June 03, 2012

Farmers' Market Dinner: Pasta Primavera & Rhubarb Buckle

Tonight's dinner was a wonderful combination of items I bought at the farmers' market yesterday including asparagus, pea pods, garlic scapes, fresh pasta and rhubarb.  I modified my favorite pasta primavera recipe and am still surprised at how well it turned out.

First, I blanched asparagus, pea pods and garlic scapes for 2 minutes.  Then I made the sauce with butter, garlic, cream, vegetable broth and Parmesan cheese.  Finally, I combined the sauce and vegetables with the fresh gemelli pasta I bought from RP's Pasta Company.

I would not have thought to use garlic scapes just like a vegetable until I read 7 things to do with garlic scapes on Serious Eats.  I still have one bunch left, so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

For dessert I made a rhubarb buckle with ginger crumb from The Urban Baker's recipe.  It was really good, but also very gingery, so I would not recommend making this recipe for people unless you know they love ginger.

This was my first time making a recipe referred to as a buckle, so I had to google it to determine how it differs from a cake.  From what I can tell online, a buckle is a coffee cake that will buckle and crack as it bakes.

Another first time experience for me was using crystallized ginger, and I assume the reason that this dessert tasted so gingery so I want to omit it from the topping next time because I really liked this recipe otherwise.


  1. I can't wait to use my pasta either. I got the mushroom linguine (and probably put asparagus over it!)

  2. Awesome use of your "finds" and impressive to have done (and written) so much so quickly!

  3. Hey there!

    The other day I came across an article you wrote where you linked to seriouseats.com’s piece on garlic scapes and what to do with them here: http://www.karisann.com/2012/06/farmers-market-dinner-pasta-primavera.html

    I wanted to say...

    #1: Awesome job. You clearly take pride in your work. And #2: We wrote a very indepth article on garlic scapes and what to do with them as well and I think it would compliment your article nicely.

    Here it is: https://www.backyardboss.net/what-to-do-with-garlic-scapes/

    If you could add our link to your page, I’d be so grateful that I’ll share your site to all of our fans. Facebook, Twitter and G+. We have quite a few fans so we can send some decent traffic!

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