Archive for March, 2010

don’s carbonara, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

One of our favorite meals to eat in Italy and make at home is spaghetti carbonara! My husband had to be coerced into trying this delightful dish the first time and now he loves it! In fact it is now one of our favorite pasta dishes.


* 4 ounce(s) slab bacon or pancetta, diced in 1/4-inch pieces
* 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
* 3 extra large eggs
* 1/4 teaspoon(s) kosher salt and black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes
* 1 pound(s) dried spaghetti
* 1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2. Cook bacon or pancetta in oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until golden brown and most of the fat has been rendered, about 8 to 10 minutes, then remove skillet from heat.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes until combined.
4. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions, until al dente (tender yet still firm to the bite). Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
5. Add hot spaghetti to bacon mixture in skillet and toss well over medium-low heat until pasta is coated. Add egg mixture and a little of the cooking water; toss gently until spaghetti looks creamy. Add cheese and toss to combine. Serve immediately.


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Tagliatelle with Mushrooms

One of my favorite recipes for tagliatelle with mushrooms make s a yummy vegetarian meal.

Creamy Mushroom Sauce
A very quick and easy dish, when you need dinner in a hurry. Good with any flat pasta like fettuccine,but I prefer tagliatelle


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 cups sliced mushrooms (any kind will do)
2 teaspoons basil
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white wine
1 cup plain yogurt or light sour cream
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Combine Heat olive oil and butter in a large frying pan. Add mushrooms and basil and cook for about 5 minutes, until mushrooms are soft.

Add lemon juice or wine and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and stir in yogurt. Heat through but do not boil. Stir in Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Serve sauce over pasta, and top with additional Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Buon Appetito!  🙂

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Well Spring will arrive shortly to most of the world but in Maine it arrives when it wants to. Today is March 1st on the calendar and it would have been my maternal grandmother’s 100th wedding anniversary, had she still been alive! Married on this date in 1910. She passed away at the age of 96 years old. I have spent the last month healing form my surgery and I am in hoped of returning to the gym this week, at least for my cardio workouts. Weight lifting will have to wait a few more weeks.

My days are often spent day dreaming of our next trip to Italy, to enjoy its people, culture, food, lifestyle, sights and of course shopping! Only three months remain until departure…at this point I always start having dreams of our travel…..and usually I wake up thinking I missed the trip, or we are leaving to travel back home! Bizarre I know! 🙂

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