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 Aug 14, 2012 20:55 PDT 

Volume 15      Number 145
US Library of Congress ISSN: 1530-3292

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Quick Bouillabaisse Pasta

1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fettuccine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
12 medium mussels, cleaned and debearded
8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 (8-ounce) halibut fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
Chopped fresh basil (optional)

Cook refrigerated fettuccine according to package directions, omitting
salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic to
pan; cook 1 minute. Add flour to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring
constantly with a whisk. Stir in herbes de Provence, turmeric, tomatoes,
and clam juice; bring to a boil. Stir in mussels, shrimp, and fish.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until mussels open. Discard
any unopened shells.

Place 1 cup pasta in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1/3
cup fish mixture and 3 mussels. Garnish with basil, if desired. Makes 4

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
    Calories: 407
    Calories from fat: 18%
    Fat: 8.3g
    Saturated fat: 1.2g
    Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
    Protein: 37.5g
    Carbohydrate: 41.5g
    Fiber: 3.6g
    Cholesterol: 119mg
    Iron: 4.4mg
    Sodium: 632mg
    Calcium: 96mg

By Walt Mills

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Around 4 a.m. this morning, the dog and wife and kids and I were
startled out of sleep by a bolt of lightning and a crash of thunder that
sounded like the end of the world. Then the rains began to fall in a
curtain of water, like the greatest waterfall of all time. I went
downstairs and disconnected the computer from the wall outlet, then for
an hour I lay in the dark and watched the lightning and listened to the
thunder and the rain on the tin roof.

We don’t seem to get a simple rain anymore. “How gentle is the rain that
falls softly on the meadow,” the Supremes sang, and Shakespeare wrote
about how “the quality of mercy is not strain’d, it droppeth like the
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the dog into a spastic state of terror that is probably irreversible.
That story, and Tim’s recent lightning related computer crash, prompted
my 4 a.m. jaunt in the dark to unplug our computer.

James Hansen, NASA’s top climate scientist and a widely despised figure
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him), recently came out with predictions, based on his calculations,
that indicate the chances for extreme weather events have multiplied. He
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more water vapor, other places and other times will have extreme
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I like my rainfall events a little less extreme – more like a soft, warm
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the gods got angry. Or whatever that is keeping me up in the night.

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