Keeping it Simple

I took a trip to San Francisco, my future home, this past weekend. I wonder when that won’t sound weird.

My cat took the trip with me, taking her first, and hopefully her last voyage across the country via a 747 loaded with passengers. She was relatively well-behaved, and fortunately she handled the situation much better than I’d anticipated, only meowing constantly during the drive to the airport and during the last hour of the flight. She even clung to me for dear life during the security walk-through, and here I was worried she’d claw and run away. Not too bad, really, all things in perspective.

We made it into the San Jose airport, Chris waiting at the baggage claim, and drove into Cupertino only to find that my cat’s sister, who’d taken the maiden voyage earlier in the week, was not nearly as enthused about big sis’ arrival as we’d expected she’d be. Growling and hissing throughout the weekend, she made sure to assert herself as much as possible, claiming her territory with a quickness and keeping consistent with that theme way after I’d left on Sunday.

Aside from the cat fights, literally, the weekend went just fine. I did realize that, the second I leave my husband alone for a week, he regresses to bachelor mode. Meaning, I opened up his fridge and after two weeks of living there, there were still 4 items in it: eggs, milk, crystal light, and Target brand shredded cheese (!). The pantry also held three distinct items: cereal, Frank’s hot sauce (for the eggs, silly), and cat food. The only thing missing is a case of Bud Light in the door, but I’m gonna chalk that up to him having a cold and being a little bit busier than he’s used to.

That being said, I felt the need to make dinner Friday night. For one, I hadn’t cooked since our big party, which I should remind you was only a week ago so that isn’t really that long. But second, I felt the need to make that temporary apartment feel a bit more homey, and buying olive oil and pasta was a good start.

Let’s just say that the kitchen is lacking a few amenities, but it’s by far stocked with enough tools to make do. Needless to say, it’s a kitchen where you have to keep things simple, and I’m ok with that for the next few months. Heck, I don’t even know if I have it in me to churn out some of these 10-step dishes I’ve talked about in the past, even if I wanted to. Moving is hard work, that’s for sure. But even so, there’s always pasta, and that means a lot.

Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
serves 4

time commitment: less than 30 minutes

printable version

1 T olive oil
1 lb ground organic pork
2 16 oz jars pasta sauce (I used San Marzano tomato-basil)
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 box spaghetti

in a skillet, heat olive oil. toss in pork and cook until browned. dump in pasta sauce, add salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer.

meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook spaghetti for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. drain, and serve with above meat sauce.

8 thoughts on “Keeping it Simple

  1. I hope you liked SF!! You got lucky, the weather was supposed to be awful but turned out fairly nice. The kitchen sounds exactly like the one we were using when we first moved out here (at a Hyatt Extended Stay). I wrote a whole post about not having knives that cut well, forgetting I didn’t have anything to zest a lemon, etc. It was difficult to cook, but worked out in the end.

  2. Natalie says:

    Oh Heather I hope you enjoy San Fransisco; and the spaghetti looked delicious. You were very lucky with the cat; my cat probably would have attacked everyone on the plane and in the airport.

  3. elizabeth – YES! he’s at an apartment complex in cupertino, which is a little more homey than an extended stay but still, not really. i have already pulled out my roll-up bag from culinary school to have all of my utensils delivered because i know i’ll miss them! i can do without my kitchen aid but not my zester – ha ha. all in all though, SF was great. I’ll have to ask you more about your neighborhood and whether you rent/buy – maybe let’s email?

    natalie – i am certain we will LOVE it once we’re there and settled. i agree – the cat was definitely much more behaved than i anticipated. i think they are so scared that they clam up, because she’s usually quite the talker!

  4. POPS WETZEL says:

    H : Glad you had a good week-end. Sorry about Sasha – she can be a B. Chris won’t agree. Glad to see you are in contact with Elizabeth. I will have to touch with her Mom. Love you girl. POPS

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