Category: Pasta

Four Seasons in Hawaii, or lack thereof.

Did I ever tell you that I love Fall? The cool, crisp air and the warm, rustling leaves. The gradually grayer skies, suddenly darker evenings, and colorful peacoats and wispy scarves. Did I also ever mention I live in.. Hawaii, where virtually none of this exists except for those who forsake their sanity in order to swagger in sweltering ugg boots? *sigh* Oh, how I miss having a full-fledged four season spectrum.“But, it’s Hawaii!” you exclaim.

Jealous? of me? Really?! I suppose the grass really is always greener on the other side.

At least I make do with what I have. Even though it’s not frightfully cold and I obviously don’t need to wear protective layers upon layers of clothing (since one thin layer seems to do just fine), I still feel the need to make heart-warming comfort foods according to the month or (physically absent) season. Better yet, I get to incorporate seasonal vegetables as well! Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese. I just love the sound of that, don’t you? Slightly sweet, savory, lush, cheesey, soft, and crusty all at once. As if I didn’t emphasize how much I love pasta enough.

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Back to the Basics.

I think I may have mentioned this before , but among other things, I love pasta. I really do. There is no discrimination whatsoever between fresh and vibrant red sauces and rich and creamy white sauces, not to mention every other ethereal sauce inbetween. Once upon a time, however, this wasn’t so.


I was inexperienced, un-worldy, and young younger. Back then, I was somewhat deluded and convinced that The Old Spaghetti Factory was the paramount of all things or places quintessentially pasta. A conviction that has not, I admit, entirely eluded me due to sentimental memories. It was precisely here where my love affair with pasta first truly begun. Of course, nothing has really ever beat Adela’s spaghetti and meat sauce at home, but it was at this American spaghetti chain restaurant (can you believe it?) that I began to widen my horizons, sort of. What, you ask, could have possibly initiated and marked such a revolutionary moment? Spaghetti with butter and cheese. It’s emulsified butter and cheese in pasta water that elicits a smooth, nutty, and luscious flavor – a most simple, modest, and rustic staple in the realm of pasta. It’s the classic foundation for many other beloved creamy sauces which makes this impossible to dislike for amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Continue reading

Chilling Out & Cooling Off.

What?! Another summer-savoring recipe and reminder of summer’s end yet to come already here?! I know, I know. I’m clearly behaving as a sullen, whiny teen (which seems so ten, okay fine,  five years ago) constantly complaining about another end of the favorite season and consequently, another beginning of the dreaded semester, but I can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that I won’t have as much time to bake and cook anymore! Let me moan just a little. It’s not my intention in the slightest to be cumbersome to any readers with my incessant weeps and woes. Honestly, I keep thinking for some reason that the more I complain and vent about my troubles and worries, it will do one of two things. One, the problem at hand will *poof* magically disappear or disintegrate as the groans and grumbles appear and increase with every word typed and created by my almighty fingers (needless to say, the blatantly desired outcome). Or, two, as I blab on and on about my pathetic minion of a problem especially in comparison to other far more prominent and official worldly disasters and tragedies (although, quite frankly, I can’t really bring myself to say I don’t believe the situation I or any other stressed and exhausted college student is in isn’t a complete and total calamity in and of itself), I’ll be forced to accept (gracefully?) the hell that awaits me.

Or will I?
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Good Things Come in Threes.

They really do, don’t they? Think about how many things, good things, tend to come in threes. Let’s see..there are three primary colors, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Twilight series (for all you crazed fans out there), the three Musketeers, the three wise men, the Chipmunks, the Jonas Brothers (not really, but I like to joke every now and then) and of course, presumably three meals a day, correct? I love the number three and with the  Holy Trinity of this dish being chicken, asparagus, and pasta – my unreasonable love for this inanimate number is only reaffirmed.  “Why?” You might wonder to yourself. Because three central things: chicken, asparagus, and pasta combined make one hell of a good thing.

Heck, that hell of a good thing brought forth three other good things. One, I got to cook something new. Two, I saved money by eating at home. And voilà! Three, I get to pass on the goodness to you! Don’t worry, you can thank me later and yeah, I’m sure that it’s a total coincidence that your favorite number magically happens to be three now too.

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