Had a nice lunch yesterday with a donor in downtown Culver City. I had sorta messed up with her sponsorship so this was a make up lunch. It went pretty well. My plan was to get back in my car, run an errand, and go work from home for the rest of the day. So, I get back to my car and can't find my keys. I check the usual spots in my purse then peek into the car and see the little flashing red light that indicates my keys are locked in my car. Sad Cod.
I decide why not get my nails done while I wait for Babe to get back to this side of town. Yes, I could have called AAA but I figure Babe is going to come to Culver City anyways to get Buddy later, right? So I hop on that Culver City Bus and roll down to get my nails done.
Unfortunately, Babe didn't have Subaru keys with him today because he was driving a rental car, so he had to pop home before coming to get me. Nice guy, right?
Anyways. I'm sitting there drying and I reach into my purse and what's that I feel? My keys? Wait what? But the light was on. The red one that flashes when you forget your keys in your car. But I guess it doesn't REALLY know the difference between being right next to the car and in the car because it's not made of magic. Sad, Cod.
So, I call Babe. Sorry chach, I have my keys. But can you still come pick me up, because I have to go get my car out of the garage.
Oh, and when you get here can I have cash so I can tip the nice ladies? Thanks!
Well then Babe is dropping me and Buddy off and we go get to the car, and then try to exit the parking garage. Except they are cash only and I just gave all of my money to Joycie for painting my toenails. A measly $3 and I have to drive out of the garage in gridlocked downtown CC, go to an ATM and come back to pay the guy in cash. All the while walking in those little paper shoes from the nail salon.
Mel's note: I know generally it's looked down on to rinse noodles but
after making this dish over and over and over, I hated how the noodles were sticky and gummy and found that a
quick rinse (not a soak, just a rinse) in cool water after draining gives them the perfect texture for the dish.
12 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons butter (or EVOO)
4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed (if you know me, you know I don't finely mince anything. still works.)
6-9 cups coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach (you can use a lot of spinach. definitely a whole trader joe's bag.)
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon or so)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil
and cook the noodles until al dente, according to
package directions. Drain and rinse briefly with cool
water and set aside.
2. While the noodles are boiling, in a large 12-inch
nonstick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat
until melted. Add the garlic and cook, stirring
constantly, for 1-2 minutes, careful not to let the garlic
3. Toss in the chopped spinach and pour in the chicken
broth. Simmer the mixture 2-3 minutes until
the spinach is wilted. Toss in the cooked noodles, using
tongs or two forks to lift the noodles up and
over to distribute the spinach mixture.
4. Add the lemon zest and juice. Toss the noodle mixture
and heat through, 1-2 more minutes.
5. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan