But--the grocery store is out of fresh basil. Quick random change to sage and walnuts, with no clear idea what to do with them. I'd had a dinner at Il Forniao (or some such) in California that had crisped sage tossed with squash-filled ravioli, and it was great--but my grocery store doesn't carry that kind of ravioli, and making it from scratch would be ambitious for a weekend project, let alone an after-work experiment.
Sauteing the sage and walnuts in olive oil worked, but tossed with thin spaghetti (the sole pasta in the apartment), it needed--something. Sprinkling nutmeg over it seemed to be that something. Next time I'm going to use butter instead of olive oil and use farfalle instead of spaghetti, and probably grate some Parmesan over the pasta, too. I rate this as "promising."
The garlic bread, for the record, came out great.
I've written a mild rant about the horrors in the front end of NetPoodles' user interface, why the original designers of GoLive should be shot (its Lovecraftian markup being the technical reason why NetPoodles' front end has such an awful design, although the utter failure of the product's original designers to learn basic UI principles contributes nearly as much pain), and the tragedy of people who refuse to upgrade from the Netscape 4.x browser series. But that's for another time.