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Daydreams + Pasta

springtime pastaDo you ever have those spells where you just feel really alive? Where you’re ravishing good music and everything tastes better and you’re curious and engaged and people who cut you off in traffic just don’t seem to matter all that much? When you battle wanderlust as you sit paying mundane bills or replying to even more mundane emails? Glimpses of hiking around Big Sur, wandering aimlessly around Nashville, or paddling through Vietnam pop up when you least expect them to? Travel and travel companions and the grand itch of spring when change and possibility seem to linger in the air: that’s where we find ourselves today.


So I thought it’d be appropriate to talk about a simple pasta dish– something I envision eating in a piazza in Rome on the brink of a long spring day. Like today. It’s a meal that’s light yet substantial, made with just a bit of butter and cream, toasted pine nuts, prosciutto, arugula and peas. A dash of salt. A dash of pepper. Bright, inviting, nourishing.

springtime pasta ingredients

Because with daylight savings time upon us, we all have a little more time to linger and daydream and listen to good music and prepare meals that matter. Meals that bring you to Rome in the late afternoon with a companion to lean on, good conversation and a ravenous appetite. AllΒ  at once. And while that’s surely not going to happen tomorrow or even next week, this simple meal can perhaps take you there (or somewhere equally dreamy) momentarily. Thank god for that.

TheΒ  recipe for Springtime Pasta was published on The Kitchn this morning. Find it there.

  1. Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I spend my Friday’s daydreaming and listening to good music while I eat my heart out. I’m definitely bookmarking your recipe because- this definitely has to be Friday’s lunch! Great post! πŸ™‚

  2. Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I’m with you,this time of year totally gives me the travel bug. Although I work for a University, so the only time I can really take off is in the summer. I look forward to school getting out as much as the students do!
    I am dreaming of Charleston and Savannah at the end of May.

  3. Posted March 16, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Mouth. Watering. You’ve inspired me.

  4. Posted March 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I definitely feel that longing for travel and new places. This time last year I was visiting San Francisco, so I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I’m always simultaneously scheming how to travel more and how to find a place to settle into and call home.

  5. Posted March 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Beautifully written post. I love travel (minus the airlines). The dish looks amazing too.

  6. Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:13 am

    What a day for a daydream. Custom made for a daydream boy. Wonderful post conjuring up stories from distant lands. And a delicious sounding dish, to boot!

  7. Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Una buona ricetta per la pasta e deliziose foto, ciao ☺

  8. Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Some of my favorite ingredients — yum.

  9. Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    This is one of my favorite ways to make a quick pasta dish. The only thing I would do differently is use your pasta machine that is sitting on my kitchen floor. πŸ™‚

  10. Mary
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I second Stefania.

  11. Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Days like these are the ones to savour.

  12. Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Ah, isn’t food so much more than just…food? The taste, smell, texture are all wrapped up in dreams and memories, emotions and sentiments and you’ve stated it exactly. And great dish! Simple really is the best!

  13. Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    ooh, yum. Looks like just what I need right now.

  14. Jill
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    a great birthday post yay!

  15. Posted March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Pasta in Rome, pho in Vietnam, roasted pig in Bali….ahhhhh, you’ve infected me with your wanderlust!! πŸ˜‰

  16. Posted March 20, 2011 at 12:38 am

    this is an excellent dish for those lazy days and I wouldn’t feel like I ate junk food. Lovely photos btw πŸ™‚

  17. Posted March 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

    a lovely idea! I can tell you, I can perform better day-dreaming when i’m accompanied by good food πŸ˜‰

  18. Posted March 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    What a great mood created by your story that I could definitely relate to – and the photos and the dish seemed to align with it perfectly!

  19. megang
    Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Thanks, Valerie…I think we can all relate at this point in the season, huh?

  20. Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I love cooking a great pasta dish and then watching travel shows on Italy at the same time!

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