There are some things that are best forgotten: embarrassing moments, old grudges, unfortunate hairstyles, and anything done after five or more cocktails. On the other hand, it is best not to forget things like birthdays, anniversaries, making the mortgage payment and bathing. I have been particularly forgetful lately, and it is driving me bananas. Although my hygiene has been properly maintained and home foreclosure is not imminent, in the past couple of days I have neglected to: remember to buy necessary items at the grocery store, write a blog post, make a doctor’s appointment, and pick the rest of the corn from the garden.
Not picking the corn was a serious oversight–critters made a feast out of five of our beautiful ears! Only two were left intact, which I immediately pulled off and took inside. I am very sad and am mourning the tragic loss of our tasty little crop. I am also kicking myself, because when I picked two ears for dinner a couple of nights ago, I gleefully noticed that the ears were perfect, and I made a mental note to go out and get the rest of them before the neighborhood wildlife discovered them. Which I promptly forgot to do.
My memory has been so flighty the past few months that even my attempts to help myself are inadequate. I’ll make a list to take to the grocery store and either forget to include important items, or forget the entire list on the kitchen table. I’ll diligently enter an appointment in my cell phone and set an alarm to notify me of it an hour in advance. But then I’ll forget to charge my cell phone or to keep it nearby, so I never hear the alarm. I’ll write things on sticky notes and forget where I stuck them. *Sigh.*
Bill and I are especially bad about remembering to take out meat to thaw for dinner. This is why, during the school year when we are both working, we end up getting a lot of fast food. We do manage to plan for those kinds of days once in a while, though. We try to keep some items on hand that do not require thawing or loads of preparation, such as frozen or refrigerated cheese-filled pasta. We boil it up, toss it with a bit of pesto and serve with some garlic bread and/or a salad for a filling meatless meal.
The following recipe is great if you are going meatless or just forgot to buy or thaw meat. In the winter, we use canned diced tomatoes for a super quick dinner. But in the summer, when the garden tomatoes are fresh and abundant, we chop up a bunch of those instead. The recipe calls for roma tomatoes, but we use whatever the garden is producing.
CHEESE RAVIOLI WITH FRESH TOMATO AND ARTICHOKE SAUCE: