Last Minute Pasta Alla Sweet Baby G

After a long run this morning (Bob) and a long afternoon of work in the garden (G) we decided we needed something more that just snacks in the evening. I managed to find some wild asparagus and Sweet Baby G worked her magic with some locally grown spinach, a few tomatoes, some ceci (chickpeas) and a bit of bavette pasta. The result was amazingly delicious!

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In the Bottle!

Our first batches of pecorino and rosato (rosé from our montepulciano d’abruzzo) are in the bottle! We celebrated with sandwiches on homemade baguettes out in the garden… with the first official bottle of pecorino. YUMMY!

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Beach and Nachos

This morning, Buttercup and I took a long run, from the farm all the way down to the beach! Sweet Baby G grabbed Gidget and drove down so we wouldn’t have to run all the way back (thank goodness).

After some play time at the sea (Gidget does great off the leash) and some farm chores, we closed out the day with some crazy good nachos: slow roasted pulled pork and chickpea refritos… DELICIOUS!

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Dogs in Rome

I had to pick up my new passport in Rome, so SBG and I made a day of it… with the dogs! The US Embassy is near Villa Borghese, so we found a good parking lot there.

After I picked up my passport, we walked the dogs to several of the usual sites: Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Campi(DOG)lio, the Colosseum, and the Forum. We also snagged a little gelato at a small bar before making our way home.

Here was the most pleasant surprise: the people in Rome were very, very friendly to the dogs. (They found B-Cup especially attractive.) Lots of smiles and stopping to introduce themselves. It was really nice because not all Italians are fond of dogs.

The girls did great (and were totally exhausted), so we’re hoping to do another day trip together soon!

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Heya Paella! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today we did all of our normal daily stuff together, which frankly is pretty darned romantic. Then we made paella using yummy local shellfish… fantastic.

And we started what I hope will be a new Valentine’s Day tradition: we previewed a bottle of our pecorino from the previous harvest. The 2015 Tutto Doppio pecorino (white wine) is really very nice: lots of citrus and minerals, perfect for fish!!

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Scratch Indian Lunch

Chana masala, saag paneer, aloo mattar, and naan — all homemade from scratch… including the paneer (cheese) and naan. First time for Sweet Baby G, and everything was AMAZING.!

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