If you have just a few canned ingredients in your cupboards, and some good cheese in the refrigerator you can make a great dinner in the time it takes to boil pasta! My easy recipe for tuna pasta dinner can save the day when you’re in a hurry.


Recipe serves 4


2 Cups heaping farfalle pasta (dry)

1 Tbsp capers (in vinegar) – drained and rinsed and minced.

2 cloves garlic – minced

3 Tbsp Italian parsley – chopped

6 oz marinated artichokes – drained (reserving 1 Tbsp marinade)

3 Tbsp sundried tomatoes – sliced into thin strips

7 oz can Tuna (canned in water) – drained

1 tsp American Honey Whiskey or similar

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Montreal Steak seasoning

1/8 tsp dried red pepper flakes

1/3 Cup mozzarella cheese – shredded

Shredded Parmesan for garnish


In mixing bowl combine: capers, garlic, parsley, tuna, Montreal seasoning, olive oil, American honey, and reserved artichoke marinade. Lightly stir.

Bring water to boil in large pot. When boiling add pasta and reduce heat to slow boil for 10 minutes.

Slice sundried tomatoes and halve any large artichoke hearts.

When pasta is ready drain out water and return pasta to same pot, add mozzarella cheese and lightly stir.

To pasta add tomatoes, tuna mixture and lightly stir.

Add artichoke hearts and dried red pepper and lightly stir.

Plate serving and top with shredded Parmesan cheese and a little garnish of parsley.

Serve immediately.


Reality sucks. Okay maybe that’s a little over the top. Reality is politically incorrect and uncaring. Okay maybe that’s a little whiny. What am I trying to say?

For years I have gone to one gym or another to stay in shape – sorta, could be better could be worse.   But in any event, gym 3 times a week and one or two days power walking at beach is my routine.

Previously I went to the gym in later afternoon, and it would be full of young fit people.   But, since I am self employed and can set my schedule I recently started going to the gym in the morning. The pre-work crowd is decidedly different. The pre-work crowd consists of body builders (maybe the workout is their job), self employed types, and retires.

I would never be mistaken for a body builder, but, for the past few months I’ve enjoyed floating around the gym in my self employed mind set. Kinda cool having the time to work out before going to the office. Today I noticed there were a few of the usual body builders (funny how the more muscle one has the more tattoos are needed to fill the space), not too many self employed types but many retires, some quite old. I pondered the seeming change in the make up of my fellow gym goers, and then sat at a machine with a mirror wall view.

Tip of the day, when pondering how old everyone is getting at the gym never, ever, ever sit at a machine in front of a mirror.  Because, one day you will do that and an almost in shape old scrawny guy in a crappy t-shirt and shorts, will look back at you.    Reality sucks. But wait, with all the new skin revealed on my forehead thanks to hair loss maybe I should fill it with tattoos.    Whatever, easier and cheaper to just avoid that dang machine with the haunting mirror.

So what have I learned? Time marches on? An’t getting any younger? Reality sucks?

No, how about it’s great to have the time and health to work out and enjoy life to its fullest. Heck, with the money I just saved by not getting tattoos on my forehead I can ski all winter!

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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