14 In Misc


Last night we had a quick dinner on the back patio.  It will be one of our last dinners outdoors until next year–soon it will be cold here in North Texas.  I used Ina Garten’s recipe for Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil from a back issue of House Beautiful.  I save all of my House Beautiful magazines so I can go back and visit Ina’s recipes–she is one of my favorite chefs.  Recipe at the end of post.

Simmering tomatoes with fresh garlic and basil.

Fall flowers from my back patio.

The dogs love dinner outdoors….

Shelly:  “Where do I sit?”


1/2 cup of good olive oil and a little extra for the pasta pot

2 tablespoons minced garlic (six cloves)

4 pints small cherry or grape tomatoes

18 large basil leaves, julienned

2 tablespoons chopped fresh curly parsley ( I omitted this)

2 teaspoons chopped fresh Thyme

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3/4 pound capellini or angel hair pasta

1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan

Extra chopped basil and parmesan for serving

1) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

2) Meanwhile, heat the 1/2 of olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, two teaspoons salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for five to seven minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but do not break up.

3) While the tomatoes are cooking, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions.  Drain the pasta, reserving a bit of pasta water.

4) Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes and parmesan and toss well.  Add some of the pasta water if mixture seems too dry. Serve large bowls of pasta with extra basil and parmesan on the side.


  • Sherina P ♡
    October 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Ummm. This post makes my mouth water! Looks delicious. I’ll definitely be using this recipe. Love the china as well! :)))

    Sherina ♡

  • Laura
    October 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    This looks so so so good!!! I definitely want to give it a try!!!

  • kathryn
    October 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    looks so tasty…and beautiful table setting.

  • Leia
    October 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

    How lovely to have an outdoor dinner! The table looks so beautiful and the spaghetti seems delicious.

  • candice
    October 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

    that looks DIVINE!! wish i cld eat that too!!!
    u r a great cook! luv it.


  • Angelica
    October 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous plates! Where did you get them?

  • judy ALDRIDGE
    October 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    The plates are very old Dansk–and the glasses are from Crate and Barrel purchased years ago.

  • Jordana
    October 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    What gorgeous dishes! Would never have guessed Dansk!

  • Style Odyssey
    October 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    fresh, simple and wholesome food- my kind of dinner!
    what lovely and colorful photos.

  • Bea Van Waes
    October 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Love the table ware, the glasses, the plates, the colours! Very inspiring post., thank you.
    Love Dansk– just Googled it- never heard of it !!!!Don’t you just love Dahlia’s , they gop on and on and give coulour when you most need it!!

  • Brooke
    October 21, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I’m still trying to have dinners outside too. It’s getting a bit cold at night (I’m in Iowa), but the fire pit helps make it manageable. So not ready for winter! This looks delicious.

  • no&me
    October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Your camera makes beautiful pictures ! Which is it please ?
    This dinner is so happy with all these colors !

  • shu
    October 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

    looks fabulous. I’ll definitly make an attempt at this.

  • Prêt à Porter P
    October 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    It looks simple but delicious. The plates and the back yard are beautiful too. I must figure out how to get my reader to pick up your posts!