The Beauty of Pasta

Besides the fun that comes with pronouncing all its names, and its ability to transform into a multitude of shapes…over 350 to date,  pasta is the perfect foundation for a nutritious, enjoyable and thoroughly satiating meal.

When mixed with heart healthy proteins like fish, fiber rich vegetables, or antioxidant laden tomato sauce, pasta acts as a “delivery system” and really packs a punch. Providing slow burning fuel for your body and nutrition for your muscles and brain, it’s a fabulous combination.

Now that you know what goes on nutritionally, we urge you not to be afraid, but to be bold and experiment.  We do, every night. Some creative combination that tastes amazing. And with over 350 types of pasta, we aren’t about to stop any time soon.

Currently…. Linguini with Clams, Baked Ziti, Crab Carbonara, Baked four Cheese ravioli, Orecchiette Pasta with Rapini and Italian Sausage.

Real Bread: Artisan Bread…Made by Artisans

Dense and Light.  Soft and Firm.  Sweet and Sour. Textured and Smooth.  Sounds like a series of contradictions doesn’t it?

Freshly baked bread in and of itself is a bit of contradiction. While possessing characteristics that are complex; the ingredients are often simple.

Artisan Bread is thought of as a high quality, hand-crafted bread containing no artificial ingredients or preservatives. It’s also the term used to describe the baker that makes it. An artist – or Artisan is a word that is used to describe a craftsperson. An artisan is a skilled worker.

There are some differences of opinion on the word artisan and should it describe bread, or the person who bakes the bread. Adjective?  Or noun?

While the parts of speech debate continues, almost everyone agrees that “artisan bread” is a distinction that means the bread is baked with thought and care, carefully selected ingredients, and choice techniques.

Everyone also seems to agree that bread, baked bakes in such a way is far superior and preferable to the stuff we buy on the grocery store shelves.