Monday, April 14, 2008

Springtime Yumminess


Here is a delicious and easy pasta recipe that I found recently. This one is definitely a keeper.



Pasta with Honeyed Chicory and Toasted Walnuts


3 tbsp. olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

3 heads chicory, sliced

1 tbsp. runny honey

1 cup walnuts

1 lb. dried penne pasta

salt and pepper


1. Heat the oil in a skillet over low heat, then add the garlic and chicory and cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicory begins to wilt. Stir in the honey and walnuts and cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water according to the package directions, or until al dente. Drain and toss with the chicory mixture. Serve immediately.

from:The Organic Seasonal Cookbook, by Liz Franklin




This cookbook is one of those great finds at TJMaxx -- I think it was $5.99. It is beautifully written and photographed, and all of the recipes look simple but loaded with flavor. I'm anxious to try more of them.


Mangia!

21 comments:

  1. That sounds so delicious and so easy. I will definitely give it a try - we love salads.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Good Morning Mary!
    That sounds really great, I don't know that I have ever seen chicory in the grocery store though. Was it hard to find? Does it go by another name?

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  3. Yum! I was just thinking about pasta for tonight...

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  4. Looks like a great salad. This past year I have had to learn to cook and bake - something I did not want to do but actually enjoy now. I still prefer working in the yard but I like to eat!

    That pasta salad looks very much like a salad I make, too. What I like about salad is that it is easy to make and you can eat it anytime.

    I confess I don't know too much about such things as chciory or toasted walnuts, but the salad looks pretty good. In the salad I make (and that term is used liberally) I use the same pasta noodles, some peppers, a little bit of onion, vinegar, and a few other things I am forgetting....! I am forgetting something rather important but, well, that's okay...

    Take care and I enjoyed scrolling through your posts. Very interesting and very well done.

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  5. Mmmmm... yummy .... yummy.
    Looks and sounds delicious.
    Love the banner
    Alison

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  6. Yummy in my tummy! That sounds like a great summer on the porch meal to me! :-) Rosie

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  7. It sounds fabulous.. good for the waistline too!
    Thank you for sharing!
    xoxo~
    Abbie

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  8. It does look like a perfect dish for spring...just mention "runny honey" and I'm willing to give it a try.

    Thanks for the tip about books at T.J. Maxx...I've never even looked...gasp!

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  9. I love pasta dishes and this one sounds light and wonderful! I may have a hard time finding the chicory here though :(

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  10. Hello Mary, I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your header is! Love your photography. The recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Peggy from PA

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  11. Thanks, Mary, always love the tried and true recipes of fellow bloggers!
    :0)
    Tara

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  12. I don't think I've ever eaten fresh chicory. I'll give this a try. I do love chicory coffee that's served in New Orleans.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  13. Sounds wonderful. I don't think I've ever eaten chicory and I know I've never prepared it. Maybe I'll have to try something new this spring!

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  14. Looks delicious, Mary! Thanks for the cook book reference too. I'm always looking for good cook books to learn from :-)

    Hugs, Pat

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  15. Thank you Mary ~~~ will try it. I love your new header.

    Jeannie

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  16. This looks absolutely ymmmy. Will have to try it one of these nights on my sometimes child-like young adult kids (ages 22, 21 & 19).
    Nice to hear from someone from the barely-over-50 club!!!!

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  17. That look yummy! I will have to try it. Thanks for the recipe. I do love me some TJMaxx, too!

    Fran

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  18. Sandy7etc@aol.comApril 14, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Hi Mary,
    Love stopping by your blog . . .always something beautiful to see or something inspiring to read. Today I picked up my May issue of Romantic Homes at a local store and had a delightful surprise. There was your charming sofa and kind comment to the editors. Thanks also for your recent posts about readers' favorite things. Those were really enjoyable.

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  19. This recipe sounds quick and delicious. Everyone in my house loves pasta. Thanks for the recipe. Karen

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  20. This sounds good. I've only heard of chicory coffee. This sounds interesting.

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