Cacio e Pepe – The Simplest Pasta Recipe

22eat4caciopepe-articleLargeIt is among the most basic, simplest pastas there is, and suddenly trendy to boot. Why? Because when made right, it is incredible.


  • Salt
  • 1 ½ cups finely grated pecorino Romano, plus more for dusting completed dish
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, plus more for finishing the dish
  • ¾ pound tonnarelli or other long pasta like linguine or spaghetti
  • Good olive oil


  1. Put a pot of salted water on to boil. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses and black pepper; mash with just enough cold water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly in the bowl.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta. The second before it is perfectly cooked (taste it frequently once it begins to soften), use tongs to transfer the pasta into a skillet, put some of the pasta water there and slowly add the cheese while flip mixing the pasta to create your sauce that sticks. You have to do this for a good 1-2 minutestir vigorously to coat the pasta, adding a teaspoon or two of olive oil and a bit of the pasta cooking water to thin the sauce if necessary. The sauce should cling to the pasta and be creamy but not watery.
  3. Plate and dust each dish with additional pecorino and pepper. Serve immediately.


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Sweet Potatoes fit for Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours a safe, blessed and Very Happy Thanksgiving.

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These sweet potatoes are sliced and roasted in the oven, then drizzles with balsamic and topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. They can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight, or as a meatless main for four people.  These would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table if you would like to serve this as a side.

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I know the holidays can be a stressful time. Between traveling, extra calories being consumed and stress of having to take care of so many people, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself during this time of year. In addition to making healthy and delicious food, hit the gym to work out any stress. It’s a guaranteed way to feel great, quickly.



Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

taken from:

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 sweet potato • WW Points+: 8 pts (or 4 as a side)

Calories: 302 • Fat: 10 g • Sat Fat: 3 g • Protein: 6 g • Carb: 48 g • Fiber: 7.5 g

Sugar: 17 g • Sodium: 284 mg • Cholesterol: 10 mg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a large, sharp knife, make ¼-inch slices down the length of each potato, cutting only 3/4 of the way through.

In a small bowl, combine butter and olive oil. Place the potatoes in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle half of the olive oil/butter mixture over the top of each potato, then toss to evenly coat.

Place potatoes on a small baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 50- 60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender inside and caramelized and crisp on the outside. Drizzle with remaining butter/oil and sprinkle with parmesan, herbs and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Simple and Tasty Snacks

Fueling up for the Super Bowl? These tasty snacks will have your football fanatics cheering for more.

chips-guacamole_300Guacamole and Chips

Hands-On Time 15 minutes … Serves 8

5 avocados, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 16-ounce bag tortilla chip

Directions:  In a large bowl, combine the avocados, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Serve with the tortilla chips.  by Sara Quessenberry

bacon-wrapped-potatoes-ictcrop_300Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce

Hands-On Time 20 minutes Total Time 50 minutes … Serves 8


1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (about 15), halved
15 slices bacon, halved crosswise
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
salt and black pepper


  1. Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket in a large saucepan until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Heat oven to 425° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, dill, caraway seeds, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the potatoes.  by Charlyne Mattox

bed2a49c-04d8-4c0a-9b65-27d600e389d20342decf-04ec-441e-8c3d-e5cf7c4e02e4Pigskins in a Blanket

prep time 25 min / total time 40 min / ingredients servings


2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

48 cocktail-size smoked link sausages or hot dogs (from two 14-oz packages)
Yellow mustard, from a squeeze bottle

If you’re an old hand at rolling up mini crescent dogs, make sure you read the directions! For the football shape, these pigskins are rolled from the opposite end of the dough from the classic crescent dogs.

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.

2. Place 1 sausage on thin point of each triangle. Roll up, starting at point and rolling to opposite short side of triangle. Place seam side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to serving tray.

4. Cool 2 minutes. Squeeze 1 line of mustard crosswise and 3 lines lengthwise to make laces of football. Repeat with remaining crescent dogs.

Feel like spicing these up? Sriracha makes a fun substitute for the mustard  by Pillsbury

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Have A Fun Super Bowl Weekend!

Super Bowl Sunday coming up so I thought I’d share a previous post …


Everyone loves a party with friends to watch the big game—but some take the partying too far. These suggestions can help hosts and their guests keep the party—and the ride home—safer

Tips for the Home Team

  • Serve plenty of food to help offset the effects of alcohol. Salty snacks can make people feel thirsty, so set a pitcher of water on the table as well.
  • Stock coolers with non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers and other guests who aren’t drinking.
  • Stop serving alcoholic beverages when the fourth quarter begins.
  • Avoid offering mixed beverages. Some mixers cause the body to absorb alcohol faster, and most make alcohol easier to drink.
  • Reward designated drivers with perks like the prime parking spot or first dibs on seating near the big screen.
  • Limit the number of drinks you yourself enjoy.
  • Help your guests make travel arrangements with a designated driver or taxi. Make sure guests feel comfortable spending the night, if necessary.

Tips for the Visiting Team

  • Leave your keys at home if you plan to drink. Arrange to have a designated driver pick you up and take you home, make plans to stay overnight or plan ahead and input a cab company’s number on your phone.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • If you’re sober, keep an eye on friends who are drinking. Don’t be afraid to take away their keys.
  • Extend a kind gesture to your designated driver, such as offering to pay for gas.
  • Watch for drunk drivers during your ride home, and report suspects to the police.
  • Always wear your seat belt.

And from the September 2, 2011 from the blog @                                                                                                                                                   Planning the Perfect Football Party

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS JUST ABOUT HERE!  We’re going to help you host the perfect party!

Alright, let’s assume your party is going to be all planned out ahead of time, not just a spontaneous gathering. Main considerations to take into account when hosting a football party are; invitations, food, TV’s, seating, decorations and beverages.


Since football parties are rather informal affairs, the best invitation options are to create and send a private Facebook event request or to use email invitations using free invites options such as


football-party-foods-240-j-5168841 (1)When you think of football, the second thing that comes to mind is food. You cannot even consider hosting a football party without the proper sustenance for  guests. The best foods for football parties are snacky finger-foods like; wings, pizza, snack mix, nuts, veggie trays, fruit trays and chips and salsa.  One of my favorites from a football party last year was cheese fondue with cut up bread to dip in it. Surprising and delicious. Brownies, cookies, ice cream and chocolate are excellent dessert choices. No one wants to barbecue, because unless there is a TV outside, they’re gonna miss the game. That brings us to the next topic. Watching the game.


footballimagesThere needs to be enough TV’s so with each room you walk in, you can see the game. Advice from an avid football watcher was that for a good football party, there needs to be a TV in the living room, the kitchen and if there’s one outside, that is cool too.  Most families don’t have this many portable big-screen TV’s so you can always rent one if necessary. It goes without saying, but the bigger the screen, the better.


Be sure there is ample seating in the main viewing room so all your guests are comfortable. If there isn’t ample seating, consider folded chairs— or create a second viewing area in another room or outside.


snackadiumDecorations aren’t necessary but they do add an element of fun and excitement to your party. Consider colored chips (in your favorite team colors of course), streamers, balloons and team branded hats or beads. Visit your local sports store for additional ideas.


Last but not least, remember your guests will be thirsty. This may be the only time they cut loose all week. Be sure to have beverage options for various drinking preferences; beer, wine, water and soda. Don’t forget the ice. If you serve alcohol beverages, advocate that each guest has a designated driver to make sure everyone gets home safely.

Cheers to you for throwing a successful party— and hopefully, your team will win

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