Maureen: Tonight we’ve got pasta with peas and bacon. Not to mention some red pesto and onions. Bon appetit!
Nicholas (7): A quick reminder? I don’t like bacon.
Maureen: But you like ham, and it’s pretty much the same thing.
Nicholas: NO. I’m a vegetarian, remember?
Andrew (11): Except when it comes to hot dogs and chicken parmigiana.
Nicholas: Don’t write that down! Don’t write that down!
Nicholas: Remember that time in the restaurant in Bologna that had the funny picture and they were looking for the artist?
Maureen: That was a picture of a pig eating some of their yummy food. Wow. That was some good eating. Let’s get back to the issue at hand. How do you like this?
Andrew: I thought it was quite nice.
Nicholas: I don’t know what to say. I guess I would say, “Without the ham, it would be perfect.”
Maureen: Would you like me to make it again?
Nicholas: Without the meat, yes. With the meat, no.
Maureen: I’m not sure I would make it again. It was fine, it did the job, it fed us. But it didn’t blow me away. If I was in a pinch, cooking wise– which is what the recipe is supposed to help you out with– I would probably make my standby penne with frozen peas and-not-quite-Alfredo sauce.