4 large tomatoes (chopped)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
3 large cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/4 cup each of balsamic vinegar and olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper
dash of salt
dash of brown sugar
The pasta will be served -- with sauce -- in one large bowl.
Cook pasta of choice according to package directions and then allow to cool. (I prefer angle hair with this sauce but use whatever pasta you like best.)
While pasta cools, you'll make the sauce. Add the dash of brown sugar to the bowl (nothing else is in the bowl at this point). Then add vinegar. Stir once with a fork. Now add tomatoes and garlic, red pepper, salt and olive oil.
Now add the pasta and toss to distribute evenly.
Rip the fresh basil leaves into small pieces. (You can also chop them into small pieces.) Add them to the top of the bowl of pasta.
Then serve with a green salad and bread. (I love garlic bread with this but use bread of choice. Remember if you don't have a special loaf on hand, you can always just toast sandwich bread.)
I've had a problem with basil at my store lately. Twice in the last three times, I've opened the package only to find soggy and gross basil in the center. I've been able to use the top and bottom half but this does remind me that you don't always have fresh basil on hand.
If you don't, you can make the sauce without it. But you can also use dried. If using dried, you'll want to use one and a half table spoons. You'll also want to add it when you add the olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, etc.
The new jobs report. December is always a good month for jobs. How come?
What do people do in December?
A lot of them shop. For the various holidays. Presents and food to entertain.
Second, the increase is not significant even if it were for the month of February. If this 'wow' of a job increase continued for all twelve months of this year, we would still be at a little over 8% unemployment -- and that's the official rate. Not counting the people who have now given up on looking for a job. 8% unemployment is nothing to brag about.
Some will claim that seasonal is factored in by the Labor Dept and addressed.
That's a lie.
I've looked over the numbers.
This is seasonal. Your best clue there would be to look at the construction increase.
An increase in construction jobs?
Winter is always the worst time for construction. (The weather.) So for December jobs to have increased -- with so much bad weather in so much of the country -- you're looking at tiny jobs like 'finish outs.' Meaning, I grab a lease in the mall for my seasonal store and need to come up to code so I've got to hire a contractor to do some very minor work.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: