Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fall is coming and...

The garden has been neglected all summer; but, it has not stopped producing. It beckons me to pull out the strawberries, pick the blueberries, cut out the greens that haven't bolted.
Yes, Fall is coming and I'm spending time in the garden.

First, though, let's just enjoy the last days of Summer.
Orecchiette with wild greens and shrimp in a oil/garlic sauce.
Great hot or cold.

Here is what you need:
Orecchiette or any short pasta
mixed greens like broccolini, spinach, arugula, kale...
1lb of shrimp, shelled
2T olive oil
1T minced garlic
1T hot pepper flakes
1T chopped bacon or pancetta (optional)
2T Romano cheese

Saute garlic and  pancetta in olive oil in a big pan, until garlic is golden. Lower the temperature and  add shrimp, cut into small pieces. Add blanched greens.

Boil the orecchiette and save a Tablespoon of pasta water. Drain and add to the pan with the greens and shrimp. If too dry, add the reserved pasta water at this point.

Serve hot or cold with Romano cheese on the side.


  1. I tend to cook when I'm worried or anxious. I tend to cook when I'm happy and cheery. Heck, cooking seems to lift my spirits no matter my mood.

    Go ahead, try cooking for therapy!
    Any therapy!

    buon appetito.

  2. it is the best therapy!...i know I would enjoy this!

  3. I raise my glass to cooking therapy! I have grown to LOVE orecchiette pasta! Glad to see you are back in the garden. I also raise my glass to garden therapy!

  4. My garden is like a jungle now. I'm heading outside to collect peppers and tomatoes to freeze...we have way more than we can eat right now.

    You're inspiring me to cook outside my bland comfort zone!
    Google still hates me. I'm not really anonymous; I'm Jann aka #1Nana

  5. Cooking therapy is the best there is!! So glad to see you're at it again!

  6. go ahead and cook

    ah the garden is always a metaphor
    yummy photo

  7. We have tried, desperately, to keep our garden alive in the summer heat wave. If the weather cools soon we may be able to salvage a few tomato and pepper plants. Oh, well. . . there is always next year.

  8. sounds that it is not complicated but delicious, I am adding this recipe to my list:)

  9. Rosaria,
    Ola's blog is daleka-droga, she's only one of many co -authors of the other one (projekt-kraszewski) and not likely to read your messages posted there:(

  10. mmmm...sounds delicious and simple...perfect for my life at the moment. Thank you, as always, for the inspiration. I made stuffed peppers the other night, something you had suggested awhile back, and we loved them.

  11. Looks totally delicious! Thanks for the great recipe, I can't wait to try it!