Goodbye old year, hello… end of the world?

Well, it is the end of 2011. We are now at that point where time-honored tradition demands that we stop and reflect on the old and make resolutions and set goals for the new. Or else, we all have to buy new fitness equipmentand promise to exercise.

And, normally, that would be true. But since the new year that we are ringing in is 2012, I think a slightly different set of rules applies, don’t you? After all, we have it on good authority (based on things like the Mayan Calendar coming to an end, the predictions of Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus, etc.) that the world as we know it is coming to an end. Possible events range from pole shifts, floods, tsunamis, an ice age,  and The Rapture to an impending zombie apocalypse. Who knows, maybe even the end of football.  It is going to be rough.

Since we are all going to have to do our best to survive, I thought it would be fun this week to take the first few blog posts of 2012 and talk about some of the interesting dystopian and post-apocalyptic scenarios, past and present. I am reasonably sure there will probably be at least a few zombies. And maybe a super volcano and an earthquake or two.

Consider it emergency preparedness planning. You just never know.

The Internet Cookbook: Penne Bake with Spinach and Tomatoes

I haven’t been cooking anything new recently because I have been so busy. But I happened to find a dish that sounded so good, I had to give it an immediate try. Everybody in our house loves penne pasta, so this recipe from Bev Cooks fit the bill perfectly.

I didn’t have any Pomi tomatoes on hand (don’t they look delicious?) so I had to make do with what was in the pantry. For my meat loving family, I added thinly sliced beef smoked sausage and skipped the breadcrumbs  to lower the carbs. It was a huge hit with everyone.

I never would have thought of using smoked paprika as one of the main seasonings in the dish. It made for a refreshing change from my usual pasta dishes. I’d like to try it again and use cubed cooked chicken and small julienned ham slices. I think the smoky flavor of the paprika would complement it nicely!