That Time I Made That Noodle Pasta Whatever

Slim pickings for dinner, y'all. But we had an unopened bag of fettuccine noodles so what to do? I also had a few cherry tomatoes left and scavenged the fridge for other vegetables. I came up with green olives, capers, some slices of bell peppers, and garlic. I figured a little olive oil, a hot frying pan, and the noodles tossed with fresh veggies might do.
Imma make something from this.
All the veggies left in the kitchen. Never heat up ketchup and call it spaghetti sauce. 

Boiling noodles.
Boiling noodles. Exciting stuff. 
Now, you're probably thinking, what the hell is ketchup and Worcestershire sauce doing in that picture with the veggies? I had researched making spaghetti sauce out of ketchup because we didn't have sauce. Or you know, money. I did throw ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and a bunch of Italian herbs into a little cooking pot because it was worth a try. Right?

Wrong. That shit was awful. You would think ketchup and spaghetti sauce would be really damned close but the vinegary taste of the ketchup kills any actual taste reflection of a good noodle sauce. I kinda knew this going in, after reading this article, but I was like, "Eh. How bad can it be?"

Very bad, people. 

Okay. Moving on. I boiled the noodles, heated up the olive oil, tossed in the veggies and then the noodles and sautéed the crap out of it. Despite liberal garlic and pinches of oregano, basil, and rosemary, (and salt and pepper) the taste was bland. I threw some cilantro onto it all after I plated it. I was hangry, and honestly, I didn't mind the "bland," because overall, it turned out to be a hearty dish and very filling. 

Noodles with veggies.
Looks good. Tastes okay. 

Yes, You Can Make Pancake Pie Crust

I wanted to make a pie mostly because I have blueberries and strawberries (spent less than four bucks to procure fruit!) and a sweet tooth. I don't have pre-made pie crusts or, you know, flour. I do have Hungry Jack pancake mix and a little recipe from Betty Crocker (okay, her recipe says Bisquick, but same difference). If Miss Betty is correct then all I need is 1 cup of the pancake mix, 1/4 cup of butter, and 2 TBS of boiling water to create pie dough. I didn't bake the dough ahead of time. I made it, patted it into the pan, and put in the fridge. Then I mixed up the pie filling, tossed it in, and put into the oven at 400 degrees. I cooked it for 35 minutes, mostly because I was afraid the crust would burn if I left it in for much longer.
Pie explosion.
The kitchen survived, I swear.
Cassanova the Shih Tzu does pie patrol.
Lucky for me, I have a kitchen minion who cleaned up those flying fruit pieces.

Pie! Pie! Pie!
Pie. Or tart. Or part. Tie? Topless pie, all right? 
VERDICT: The crust worked. It freaking worked. I wasn't totally thrilled with how my pie filling turned out (I wanted it sweeter), so I need a different recipe to make the next one (note to self: forget using zest, that's not your thing, Michele). But I'm so down with pancake mix crust.
Piece of delicious pie!
Yummy pie in my tummy!
Chocolate! Pie!
Chocolate on pie is delicious!
Pie, Take Two! I melted dark chocolate chips in the microwave for about 30 seconds, poured the melted chocolate on top of the pie piece, and put it in the fridge for about an hour. It increased the yummy factor by 100.