Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.

Excuses, excuses

Posted: July 18th, 2009 | Author: johanna | Filed under: Johanna | 34 Comments »

Ok kids, I have a confession to make. This past week has been pretty rough food-wise. I have failed to post anything in this blog in over a week. I am not, honestly much of a gang leader of late. But….. there is a reason:

Light through the canyonSummer, sweet gorgeous summer, has finally…finally arrived in New York. There have been golden days at the beach, amazing sunsets, comedy shows, best-friend visits, and many many other things that have sucked me in.

And of course…. one illicit picnic on a lawn in Union Square after said lawn was technically closed. We just won’t talk about that part. Or about the bottle of wine that we hid in its paper wrapper, and drank out of solo cups. But, we CAN talk about the fact that I have indeed still been messing around in the kitchen. I threw together a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from a personal favorite regular cookie recipe. Last night, I put together a variation on my Lemon-Ricotta Orzo for Jesse and my college roommate (and one of the best friends) – Alex.
My typical Lemon-Ricotta orzo involves boiling 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound of orzo in salted water.
When the pasta is nearly done, scoop about a third of a cup of ricotta into a big bowl, and zest a lemon into the bowl. Add salt, and squeeze the lemon in. Then, add a scoop of the pasta water, and whisk it all together. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Stir, season, and add some parm and parsley.
It’s a perfect side dish for chicken, fish, pork, or just as a main dish.

Last night, I sauteed some asparagus and green beans, and added them to the dish along with the pasta and a little extra ricotta.

And tonight, we’re attempting something akin to channa masala. I’ll report back on the success level. HOpefully.

I’m back. I promise. But even you couldn’t resist this…..
Summer Nights


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