Soba Noodles w/ Parsley Pesto & Giveaway : and I shall have some peace there

by White on Rice Couple on February 20, 2011

The giveaway has ended and congrats to Rebecca, comment #46 for winning the book!

Margaret Roach, the former Editorial Director of Martha Stewart and now author of the memoir “And I Shall Have Some Peace There”, has a story that we can all relate to at some point in our lives.

She asks in her author video, “Did you ever just want to get up from your desk one day and just walk away? and I don’t mean to just walk away and get a latte… “. Many of us probably have wanted to walk away from our desks for serious reasons other than to just get a cup of coffee.

Margaret actually did walk away, and not for her morning hit of caffeine, but from a highly success career as Editorial Director in bustling New York City and traded it all for peace and solitude in the rural town of 300. She took the chance, and found the courage to take care of herself first and left it all for more time digging in the dirt, working in the garden and finding the tranquility that she craved so long for.

This lady has some serious gusto, the guts to drop all the success she worked so hard for over 30 years to live in rural solitude to find personal creativity.

Some might find this crazy, but for most of us, this certainly makes so much sense. Unlike others who struggle with un-happy careers and conflicting life choices, Margaret found the courage to make sense of it all and shares her story beautifully in her memoir.

Margaret is a renaissance woman, an artist, a crafter, and gardener who has found her peace by doing everything that she loves and shares it on her New York Times award winning garden blog, A Way To Garden. Thanks to our friend Jaden who introduced us to her, we’ve been able to participate in Margaret’s Summer and Fall Fest events.

This book is the perfect feast for anyone looking to find inspiration and focus back in life. You’ll gobble it up and still feel great in the end.

We are thrilled to share this book with everyone, and one lucky person will get a free copy.  We are giving away one copy of “and I shall have some peace”.  See the following guidelines:

**Leave your comments below to enter the book giveaway. It’s a treasure. Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at midnight PST. Winner will be selected by random number generator and announced back on this post on Monday, February 28, 2011

All of her gardening tips and forum on Away To Garden are so valuable and helpful to gardeners of all levels. She wrote how to grow and store parsley for a year and included was a technique for making parsley pesto.

This recipe is inspired by Margaret, from one of her many valuable posts on cooking from the garden. Parsley is often overlooked when it comes to pesto. And reading her post was a such a refreshing change from basil pesto. Plus, as most of us gardeners know, Italian parsley is much hardier than basil and we are able to grow it earlier than basil. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to grow it all year long… cough, cough.

If you love pesto, you will love this recipe. It’s so simple, fresh and full of flavor, you won’t miss the basil at all.

You can use any type of noodle or pasta that you prefer, but our choice was buckwheat soba noodles. With Spring approaching, it felt so appropriate to prepare the parsley pesto with something delicate and healthy to bring in the new, revitalizing weather.

This is a simple, wholesome and satisfying dish. Sometimes, we just need to simply a few things in life, including what we eat and how we live.  Thank you, Margaret.

Other Soba Noodle Recipes

Soba with Parsley Pesto Recipe

Yield: Serves approx. 4.

We love the bite and buckwheat taste of the soba noodles with the parsley pesto, but feel free to substitute whichever pasta you have on hand. The sauce would also be great for dressing chicken, fish, or on salads. *If you have raw pine nuts, to toast, heat a dry pan over medium heat, add pine nuts and toast until golden, shaking the pan frequently to help pine nuts toast evenly. Can be served at warm or at room temperature, depending on your preference.  If serving warm, make sauce first.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. dried Soba Noodles
  • 3/4 c roughly chopped Italian Parsley (flat leaf parsley)
  • 2 T Pine Nuts, toasted *see head note
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 T fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 T Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 T Soy Sauce
  • 3 T Grape Seed Oil, or other neutral tasting oil

Directions:

    Cook soba.

  1. Heat a large pot of water to a boil.  Add soba noodles, stir as they soften, and bring water back up to a simmer (not a boil). Simmer for 6-7 minutes or according to package directions. Noodles should still have a slight firmness, and not be mushy.
  2. Strain soba and rinse well using the correct water temperature. *If serving warm, rinse under hot water, if serving soba at room temperature, rinse under cold water.
  3. While soba cooks,make parsley sauce.

  4. Combine parsley, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, and grape seed oil in a food processor (preferably in smaller bowl if possible) and blend ingredients together until smooth.
  5. Toss noodles with sauce and serve.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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1 Jon Lue February 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I love pesto and your pictures!! Soba and pesto what an interesting combination, but it looks good!

