April 2014 Taste & Inspiration Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese
e left off in 1 Samuel last month with David being used as a delivery boy, by his father Jesse of all people, to take food to his brothers on the front lines and to get an eyewitness account and assurance on their safety in the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. What he carried to them in his pouch was an ephah of roasted grain, (which is roughly equivalent to 1 bushel), ten loaves of bread and ten cheeses to the commander. We’re guessing the cheese must’ve been hard cheeses like pecorino, asiago or maybe some good pungent reggiano cheese. These require no refrigeration. It’s also safe to assume it wasn’t grilled cheese sandwiches that Jesse had in mind for his sons in sending the bread & cheese. That’s the 1st thing that comes to my mind when being given bread & cheese. Also, that David must’ve had a big delivery pouch to have carried all that food with him. After leaving the food & supplies with the keeper David ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were holding up. In doing so, he heard Goliath defiantly yelling and provoking the Israelites into battle
which created much more fear within the Israelites. Goliath was a very intimidating looking warrior. I don’t think any of them wanted to go one on one with him. But David; he was willing. He didn’t share the same fear as his brothers or any of the Israelite soldiers because he had much more faith in God. Apparently more than all the others there on the battle lines. Probably combined!! But once he learned what was to be gained to the man who kills Goliath and removes Israel from his disgrace, David volunteered. Much to the dismay of his older brothers. You know, the ones who perceived him as the pesky weakling of a little brother. Little did they know this is the same little brother that killed both lion and bear while tending to and protecting his “few sheep in the wilderness”. Part III, the climax of this story to be continued until next time. With that, we’ll leave you with a tasty, nutritious and simple to prepare rec-
Pilar & Phillip ipe. Another one incorporating a healthy cheese to it. Asiago, one of several from the parmesan family. And continue to encourage you, our church family, to make healthy, nutritious food choices as well as promote healthy living. God Bless!!
Ingredients • 1 pound Fusilli pasta • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 (9-ounce) bag fresh spinach, roughly chopped • 8 ounces (1/2 pint) cherry tomatoes, halved • 1 cup (about 3 1/2-ounces) grated Asiago
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan • 1 teaspoon salt • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook until the spinach wilts, about 2 more minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss. Add the cheeses, salt, pepper, and the pasta cooking liquid and stir to combine. Transfer the pasta to a serving plate and serve. Enjoy! =