January 14, 2011 Recipe


My husband and I are fixed-income baby boomers. So I not only try to find cost effective menus and meals, I try to find ones that are tasty, serve two/or make good leftovers. Most of the time I am quite successful in this endeavor. Some leftovers stay leftovers until the grow green skin and try to morph into household pets. As my mother’s daughter (think 1930’s depression child – her, not me!) I hate to waste food. (and before my best friend says something awful about my trend to collecting useless things, let me point out that this is recipe day, not why the hell doesn’t Laura throw away those lidless teapots day! 🙂 ) We have dogs, who would willingly take up the slack, but it isn’t good for them to have too much cooked people food.

By now you are wondering, I bet, where the hell this monologue is going. It is prelude to a recipe, I promise! I just wanted to give the background, so you know that this is a tasty recipe, easily halved for two-not-so-hungry adults, or one hungry single. Or one child in the middle of a growth spurt. It pairs up beautifully with a salad side, and some fresh bread or corn muffins. It is forgiving of substitutions (cheese for example, or the kind of noodles used) so you can vary it from time to time.

HINTS: To keep cooked pasta fresh for later use, toss with a small amount of olive oil or sauce. This dish freezes well. Make a big batch and freeze in smaller quanities for later or meals, or unexpected guests.

THE RECIPE: Pretty Pasta Alfredo

12 oz Rainbow Pasta (veggie pasta, I like Rotini but it does come in macaroni-type noodles and other varieties as well) Remember you can halve this!

1/4 cup butter or margarine

3/4 cup grated Parmesan (I like to use pre-shredded Italian cheese blend)

1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream (do not use milk, it doesn’t thicken the sauce satisfactorily)

2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (for variety try fresh chopped rosemary or another favorite herb)

Cook pasta according to package directions. In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add cheese gradually, and as the cheese melts, add cream until well blended. Continue heating and stirring, just to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in the herb of your choice, and drained hot pasta. Toss well. Makes four servings as a main dish, or six+ as a side dish. You can add cooked chicken, tuna or crab right before you add herbs and pasta, if you like. It is a dish of infinite simplicity and variety, and remarkably yummy! As my dogs say, “Bone Appetite!”

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6 Responses to January 14, 2011 Recipe

  1. Laura Hodge says:

    Sounds yummy. Too bad I have foresworn everything Alfredo associated.
    Here is a real money saver that I got from Zilka Ojeda. Even though she can afford it, she has the same feelings that you and I have about throwing food away. We all grew up knowing that somebody in the world was starving; not eating all our food was a bad thing.
    I used to find these little baggies in her freezer, but did not want to ask about them until one day she told me about her ‘fritters.’ After every meal every bit of food that is left over, no matter how small the amount, gets tossed into a suitable container and then into the freezer with no markings of what it was. Periodically, you dig out every container in the freezer, thaw them all out, put them all together into a bowl, and make little balls out of it. If they don’t stick together well you get to add an egg or two. Or, maybe some bread crumbs or oatmeal to get some bulk. Whatever it takes a creative mind to get all those leftovers mooshed together into little balls. Then you roll ’em in bread crumbs or flour and egg or crackers or whatever. Then, fry ’em up in some olive oil. They are delicious! Every batch is different, each one makes you say, “hmmmm…I think these are better than the last ones.”

  2. ReaderWoman says:

    Great idea! I have a recipe for homemade Tempura batter, and that is what I do with leftover fish – but I can envision using other stuff now – but don’t tell Ed! He already has a problem with my meatloaf, which never tastes the same way twice, because I use homemade bread crumbs and sometimes a dash of this or a pinch of that!

  3. Laura Hodge says:

    What is it about men that they want meat loaf to be the same every time? Walt was that way and when he discovered that I do what you do…a little bit of this and a little bit of that…he found a recipe and became the official meat loaf maker in the house because it always came out the same way. Jon does it, too. Will only make meat loaf with “his” recipe because he knows how it will be. When did they lose their sense of adventure? And, is it only meat loaf they do this with? Never had any complaints about my constantly changing spaghetti sauce or potato salad.

  4. ReaderWoman says:

    Ed eats it, mind you, but it is always a tentative beginning bite. He knows my rule is if he doesn’t like it, he has to cook it himself, and he hates to cook. But in answer to the deeper question here, I think that many men like consistency and regularity in their lives. It grounds them. Not all men are like that, and Ed is pretty mellow most of the time, but food is one of the comfort items that he relies on. Strange, I admit.

  5. Laura Hodge says:

    Nice try, Lo. Men are resistant to change because change is something they cannot control; things they cannot control frighten them. You are just lucky that Ed does not need to be in control of every little aspect of his life. You get away with all the changes you institute because he is so darned easy to get along with.

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