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2 Laura February 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for introducing this book to me. I can’t wait to go to Margaret’s blog and read her tips on gardening.

Have a great week!

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3 Justine February 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

All of this has come at the perfect time. Thank you for sharing once again !

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4 Nicole February 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for reminding me about Margaret’s site. I used to visit, but then kind of forgot about it. Although I am sure I would have remembered once spring planting came around again.

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5 Novita February 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I’m not sure why I’ve never made pesto before but this looks really good with the soba. I look forward to reading Margaret’s blog.

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6 April February 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

This is my first visit to your blog…and, I love it. I just heard about this book today! I hope I win! :-)

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7 Wendy February 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Great post…I love the sound of Margaret’s book…very inspirational!

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8 Jennifer Grant February 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I would enjoy winning it a great deal! This sounds marvelous (my mouth is watering)!

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9 Christine T February 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Hi

Thank you for sharing this book & recipe.

Love to win this inspirational book = )

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10 Karen February 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I too have left work to focus on gardening; to create something beautiful and productive on a 2 acre blank canvas. I did not have career success like Margaret and for too long have worked in jobs that I I had no passion for and which were not personally fulfilling. I have made the break and am focusing on going with the flow, living in the moment and appreciating the simple joys of life. I believe that by doing so my creative spirit will reemerge and my authentic self will lead me intuitively to what will be the right path for me to follow when the time is right. I look forward to delving into Margaret’s blog and book. Thank you for the introduction.

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11 Elizabeth Ingersoll February 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

What you said of Margaret Roach reminds me of a woman I revered as a child and adolescent, Tasha Tudor – both left busy, successful lives to find peace in the country and make their lives there. Her book sounds lovely and I’ll be sure to pick it up, giveaway or not! I love soba and this sounds like such a great recipe as we edge into springtime and fresh herbs again. Thanks!

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12 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 21, 2011 at 2:42 am

the book sounds wonderful. your food pictures always inspire me!

would love to read any posts you have on what lenses you generally use for your food, or any photography posts you share any of your secrets in….I was salivating at your So Cal photography the other week…I am in San Diego and jones’ing for something like that!

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13 White on Rice Couple February 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Averie- yes, we have some online tutorials! http://whiteonricecouple.com/category/photography-tips/

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14 Lisa@ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary February 21, 2011 at 3:29 am

The pictures, gorgeous as always, those plates! I’m in love!!!

I love Margaret’s blog and I’d love the book I’m sure!

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15 bellini February 21, 2011 at 3:48 am

The taste of summer hits you right where it counts in this pesto guys.

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16 Cesar Cruz February 21, 2011 at 4:46 am

I love the simplicity of the recipe and the amazing pictures that went with it.

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17 Phoo-d February 21, 2011 at 5:10 am

The book sounds beautiful. I can’t tell you how many times I have been ‘there’ over the past 10 years. So very many times. I love the dark aesthetic in this parsley photo series!

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18 Kaylen February 21, 2011 at 5:24 am

Thanks for the info on Margaret’s blog. I will go visit. This sounds so much like what my hubby and I did 4 years ago. For the same reasons, I left behind a broadcasting career. I’m new to YOUR blog, too. I have subscribed :)

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19 Meister @ The Nervous Cook February 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

I fantasize about up and moving to the desert sometimes, and just living among the quiet. But then I’m snapped back into the chaotic beauty of New York City, and I remember how much joy I have in my life here, and I think, “Well, the desert might be nice to visit…”

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20 miffits February 21, 2011 at 6:25 am

This book looks pretty interesting. I would love to know how to store parsley for that long and am headed over to find out now.

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21 ladywild February 21, 2011 at 6:35 am

The recipe looks awesome. I make a similar dish with mint and basil pesto. I’m excited to try the parsley variety.

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22 Margaret Roach February 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

Now I know what I will have for lunch or supper today: some of the fall stash of pesto that is still in the freezer. Thanks for the nudge…and also for the kind words about the book and everything.

I have been so happy to “meet” you two through Jaden so on, and have learned so much in the process of connecting to you. Now if you can just help me with some of the settings on my camera and the 8,987,432 urgent questions I have about digital photography. (Tee hee.) Your site always calms and transports me.

xoxoox

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23 JulieD February 21, 2011 at 7:15 am

This recipe looks amazing! The photos are beautiful. I would love to win this book. Thank you so much!

