Panning for Gold….
WOW — July is nearly over; it’s feeling like we’re finally into a Minnesota Summer. So I recently threw together a refreshing Summer Pasta. Almost a salad, but really a tasty, satisfying Pasta Dinner. And I definitely had fun with the dish I chose as a ‘pasta bowl’ — A very simple, very rustic, Gold-Panning Bowl, made by David Peters, of Montana.
The Food — Pasta with Asparagus, Porcini, and Prosciutto
For my tasty Summer Pasta, I chose a ‘wrapped-over’ pasta (Garganelli). I then tossed the cooked pasta with plenty of basil pesto — Added sauteed mushrooms (both Crimini and Porcini), already-steamed asparagus, sliced/chopped Prosciutto, and some bits of oven-roasted tomato. I threw in some pine nuts, a bit of grated cheese (Trugole) and called it an amazing, refreshing Summer Pasta!
Really enjoyed the wonderful flavor contrasts — The earthy Porcini, with the perfect-salty Prosciutto, with the tangy roasted tomato. Lovely (simple) Summer Pasta!!
The Pottery — Rustic Bowl by David Peters
For my ‘earthy’ pasta I chose a very special rustic Serving Bowl, made by Montana artist, David Peters — A Gold Panning Bowl. David Peters uses local clays (very groggy/gritty) and wood fires his work. I LOVE the rusticity, the very minimalist, utilitarian ‘gold pan’ form, the subtle wood fire markings. I LOVED my pasta in this bowl!!
A few years ago, I featured a smaller Bowl with similar form; it’s still a favorite.
So — Happy Summer (almost August) everyone!!
And just wondering — Has anyone ever panned for gold?