Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our Little Adventure

My daughter starts Kindergarten next week and if I'm being completely honest, my feelings are mixed. I am incredibly excited for and undeniably proud of my little girl as she embarks on this new chapter in her little life. I am also heartbroken at the thought of her absence for 6+ hours each day. Selfish, I realize....but I can't deny it.

In light of this momentous change in our lives, I decided to kick off our next phase with a little bonding adventure - just us girls. My daughter and I flew down to Raleigh, NC to visit my closest friend for five days and we had an absolute blast. We spent our week at the kids museum, a butterfly conservatory, weaving our way through a life-sized dinosaur trail, exploring the local farmers market, dancing, swimming and of course, eating!

Season and the pilot of her first ever plane ride!

This week, I saw some delightful traits in my five year old girl. She's an excellent traveler, she dances like no one is watching - any time she hears music, she has the fearless need for speed and she's curious about everything she sees and everyone she meets. No wonder I'm going to miss her.


In my absence, my husband Tom held down the fort and for the first time, did some baking. To ease my mind, he promised to send me a video of his progress. This is what he sent.....


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Welcome to My Obsession......

After a long day of work, everyone needs to change gears, blow off a little steam and relax by doing something they enjoy. Some people read, take a jog, or go shopping. Me, I trade my bakery kitchen for my home kitchen....my flour dusted apron for a fresh one...and I cook. The food obsessed among us should understand.
After a day surrounded by sweets, I start to crave the aroma of garlic sizzling in olive oil or the steam rising off a giant pot of pasta. Make no mistake, I love to bake - its been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember - but I also love the savory side of the kitchen.

My food obsession - my can't live without it food - is pasta. This is the first of many pasta recipes to come and its one of my favorites. Its a riff on carbonara, using wine to not only flavor the delectable sauce, but to lighten it up as well.

"Kinda" Carbonara

2 Raw, Fresh Eggs
1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Salt
3/4 lb. Thin Spaghetti
1/2 lb. Bacon
Olive Oil
1 cup White Wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
Chopped, Flat Leaf Parsley

In a large serving bowl, mix together eggs, parmesan cheese and pepper to taste with a fork. Set aside.

Crisp up the bacon in a large skillet (in batches, if necessary) until crisp and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Cook pasta until al dente. Save the pasta water.

Add cooked, hot pasta to the large serving bowl containing the egg mixture. I like to add it little by little, stirring very quickly to prevent the egg from scrambling. Once mixed, set aside.

To the bacon drippings in the skillet, add 2 TBSP. olive oil and 4 cloves of garlic. Saute on med low heat until garlic is golden and soft. To this, add the wine and increase heat to med high. Scrape up any solid pieces with wooden spoon and reduce sauce for about 5 minutes.

Add wine sauce and parsley to the pasta and mix quickly. Add a little reserved pasta water if moisture is needed.
Top with more parmesan cheese, cracked black pepper and crumbled bacon.

You know what to do next........Mmmmmmmm

WARNING:
This dish may not make it from the serving bowl to your plate....as evidenced below.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy Summer

Historically, Summer has always been the slowest time of year for our business - it gave us a couple of months to re-group, plan for the holiday season and just relax with the family.

This year, due in large part to our Emmy involvement and resulting press, the Summer has been our busiest on record. I have not yet re-grouped, nor have I planned for the hectic holiday season ahead.

I did, however, sneak in some quality beach time with the family...

A ride on the ferris wheel....

Some dancing on the beach at sunset...

A trip to the lighthouse (and a round-trip 434 stair trek to the top!)

And some delicious walks on the beach with my girl.

Happy summer, everyone!