Recently I gave myself a personal challenge in hopes to gain some useful skills. I want to be more comfortable in the kitchen and more knowledgeable about the ingredients I use. The challenge was simple: find recipes that I can actually follow with ingredients that are easily attainable and realistic to have around. None of this “1/2 teaspoon of cayenne paste” nonesene.... I mean, what even is that and will I really ever use it again or am I going to have a full bottle of ‘whatever it’s called’ expiring in my pantry?
Despite the simplicity of my new challenge, progress has been slow because of social life, energy levels post-working all day, convienece, you name it. But that’s the whole point...no more excuses and a lot more getting my pots and pans dirty!
I also personally believe that every cookbook should be filled with photos, if nothing more than to compare your own attempt at the dish, but half the appeal of food is in the presentation. So as I was flipping through “Chloe Flavor” ($27.99) the image of the Corn Carbonara immediately caught my eye (pg 140). I was sold after reading the recipe because I already had 9 out of the 10 ingredients in my pantry at home. Awesome!!!
Seriously I fell in love with this cookbook because of how simple everything was laid out to be. Such easy steps to follow all the way down to prepping the ingredients. Everything was fresh which made it fun and felt good to cook with. The only ingredient I had to buy was the cherry tomotoes and something about coming home with fresh produce already makes me feel more accomplished.
I used my stacking measuring cups to portion everything out and keep it simple to add one by one as the pasta cooked. (Hand-Painted Measuring Cups $24) I even puréed my own sauce to complete the Carbonara (and I’m definitely not the sauce-making type). I mean it y’all...so easy!
The finished product was nothing short of delicious. I was very pleased to see a pot full of leftovers for my assured midnight snack and following lunches. I recommend keeping a tea towel ($14) nearby to help with the handling of hot pans and the inevitable splash zone when straining the noodles. I paired my pasta with potatoes and pan-seared salmon, because frankly, both needed to be cooked. No complaints though, the combination made for a perfect dinner. Who says you have to eat veggies everyday anyway? ....Don’t answer that.
Anyways, I hope y’all enjoy and find something that inspires your next kitchen crusade!
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