Some of my favorite dishes are ones that are made in the spur of the moment,
with whatever ingredients are at hand.
One of those magic moments happened when I was cooking dinner with my friend Mary Karlin while on vacation,
down in Petaluma.
We scavenged from the garden a few Romano beans some Padrón peppers, and picked some wild mint…and voila
So today I kinda did an homage to that dish, with some sweet fresh local beans!
I made a nice oregano and mint infused olive oil with just a touch of “kick” to season the dish,
and left the beans crisp and crunchy
-the yellow wax beans are hard to tell apart from the Maccheroni,
but thats half the fun!
And also, that friend of mine, Mary Karlin is a quite accomplished cook book author, with great books on
Wood Fired Cooking,
Home Cheese Making,
…and her most recent,
Complete with a recipe for Herb Gnocchi in Whey Reduction Sauce, penned by your’s truly!
They are all really fantastic books, you should really them check out!
here’s the shameless link plug again- Great books!
Pappardelle, in slow braised chicken ragu
Spaghettini, in Cacio e Pepe