it feels a little superficial to be talking about creamy pasta with chicken and garlic scapes when there is so much going on in our world. heartbreaking, deeply troubling things. things that fire some of us up to go out and DO something about it and that render some of us feeling helpless and unsure of what to do. things that leave many of us holding both of those feelings and the tension that comes with that dissonance.
i surely don’t have the answer. facebook is, as always, awash in articles, event invitations, and opinions. the news media flits back and forth between coverage of the latest development and, increasingly as the days pass, other topics. protests and rallies continue.
while there isn’t one right answer to the question of what to do, one thing that many of us can (and should!) do is make sure we’re registered to vote. i realize that not everyone is able to do this and that others still will face difficulty in trying to exercise their right to do so, but, to me, that makes it all the more important that those of us who can vote, do.
vote.org has a list of voter registration deadlines by state and if you click the name of your state, it’s a link to an online registration form. as of now, there is still time to get registered no matter where you live but as busy summer transitions into busy fall, i hope you won’t let this slip by. it’s too important.
i’ll get off my soap box now and awkwardly transition to talking about creamy pasta with chicken and garlic scapes. it’s comforting without being heavy, which is nice, given that it’s the middle of summer. it’s tasty, easy, and adaptable. the farmers’ market in portland, maine is awash in garlic scapes right now but if you can’t find any (or want to make this recipe at a different time of year), asparagus makes a great substitution (if we’re being honest, the first time i made this, i used asparagus so perhaps technically the garlic scapes are the substitution).
either way, don’t skimp on the garlic cloves as the garlic scapes mellow dramatically when they are cooked and in one version of this pasta that i made with just garlic scapes but no garlic cloves, we really missed the garlic flavor.
ok, friends. let’s all be kind to one another, yes? it would be a start, at least.