Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day 100 / Day 8 - Cooked fantastic Recipe in the Aerogarden Manual for Roasted Garlic, Tomato, Basil Pasta, but starting to worry about the Tomatoes.

So, bad news first. According to the Aerogarden Seed Pods for the cherry tomatoes, all three were supposed to start sprouting in 4-7 days. It's Day 8 of the cherry tomato Aerogarden, and I'm starting to worry a little. You could see the picture I took of one of the Red Heirloom pods sprouting a little tomato plant yesterday, but the other Red Heirloom and Golden Harvest pods still have nothing in them, and I don't even see any hint of them sprouting.

I'll give it a couple more days, but this might be my first little hiccup in what has otherwise been a fantastic experience.

In more promising news, it's Day 100 of the Basil Aerogarden, and I am thrilled with the results. I decided to make the second recipe in the Aerogarden manual, which was for Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Toasted Garlic, and Basil.

I harvested and chopped my basil:
And then followed the recipe to cook my pasta (I decided to use fettucine instead of spaghetti, because that's what I had lying around), thinly slice my garlic, fry it up in olive oil, and then warm the tomatoes in it.

Then, after that, I threw in half a cup of shredded parmigiano-reggiano cheese (grated using my brand new Kitchenaid Grater Attachment that I also got at Linens N Things clearance), and then my coursely chopped basil.

Here's how it ended up:

My apartment was (and still is) filled with the smell of toasted garlic, but that is totally what made this recipe sooo good. I served it up a bowl, deliberately keeping the serving size small.

But yes, the recipe made 4 servings, but after a couple rounds of "seconds", I went ahead and ate 2 1/2 - 3 servings.

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