Spinach Stems and Ironing

Have you ever met anyone who told you they enjoyed ironing? If so, you’ve heard words like rhythmic, relaxing, simple, or methodical. I’ve also hear ironing described as a way to show someone how much you love them. In the 70’s, teen girls used to iron their hair straight (and the heated styling market has boomed ever since).

We don’t like ironing in my house but I do occasionally assign a similar chore to my husband. I ask him to remove the stems from spinach leaves, a totally unnecessary and tedious task that I do not recommend you get hooked on. I just don’t like the spiny, stringy, crunchy appendages that accompany the beautiful green nutritious leaves. We’ll call this a 1st world preference. It does not require technique, so don’t bother going to YouTube to see it done, just pull the stem off with your hands.

In any case, Bart doesn’t mind it. Almost enjoys it, as long as we can put football on the kitchen TV while I do other prep work. I try to time this ‘stem separating ritual’ just as I am prepping his weekday lunches – so as to impart some type of cooking bartering system in our kitchen. Regardless, now he too is hooked on stem free spinach.

Now what to do with these stems? There are two easy options, but I consider it an excuse to make cacio e pepe pasta. This is the simplest Italian dish you’ll ever make.

For about 2-3 people as a main course:

Boil 5-6 oz. spaghetti until almost al dente (I use whole wheat pasta)

Save 1 cup of the drained pasta water*

Melt 2 Tbsp of butter, the spinach stems, and a generous amount of pepper, and cook on medium until butter is brown and stems have softened.

Add in ½ cup of the pasta water, then the pasta.

Incorporate butter, stems, and pasta. Add more pasta water if the sauce is too tight.

Add ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (probably not the kind from a green can)

Stir together in the warm pot.

Serve immediately.

*The first time you’ll forget to put a bowl under the strainer to catch the pasta water. You’ll remember the 2nd time…

6 thoughts on “Spinach Stems and Ironing”

  1. I would like to express some thanks to you just for bailing me out of this situation. After researching throughout the the web and coming across solutions which were not helpful, I figured my life was over. Existing devoid of the answers to the difficulties you have fixed through the review is a critical case, and the ones which could have badly affected my career if I had not come across your site. Your own knowledge and kindness in handling the whole lot was useful. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not discovered such a point like this. I can at this point look forward to my future. Thanks for your time so much for your high quality and results-oriented help. I won’t hesitate to propose your web site to any individual who would like guidelines on this area.

  2. I wanted to put you one bit of note to help thank you very much the moment again with your awesome solutions you’ve shown in this article. This is really wonderfully generous with you to offer openly just what most people might have distributed as an e book to get some money on their own, especially considering the fact that you might well have tried it in case you decided. The good ideas as well acted as a easy way to recognize that some people have the same desire the same as my own to see whole lot more with regards to this problem. I believe there are some more fun instances ahead for folks who read carefully your site.

  3. I definitely wanted to develop a note to be able to say thanks to you for some of the pleasant instructions you are placing at this website. My rather long internet research has at the end of the day been honored with reputable information to talk about with my co-workers. I would say that most of us website visitors are rather blessed to live in a useful community with very many awesome professionals with insightful principles. I feel very lucky to have come across your web page and look forward to really more awesome minutes reading here. Thanks a lot again for everything.

  4. I want to express some appreciation to this writer just for rescuing me from this matter. As a result of browsing throughout the world wide web and meeting concepts which were not productive, I figured my life was well over. Existing without the presence of approaches to the problems you’ve fixed through your main guide is a crucial case, as well as the kind which may have badly damaged my entire career if I hadn’t noticed your blog post. The natural talent and kindness in touching a lot of things was crucial. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a solution like this. I can now relish my future. Thanks very much for this reliable and result oriented guide. I won’t hesitate to refer the sites to any individual who requires support on this topic.

  5. I would like to show my thanks to you just for rescuing me from this type of circumstance. After surfing through the search engines and finding concepts which were not pleasant, I figured my entire life was done. Living without the presence of approaches to the problems you’ve sorted out through the website is a crucial case, and the ones which may have in a negative way damaged my career if I had not noticed the website. The expertise and kindness in taking care of a lot of stuff was precious. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not discovered such a point like this. I can also at this time relish my future. Thanks a lot very much for the skilled and result oriented help. I will not think twice to recommend the website to any individual who would like counselling about this situation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.