I visited a local thrift store a week or two ago for a couple old picture frames and left with with at least ten. I put this one together a few days and just took it out of the "press" (my Webster's dictionary). Now it's hanging on my wall in its thrifted frame. The scratch marks are from the scalpel (superior paper cutter ... you'll never use an Xacto again). I made one mark and decided to create hash shadows, or something. I don't love it, but hey, here it is. Art.
Hi there. It's been awhile, I know! I've been off to distant lands of Napa County and the Mountain Time Zone. I'm working on some actual content to post about those places but for now I wanted to share a bit about the Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO. I haven't been to that many botanical gardens in my life, so I'm by no means an expert, but I thought this one was pretty darn cool. They had a rainforest section (sadly lacking in monkeys and exotic birds, but what can you do?) and a Japanese area with some really old bonsai trees and koi.
Does anyone know what kind of tree this is on the right? I'm not one to read the little signs on every plant, let alone remember them. Whatever it was, squirrels were going bonkers for these little fruits. We watched a couple devour them for several minutes. Women Who Stare At Squirrels...
On our way back to the exit/gift shop I started scanning the ground for leaves to press. I hadn't done this in ages but it seemed like an appropriate way to remember the occasion. I didn't have the gumption to pluck any flowers (I'm secretly afraid of park rangers/staff) but I did pick up a few leaves that had already fallen to the ground, or were about to fall in the case of the bamboo. I promise.
I took a number of photos this summer (and last) with an Olympus SLR and here they are! The scans aren't the greatest due to the rather lousy software I've been forced to use, but they'll do for the Internet.
I ate like, a lot of pasta as a kid. Pasta's awesome. I didn't like sauce, though. Just butter, lots and lots of butter on my noodles. Luckily for my heart I'm into tomato sauce now (Alfredo and other cream sauces are still out of favor) and I love experimenting with different ingredients mixed in with it. Starting with a box of Pomi strained tomatoes, I'll usually throw in some chopped garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. That basic sauce gets added to whatever I threw into a pan, typically chopped yellow onion, some kind of mushroom, a leafy green, and a protein.
This particular pasta dish and a bowl of salad could've fed three to four people. I ate half of it because I live alone and eat most meals on my couch in front of the tube. And you can bet your ass there was no salad involved.
- one medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- half a bunch of red kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite size pieces
- two Aidells brand Italian sausages sliced 1/4" thick
- one cluster of oyster mushrooms
- freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- three to four large fresh basil leaves, torn into little pieces
- four "nests" of pappardelle
- one cup of Pomi strained tomatoes seasoned with dried herbs, salt, and pepper
Cook pasta in advance (or at the same time if you're a scheduling wizard like me) and reserve about a cup of the water. You'll want to sauté the onion until it softens before adding the sausage. Once the meat is heated through, add the kale and mushrooms. When moisture starts escaping from the greens and 'shrooms, add in the sauce and adjust heat so it remains at a simmer. Stir occasionally until the mushrooms are cooked. Finally, add the pasta water, pasta, and basil. Stir gently until all is heated through and the pasta is well coated. Sprinkle on that cheese and you're good to go.