Lately I have been thinking a lot about Italian food… and for some reason I found myself continuously looking up pictures of stuffed shells on Pinterest during breaks in class. They just looked so perfect and delicious nestled in red sauce and overflowing with cheese. I hadn’t made them before and was definitely excited to see that I would be able to easily assemble them over the weekend. In my mind… they were the perfect Sunday dinner. Delicious.
Late last fall I fell in love with kale. I can honestly say I cannot remember a single time that I ate it growing up. As far as I know, I have only my farmer to thank for this vegetable romance. The first time I discovered this huge leafy vegetable in my CSA box, I had no idea what it was or how to use it in cooking. Obviously, my instincts told me to search Pinterest and various other food blogs.
In the fall I decided to join a CSA in the Nashville area. For those of you who don’t know what a CSA is, here is a pretty basic explanation. First, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you buy into a CSA you are actually buying one share or one portion of the farmer’s crop. I had researched different farms in the area and finally found my local CSA Farmer: Bountiful Blessings Farm (check out their website if you are in the Nashville area and are interested!). I ultimately decided on them for a few reasons. First, their pick up times and locations were extremely convenient for me and my busy schedule. Second, they are completely organic and pesticide free. Thirdly, I read their story and was really excited to be a part of their project!
My perfect morning is simple. I wake up early on my own (no blaring alarms thank you.), cuddle with kitty cat while I’m still waking up, and then settle in on the couch to watch some morning news shows. When I’m officially awake I start thinking about breakfast. While you can probably imagine that my weekends would definitely look like this, my week days are a little more rushed. But just because I am busy in the morning, it does not mean I will skip out on a delicious breakfast!
Pappardelle pasta is amazing. The first time I had it was in Philadelphia when visiting my sister at grad school. We went with my parents to this great authentic Italian restaurant. They served it as a Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta with _____ Sauce. I can’t remember the exact sauce… but it was amazing. Equally amazing was the young and beautiful Italian man repeating the name of the culinary creation over and over again. Why was he repeating it you may be wondering? Well my mother asked him to of course! Just one more time….
Living here continues to amaze me. I was working at a little elementary school outside of Nashville yesterday. While listening to a great little 2nd grade reader, the announcements came on to inform the children that all after school activities would be cancelled due to inclement weather. I quickly looked outside expecting to see blinding snow and high winds.
The fresh vegetables in this pasta are to die for. Baby spinach, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and TONS of little grape tomatoes. I love that this dish is bursting with so much flavor, yet it takes such a short time to make it!