Recipe no. 204 from the 365 Ways to Cook Pasta Cookbook begins with 4 slices of smoked bacon, purchased from Brown Boar Farm a few weeks ago when they made a special appearance at the Bridgewater Farmer's Market. We enjoyed the delicious-smelling kitchen while we prepared the spaghetti, and shredded the parmesan cheese. Once the pasta was ready, melted butter was added, the bacon was crumbled into it, then tossed with the cheese and fresh basil, which I retrieved from the front porch. The recipe calls for parsley, but basil was a fine substitution. This was a delightful summer dish. And since the resident vegetarian was away at camp this week, we didn't even need to make a separate bacon-less plate for her. We washed this down with some Little Penguin Shiraz.
Astute readers will no doubt notice that there was no "nueva receta la semana pasada". We were away visiting family in Maryland, and did no cooking. In lieu of a recipe, however, I will recommend a restaurant for anyone traveling on Rt. 80 through Union, Connecticut. Traveler's Food and Books Restaurant is just what the name says. Go for some good, diner-type food, and take a free (used) book with you when you are done. There are also books you can buy. Ask for a table near the picture window in the corner for a good bird-watching.