Dessert/ Dinner

Crazy For Pasta

Well, unfortunately I’ve had about 10 cups of iced tea this afternoon so I’m still on a caffeine high right now and its 8:30….looks like it might be a late night :\

I did snack on some HUGE organic grapes and a mini bag of kettle corn!


I don’t really enjoy popcorn unless its kettle corn…..I love the sweet/salty combo! 🙂

Around 5:30 I had a lovely glass of one of my favorites with my mom—


Sigh. I miss Sonoma!!

We had the most INCREDIBLE dinner. I know I get pretty excited about food most of the time but this really was off the charts….as in, I’m making it again asap. It was probably the best dinner I’ve had in a really, really long time!


This would be linguine with escarole, brie and pancetta from Food & Wine magazine. The flavor combinations were out of this world…..I might have stood over the stove afterwards picking at all the cheesy pasta strands. Just thinking about this meal gets me excited all over again…..gahhh!

Dessert was Swiss dark chocolate!


My tummy is so happy right now. I mean, this might go down in history as one of my favorite meals……great wine, awesome pasta and extra dark chocolate. Can you even GET better?! I think not.

Since I’m so wired right now (dang iced tea), I think I will use all my extra energy to get more freelance assignments done.

Can’t believe tomorrow is already September 1st!


New True/Slant article on exercise related injuries!

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  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    August 31, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I am taking my first trip to wine country this week, and I am SO excited!!
    Your dinner looks lovely. Hope you get some sleep! If I have caffeine after 12:00 I am up for the night, ick!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    August 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    That does look like a wonderful dinner!

    Good luck coming down from all the iced tea. Maybe some chamomile tea would help?

  • Sarah R
    August 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Totally jealous over here.

  • angieinatlanta
    August 31, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Oh. My. LORD! That pasta looks SO GOOD!

    I love kettle korn, too; it’s the perfect snack for me when I’m reading or watching television on a lazy afternoon.

    And seriously, where did September go!?

  • Ellie
    August 31, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    That pasta does indeed look AMAZING. Is there a recipe/method you can share?!? I’m coveting it! 🙂

    • jenna
      August 31, 2009 at 8:59 pm


      I believe its from the latest issue of Food & Wine! SO good!

  • Rebecca
    August 31, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! I need to try that pasta! It looks amazing! And dark chocolate makes any meal incredible!

  • Megan
    August 31, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Sounds wonderful!!!! Wine, pasta, chocolate=bliss. Hope you’re not up too late from the caffeine!!!

  • Evan Thomas
    August 31, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I haven’t had pasta in a while and haven’t missed it until that picture!

  • Nicole
    August 31, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    The pasta look amazing! I love trying new recipies from magazines, websites, etc. 🙂

  • Mandy A
    August 31, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Oh yeah… I LOVE that kettle corn 🙂 Thank goodness for the mini bags!!!
    Your dinner – I would have to say – was PERFECT. Major yum all around!!
    Hope you have a good night!

  • kay (eating machine)
    August 31, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    that pasta is so pretty! i don’t think i’ve ever had pasta with brie…

  • Lizzy
    August 31, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    holy cow that pasta looks amazing!

    and a good piece of chocolate always completes the night 🙂

  • Lauren
    August 31, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I only enjoy Kettle Corn too. And only if it’s really burnt. I know that’s so weird, but hey, to each his own!

    Wow, what an incredibly gormuet dinner. Sounds like a fantastic way to spice up your Monday night.

    Take care and have a wonderful evening.

  • taybero
    August 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    That dinner looks incredible. You almost make me want to like red wine. 😉 I keep trying but I just can’t drink it in the heat of summer in the south.

    True/Slant article rocked, per usual!

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    August 31, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    OH brie… I love brie. And pasta. Delicious!

  • Britt
    August 31, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    um pasta + brie…. yum, I’ll definitely have to find that issue!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    August 31, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Yum! I’m partial to all things Brie, of course.

  • Jenna
    August 31, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Food envy from all directions it looks like! I need to go find myself some chocolate now… thanks a lot! 😉

  • Whitney
    August 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    That dinner looks out of this world amazing!

  • Sara
    August 31, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I rediscovered my love for popcorn the other day; I’ve gotta get started staking out a “healthy” brand (no artificial yellows or weird faux buttery flavors, etc.) — good luck to me! I think they exist, though. Maybe Newman’s?

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    August 31, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Oh yum….pasta, cheese and pancetta?!?!? Does it get any better than that?? Oh yes, the greens too 🙂

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 31, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    OMG, that pasta looks FABULOUS! I just love playing around with ingredients in pasta dishes, and it certainly looks like you found a winner. Looks like the perfect mix of light cream, flavors, and veggies. YUM!

