Friday, February 19, 2016


It is hard to believe that the 5th anniversary of the start of the Pasta Quest is only 2 months away.  Last evening I decided to visit the first of our 300 pasta meals, linguine with a sauce of pureed peas.

This, from May 2, 2011:

5-2-11 pureed peas and more


   ½ lb. spaghetti or linguini
   4 slices of bacon, chopped
   Package of frozen peas, thawed
   2 cloves garlic, chopped
   ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
   ½  cup olive oil
   Optional – ¼ cup of chopped toasted walnuts

    Cook the bacon, set aside and remove the grease.  Puree the peas, olive oil,
    Cheese, garlic, and mint and add to the pan with the bacon.  Mix the pasta
    when ready…al dente..and serve immediately.  Add pasta water as needed to
    thin the sauce to your taste.


   This was good, and Patience and I would both like to see it again.

   Patience gave this a 6.5, I gave it a 7 out of 10.  We both agreed on several 
   changes…adding fresh basil, pine nuts, and cream, and keeping some of the
   peas out of the puree.  P also suggested seared bay scallops…she was getting
   a little obnoxious and pushy at this point so I closed the discussion.

Now, almost 5 years later, the revised recipe:

Grana Padana Cheese
Garlic and Basil
Olive Oil
Toasted Pine nut
Heavy whipping cream

Cook the pancetta and remove and set aside.  Discard most of the grease and use the pan to cook the remaining peas in small amount of chicken broth.
Puree 2/3 of the peas with olive oil, cheese, and pine nuts.  Add to the pan with the peas and cook for about 5-10 minutes while the pasta is cooking.  Several minutes before the pasta is ready add the cream and stir well.

Add the pasta, with some reserved pasta water if necessary.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley and the pancetta and serve.

Comments – much better than it was 5 years ago.

Monday, February 15, 2016


I'm having fun preparing for next month's exhibit of river inspired art, working in watercolor and acrylic.

the Long View  watercolor  5x27"

Pushing On  acrylic  12x24'

Monday, February 8, 2016

Missing Philadelphia

After all these years Philadelphia continues to call me.  Fortunately Google street views allow me to span the 900 miles that  separates us, and I can wander the streets of the city at my leisure.

Center City Parking  waatercolor  10x10

Locust Street Parking Lot  watercolor  10x10

2 on Locust Street  watercolor  9x12
I plan on creating a new portfolio of Philadelphia watercolors, including the Italian markets on 9th street.