Baby steps

Dinner:  April 7, 2008

The last week has been a struggle, but with two weeks left to go before our move, we’re trying hard to get on with our lives. There’s a lot left to do and not much time to do it, and honestly, the sorting and packing have been a welcome distraction. I’ve gotten to the point in my grieving where I have actually been able to get back into the routine of making dinner, though I’ll admit that much of what I’ve put on the table has been uninspired. It’s going to take a while before I get that spark back.

I put together a quick pasta last night, using some really nice spaghettini di farro I had picked up recently at Formaggio Essex. I cooked it until al dente and tossed it with a few odds and ends from the fridge – some sautéed shallot and leftover crimini mushrooms, finely sliced red chard, toasted pine nuts and Pecorino Romano. It was a tasty dish if a little flat; the farro pasta definitely needed more salt in its cooking water, and Mike and I both agreed that some chile flakes or lemon zest or a punchier cheese would have made for a better dish. I’m definitely not back on my game, but this was a start.

(On an unrelated note, check out who’s blogging Tales of the Cocktail… )

9 thoughts on “Baby steps

  1. Thought of you guys a lot this weekend.

    The supper looks gorgeous — your baby steps look better than most people’s dinner parties.

    Don’t forget to take it easy on yourself… grief is hard work. I think anything fancier than take-out is entirely admirable under the circumstances.

    (And: Two weeks until the move?! Wow. I’m so excited for you.)

  2. nice job mike!!

    the pasta does look wonderful, no matter what you say. but I would expect nothing less from you. you are always an inspiration to me, and I appreciate you.

  3. SallyBR says:

    Just think about it… what you call “baby steps” is beyond gourmet cooking for so many people.. :-)

    nice pasta…. glad to have you back….

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