Fortunately, though, we did discover this delicious "Hearty Artichoke Tomato Sauce" by Lucini. You see, after having spent quite a bit of time in Italy, I am a bit of a pasta snob. Most jarred sauces are not yummy to me. But this fancy stuff is really quite nice. It's pricey ($7.00!), but then again, that's cheaper than take-out for 2 on a lazy night. I like it because it doesn't have sugar in it, and it's got actual big chunks of artichoke... you can actually taste all the ingredients.
Along with the pasta I made some of the Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Vegan with a Vengeance, another Mr. VE&T favorite. When Mr. VE&Ts and I were first living together, he was always trying to convince me that brussel sprouts were so delicious, and I wasn't too enthusiastic. Then, when VwaV came out, and I discovered this recipe, a whole new world of roasted brussels opened up before me. For that, I will be forever grateful to Isa (author of VwaV)... she restored psuedo-matriomonial vegetable harmony in our non-wedded household.
While we are on the topic of Mr. VE&Ts and pasta... let me tell you the story of my spaghetti server. See, we had a crappy little plastic one, and it broke or melted or somehow met its demise. So I went to the local kitchen store and bought myself a really nice spaghetti server. But here's the problem, Mr. VE&Ts has a VERY itchy back. It's always "ooooh, scratch my back!" this and "ooooh, scratch my back!" that. It's always "up, to the left, down, to the right, up up UP UP!" Gentle readers, I get a little weary. So, one year for Christmas I gave Mr. VE&Ts a nice little bamboo backscratcher which lasted for a while, until one way or another, that poor backscratcher broke...
... and in a fit of itchy desperation, my lovely spaghetti server became Mr. VE&Ts trusty back-scratcher. Yes, Mr. VE&Ts sleeps with a spaghetti server by his bedside, and I had to go out and get myself a new one for the kitchen.
Mr. VE&Ts favorite song for today: