For people’s birthdays, I often play mad libs with their favorite ingredients to make a cake for them. It was my co-worker’s birthday last week and as the boss, I felt like I should make her a cake, but I didn’t know what she liked. I said I was doing a survey for my “other job” (this one), and asked some questions, like, “What is your favorite sweet, candy, nut, cereal, and snack?” After weighing the options, I thought this Lucky Charms Cheesecake would be the most fun choice.
This tart is filled with creamy corn grits and bits of spicy salty chorizo.
An egg frittata with bacon, sausage, and lots of pasta
I love carbonara. It’s fast, simple and cheap, yet very filling, warm and comforting. I generally don’t like it when I get it at a restaurant which is surprising to me because it is so easy to make! Today we used bacon rather than pancetta for a few reasons. We have tried both in this dish, and I prefer bacon. Also at the store I went to, they didn’t have the really good pancetta, only the thin round kind which I am not a fan of. Thirdly, we watched Giada at Home the other day and saw Aunt Raffi saying that when she is in the US, she uses bacon instead of pancetta because in the finished dish it tastes more “like it did back in Italy.” Those are enough reasons for me, so here is my recipe for pasta in the style of the coal miner’s wife.