1.006 Chicken Pesto Salad + Meat Sauce Spaghetti


11 (Mon) January 2010

Chicken Pesto Salad + Spaghetti all Ragu


by me

at home

-Oksu (Joongang Heights), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-

with the Family

I suspect that I went to the spaghetti alla bolognese to regain a measure of ego that I might have lost on from recent fiasco with the fried rice and wings (see 1.004 Deep Fried Wings + Shrimp Fried Rice). Meat sauce spaghetti was one of the first real recipes that I learned to prepare from my mother. Before I began to cook regularly and in earnest sometime during law school, this dish was the go-to number in my extremely limited repertoire. Apparently, I still rely on it.

The pesto chicken salad, somewhat of a cheat, consisted of romaine lettuce topped with grilled chicken breasts and button mushrooms mixed with dressing from a bottle. I don’t know why I keep buying pesto, which I’ve always found to be mildly unpleasant. I think it’s that pesto seems sophisticated to me, for some inexplicable reason, and it bothers me that I can’t seem to acquire the taste, and I’m hoping that one day after all the forced repetition I’ll have an epiphany. I should probably start by doing away with the bottled stuff and trying to make a fresh pesto, or even ordering it at a good restaurant. But I don’t like it enough to bother. Vicious cycle.

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