I've been super grumpy all day and haven't been able to pin down exactly why. Big J has been out of town and little j and I have not been in sync. I picked Big J up from the airport late this afternoon and started to feel better as we spent some time talking and catching up. Unfortunately, little j came home as grumpy as when she left for school so my mood mirrored hers once again.
As the Js went off to the park and I was left at home to cook dinner I was feeling pretty resentful. But I was in the kitchen no longer than a couple minutes when I started to feel better -- the chopping, sauteing, prepping, all made me feel so much better. I had a purpose.
I've been staring at the cover recipe from the May issue of Bon Appetite for nearly a month, and I had all the ingredients on hand. The Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta was perfect for a warm spring evening, especially coupled with the bottle of Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine 2007 Pinot Noir that was a gift from my students.
Note to self: When things aren't going my way, cooking really does help!