Sunday, June 30, 2013

Simple Italian Dish - Easy Spaghetti

I am always looking for recipes that 1) use very few ingredients, 2) take little time to prep and cook, and 3) taste good. Today, I made a simple spaghetti with butter, garlic, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

Butter Garlic Spaghetti

1/2 lb. whole wheat spaghetti
2 c. water
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 or whole stick butter
1/2 Tbsp. ground black pepper
1/2 c. or handful of shredded parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic in a jar, or 4 cloves

For spaghetti:
In a medium saucepan, boil water with salt to a rolling boil. Add pasta and simmer on low-medium for 7 minutes. Drain half of the pasta water. Keep pasta in half of the water until sauce is done.

For sauce:
Slice stick of butter and bring to a boil in a large skillet/pan. Stir in pepper. Once boiling and bubbling (not burning), add pasta and pasta water to pan. Stir in garlic, and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Shut off heat and add parmesan cheese. Toss with tongs and plate. Enjoy!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pretty Chandelier

After seeing this chandelier online and in person at Lowes, I knew it would be worth every penny of $180. Installation was done by a contractor who installed our television, but he had an easy time getting up there. If you appreciate crystal chandeliers, you are looking for a wow factor, and you like cone-shaped lights, this is the one for you. I have received a ton of compliments. To me, it is worthwhile.

See link here.

"Magic Cake" - Perfect Custard Cake

Jo from Jo Cooks has a tremendous cake recipe called Magic Cake. It is a simple custard cake with ingredients like flour, eggs, butter, milk, sugar and vanilla. I bet you have these ingredients in your home right now.

I grew up eating a cake called cremesh, a European custard cake with powdered sugar on top of a crispy layer on top of the sweetest creme ever. I remember contacting Jo about cremesh, and this is a perfect version.

Recipe here

The cake sunk a bit once out of the oven. It should cool for some time in order for the creme inside to congeal and come together. Can't wait to slice into it!

I have made several of the recipes on her site. I have not been disappointed even once. She is amazing.