So, last night I was fixing a simple dinner of broiled fish with what I'd like to call "pasta florentine", and my broiler made a loud POP, then started glowing white. I didn't hop up and down, panic, screech or anything; I just hauled the fish out of there, and turned the oven off. Time to start cooking this fish a different way, because it's sorta illegal in my house to broil food in anything except the left hand stove, and we only bake flour based goods in the right hand stove. (Yes, there are rules. You don't want to hear the dishwasher loading rules; trust me on this.)
Anyway, the oven continued to glow, so I got my son to pull it out and unplug it. Fast forward to this morning, when the oven had cooled down and I could inspect it: the top element broke! Yep, it stress cracked. Durn fool manufacturers, why can't they put things out for "Marjie's army platoon" (as Peter recently said) testing, before they go into production? For instance, I'd be happy to stress test an induction stove with a convection oven, if they'd like, because I'm certainly far too stingy to lay out a cool 3 grand for a stinkin' stove! But I've ordered a new element; I feel qualified to operate a screwdriver to take out the old one and replace it if my son isn't available.
So why am I lucky? Because this didn't happen 7 days earlier. You try stuffing two 23-plus-pound turkeys in one oven. Then realize that I was lucky.
On to "Pasta Florentine". Why not? I can invent wonderful sounding names for foods. It was pretty simple, good, and pretty on the plate.
2 pounds angel hair, spaghetti or linguini
1 pound spinach (thawed, squeezed and chopped if frozen)
1 stick butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups hot milk
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and keep hot (I put my pot lid over the colander while it's still in the sink, and it works well). Melt the butter in the same pan, and put the spinach in it over medium high heat. Cook the spinach for about 2 minutes, then add the cream and garlic powder. Add half the milk, then stir in the pasta. Sprinkle with the parmesan and pour the balance of the milk over the pasta and stir vigorously to combine. With only 6 people at home, there were almost no leftovers for Thor, despite the fact that this was a side dish.