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Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

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Simple pasta sauce recipes are weeknight lifesavers. They’re great not only on pasta, but on all sorts of vegetables and grain bowls as well. Often if you’ve got a decent condiment selection on hand, or some fresh herbs, or simply some nuts, you’re on your way to a great sauce. Also, don’t limit yourself to using these as pasta sauces, often they’re just as fantastic over simply roasted, steamed, or sautéed vegetables. Or, as spreads on sandwiches and flatbreads!

1. Five Minute Tomato Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
I make this more than just about any other sauce in my repertoire. All you need is a handful of ingredients, and one saucepan. No need to simmer for hours, a kiss of lemon zest keeps this tomato sauce fresh and bright and perfect for all sorts of pastas, pizzas, and casseroles. The perfect weeknight tomato sauce. And, actually(!), here’s a post of three ways I work it into lunch as well. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

2. Brown Butter Balsamic Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
I love this simple balsamic sauce tossed stuffed winter squash stuffed pastas. Or, sweet potato anything. It’s a sauce that hits squarely on the decadent side of the spectrum, with a generous amount of browned butter as the base, but it is delicious, and really hits the spot now and then. The balsamic cuts the butter with its acidity, and I like to add plenty of something green and slightly bitter to balance everything out beyond that – in this case, arugula. And a bit of lemon zest, which perfumes everything beautifully. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

3. Hemp Seed Alfredo (Blissful Basil)
Absolutely love this hemp seed take on alfredo sauce. Pictured here with zucchini noodles. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

4. Harissa & Olive Oil Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
If you have some harissa on your condiment shelf, you’re halfway there. Paired with olive oil, the harissa forms the base of a brick red, garlic-charged sauce. Perfect tossed with your favorite pasta, and veggies. Pictured here with whole wheat spaghettini, kale, black olives, and pine nuts. Legit, fantastic weeknight option. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

5. Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce (Real Food Whole Life)
I like the combination of tomato, pumpkin, rosemary, and sage in this creamy sauce. Robyn uses coconut milk here, but you could also use a thick nut milk like cashew or almond. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

6. Vegan Alfredo Sauce (The Bojon Gourmet)
I love using homemade cashew milk as a substitute for heavy cream or even coconut milk. It is silky smooth, and full of body, and works as a brilliant vegan alfredo sauce base here. Soak the cashews while you’re out fo the day, and this sauce comes together in no time. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

7. Red Pesto Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
Sun-dried tomato fans, this one has your name on it. Pictured here with goat cheese raviolis and served them on a bed of baby spinach. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

8. Lemon Almond Sauce (Naturally Ella)
Creamy, dairy-free, and spiked with lemon and black pepper. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

9. Pounded Walnut Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
This Mona Talbott recipe is a hearty, pounded walnut pesto of sorts, with marjoram and parsley. And I love it. Particularly as the weather chills, and you’re looking for more substantial fare. It’s nice with a short farro pasta, but really, it’s incredible on just about everything. You could even skip the pasta and just enjoy it with roasted vegetables. Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

10. Creamy Chipotle Sauce (Dora’s Table)
Six ingredients work themselves into chipotle-based magic. This is good on noodles, but also as a finishing touch on tacos, or as a component in salad dressings (great with structured lettuces). Get the recipe here.

Simple Weeknight Pasta Sauce Recipes

11. A Favorite Pesto Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
About ten years ago we had a pesto and gnocchi night with my visiting Italian friend Francesca and her mom. They are from Genoa, and her mom makes a beautiful pesto (and perfectly light, potato gnocchi to go along with it). She offered to share her method with us, and we’ve all reaped the benefits ever since. If you love pesto, you really have to try her technique. Get the recipe here.

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jhamill
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I'm going to have to try that 5 min tomato sauce recipe.
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New Jersey wants to know why Florida is exempt from Trump’s offshore drilling plans

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An offshore oil rig

Enlarge / Oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. There are nearly 5,000 functioning oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and 27,000 abandoned wells. (credit: Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

This week, New Jersey's attorney general sued the US Department of the Interior (DOI) for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about why the DOI exempted Florida from offshore oil drilling lease auctions but not any other state.

The drama started earlier this year when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke moved to open more than 90 percent of federal offshore land to lease by oil and gas companies for oil drilling. State waters extend three miles offshore, at which point federal control over the waters and sea bed underneath it begin. This means that states don't always have a lot of control over whether there's an offshore oil drilling rig 3.1 miles offshore and beyond.

