Scroll down for a delicious recipe, perfect for a summer evening…
(I buy whole grain pasta to make it extra healthy. The whole wheat/whole grain pasta is important in this dish as it imparts a nutty flavor.)
(Make sure this is your favorite olive oil, you really taste it in this recipe. Here’s a link to one we love: Frantoia -available in the emporium’s Gourmet, Grocery section)
(Giada only uses spinach leaves. I prefer a mix of arugula and spinach or if using just one, the arugula is my favorite.)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
I love nuts and thought I’d try adding pine nuts to the mix and I have to say, I think it makes the dish. I’ve been meaning to write Giada and tell her! I’m guessing about a 1/2 cup for four people, but I usually just grab a big handful and toast them in my toaster oven for a couple of minutes.
(While the water is coming to a boil, I get the olive oil mixture put together so that the flavors can start to infuse the oil. Then, make sure when the pasta is cooked (al dente!) that you immediately put the (drained) hot pasta in with the olive oil and toss. The heat of the pasta will help all the flavors come together.)
(I use my grill pan to cook the salmon, but however you cook it, make sure you get enough initial heat to sear, making it crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. I cook the salmon and have it resting/waiting a couple of minutes rather than having the pasta waiting for the salmon, but either way…everything should only take a few minutes prep.)
Note: Be sure to reserve some of the pasta water. You may need to add a little if the pasta seems a bit dry. You can also drizzle a little more olive oil over the pasta after adding the basil and lemon, if needed.
(To learn more about Nino Franco wines.)
(To tour Villa Barberina and Gardens)
This makes me think of my mom who lives a few hundred miles from me. I was fortunate enough to grow up with things like delicious home-canned peaches —Love you Mom!
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Summertime (and the livin’ is easy) – Sam Cooke
on the album Portrait of a Legend – click link to listen to samples/download
I like the outdoor lounge areas with the deep seating cushioned areas.