The Hokey Pokey and Other Fine Hobbies.

Let's face it. We're busy people. We have people to see and places to be. Like walking the cat, erecting impenetrable snow fortresses, whittling sporks, colour coordinating the dishes, alphabetizing the condiments and knitting scarves. Putting your right foot in, putting your right foot out, putting your right foot in and shaking it all about.

I'll give you a moment to ponder which ones of those I've actually done.

I'll give you a hint. It starts with an all and ends with of the above.

So in our silly days filled with silly things it's nice to know there are easy, fast and delicious dinners we can whip up between moon walking and kite flying.

It's astonishing how some of the best foods are also the simplest. Next to chocolate covered cherries and self cleaning ovens it's about the best thing ever.

I recently discovered a few pasta recipes that were both stupid easy and scrumptious. Spaghetti alla Carbonara is just spaghetti, pancetta, parmesan cheese and eggs. Or Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe which is basically spaghetti, romano cheese and black pepper.

Here's another for you. Brown Butter Walnut Pasta. Mostly just farfalle, walnuts, parmesan, garlic and cream. Takes up only 15 minutes of your time not including all of three seconds it takes to inhale it.

Now that cat's not going to walk itself. Brown Butter Walnut Pasta Makes 4 – 5 servings.

Source: My imagination.

5 cups farfalle (bow tie) pasta 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 cup parmesan, grated Pepper to taste 2 tbsp salted butter 2 tbsp flour 1 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Note: I usually pair this pasta with simple garlic bread, but it would also go nicely with a light walnut salad. Printer-Friendly Version

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta until it's al dente.

In a food processor combine the walnuts, garlic, parmesan and pepper then reduce it to a medium fine ground.

Meanwhile melt the butter in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Stir it frequently until it turns amber brown and the foam subsides. And the flour and whisk it in until there are no more lumps. Next add the walnut mixture and combine it well. Pour in the cream and stir it until it thickens into a sauce.

Once the pasta is cooked al dente add it to the sauce and cook it for another minute or so. Scoop out your handsome servings then sprinkle the chopped parsley on top. Enjoy!

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