Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, March 27, 2011

pasta, asparagus, and pancetta

springtime asparagus is a wonderful vegetable and can be incorporated into a variety of main dishes.  for my pasta asparagus with pancetta recipe, i used one large group of fresh asparagus fresh from the market.

the asparagus is cooked rapidly in boiling water for only 2 minutes, and then removed to an ice water bath to cool and stop the cooking time.  after the asparagus is cooling for a couple of minutes, i cut the asparagus into smaller pieces for the dish.

while the asparagus is cooking, i prepare thin spaghetti, enough for four servings, in boiling water. 
when these two ingredients are ready, the pasta dish can be assembled.

in a large saucepan, i brown one package of pancetta, which has been sliced in small pieces.  then, i add the prepared asparagus, and toss to coat and rewarm.  then, the cooked pasta is added with 1/4 stick of margarine to incorporate with all ingredients.  season with salt and pepper to taste.

here is a photo of the asparagus in the ice water bath, using a 1/2 sheet pan, cold water and ice.
serve with garlic bread, side salad and Parmesan cheese on top.

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