok to say no. Actually, it’s necessary and your happiness depends on it. I recently made a promise to myself that I would no longer feel guilty for NOT doing the things I don’t really want to do. Don’t get me wrong; I’m generally a yes gal, however I sometimes find myself saying yes to the wrong things. And it’s all because I have an inane fear of missing out on something. I mean, what if Stevie Nicks shows up at the restaurant my friends are in and I’m at home vegging on the couch watching Orange is the New Black and eating guacamole?

I’m an only child and I often thrive when I’m alone; I’m comfortable going to the movies alone, eating alone and even traveling to Germany alone. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy spending time with others because I do; I usually prefer it. But lately—lately, I’ve grown to appreciate the time I have to myself. It’s the perfect time to do the things that I love without having to explain myself, answer questions or talk to anyone. I realize this is all making me sound like a society-avoiding hermit who hates her friends and family, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

JOMO doesn’t specifically relate to physical interactions, it also applies to digital world. I think it’s safe to say that most people check their social media accounts right before they fall asleep at night and as soon as they wake up in the morning. I’m often guilty of that, too. But what tweet or Instagram post could be so important that it’s worth missing the sunrise for? I’m going to challenge myself to enjoy my mornings without technology and instead switch out time on my iPhone for breakfast with my husband and coffee on the patio. Remember–just because you say no to one thing doesn’t mean you can’t say yes to something else!

I think this is something we could dedicate an entire blog post to or maybe even a series; I’d love to get the perspective of some of my friends and compare our differences & similarities. I think a lot of things can play into our individual responses: environment, relationships, personality, family structure, etc. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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