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24 Britta February 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

I am just about to start my seeds for the spring, so now I have a new blog to follow. Thanks!

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25 Kaitlin February 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

As always photos are amazing, and leave me with a growling stomach! I’d love to win a copy of the book…it sounds divine.

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26 Cynthia A. February 21, 2011 at 7:22 am

How can you not be a cook if you have a fabulous garden? And how can you not want a garden if you love to cook? Intrinsically linked in my mind.
In the snowy northeast pesto always reminds me of summer–and gardening.

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27 alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 21, 2011 at 7:25 am

Fantastic! This looks amazing!

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28 Sara February 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

Yes! I’m ready for this type of fresh Spring dish. (The book looks beautiful – I walked away from my desk one day, and though it’s scary it was totally the right choice.)

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29 Moni February 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

Seeing the pictures here makes me want to cook ;)

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30 Brandon February 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

Beautiful pictures of herbs!

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31 Jane February 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

Margaret reminds us to do what we love and happiness follows. Your photos of the Soba with Parsley Pesto reminds us simplicity is not only beautiful but “tasteful.” –my lunch is not planned

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32 Jane February 21, 2011 at 7:36 am

that is my lunch is NOW planned

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33 Erin Block February 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

This is so beautiful…the post, the photos, the food…Margaret’s story. Yes, I have wanted to walk away at times…and sometimes I have wanted to walk towards…both take courage.

Thank you so much for this post!

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34 kphipps February 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

That book sounds like just what I need. Curling up with a good book and some pesto sounds like a perfect afternoon.

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35 EatLiveRun February 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

Looks delicious! Love the color!

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36 Susan H February 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

As an empty nester, my job disappeared over time. I look forward to reading the book and the blog for inspiration on my next adventures.

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37 bunkycooks February 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

Beautiful photos! I am sure this is a lovely book. I can relate to wanting to up and leave the city and move to a small town. We see people doing this all the time when we meet the farmers. Much can be said for the quality of life that is found on a farm growing your own food.

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38 Kristina February 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

Who doesn’t fantsize about walking away, at least sometimes?
I love Margret’s blog and I’m sure the book will be wonderful.
Those photos, as usual, are stunning.

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39 Maria February 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

Soba noodles are my favorite. I love the parsley pesto too! I have been reading a lot lately and can’t wait to check out this book. Thanks!

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40 Gina B February 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

What a courageous move and an inspiring story! Will definitely be checking out her blog! Thanks :)

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41 Julia February 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

Sanity has a price. That’s how I look at work. If it’s driving you insane, there’s no amount of money that can justify staying there. What an adventure Margaret must be having! Thanks for this post with a great recipe AND some tidbits of wisdom!

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42 karen d February 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

It has been a dream of mine for some time to be able to have a great garden (although a small one)
and be able to cook using all of my fresh produce. This book looks like a way to inspire all of us to get moving towards our own personal dreams and goals. Even small steps count if they are in the right direction.

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43 Lori February 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Follow your bliss Margaret!

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44 Sharon Miro February 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

I walked away twice-once in ’94, and again last April-for good this time. When dread became the first feeling in the morning, I knew it was time to go.

I love that there is an adventure waiting for me me every morning when I wake up–sometimes a few. I can choose which one I will follow, and that choice is now what shapes my life.

Lovely post-reaffirming.

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45 deeba February 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

Stunning photography. Love the light & the hues, and the ceramics of course. And yes, what an amazing lady Margaret is!! Salut!! I would love to own that book.

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46 Rebecca Rasmussen February 21, 2011 at 8:45 am

Oh this looks absolutely gorgeous. My husband is allergic to nuts — do you think I could use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds in place of the pine nuts? In any case, I would LOVE the chance to win this amazing book!

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47 White on Rice Couple February 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

Both of those seeds should work fine. You could even leave out the nuts and seeds altogether if you wanted. Let us know how it turns out.

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48 Sharon February 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

The pesto and soba look like a wonderful combination. I look forward to trying this!

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49 Jann D. February 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

I can’t wait to try the Soba noodles myself; your dish looks wonderful! I’m drawn to the fabulous photography in your blog too. I am *right* in the middle of Margaret Roach’s book ‘And I Shall Have Some Peace There,’ and I can hardly put it down. This book came along at just the perfect time for me, and I am so grateful. I would love to win a copy so I can pass it along to a girlfriend!

