Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pasta riminata / E PL-2

Pasta riminata is a Sicilian name that applies to many pastas that are stirred in the pan. A classic one is pasta cu lu brocculu riminata. It involves cauliflower as the main condiment. For this dish, the cauliflower was left out. It makes for a super fast pasta. The ingredients are a few chopped cloves of garlic, peperoncino, green olives, pitted and chopped, here I used superb small olives fron the Belice Valley in Sicily, some pignoli, some raisins, anchovies paste, toasted Italian bread crumbs, pecorino or Sicilian canestrato, Sicilian Sea salt and a few leaves of basil. Place all except the basil, cheese and bread crumbs in a frying pan large enough to hold the pasta for the riminata, the stirring. Boil water, add the pasta when it boils along with sea salt. When the pasta if halfway cooked, light the pan with the mixure and cook slowly. When the pasta is al dente, drain it and add to the mixure. Raise the heat and stir. Add the toasted bread crumbs and stir for a minute or two. Place on the plates and add cheese and basil that should always be chopped with your fingers and never with a knife as it will darken it.
For this dish - it was initially all for me but I was able to convince my wife who had originally said that she was not hungry, to eat some. We washed it down with a superb North Fork wine called Regina Maris. A chardonnay from Osprey Dominion. Absolutely delicious.

A trip to the North Fork / E PL-2

It' always a great pleasure to visit the so called wine country of Long Island. I love the wines produced there and we occasionally take a ride to replenish our supply. The trip usually ends in Greenport. Along the way we stop at wineries and flower nurseries.
The flowers were taken at Schmitt's where we bought a delicious pie for mother's dat; the musiciand were at Osprey Dominion Winery; the street was in Greenport.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Long Island Sound / Canon 5D II

One of the few shots I shot with the superlative 5D II. After my daughter used it I never got it back. I did feel that the files were too big. Sour Grapes, perhaps?
The lens was the Canon 16-35 F 2.8 L

What a view. / Canon ID III

This is the view of LI Sound from the Creek, a golf club on Long Island. I was covering the Angels on the Fairway fund raiser event for Futures in Education a fund that benefits poor families who want to send their children to Catholic Schools
Everything was perfect, the time, thec light, the location. The lens was the Canon 24-105 F4 L.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pink Snow / E PL-2

This is how the Japanese Cherry Blossom Area of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden appeared today. Just wonderful.

Speed on the Grand Canal / E PL-2

This shot of tourists apparently on a hurry was shot from the Ponte Scalzi. Apparently these tourists must have been on one of those tours where you see 6 countries in 5 days. It really misses the whole point of being in Italy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baltimore Seaport / E PL-2

My appreciation of the Olympus E PL-2 increases daily after each use. It really is an ideal travel camera. It ha great image quality, it's very light and very versatile.
These shots of the Baltimore Sea Port show this. This is an incredible place that put's the Seaport in New York almost to shame.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

La marina / E PL-2

The marina of Castellammare in the morning hours. It is unusual to see fog but it added a very nice feel to the photos.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Baltimore Harbor / E PL-2

Early morning shot from a cruise on a Baltimore's Harbor Water Taxi. This harbor is absolutely spectacular.

Baltimore morning / E PL-2

The view from my hotel early this morning. The Fantastic Baltimore Harbor area. A really nice place to visit.