Random Ramblings

by Cate on June 29, 2006

Mid-week and we FINALLY have had a day with the teensiest bit of sunshine peeking through. The day started with pouring rain and ended at least moderately dry. I’m sure other East Coasters are tired of the wet, muggy weather we’ve been having lately … two week straight now. I’m ready for some sunshine!

I sent my Mom the link from Everything Rachael Ray last week where she got a little shout-out. Her reply? “After cooking for 36+ years, Rachael Ray is terrific because the faster I can get the cooking done, the happier I am.” How cute is she?! If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

Speaking of Rachael Ray, my parents came over for dinner tonight and I made her Aglio e Olio Pasta. She penned a recent piece in Glamour magazine, which you can read about here. I’ve made this dish before — I think the last time was as part of the Feast of Seven Fishes that we do for Christmas Eve, in ’04. It’s a fantastic go-to dish to have in your repertoire, especially since you likely have all the ingredients on hand already. For starters, I made another tried-and-true, Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pears — mmm, I love this stuff a little more every time I eat it.

I was doing some research on Amazon the other day and stumbled upon a little tidbit you may be interested in. Ina Garten (otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa) has a new cookbook coming out this Fall … Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again. Her last cookbook, Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home, came out nearly two years ago, so it was definitely time for a follow-up.

Alright, I’ll leave you with links to some other short articles I wrote recently. You can read about Travels of the Rich and Famous and learn how to Pack Like a Pro. And then go find out what your next home needs. Until tomorrow…

A year ago todayleftovers, duds and more.

Aglio e Olio
1 lb. spaghetti
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
10-12 Italian anchovy fillets in oil
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
6-8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Salt and black pepper

In salted water, boil pasta until al dente. Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over low heat. Add anchovies, crushed red pepper and garlic to oil. Use a wooden spoon to help mash anchovies; eventually they will melt into the oil. Cook 7 to 8 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

When pasta is just about done, add a ladle of starchy cooking water to the oil mixture. Drain pasta and add to the skillet. Mix in the parsley, and toss the spaghetti vigorously to coat evenly with the garlic-and-anchovy oil. Season the pasta with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.

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diana June 29, 2006 at 12:27 pm

wow your blog is amazing ! We love the Barfoot Contessa, Paula and Rachel too. We keep waiting for Ina to look into the camera and invite us over for dinner at her house.
Thank you for your sweet comment on my little post.


Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan June 29, 2006 at 2:37 pm

Woo hoo – thanks for the info on Ina. She’s my favorite.

Rachael Ray I can only tolerate occasionally. I love her food, her recipes, but she kinda bugs me. Too chirpy or something. Oh well, I still have one of her books and suscribe to her magazine!



Madeline June 29, 2006 at 9:13 pm

I couldn’t agree more with your Mom’s opinion of Rachael Ray! Although, I have only been cooking for about three years (thanks to Rachael).


Cate June 30, 2006 at 3:10 am

Thanks, Diana!

Crystal – I love Ina too – am really looking forward to this one. :)

Madeline – there’s a lot to be said for saving some time in the kitchen. Only cooking for 3 years – wow!


Cate June 30, 2006 at 3:11 am

Diana – PS – wait till you see it this weekend. ;)


Barbara (Biscuit Girl) July 1, 2006 at 12:49 pm

Like you, I am soooo glad the rain is over! Just 1/2 mile from my house we had really bad flooding. Lots of homes got flooded and several had to be condemmed.

Love the new look of the blog!


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