Wednesday, August 20, 2014


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. 

Monday, August 18, 2014


Making pasta at home can be one of the most delicious and satisfying experiences.  Homemade pasta has a lightness and tenderness that nothing out of a box can replicate.  With a few simple ingredients and easy technique, it's something we all can do.  I'll share with you my favorite way to make tagliatelle or pappardelle.  The recipe comes from Marcella Hazan.  I use a food processor and pasta machine.
Pour 1 heaping cup of unbleached all-purpose white flour into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.  Break 2 eggs into the bowl and run the machine until the flour and eggs mass together.

Open the bowl and poke two fingers into the mass.  It will probably feel sticky.  In this case, add 1/2 Tbsp. of flour, cover the bowl, and process again.  Test the mass again, if still sticky, add another 1/2 Tbsp. of flour and run the blade again.  Follow this procedure, until the dough is no longer sticky and feels springy to the touch.

Place dough in the center of a wooden work board and mold it into a rounded shape. knead for 1 min.  When done, wrap in plastic and let rest at room temp. for 15-60 min.

With a pasta machine roller set at largest opening and several dry kitchen towels spread over a table or counter top, unwrap the dough.  Cut into 6 pieces.  Flatten one and run through the machine.  Run through 2 more times and place flat on towel.  Continue with all the pieces.
Close down the machine one notch and run the pieces through again.  Again , close the machine down one more notch and run the strips through.  Stop when the pasta is as thin as desired.  Let the strips dry for aprox. 15 min. turning over from time to time until they start to feel leathery.
With a fluted pastry wheel or a broad, straight-edged knife,  on the wooden cutting board, cut the pasta into 1/2 to 1 inch ribbons. Spread out onto a tray lined with a towel to dry.  May be used right away in your favorite dish or store in a plastic zip lock bag after drying for 24 hours.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bike Ride

There's a wonderful feeling of freedom riding a bike!  Pedaling around with the wind, choosing fast or slow,  holding handlebars or not, cruising down hills,  and all the while smiling!  Childhood returns...  

Before I left for my bike ride this morning I passed by the morning glory trellis. And the first flower has bloomed!  Such a pretty shade of blue...

Summer of Parties

It has been a glorious summer !!  Lovely summer weather.  Not plagued heavily with humidity or strong storms.  Idyllic actually!!  And it has been perfect for all the summer parties we have attended... one almost every weekend!  Birthdays, graduations, weddings, and reunions.....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Front Door

At the front door I planted two Euonymus topiaries this summer.  I was afraid there wouldn't be enough sunlight,  but so far, so good!  Every season I try to experiment with different plants.
Our Doorman: