December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

That Fettucini Alfredo Recipe...

Hi everyone!  Happy Saturday to you. 

The sun is FINALLY out here!  Yesterday we had snow, rain, sleet, hail, spit ball snow (the stingy kind of little pellet snow) and strong winds - gusting up to 40 mph.  The clouds were scudding by so quickly, blowing out over Lake Michigan; sometimes gloomy and dark, sometimes bright deep blue sunny patches of sky. All happening in super-fast motion!  The weather was absolutely nuts yesterday.

Today it's cold - cold - COLD!  I woke up to 27 degrees F at 6:30 a.m.  Brrrrr!  So on April 20th I'm still running around in winter coat, scarf, and mittens.  But at least the sun is out today, thank Goddess!  The sky is mostly clear, and a rich sky blue/robin's egg blue, with a few white fluffy clouds.  After nearly two weeks of buckets of rain and constant gloom and bone-chilling cold and dampness, I am sooooo looking forward to Las Vegas.  Current temperature there right now (2 hours behind my time of 10:49 a.m.) is 62 degrees, with an expected high today of 82 degrees, and zero per cent chance of precipitation.  Wooo wooo!

Last night I made up that fabulously easy recipe for home-made fettucine alfredo.  I thought I had posted the actual recipe I used, but nope, I provided a link instead to the website where I found the recipe.

I have made the recipe several times since discovering it at Love, Pomengranate House -- actually it is part of a recipe for fettucine alredo and parmesan chicken that looks as delicious in the photographs at LPH as it sounds.  I extracted only the recipe for making the alfredo sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

  •       2 tbsp butter
    1. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a medium sauce pan. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add heavy whipping cream and bring to a low simmer. Add 1 cup parmesan cheese and stir until incorporated and melted.
    2. Add cooked pasta to alfredo sauce and mix until pasta is covered.
    This recipe makes enough for one pound of cooked fettucini pasta, way more than I need for feeding myself.  So the first time I made it, I cut the recipe into 1/4 -- using 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, with about a teaspoon of garlic powder (I cannot eat raw garlic, not even sauteed - gives me heartburn), and 1 teaspoon butter.  Worked like a charm.

    But I noticed that sometimes when I made it after that first successful try, my sauce "broke," especially noticeable as it would cool down from cooking temperature.  Didn't know why.  Then one day a few months ago I was watching Cook's Country on PBS and this exact issue came up!  The way to prevent the sauce from breaking is to add cornstarch!  Evidently there is a chemical reaction that occurs among the butter, cheese and cream that may cause it to break -- something to do with how molecules clump together -- but adding cornstarch prevents this chemical reaction from occurring by coating the molecules with the cornstarch that prevents them from clumping together.

    The next time I made up this recipe I pulled out my cornstarch and added like 1/4 teaspoon.  It worked like a charm!  Absolutely no clumps, no breaking in the sauce.  The cornstarch did not affect the texture or the flavor of the sauce, either.

    So, that's a tip from me via Cook's Country -- if you make this recipe, add some cornstarch to it.

    Last night I made a half-recipe and added about a teaspoon of cornstarch.  My sauce did not break, turned out perfectly.  This has turned into one of my favorite recipes - so easy and quick to make and absolutely delicious!  The sauce comes together so quickly that I make my pasta first and then put it on the side (off heat but still in the water) and only drain the pasta when the sauce is just ready to be added to it! 

    Salt isn't needed -- there is plenty of salt in the parmesan cheese.  But I do add a sprinkling of black pepper.  YUM! 

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