Well, life is funny. The weather cooled down to 88 degrees, and I woke up with a very sore throat this weekend. Yes, I have a summer cold, which is always delightful. I'm going to look on the bright side and reflect on how much worse it would be having a cold when the weather temperature is 117 degrees. Besides having a cold, my pantry was almost empty. Bob was off kayaking, and that meant I would be the one running to the grocery store to get provisions. Instead, I decided to stay home and make something with the few things available to me. I always have some type of pasta, refuse to run out of that. I also had canned chickpeas and arugula, and other odds and ends. The result was an adaption of a Deborah Madison recipe. I know that some people find the thought of pasta and legumes rather odd. I was 8 years old the first time I ever had that combination. A friend of my mother was Italian and she invited us to dinner. To my horror, she served us a dish made with pasta and lentils. I had never heard of such a thing. To me, spaghetti and meatballs was sacrosanct, and the only acceptable way to eat pasta. Actually, I doubt I'd ever heard the word "pasta" then. I didn't want to embarrass my mother, so I bravely ate the pasta and lentils--and hated it! However, I've since developed a great love of pasta and legumes. They are perfect together.