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.



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

    Thanks for sharing.

  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?

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

  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.

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

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

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

  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!

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


  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

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

  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

  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!

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

    Hugs, Pat

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


  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!!!!

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


  18. 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.

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

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


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