Orecchiette with Sweet White Corn and Shiitake Mushrooms

This recipe for Orecchiette with Sweet White Corn and Shiitake Mushrooms was inspired by two things, erratic behavior to clean out the refrigerator, and a recipe by Sarah Copeland from The Newlywed Cookbook.  Sarah’s recipe combines the best of summer by using sweet white corn and zucchini swirls with earthy chanterelles.  I changed things up a bit …..

Orecchiette with Sweet White Corn and Shiitake Mushrooms

I am going to admit something that I have never admitted before.  I am kind of obsessive.  Not over the top crazy obsessive, but mildly obsessive.  I realized this the other morning as I was making coffee.  I had a million things to do, or at least I thought I did.  When in reality, I only had to focus on making coffee.

When we get ready to travel whether it is for a quick business trip or a long holiday away, I get obsessive about the kitchen.  I want whatever dried goods are in the pantry, gone.  I want the fridge emptied of all fresh produce and dairy, as well as that last drop of chardonnay, gone.  I want the counters completely wiped down.  And I want all dishes loaded in the dishwasher, so I can start it on my way out the door.  I want the kitchen to be sparkly and fresh, when I open the front door upon my return, ready for me to make messy.  Anyone else share this craziness?

This pasta recipe was inspired when I realized I had two ears white corn, a near wrinkly zucchini, and shiitake mushrooms lingering in the fridge as well as some cream I did not want to go bad.  I simply could not let it go to waste, now could I?  I liked what Sarah did with her recipe;  but, I thought the orecchiette that was sitting in the pantry waiting to be consumed would be a great switch up.  I adore how orecchiette cradles pieces of the sweet white corn that is mingling with the cream and garlicky shiitake.

I use to only be obsessive about the kitchen, now it has turned to laundry as well.  I must have all clothing washed, dried and folded before I leave the house.  I attribute this to not wanting loads waiting for my return as I will already have a suitcase full.  As well I like to have all our towels and sheets washed and put into the dryer before leaving, that way when we arrive home everything is fresh.  I will stay up a bit later or get up earlier just to make sure these chores are completed.  Otherwise, when I return, I can get a bit grumpy thinking about all the things that need to be done.  I would rather come home, kick off my shoes and relax.

The other morning as I made coffee, thinking of the million and one things that I had to do before heading out, I stopped.  I opened the shades, and enjoyed the morning sun.  I took the last of the eggs, cream, and bread out of the fridge and set them on the counter to make breakfast (something I rarely do before flying).  Instead of emptying the dishwasher or washing a couple lingering glasses, I poured two cups of coffee and headed back to bed.  I enjoyed the last few moments of solitude with Lenny.  After all, this is what life is really all about, being with the ones you love, and enjoying the stillness.

Guess what?  I even left a dirty spoon in the sink, and old sheets on the bed.  There will always be next week.

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. anna* says:

    I really loved the attitude of this post. It’s easy to get swept up in our to-do lists sometimes!

  2. This recipe is wonderful! A simply delicious meal :)

  3. This is awesome

  4. I think a lot of home cooks think that pasta dishes lack excitement… all they need to do is look at this beautiful dish to know how untrue that is. What a wonderful combination of seasonal ingredients.

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