I’ve moved again. My mother used to hate it when I would call her and tell her I was moving again. She would have to write a new address card in her Rolodex and make sure to throw out the old one. I used to do it about every 18 months after college. That’s a lot of Rolodex cards. She couldn’t hate moving as much as I did, what with all the change of address cards, movers, utilities, etc., but sometimes a girl just has to move on.
For those of you who follow this blog, it started as an e-newsletter via GoErie.com. When the company that owned the Erie Times-News, and GoErie, was sold, I continued it for awhile after I left my job there. But when they didn’t want to pay for it anymore, I decided to continue on my own. So I kept the name and set up shop as Make It Erie on WordPress.com. Some of you followed and signed up for my e-mail and some of you just followed me on Facebook or Twitter. In the next couple of days, if it hasn’t happened already, the transfer of your e-mail subscription should go to the new site.
But the time had come to move to a different hosting service, and that meant rethinking the name of the column. I chose Meadballs.com because it reflects that this is a family, food and travel blog. Make It Erie, while useful, seemed to limit the posting to just about Erie. While Erie will be front and center, it won’t be a defining parameter.
I don’t like to be fenced in. Just ask Mom (and my ex).
Things are both simpler and more difficult moving around in the digital age. There’s still baggage to move from one place to another. Instead of moving vans, it is file export and import, URL transfer, a plug ins to add. Long way of saying, I think I’ve moved all the boxes from the WordPress.com site to Meadballs.com (a WordPress.org site, sort of like moving across town instead of across states). Ideally, the e-mail list will have migrated as well.
It’s not perfect yet. Think of the site like a new home with a lot of boxes to unpack. I will be unpacking for awhile, so it may look different from one visit to the next (at least I hope it does).
What’s in it for you? Ideally a cleaner site. A better recipe format. Eventually, I’ll be able to add video.
But first, let’s just try this post and a recipe for Zoodles with Pesto, Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes.
Using either a manual or electric spiralizer, transform your squash into noodles. Cut into several sections, otherwise they are too long to eat.
Lay the noodles onto a plate or baking dish lined with paper towels or, better yet, a linen dish cloth. Sprinkle generously with salt. Let sit for about 10 minutes to draw the moisture out. Then roll up in the paper towels or linen towel and press out extra moisture.
In a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil and additional salt, if desired. Saute for a minute or two until no longer raw. Add pesto, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Saute for about 1 to 2 minutes, until heated through. Remove from heat.
Arrange on plates. Top with toasted pine nuts and basil leaves to serve.
This recipe is inspired by Living Loving Paleo