This week I discovered that pasta has 2 celebrations: National Pasta Day in the U.S. and World Pasta Day in the European Union. (What about the rest of the world? And why not merge the celebrations into 1 day? All good questions, but for another time.) No matter, I've got 2 takes on pasta for you - the first today and the second on Friday. Even if they are just kernels of inspiration rather than real recipes in the traditional sense, they can help pull you out of a pasta rut. Today's take is an orzo side dish and Friday's is a quick tomato-based sauce for main course pasta. Both are vegetarian, but you can eat the first with poultry, meat or fish and add chopped meat to the second. The bottom line is that pasta is versatile.