Garden goodies and pasta from Rome



Add ImageI am absolutely in  love with springtime in Virginia. Wow! Does it get any better than this? I can hardly keep my eyes on the road when I run out to do an errand. It’s so beautiful. Everything is blooming, turning our world green.

I must extend a big thanks to John and Emily Achin for introducing us to the gardening book, “Dirty Knees”. I think I’m on my third time reading over it. It’s so specific about what to plant when for our area. A true godsend for this California transplant! 
Our garden is huge and I’m into starting small so we portioned off a small area and put up some barriers for wildlife. Here’s a peek at what’s coming up! Spinach and peas. ( I love to companion plant.) Onions with beets soon to follow. Potatoes, fava beans, kale, lettuces, chard, kohlrabi, flowers, and carrots. Lots of carrots. 
In our hoop house we have corn bursting forth, tomatoes right behind, cukes and a few strawberries. Thanks to the hens they left all of there nitrogen behind for us to plant away in. The corn came up like lightening! There is something so empowering about growing your own food.
Here’s an italian pasta recipe that Daphne prepared. Another yummy treat all the way from Rome! 

typical pasta sauce recipe from Rome.

saute pancetta (polyface bacon) diced into small cubes
add onions, finely sliced
when onions are browining add a generous amount of Marsala.
(It is a sweet cooking wine usually found near ports and sherrys).
Add crushed red pepper flakes, for a little kick, according to your flavor preference.
Let the wine cook off a little and add tomatoes.
You can add preserved tomatoes (if canned I like to use a hand blender to have a smoother texture) or fresh, finely diced tomatoes.
Stir nicely and let the whole sauce reduce.

Separately cook linguine (or more traditionally, bucatini, thick spagetthi with a whole in the middle that can be challenging to eat but an experience).
Strain the cooked pasta and mix thoroughly with the sauce, serve and sprinkle abundantly with parmiggiano or pecorino romano.
Enjoy hot!

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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

3 Responses to Garden goodies and pasta from Rome

  1. Annie, Morning Joy Farm says:

    This makes me ache with longing…we still have snow and slush!! My tomatoes are under grow lights in my basement.

  2. Sheri says:

    This recipes look awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wendy says:

    Grace!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE this!! I want to marry you!!!! xoxoxoxoxo