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50 Fiona February 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

She sounds amazingly brave.

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51 Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. February 21, 2011 at 9:01 am

I never thought of combining soba noodles and pesto. They seem to belong to 2 different world/cuisines… Great idea, as I love both.

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52 Martha February 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

Beautiful!

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53 Sally February 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

I’m a big fan of Margaret Roach! And I love your parsley pesto idea with soba noodles–a happy meeting of earthy flavors. I just made some parsley pesto to embellish a simple cauliflower soup and now I know how to use the leftovers on soba.

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54 Sarah February 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

I didn’t think I could grow Parsley all year long, but my windowbox herb garden is still bursting with it! Mmm, fresh parsley pesto…

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55 Lynn February 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thanks for the hint about the book. Sounds delightful. I’m thinking about my garden but more snow hit this AM, so will still be a bit before the season begins.
Love your blog

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56 Laura February 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

Love to find new gardening blogs- Thanks. Cleveland’s weather has me longing for spring!

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57 Julie the Alkaline Sister February 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

This looks divine and is vegan too! I bet it’s yummy with other herbs like garlic scapes, or mint. Yum!

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58 Katie Cain February 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

Looks like a delicious pesto which I’m definitely going to try. I’m very interested in Margaret’s book too, having just left a 9-5 job myself in pursuit of my bliss. Thanks for your informative site.

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59 Erin February 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

Parsley pesto—what a great idea!

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60 Hale February 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Thanks for introducing this book to us I can’t wait to go to Margaret’s blog and read her tips on gardening. I love any kind of Pasta and pesto.

Cheers..

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61 Karen February 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it :)

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62 Alison February 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love parsley pesto! It’s probably what I most often use to make pesto. So bright and fresh…delicious!

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63 Liliane February 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

I always have an overabundance of parsley in my garden every summer. Pesto is a terrific idea!
Never thought of it. I would love to have a copy of Margaret’s book. I’ve admired her for years!

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64 Sukaina February 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’m assuming this giveaway is only for US residents but just wanted to say that pesto looks so vibrant. I have that same cutting board form Crate and barrel. Love it!

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65 Allison February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

I’m just barely dipping a toe into the world of pesto… after a few years of being sure I most certainly do not like basil pesto, I’m finding my tastes have begun to change and I actually love it. And I find it so cool that you can use different herbs and other ingredients to make so many interesting types of pesto – I never would have ever thought of using parsley. :)

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66 adelle February 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’m so inspired!

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67 Barbara February 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

I had not heard of Margaret before. Her memoir sounds interesting.

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68 Dorothea February 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I actually fell in love with parsley pesto a few weeks ago when I was looking for a bright taste to add to homemade cauliflower soup – it was unbelievable! Margaret’s recipe looks very similar (I added a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan to mine), so I’m sure I’m gonna love it! And thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

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69 Danielle February 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

What an inspiring story about pursuing one’s dreams and living life to the fullest. Buckwheat soba noodles have been on my ‘to-make’ list for a long time, this recipe is just what I needed to nudge me into taking it off that list!

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70 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. February 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Dare I say that I love parsley more than basil? Guess I just did… I’ve never thought to use soba with my pesto, but it’s now on the menu for the week. Thanks for the inspiration!

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71 Kate February 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

This book sounds like something everyone could use at some point in their lives. I know I could.

I had never heard of her before, but I’m engrossed in her site now. Lovely!

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72 Rita February 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

A treasured Life!

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73 Rita February 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

A Treasured Life and Lifestyle!

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74 Derya Gocer Akder February 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

You reinforce the connection I have in my mind about cooking and gardening and perhaps that’s the reason I love your blog. The third leg of that connection is a peaceful and productive life and this book you introduce seems to agree to that. All good then. I will cook pesto with my locally produced organic parsley in the land of parsley, Turkey, tomorrow night. I wish I could magically have the soba noodles but just not possible here.

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75 Lorena February 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Sounds like a very interesting memoir — especially since I’m a writer rediscovering my love of crafting and trying to develop a green thumb akin to my grandmother (whose garden is prolific with citrus right now!).

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76 Michelle February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I often ask myself if now is the time, is this the sign, should I walk away and make a way to climb, bike and play as a career. I stay put but I find it very important to keep that idea close to my thoughts. I love parsley pesto!