But some states contend that they should have more say in whether the federal government leases out its waters to offshore oil drilling because the states bear the economic brunt of any oil spills that happen. (The Deepwater Horizon rig, for example, was 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana.) For that reason, Democratic and Republican governors alike, from 10 of the states near newly opened federal waters, have opposed the Trump administration's efforts to open up their offshore areas.

Florida Governor Rick Scott was one of those who opposed the offshore drilling plan. On the same day that Secretary Zinke announced the offshore drilling plan, Governor Scott announced that he was requesting an immediate meeting with Zinke to make sure that Florida would be exempt from having federal waters off its coastline open to auction. Scott later announced that Florida would be exempt from offshore oil drilling lease sales.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wanted to know why Florida received this special treatment. Grewal filed a FOIA in April requesting "all correspondence and internal documents related to any meetings and conversations that took place between the offices of US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Florida Governor Rick Scott," leading up to the offshore drilling announcement.

But DOI hasn't responded to the FOIA, so New Jersey filed a lawsuit to compel the department to turn over the appropriate documents.

"The administration continues to stonewall on a simple question: why did they agree to exempt Florida from offshore drilling while refusing to do the same for New Jersey?" Attorney General Grewal stated in a press release. "Six months have gone by with no answer. As a state with a pristine coast that is important to our environment and to our economy, New Jersey's rationale for opposing offshore drilling is every bit as valid as Florida's."

"New Jersey's 130-mile coastline generated more than $44 billion in coastal tourism revenue in 2016, supporting more than 838,000 jobs and generating $5.6 billion in federal taxes," the press release adds.

Florida's economy took a significant hit after the Deepwater Horizon spill, and its legislators have been generally opposed to offshore drilling since then. One tactic Florida has used to shut down hints of drilling off Florida waters has been to invoke military requirements. The eastern Gulf has been able to secure a drilling moratorium as the US government uses that area to test "emerging technologies such as hypersonics, autonomous systems, and advanced sub-surface systems," according to a 2017 memo from a Florida congressman to the Department of Defense.

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fxer
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"As a state with a pristine coast that is important to our environment and to our economy, New Jersey"

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jhamill
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Pretty sure the reason is Mar-a-Lago but will be good to get proof. Also, quit drilling for oil. It is killing the planet.
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Donald Trump’s Absentee Presidency

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It is a poignant paradox of Donald Trump’s ubiquitous presidency—all tweets, all the time—that a leader who prides himself as omnipresent in digital public discourse is so often absent from national life in the hundred human ways in which the country has come to expect its presidents to perform.

Latest case in point: After Hurricane Michael devastated parts of Florida’s Panhandle, Trump played host at the White House to Kanye West, who—in a ten-minute monologue in the Oval Office—dropped the F-bomb and praised Trump’s “Make American Great Again” cap as a hyper-masculine talisman that made him feel “like a guy that could play catch with his son.”

But think about it: Have we ever seen Trump play catch with his own 12-year-old son, Barron? Without question, the president dotes on his children, especially his daughter, Ivanka. But he's an absentee father to the nation, or at least a majority of the nation. There have been no warm and fuzzy photos of Trump shopping for books or gifts, as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton did with their daughters. No images of him poring over a photo album, as Abraham Lincoln famously did with his son Tad, or tending his stamp collection, as FDR did.  No visible evidence of the easy relaxation with friends and family that has become a standard part of presidential iconography.

And the absence is broader. Trump can’t readily cheer the nation in moments of triumph (championship sports teams boycott his White House). He doesn’t tenderly comfort the nation in times of tragedy (he tosses paper towels to hurricane victims, and does a double fist pump on the anniversary of 9-11). He doesn’t read books, talk movies or go to the theater, and is unwelcome at even the Kennedy Center Honors over which presidents have presided for nearly 40 years. This reality is striking, and sad: When it comes to those personal rituals of the modern presidency that Americans have long since taken for granted, Donald J. Trump is the man who isn’t there.

He plays no games of touch football on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago, a la the Kennedys in Palm Beach or Hyannis Port. No family rounds of speed golf or horseshoes, and no mountain biking, as with the Bushes at Kennebunkport or Crawford. No horseback riding or brush-clearing, as with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the mountains above Santa Barbara. No snorkeling, as with Obama and his girls at Oahu’s Hanauma Bay. He doesn’t toast his own English muffins like Jerry Ford. No romping with Buddy the dog or Socks the cat, those pet denizens of the Clinton years. Even that loneliest of loners Richard Nixon enjoyed bowling in the White House alley, and liked to hit the beach in wingtips, sometimes with his wife Pat by his side.

