With guests in town, I've been pulling out some of my favorite creations to share with them. Meatball curry, BBQ pulled pork, and Coconut baked flounder roe were a few goodies I presented to my west coast friends who took a break from the city to enjoy some R&R here in Maine. A few nights ago, I decided it was time to bust out the gluten and make some pasta from scratch.
It's mid May here in Maine, so many wild foods including nettle's, are in abundance. This of course, means it's gnocchi season! Although making pasta from scratch seems a bit daunting, it is quite easy to do and the end results will yield a much more delicious end product then anything can come from a box. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is highly regarded in herbalism for it nutritive properties.