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77 Sharlene February 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

This sounds wonderfully fresh and healthy!

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78 Amy February 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The combination of flavors in this pesto looks to die for delish. I can’t wait to try it and I hope to win that book!

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79 April February 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh…this book sounds really good!

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80 Wendy February 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Oh…Margaret’s blog is one of my favorites! I would love to have a copy of her book! :-)

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81 terri February 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

the book sounds lovely–thanks for the introduction to it!

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82 Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles February 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

The book sounds wonderful!

And the Soba looks divine!

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83 louise holliday February 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I visit Margaret every time I sit at my computer. I always come away smiling and having learned something. Many of her ideas are in my garden. Sadly, I don’t have a Jack The Devil Cat.

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84 Gosia February 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I instantly felt drawn to Margaret’s story. It’d be lovely to win her book. Thank you for sharing the recipe and pointing her gardening blog to me.

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85 d.liff February 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

i do need a new book!

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86 viktorija February 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

The book sounds great! I’d love to win a copy.

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87 sarah February 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

who doesn’t think of walking away and never coming back. someday that will happen, i just hope i am young enough to enjoy it. a good book to read on the bus while on the way to will have to get me through.

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88 gwyneth February 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I just got some soba noodles, I’ll have to try that

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89 Lori February 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Beautiful ceramics! That is what I will do someday if I walk away from it all. Just me and my wheel and a garden.

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90 Laura/Readerwoman February 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I have been following Margaret on Facebook, and love her perspective, her honesty and the beauty of her prose. Would love to have a copy of her book. have signed up for your blog/newsletter as well – you are living our life! My husband and I are FINALLY getting a chance to do the travel and photography thing, gardening not so much, as we are moving to Arizona in two weeks and leaving garden behind – look forward to living vicariously through your work!

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91 Dania February 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Lovely read. I make pesto but use chili oil that I make myself and Mac nuts from my neighbors tree. Great photos too. Aloha

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92 kim February 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

This is a book I’d love to read. She is a brave woman.

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93 Colleen February 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous snaps.

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94 Monica February 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Margaret is my inspiration! I walked away from more lucrative work several years ago and am sculpting a new life in Upstate NY also. I would love to win a copy of her book! Not that I won’t buy it if I don’t. But winning would be fantastic. She is first class in my book! As are you, White on Rice couple! Thanks for your respective blogs. You make my day.

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95 Lisa February 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I love the photo of the pesto in the food processor! Looks divine!

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96 Barb Kilpatrick February 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I’m so glad I found your site. This is awesome. Love the detailed recipe, including the pictures. I am so anxious for this snow to go away and to start gardening again. It’s been snowing 2 full days and nights.

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97 LiLi February 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

It looks great. Thanks for sharing, now I have another great parsley recipe. I love it!

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98 Christine February 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Been a fan of Margaret’s blog for a while now. I’d love to win the book, but if not, this is a serious push to get me to buy it! Looks like something I’d really enjoy. Your recipe makes me want to try Italian parsley. Grew up with the ruffly type and am not fond of it’s blah taste. Kind of like eating grass. :)

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99 Becky February 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Sounds like a lovely book and looks like a delicious meal! : )

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100 Cassie, mamamakesitbest.com February 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BASIL PESTO! I really like soba noodles and am excited to try parsley pesto. ps. I would love to read this memoir… even if I don’t win this giveaway ;0)

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101 Lisa February 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I love soba! What a great looking dish. Must try it!

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102 Sharon February 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

How I admire someone with such courage and strength to take such control over life.

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103 amy February 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Sounds like a wonderful and interesting book. I sure want to know the details of her story in finding peace. Thank you for the giveaway!

Amy
http://utry.it

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104 Elizabeth Minchilli February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I think I’ll make this recipe for lunch. What a perfect combo: Margaret Roach and White on Rice. Thank you both for the opportunity to win a copy of a wonderful book.

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105 Debbie February 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

Love all of her tips and recipes!
Would love to win the book.
Great blog site!

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106 Joan M February 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

Uplifting – food and beauty, following your dreams….ok, back to work! Thanks for the inspiration!

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107 Urban Wife February 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

I would love to win this book. It looks like something I need to read. Now back to work… :)

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108 Peggy February 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

I am so looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for telling us about it.

