An ode to the "betwixt" season between winter and spring, our village basket ingredients this week can be used toward a heartier, winter-inspired pasta like this one, or a more spring0like version with pancetta and peas. Just depends on which side of the betwixt you fall. Satisfying and rich, almost unctuous, and packed with umami, this recipe comes with an unexpected drizzle of honey. A little nod to the sweetness of the season ahead, I think! There's no wonderful origin story here, the recipe comes from an old issue of Saveur magazine. I had it clipped out, so no context...
In this photo from last January, I had different plans for 2020. Tricia and I were looking forward to a year of exciting growth. Plenty of travel included. You know what happened next. Here's how things changed for us. 1. The March shutdown instantly shut off our revenue streams Heading into March 2020, our cafe was bustling and we'd celebrated a busy Valentine's Day in the floral studio. Or spring workshops were our most unique thus far and were sold out. Our April trip to The Cotswolds was booked with an exciting group of travelers. We were planning to lead a September trip to Tuscany. Showers and weddings...
Red. The color of love, the color of passion, the color of adultery, the color of power, and the color of...martyrdom? It's true. When Mary Queen of Scots went to face her death by execution, she performed a symbolic strip tease; pulling off her outer garment to reveal a scarlet dress beneath. Her dress sent a clear message to faithful supporters, she was sacrificing her life for their cause. (I'm going to have to watch that Margot Robbie movie this weekend). Red has always been a special color. In medieval times, the seeds and berries needed to imbue textiles with shades of...
We knew, when we tucked those pears into the village baskets, that we had to include a recipe for wine-poached pears. This is a dessert that's under-rated. Which is such a shame. It hits so many notes, the chill of the pear flesh, the sweetness of the wine, the spice from cinnamon, clove, and star anise. The warmth of the orange. And then the rich chill of fresh whipped cream or smooth mascarpone cheese. It's just so good and so, so striking. A sexy, sophisticated Valentine on the plate.
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