I love asparagus season and have already cooked three pounds this week. One of my favorite ways to have it is with pasta and a creamy, cheesy sauce. I bought three packs of RP's pasta at the Dane County Farmer's Market last weekend (RP's Pasta Company is in Madison), which is my favorite fresh pasta.
The sauce that I added was a mixture of melted butter, a little whipping cream (half and half also works), vegetable broth and shredded Parmesan cheese. The sauce recipe I followed comes from Simply Recipes' pasta primavera recipe.
2. Raspberry Red Wine Parfaits
I was scrolling through my Pinterest dessert boards recently looking for a recipe that used fresh raspberries and decided on raspberry red wine parfaits, a recipe from The Fresh Fridge.
I love raspberries and Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt for breakfast and it turns out that the raspberry and red wine mixture turns it into a nice dessert. My only recipe complaint is that the red wine mixture ends up being nearly 4 cups, but only a 1/2 cup total is needed for the parfaits.
3. Vermont Road Trip: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
It's almost time for our road trip to Vermont! It'll be our first time visiting the state, so I've been reading up on what to see and do. One frequently mentioned tourist attraction is the Ben & Jerry's factory tour, so I decided I needed to try their ice cream this week.
Pistachio is one of my favorite ice cream flavors and Ben & Jerry's does it oh so well, which makes me look forward to the tour even more. If anyone has Vermont advice, please let me know. We're also stopping at Niagara Falls on the way, so recommendations for there would also be appreciated!
4. Milwaukee: Apple Trees, Compost Bins & Rain Barrels
Chris thinks I've lost my mind because I bought two apple trees from Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast today. Granted our 0.17 acre lot doesn't exactly scream "perfect for fruit trees," but I'm hopeful it'll work.
On a side note, I submitted a Diggers Hotline request shortly after ordering the trees and was shocked when I got a same day confirmation with a phone call at 9pm tonight to confirm the location of my house. That's great customer service!
A JSOnline article has more information about how the Milwaukee apple is making a comeback. I ordered a Milwaukee tree and Pewaukee tree since two are needed for pollination.
Did you see that Milwaukee Recycles is hosting a truckload sale for compost bins and rain barrels on May 4th? Chris and I are buying a SYSTERN Rain Barrel and would like to get a compost bin too, but we figured one new thing at a time.
I'm curious how many blog readers are currently using compost bins and/or rain barrels. Please leave a comment if you do, especially if you have any advice for me!
I planted another packet of seeds today, filling every spare container I could find. This time, I'm trying chard that I was given at the Wellspring gardening class I attended. The weather on both Monday and Friday this week felt like summer, and it was so nice to be outside planting both days after work.