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Back Pocket Pasta/Meals on Wheels Fundraiser Book Signing Party Tomorrow Eve

Tickets are still available for our ‘Back Pocket Pasta’ book signing party tomorrow eve with Colu Henry. Starting at 6 up to 8 p.m. she will be signing her fabulously lovely book, Spinasse treats will be served and Cavatappi wine will be poured, as well as San Pellegrino with a twist. The profits from the sale of her book will be donated to Meals on Wheels, an organization so very near & dear to my heart. As a kid, my mom volunteered for many years, delivering meals to the homes of seniors in our community. Not only was she delivering nourishment but also company/friendship to the folks who rarely got out of their homes. A bit about the organization:

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.

Tickets for the event Thursday evening are $35, which gets you a signed copy of the book and a chance to meet Colu, who you will just adore + nibbles & drinks. It will be such a fun night, I so hope to see you there! Give the shop a call at 206.652.8350 to purchase or send an e-mail directly to me at 



Scallops, Sun Golds & A Mess Of Herbs

This is a recipe taken from Back Pocket Pasta by our friend Colu Henry. Scallops are always something I know I will find at the grocery store on the island, so this became our Sunday supper and was the first thing to try out her new book. It was sooooo good!

Colu believes in heavily salting the pasta water, as she often uses some of that water to mix with the pasta and the other ingredients to create a sort of sauce when everything gloriously mixes together. Begin by filling a large pot with water and bring that to a boil, then add 2 tablespoons of salt and return to a rolling boil. While that is bubbling away, put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Then cook the salt & pepper seasoned scallops, 3 minutes a side. Take them out of the pan and set aside on a plate.

Wipe out the skillet, change the heat to low, add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil and add a thinly sliced shallot and cook until carmelized, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Take out and set aside. This is not the season for Sun Gold tomatoes (which I am excited to in this dish when they start showing up at farm stands) so she recommends using grape tomatoes, which I did. Add them to the skillet and let cook away for about 8 minutes or until they start to burst open, releasing their juices, which will become part of the sauce.  Season heavily with pepper and lightly with salt. While the tomatoes cook away add 3/4 of a pound of linguine to the boiling salted water until al dente. While the pasta is cooking away add 2 sliced garlic to the tomatoes along with a half of a cup each of chopped tarragon, chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley and sliced 1/2 inch long chives. Mix all together with the tomatoes in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the shallots you have already cooked.  

Here is where most folks toss all the pasta water away and drain the pasta. Don’t. Here is where you will need tongs or long spoons–you want to pull the pasta out of the boiling water and add the pasta right to the skillet of tomato goodness. Then add a 1/4 of a cup of the hot cooking liquid to the lot.  Now mix all around. The pasta water starts bringing all the ingredients together to create the ‘sauce’ and each strand of pasta is lovingly coated it in. Once all is combined, and certainly add more pasta water if needed, separate into 4 bowls, sprinkle with any remaining herbs from what you had chopped, along with a sprinkling of chunky sea salt, then add the scallops to the top of it all. Dinner is served.

Tickets are available for Colu’s book signing at the shop next Thursday eve, the 30th of March. The price is $35 which gets you her book, treats by Spinasse and wine by Cavatappi–along with a heck of a fun time. We will be donating the profits from the sale of the book to Meals on Wheels. (More on this amazing organization later) Call 206.652.8350 to purchase tickets and reserve your spot. Hope to see you there!



Back Pocket Pasta, Book Signing–Tickets On Sale Starting Today

Very excited to announce that tickets go on sale today for our Colu Henry Back Pocket Pasta book signing on Thursday evening the 30th of March, at 6 o’clock at our First & Spring shop. The ticket price of $35 includes a personalized signed copy of the book as well as time to chat with Colu. We will be serving Italian fare from one of our all-time favorite eateries, Spinasse, that eve, as well as pouring some yummy Italy-inspired Cavatappi wines along with G2’s (Gruet & Grapefruit) and Pellegrino sparkling water with a twist. A few other fun surprises along with a little shopping if so inclined, will be on the menu. We do have a limit on how many can attend, so buy tickets early, as I think this event could likely sell out. I so hope you can make it!

To order a ticket, you can either e-mail me directly, at or call the shop at 206.652.8350. We will then ring your tickets/ticket purchase through and e-mail you your receipt, which will act as your ticket. Colu’s book is not to be missed and will be an amazing addition to any kitchen cookery library. Honored she is joining us on her national book tour. It will be such a fun night–hope to see you there!



SAVE the DATE: Back Pocket Pasta Book Signing at WK

Our fabulously lovely & creative friend Colu Henry will be at the First & Spring shop on Thursday eve the 30th of March for a signing of her newly released book Back Pocket Pasta. I received my copy yesterday and spent all of last night reading through it, happy as a clam. Page after page of divine pasta recipes. Colu’s Italian family heritage shining through–with so many recipes inspired by her great grandmother, grandmother and mom. She and her husband Chad live in Hudson so we have gotten to know them on our Hawthorne stays. They are just the coolest, sweetest couple. We are honored to have her signing her new book at the shop! More details to follow in the next week, as this signing will be a ticketed event, as food & drinks, along with plenty of stories & laughs will be on the menu for the evening. This will be a fun time to gather a few friends for an evening out. Tickets will be go on sale next week, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up if it sounds like something you would like to attend, so you can save the date on your calendar.

Happy first Thursday in March everyone!