No, Trump does none of this. Perhaps the most striking image of him with his family came last winter, when he charged up the steps of Air Force One in a rainstorm in West Palm Beach, an umbrella shielding his own head, with Barron and his wife, Melania, scrambling wet and unprotected behind him to get in the door of the plane. In Israel, in Italy, in Florida and on the White House lawn itself, Melania has repeatedly appeared to pull her own hand away when the president reached out to hold it.

Trump doesn’t eat out in any restaurants except his own. Not for him a plebian trip to Ray’s Hell Burger, the Arlington institution where Barack Obama took Russian president Dmitri Medvedev in 2010 for a burger with cheddar, hot peppers and sautéed onions and mushrooms. Nor a visit to Filomena, the homey Italian kitchen in Georgetown, where Bill Clinton memorably chowed down with Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany. No date nights with Melania at the Bombay Club or the Blue Duck Tavern.

Trump doesn’t offer ready consolation in moments of national tragedy. After Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the president tossed paper towels to a crowd and later bragged about his administration’s “incredible unsung success” at relief efforts that were widely criticized as inadequate. Marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in Pennsylvania last month, he tweeted about the prowess of his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on the day of the attacks, and allowed himself a double-fist pump at the Johnstown airport, a gesture that seemed out of keeping with the solemn mood of the occasion.

Trump is just as challenged in celebrating happy occasions.  A White House meeting with the 2018 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles had to be called off when it became clear that only about ten team members planned to show up. Last year, Trump withdrew an invitation to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after their star point guard Stephen Curry had expressed reluctance to go. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

The minuet over last year’s Kennedy Center Honors was equally awkward. After several honorees, including Norman Lear, announced that they would decline to attend the traditional White House reception before the awards show, the Kennedy Center and the White House announced that Trump would withdraw from participation altogether. “We are grateful for this gesture,” the center’s leadership said.

Easygoing humor has long been a staple of presidential public relations. “It’s true that hard work never killed anybody,” Ronald Reagan famously told the Gridiron Club, “but I figure why take the chance.” But Trump’s “jokes” are not only often cruel; they tend to fall flat. At his vaunted summit with the pudgy North Korean president Kim Jong Un, Trump urged photographers to capture them “so we look nice and handsome and thin.” (Kim was not amused). At a meeting with law enforcement officials last year, Trump urged them not to be too careful when arresting suspects and bundling them into squad cars by shielding their heads. “You can take the hand away, O.K.,” he said. (“I believe he was making a joke at the time,” his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later explained, when asked if the president was really advocating police brutality).

Isolation is an occupational hazard of the presidency. Obama tried to break through the bubble by reading ten letters a day from ordinary Americans. Reagan once telephoned the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon to make a contribution to muscular dystrophy research, and had trouble persuading the operators that it was really the president on the line. Bill Clinton liked to call the White House “the crown jewel of the federal penitentiary system,” and Harry Truman once confided to his diary, “This great white jail is a hell of a place in which to be alone.” Trump is alone all right, but his solitude is different. It is altogether of his own making, and he seems to like that just fine. No wonder so many of the rest of those Americans beyond his base feel left out in the cold.

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fxer
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hmm when I open this post the video from the next post down (teddy with doggy bowl) starts playing. newsblur sandbox escape somehow.
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Someone Feed This Tiny Teddy Bear Pronto!

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A note on the Pixel 3 review

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We here at Android Authority take our reviews very seriously. Sometimes, due to short embargo times, multiple device launches (hello #phonepocalypse) or the demands of travel, we can’t always get reviews out on time. In this instance though, regarding the Google Pixel 3 review, we’re holding off simply because we need more time with the devices.

While we could rush things to be out in the first wave, we want to make sure we spend a full week with the phone before we share our thoughts on it. With every review, we want to ensure what we’re saying comes from a position of experience and authority and sometimes that takes a little extra time to achieve. So we hope you’ll bear with us on the full review as we get our thoughts in order.

In the meantime, here’s some of our existing Pixel 3 coverage to tide you over:

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jhamill
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Good on Android Authority to make sure their review was complete and not caring about being first to post it.
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MotherHydra
6 hours ago
Right? What a sad relfection on the world that journalistic integrity is in such short supply that this type of behavior stands out instead of being the norm.
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If Relegation Existed in Baseball

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As a Royals fan I fully support relegation in the MLB ecosystem.
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