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Culture Shock

I’m officially living in the South, and it feels a little bit different.  Nothing very dramatic, but I’ve certainly noticed a drawl, and the fact that okra is readily available in the frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.  Also, I stopped in a little local hardware store and the man behind the counter gave me my total in Spanish.  He laughed and apologized, and said he’s not used to having to speak English in the store (I’m sure all of his other customers are Spanish speakers).  We laughed because I so clearly don’t speak it, but I’m surrounded by it, so I’m sure I’ll pick up the basics before too long.

I’ve been spending most of my time shopping for things to fill in my empty apartment since I jettisoned all of my furniture before leaving Pittsburgh.

After much deliberation, I chose this couch for the living room, and this chair to go with it.  They should arrive sometime next week, and until then I’m making do with set of folding chairs 🙂

I’ve also found Marshall’s, Homegoods and TJ Maxx all in the same plaza right around the corner from my house, which I love.  I’ve been browsing a lot and picked up some fun things without spending too much:

A bright rug for $30 for the kitchen floor

Canisters for pasta, flour, sugar, and brown sugar from Target. I liked these because they were simple, and the stainless lids match my appliances.

Bright orange ramekins, from Pier 1

A cute wind chime for my porch also from Pier 1 Imports

A white ceramic owl vase from TJ Maxx, just because. 🙂

I finally cooked an actual meal in my new kitchen; one of my standby faves: spicy italian sausage with peppers and onions over pasta. You can’t really call it a recipe, it’s basically just cook things separately and add them all together at the end:

cook some sausage (I love the spicy kind)

Then cook one onion and one bell pepper in the same pan

Add the sausage back to the pan, and then add your favorite jar of sauce ( I like the chunky one with extra veggies)

Toss it together with any pasta you like ( I did angel hair only b/c it’s so quick to make)

Add parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

Here’s the recipe card if you want it, though like I said you could probably make it up as you go along and it would be fine, it’s pretty hard to do wrong.  🙂   What are some of your favorite go-to comfort food recipes?

sausage pepper and onion pasta recipe card

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Cooking, Decorating


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