Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pasta Ponza breaded with Cory Chisel, Clock Hands Strangle and Retribution Gospel Choir

This week was marred with bad kitchen decisions, a fresh cut on my finger from my new knife, exploding ravioli and not enough liquid. Thank god for my friend Becca who sent me a link to Giada De Laurentiis' pasta ponza recipe. That made everything better. I followed this recipe pretty close only altering the tomatoes (I used two pints of grape tomatoes) and Pecorino Romano (I used Parmesan instead). I even included capers, which I have had an aversion to ever since I had to stir-fry them at work five years ago. The smell of stir-fried capers can be nauseating.

As I greased the pan with butter and breaded the pasta I enjoyed the tangy sounds of Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Clock Hands Strangle and Retribution Gospel Choir.

Cory Chisel and the Wondering Sons are a gospel sounding band that have made a lot of waves in the past few months. Rolling Stone magazine voted them as one of their top new artists of the past year and the song "Born Again" made a lot of 2009 year end lists. I may be new to his game but I am certainly ardent.

Clock Hands Strangle is a relatively local band (Melbourne is close enough) who recently performed at New World Brewery in Ybor (of course I missed it). They have danced on one of my favorite local access shows (Chicagogo). Vocally, their song "Distaccati" reminds me a lot of Modest Mouse.

Clock Hands Strangle-Distaccati

Retribution Gospel Choir from Duluth, Minnesota, just released their second album (appropriately titled 2) on Tuesday. They are currently touring the East Coast/Midwest of the US in support of the album. Later dates include Europe and the Western US. "Hide it Away" is the first track on the album and is perfect for pasta making to.

Retribution Gospel Choir-Hide it Away