Archive for January, 2012
The older I get, it seems, the harder life gets. I used to think life worked in circles, you go up…life is good. Things are easy. The life gets hard for a while, you go down. Different challenges, different successes, but it was “The Circle of Life” as Disney reminded us in their multi-million dollar empire. Now, it seems like it’s a tear drop, you go up for a bit, but you hang down around the bottom for a lot longer. That is why I try to find happiness is places like the kitchen. I visit it almost daily because it holds the possibility for a little satisfaction and pleasure, even if my day is likely to something else.
After putting the kids to bed, I pulled out some refrigerated spinach tortillini. I fired up some salted water and then I got out the good stuff: lots of cheese, butter, cream, fresh garlic, and some white pepper. I halved this Alfedo Sauce recipe for Alfredo sauce from food.com. It was pretty easy to make and I really enjoyed using my garlic press on the fresh garlic!
After draining the pasta, I added it to a ramekin, finished off the sauce and the covered it in more Parmesan cheese. I put it under the broiler for about 5 minutes and pulled out my delicious dinner for one!
Last week, I was watching Food Network, again, and saw a little spot on one of my absolute favorite places to dine. Not to eat. To dine. Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, FL is an amazing dining experience. From aged steaks to their own farm fresh produce, Bern’s is a place to truly appreciate cuisine. To cap off hours of enjoying the french onion soup, the largest private wine collection in the United States, and the best aged steaks to sear on a grill, guests are taken upstairs to the dessert room. Yes, it’s an entire room devoted to after dinner dessert and drinks. It was here that I was inspired.
Having been born in a year of the dragon, I feel a connection when it rolls around again. No, I’m not Chinese, I’m about as white as the come, but I it feels like a lucky year! Since today was the start of the Chinese New Year, I wanted a little Chinese inspiration. I didn’t have any tried and true Chinese meals, but I did have a recipe in my inbox I had been anxious to try. It’s technically not Chinese, but it does have the consistency and flavors of great Chinese take out. Is that close enough?
I love that crispy, fried, covered in sauce food. Who doesn’t (excluding health nuts)? This Bourbon Street Chicken recipe isn’t fried and that made it slightly better for all involved. It took me less than half hour and I had every ingredient in my pantry or fridge. I even used the kids’ apple juice!
We enjoyed it over a bed of steamed jasmine rice, cooked perfectly in a rice cooker. Happy New Year!
I’m not Jewish and I won’t even pretend that I know anything about latkes, but I do know this recipe. My mother often made these for my sister and I. To this day, it’s one of my favorite meals. Normally served with applesauce, I tend to eat them alone because I’m not an applesauce fan.