Recent kitchen happenings

Cherry season is happening.  When it does, we drop everything and go pick them.  We picked about 15 pounds yesterday and hopefully will get more as more fruit matures.

The world's best cherry pitter (on loan from great friends)

The world’s best cherry pitter (on loan from great friends)

Our hens have been laying well lately and I thought chocolate mousse would be just the ticket to use up some eggs.  And it was.  And was much easier than I thought it would be — melted some dark chocolate, whisked in egg yolks and a little vanilla and salt, then folded in the whipped egg whites.  Firmed up nicely in the fridge.

Our hens have been busy lately

Our hens have been busy lately

Chocolate melting on an improvised double boiler

Chocolate melting on an improvised double boiler

Folding egg whites  into melted chocolate/egg yolk mixture

Folding egg whites into melted chocolate/egg yolk mixture

Eggs were also used in some fresh pasta lately.  I started with sauteeing some onions, garlic, garlic scapes.  Then added a bunch of spinach from the garden and some diced tomatoes I had in the fridge.  Then, some cream cheese.  (The heck with making a roux!). Loosened it up with some pasta water and added my noodles.  Easy and delish.

Homemade noodles, rolled by hand, quite thick

Homemade noodles, rolled by hand, quite thick

Noodles added to an easy creamy spinach sauce

Noodles added to an easy creamy spinach sauce

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