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109 KellyK February 22, 2011 at 9:51 am

This year my aunt and I are overhauling the garden with eye pleasing deer proof fencing and raised beds. This year we will actually be able to enjoy more of the literal fruits of our labor instead of sharing it with beasts of all kinds…..particularly the deer. Margaret’s blog and recipes will the marching song to get it done!

Thanks!

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110 Nabeela February 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

That is my dream…to leave it all and go work with the dirt and soil and grow my own vegetables and fruits.

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111 Mary February 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Margaret Roach is inspirational!

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112 Joanna February 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

If I don’t win the book, I will checking it out from the library. Sounds great.

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113 Sarah S February 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Sounds like an amazing book, and the pesto looks amazing.

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114 Niklas February 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

Very very nice!

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115 Jessie Wilson February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

This looks amazing! Thanks for introducing this book to me, I can’t wait to go to Margaret’s blog and read her tips on gardening!

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116 Christina February 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

The pesto looks amazing although i don’t like the taste of parsley, I may just have to try it out.

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117 Kelly February 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

The book sounds amazing – just what I would love to read right now (as I wish everyday to just get up and walk out – and not for coffee!). Thank you for introducing her to me. I can’t wait to check out her blog and book.

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118 Donna A. February 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Bright green parsley leaves
Pining for nutty flavors?
Let’s use our noodles!

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119 Sneh | Cook Republic February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I always do basil pesto, have never tried parsley. It looks great and with soba it sounds like a lovely match!

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120 Raymond Melikian February 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Fantastic recipe! Clean and fresh. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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121 dine February 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

When your describing Margaret’s book, it already sounds so peaceful and inspiring. It would be a great add to my reading list.

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122 Debbie February 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I just started a gluten free diet and was searching for interesting recipes for pasta substitutes. This sounds delicious. I would love to eat a bowl of this while reading the book :-)

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123 Alissa February 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

Not only are the photos amazing, but I really can’t wait to try this!!!

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124 Sara February 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

Wow, just wow. Takes guts, as you said, to give it all up and leave! But I bet she is happier than she ever was and you couldn’t pay her to go back–which is fantastic! I haven’t been to the library in awhile but I will check this book out very soon—well, that is if I don’t happen to win ::hint hint:: — then I’ll just wait for the book to come in the mail. HA!

And that dish looks delicious. I’m going to add this to the menu for the weekend!

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125 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Yum! I love Parsley Pesto!…

Please enter me in the giveaway!

I walked away from a job and am building my business now.. it is so freeing!

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126 Fletcher February 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

The photos for this post are absolutely stunning! As always I love the combinations in your recipes and I’m excited to check out the book!

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127 Magic of Spice February 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Beautiful dish and sounds like a lovely book, I do enjoy parsley pesto.

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128 Shannon February 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Would love to win this!

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129 Vijitha Shyam February 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm

First time here. Visited your blog through Sala’s blog. I am so looking forward getting my hands on the book. The pictures look so inviting. Loving your blog!!!

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130 Bird February 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

Love parsley – and am intrigued by book! Thanks for intro to her work/life/quest.

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131 JaniceT February 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I am new to this site but I love what I have seen so far!

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132 Bettie Copeland February 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

Love the recipe! I just saw Margaret Roach on Martha Stewart. She is soooo inspirational! I’d love a copy of her new book…also love your blog!!!!

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133 Nancy February 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

I love the idea of getting up from my desk and walking away from it all. Kudos to Margaret for having the guts to do it!
The pesto looks great; your pictures are awesome!

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134 Susan M. February 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

I happened to have seen her segment on Martha this last week and would love to have a chance to read her book. I do not even try to compare myself to her huge walkaway but recently making a pledge to just shutting the computer off on Friday night and not turning it on again until Monday morning was extremely hard for me, but my life did change immensely for the better. I actually started a vegetable garden last year and plan on expanding it this year.

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135 Angela February 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This is the first time I’ve commented but I regularly frequent your blog. Love this post.

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136 Mindy in CO February 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Lovely blog. I relate to this post so well… I left the law office last spring and have started working on an organic vegetable farm in Colorado. It feels amazing. I will never return to an office job… Cheers to Margaret!

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137 Emily February 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I’ve been looking for a good/easy soba recipe! This may just be the one :)

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138 jas March 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

ooo yum, I’ve been looking for something to make with my soba noodles!

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139 Destiny May 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Could I substitute curly parsley for italian parsley?

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140 White on Rice Couple May 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Sure. They won’t be as flavorful, but it will work in a pinch.

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