Saturday, February 16, 2013
Did you hear about the meteor the size of a bus with the power of 20 atomic bombs that fell on Russia yesterday! Nature- wow.
I've been on a pasta kick, homemade pasta that is. It's not so much work really and incredibly tasty and toothsome. It all started when I baked one of those humongous Long Island Cheese squashes that we grew last summer. They are tremendous. I like the flavor and the texture but I do believe I'll go back to butternuts for a couple of reasons. 1) they are smaller, 2) they are denser 3) they are sweeter 4) they don't take over the entire garden!
But faced with a gallon of cooked squash I made a big pot of soup, flavored with garlic and sage and finished with creme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds. Then we made 4 dozen raviolis stuffed with squash mixed with ricotta, Parmesan and bread crumbs. These were super tasty finished with brown butter, pecans, fresh herbs and Parmesan. But alas, I still had a couple of cups of that ravioli filling, so last night I made another batch of pasta, cooked up mushrooms in bechamel sauce, steamed a big bowl of spinach from the garden and put it all together in this magnificent white lasagne.
I find it hard to imagine that the average American only spends 30 minutes a day preparing food, how empty I think my life would be without the time I spend growing, preparing and best of all, enjoying good food.