Pasta with Ramps, Fiddleheads, and Sausage

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This post is the 16th post in the #21PostsInMay Challenge. All other posts published in the month of May can be found here.

Happy Spring!

Bostonians – are you loving this weather or what? After such a long, hard winter, it’s been glorious to bask in the sunshine and finally step outside in shorts (!). Spring is also one of my favorite seasons because of the unique produce that pops up during this time of year. I’ve been seeing lots of asparagus, morel mushrooms, ramps, and fiddleheads at the restaurants around me.

I recently started a new job that’s located about a 2-minute walk from Whole Foods.

It’s so dangerous!

I’ve always liked going to the Whole Foods salad bar for lunch. Yes, it’s definitely pricey, but it’s hard to get such a wide variety of high quality fruits and vegetables everyday for lunch otherwise (we’ll see if that changes once my CSA farm share begins!). I usually try to keep my lunch around $7-8, which isn’t horrible. I like how I can sample random things I would probably never buy outright, like seitan, various types of marinated tofu, various Ethiopian “sauces”, and other unusual grains. It’s also a simple way to get lots of different fruits without committing to larger packages.
Ramps Fiddleheads
The more dangerous part about visiting Whole Foods is not the salad bar. It’s the produce section.

I really shouldn’t “just stop by to see what they have” so regularly. But I can’t help it.

And then I spot the ramps or the fiddleheads, and my restraint breaks completely.

Before you know it, I’m holding onto bags of random spring vegetables plus my little carton of salad from the salad bar and I’m ringing up a $30 “lunch”.

Oops!
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I guess there are benefits.

My ~ $20 worth of spring vegetables plus the gorgeous spicy fennel sausage I got at Savenor’s in Cambridge still cost a lot less than a similar quality meal at a restaurant. Better yet, we get to open our own wines, relax at home, and (sometimes), have enough leftovers for the next day.

This pasta recipe incorporates ramps, (optionally) fiddleheads, and spicy sausage. It is crazy simple and absolutely delicious. You can definitely finish everything in less than 30 minutes, maybe even less if you are speedy. Perfect for a quick, weeknight meal….

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Be Our Guest Disneyworld

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This is the sixth and final post in the Weekend Getaway to Orlando series. Other posts include Eating Around the World at Epcot World Showcase, L’Artisan des Glaces (Epcot Center), Via Napoli, Jiko, the Cooking Place, and Bluezoo Orlando by Todd English. This post is the 15th post in the #21PostsInMay Challenge. This was it. This was the original reason I…

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Sushi Kanesaka Palace Hotel (Tokyo)

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Bryan, my husband, often travels for work. Occasionally, armed with his trusty little Sony camera (affiliate link!), he will take photos and send me his thoughts on some of the more note-worthy restaurants he has visited. Other posts I’ve written for places he has visited (but I have not!) are Sushi Yoshitake (3-Michelin stars) in…

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Chez L’Epicier (Montreal)

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This is the third post in the Our Neighbors to the North – Celebrating Canada! series. Other posts in this series include La Porte and Van Horne.  This is also the 13th post of I’ve written in May as part of my #21PostsInMay Challenge where I aim to write a new post every single weekday in the month…

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Giulia Pasta Table Tasting Menu

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This is the 12th post of I’ve written in May as part of my #21PostsInMay Challenge where I aim to write a new post every single weekday in the month of May. You can see all posts written in May here. The Pasta Table at Giulia serves many functions. By day, this long white oak…

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