Pasta Carbonara

Among other things, my husband is a very talented musician.  As I am writing this he is just fooling around on his guitar and it made me realise how wonderful it is to always have music in the house.  Music can make everything better and if I have any recipe that can do the same it is this easy Pasta Carbonara.

I’ve started to notice a trend in my recipes where several of them start with sautéing onions (see Baked Potato Soup, Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken with Vegetable Cream Sauce, Tastiest Ever Mac n Cheese, etc) and this recipe is no different.  When you see this step in any recipe you know it is going to be delicious!  Pasta Carbonara is a fabulous pasta dish made with a creamy egg based sauce tossed with cheese and bacon.  It is embarrassing how much I love cheese and bacon.  When I was just a pre-teen I remember telling a friend that I thought cheese and bacon were God’s gift to man…I am only more convinced of that today.  This recipe is inspired by the one I found on the Cook It Simply website.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you probably have most of these things in your kitchen.  I usually make this when I have not planned a specific meal and just want to make something in a hurry with what I have lying around.
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Baked Potato Soup

I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this recipe but I know that it is one of my very favorites. (Update:  I found the original recipe!  It was from the Nestle recipe site.)  When the winter winds start finding their way into the home and you need something to keep you warm this soup is the perfect treat.  This silky seasonal recipe is not only easy but it retains a depth of flavor that is inviting and comforting.
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Chicken Tiffany

For a time I lived in the lovely town of Greenville, Pennsylvania and one of my favorite restaurants was Rachel’s Roadhouse in nearby Mercer. Rachel’s had two amazing dishes that kept me coming back, one was their mouthwatering NY style pretzels served with hot fudge and the other was their Chicken Tiffany. This dish is described on the menu as, “A boneless, skinless chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and cheddar cheese, rolled in special breadcrumbs and lightly deep-fried, atop hollandaise sauce.”  What is not to love!
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Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is a staple recipe you need to know as it can be used to enhance so many recipes and as the base for other sauces.  I learned how to make this for my Chicken Tiffany recipe with the aid Julia Child.  My recipe is slightly altered to hers but still basically the same.  This sauce can also be used for Eggs Benedict or as a topping for asparagus among many others.

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