  • Liz
    August 31, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Wow! That pasta does look amazing! Brie and pancetta…YUM! Good luck getting to bed!

  • Ellie
    August 31, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks Jenna–I will HAVE to check that magazine out!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    August 31, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Pasta and chocolate look GREAT!! And might as well use the energy for something right? 🙂

  • Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    August 31, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    loveee kettle corn!

  • Mary (Food & Fun)
    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    wow your dinner does look incredible! I’d be very happy eating that. I agree with you…I only enjoy Kettle Corn too!

  • Jenna
    August 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    the organic grapes look so delish!

  • Dawn
    August 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my gosh, your blog’s back for me! For some reason it’d been down for a few weeks (since your original crash) at home but was working at work…very odd. Happy it’s back up and I can enjoy it at home.

    That dinner did look pretty fab, as well as the the items that preceded and followed it. ;] Glad you’re using all that energy for extra assignments too! Good luck. 🙂

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    August 31, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Hey Jenna! Kettle corn is the only kind I eat, too! But I must say, I’ve gotten whole boxes of Orville Redenbacher kettle corn where there was no flavoring on the popcorn . . . at all! Is that the kind you get? Has that happened to you? It’s very frustrating!

  • Bec
    August 31, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Wow it sounds like a perfect meal in my books!

  • Tay
    August 31, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I have brie in my fridge! I am finding that recipe and making it!!

  • Lia
    August 31, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Yeah that dinner looks scrumptious… good choice!

  • Lainie
    August 31, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    That recipe sounds amazing – are you able to post it or link to it?

  • Jolene (
    August 31, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Oooh I have that magazine, so I am going to have to whip that pasta up!!!!!! Looks AMAZING!!!!!

  • Chels
    August 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    wow, that pasta looks UNBELIEVABLE! cheese, pasta, pancetta… 3 foods that make me very happy:) I will be making that this week, for sure! thanks for sharing!

  • Eat Chic
    September 1, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Kettle corn is my favorite! Something about the sweet/salty combo gets my every time! That dinner dish sounds (and looks) amazing!

  • Julia
    September 1, 2009 at 12:43 am

    That pasta looks sooo good! Kettle corn is so good when its fresh and warm…yummay!

  • Jil
    September 1, 2009 at 3:12 am

    That pasta looks to die for! I’m also a huuuge fan of kettle corn; so yummy. My dog’s a fan, too…haha, she always makes sure she’s around for any fallout.

  • Nicole
    September 1, 2009 at 3:21 am

    I have to say that looks wonderful! I am also glad that you actually eat pasta!!! So many people stray away from those things because they are afraid of gaining weight, but as long as you have it in moderation, you’ll be fine! I read that you lived in France for a little while. I live in Europe too, and that is definitely something that I have learned here. I crave quality food now even more than when I was in the states!

  • Julia
    September 1, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I HAVE to try that pasta…I love brie cheese! And after your positive comments, I can’t wait to make it myself! xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Susan
    September 1, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Haha, I get excited about food often too, so I don’t think people get it when something is REALLY good!! 😛 Off to read the new article!

  • Lauren
    September 1, 2009 at 10:23 am

    That pasta sounds wonderful. I think it would be a great dinner to make my boyfriend for his birthday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    September 1, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Wow that pasta looks wonderful!

  • Anne Marie@her new weigh
    September 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Those grapes ARE huge! I don’t think I’ve ever seen them that big!

  • Bonnie
    September 1, 2009 at 11:25 am

    The pasta is making me so hungry!!! I can’t find it on the food & wine website. I’m going to have to find a copy of the magazine! (love brie!!!!)

  • EatingRD
    September 1, 2009 at 11:32 am

    oh yes, this is my kind of dish as well, nothing beats a big bowl of pasta (fresh if I have time to make it) and a glass of vino, yum!

  • Kate
    September 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Whoa that pasta looks divine. Have a recipe to share? Or did you make it up?

    Can’t wait for Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Fall is almost here!

  • Sarah
    September 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Love Liar’s Dice! The Murphy-Goode Terra Lago Cab is also a favorite.

  • Jenny
    September 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    those are the hulk hogans of grapes — woo wee!

  • Jenna
    September 2, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Jenna – The pasta dish sounds delish, I tried finding it on F&W’s website, but to no avail. Do you mind posting it? Thanks!

  • alli
    September 9, 2009 at 11:56 am

    looks like a few people have been wanting this recipe, here it is:

    i plan on making i tonight! i can’t wait. i’m going to use spaghetti squash instead of fetticcine…we’ll see how it turns out! 🙂