April 8th, 2014

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara



I’ve mentioned before that my son, Craig, is on a two-year mission in Italy.  Here is a recent picture of him with some of his buddies.  He’s the second one from the left wearing the aqua blue tie.

We get an e-mail from him every Monday, and we’re allowed to Skype with him for an hour on Christmas and Mother’s Day.  I really miss him, but I know that he’s having a great time.  He loves the food in Italy, and in one of his e-mails, he suggested that I try making some Pasta Carbonara.  He explained that it has eggs in it and that they are cooked when mixed with the hot pasta.  I had never had Pasta Carbonara before, but I decided to give it a try.

Pasta Carbonara

I started off with a recipe by Sunset Magazine which I thought was just mediocre, but I could tell that it had potential.  What it needed was more of all the good stuff.  More bacon.  More cheese.  More eggs.  And a little bit of cream.  They had actually removed the cream to make it less fattening.  I added it back in.  Along with more of all that other good stuff.  And now. . . . .  Well, NOW it’s REALLY GOOD, or as they would say in Italy. . . FANTASTICO!

Pasta Carbonara

You’re gonna like this!  (Thanks, Craig!)

Pasta Carbonara

January 10th, 2013

Quiche Lorraine with Bacon

Quiche Lorraine with Bacon



I have been making this quiche for a number of years, and it’s one of my favorite dinners, but it can also be served for breakfast.  Swiss cheese and bacon are combined with an egg mixture.

And then it’s cooked in a pastry shell.  Feel free to make your own pie shell, but I am partial to this one made by Marie Callender’s.  It has a great taste that works perfectly with this recipe.  I never use them for fruit pies, but I ALWAYS use them when I make this quiche.  Having said that, I need to share something with you about Marie’s pie shells.  Apparently it’s a rough trip going from the factory to the grocery store because a lot of them end up cracked.  Sometimes they are all cracked except one.  Your job is to find the one that isn’t cracked.  If you have to, go through the whole stack until you find it, and then carefully put it in your cart with a big smile on your face.  No need to feel guilty here.  This is the way I do it every single time.

I think you’re gonna like this!

Quiche Lorraine with Bacon

Quiche Lorraine with Bacon

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January 11th, 2012

Chinese Fried Rice

Chinese Fried Rice



When my oldest daughter was in high school, she and some of her friends had each asked a date to the Sadie Hawkins dance, and they decided that they were going to cook a dinner together for their dates. Her contribution to the dinner was fried rice, and she got the recipe from a book called Teens Cook that I had given to my girls. After their dinner was over, I tasted some of the rice and thought it was really good. I didn’t have a recipe for fried rice, but I decided right then and there that I needed one. So I started with the recipe from Teens Cook and added more ingredients to it. It has become one of my family’s favorite dinners. This is the book I’m talking about.

It was written by two teen-aged girls, Megan and Jill Carle, with help from their mother, who is a professional cook book editor. The recipes have fewer ingredients than typical recipes, making them less intimidating to new cooks. Seasoned cooks would consider them to be a little on the bland side because they don’t use many spices, however my teenagers like the food. There is a photo of every recipe, and the authors have used humor (“Okay, I’m a wimp!”) that would appeal to teenagers. Teens Cook would make a great gift for any teenager with an interest in cooking.

The very first thing you need to do to make this Chinese Fried Rice is to cook the rice the day before you are going to serve it, and put it in the refrigerator. Even in the teen cook book, they tell you to do this. I’m going to go ahead and admit this so that you don’t make the same mistake. I skipped that step the first time thinking it couldn’t make that much difference. Wrong! It makes a huge difference. So just promise me right now that you will cook that rice a day ahead of time.

And I’ll promise you that your family will love it!
Chinese Fried Rice

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