Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Have you ever had one of those dishes that you can't get out of your mind? That no matter where you turn, you see the dish or recipe on every menu, billboard, or cooking show?  

For the past few weeks, I have been seeing pasta carbonara everywhere I have gone.  Maybe it's the angel on my shoulder telling me that I shouldn't be ordering pasta so instead I lust over a dish that is out of my reach.  I can smell the pasta, pancetta and warm parmesan all melding together in a simplistic yet mouth-watering pasta dish.  This is a true comfort food.  So needless to say, I had to give into my craving.  

From start to finish, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara takes a mere 15 minutes.  Unlike most pasta dishes, this recipe does not include a sauce.  Instead, a mound of parmesan cheese and egg are whipped together and combined with the hot pasta.  While coating the pan, the egg cooks and the cheese melts.  The result is a creamy dish with hints of pancetta (or in my case, bacon), garlic, and peas.

Simply Outstanding!

Monday, February 14, 2011

In Honor of Valentines Day

Because I feel the need to post something red and Valentine's day-ish and because, once again, I have been slacking on the posting (I do have legitimate excuses, I promise), please accept this repost of one of my favorite recipes...Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies.  Soon to post is my most recent creation, Raspberry Pate de Fruits.  In the meantime, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
There is just something unexplainable about this colorful cake of deliciousness that makes you go mmmmmmm. So you can naturally guess what happened when Fork2 and I found the original cookie recipe from Bakerella. Our only problem was with the cream center, which was a cream cheese frosting.

Now, while we do enjoy cream cheese frosting, its usually very sweet, WAY too sweet for our taste buds. But, before we get into how we altered the cream center, let us give the secret to forming perfectly sized cookies every time. wait for it...wait for it.... it's a melon baller! A 1.5 inch melon baller to be exact. Just make sure you scoop an even number of cookies or else who will be missing the other half of this delectable sandwich.
Please note, these are red velvet cookies, not whoopie pies so a little flatter and crispier than a cake. These cookies are so easy to make, we almost feel like we've cheated. You'll see why in the recipe.
So now that the cookie part is covered, how did we find the perfect variation on a cream cheese frosting that would pair with the red velvet? First thought: cut down on the amount of sugar. Done. Easy. Secondly, we found that the cream cheese was now soo overpowering that the center wasn't so much of a "fluff" as a paste. This would not do. Solution: Marshmallow fluff.

Now do we have your attention??? Enough talking, bet you are ready for the recipe.

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