Thursday, October 30, 2014

Classic Penne A la Vodka

Can anybody answer why oh why is pasta the most delicious, comforting meal on the planet? I have to insist that someone answer this question.

As the weather gets cooler--and let us just accept it, because it is--I find myself craving generous servings of classic comfort food. What could be better than a creamy, dreamy bowl chock full of al dente pasta, tossed in a most delightful A la Vodka sauce?

If you said, "Nothing!" you are absolutely right! This Classic Penne A la Vodka is the light at the end of a hard day, the big hug after a long cry. A rich and flavorful tomato cream sauce enriched with the flavor of garlic and prosciutto, sweetened with a touch of vodka, heavy cream, and fresh basil.

Penne A la Vodka always reminds me of my sister, Amy. so I guess you can say this recipe is dedicated to her! Whenever we went out for an Italian dinner, she almost exclusively ordered Fettuccine Alfredo or Penne A la Vodka. Now both she (and you!!) can save a few bucks and make restaurant quality Penne A la Vodka from the comfort of your own home.

Let's get that pasta water bawlin'!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Let's eat all the apples!

Have you been apple picking this season? I don't care if the internet declares apple picking a "basic" activity--it's fantastically fun and a tradition I am not willing to give up.

At what other time of year can you get 20 pounds of apples for two people and NOT judge yourself?

Besides eating an apple a day for the entire month of October, apple picking gives you the perfect excuse to get cooking with the freshest apples that the season has to offer. A fresh apple is the key to my Apple Pie Oatmeal. Imagine having dessert for breakfast. Well, I am here to make that dream a reality.

I suggest rolled oats or steel cut oats for this dish. They are nutty and rich and pair wonderfully with warm apples, cinnamon, and sweet honey. There is no refined sugar in this oatmeal, making it a deliciously guilt free breakfast you can enjoy all week!

I like to make a big batch of this oatmeal Sunday night, and warm up individual portions every morning. The oatmeal may get thicker the longer it sits in the fridge, but that's nothing a little almond milk can't solve. Simply warm the oatmeal in the microwave with a couple of tablespoons of almond milk until your desired consistency is reached.

May I recommend an extra apple slice or two, chopped pecans, an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of vanilla yogurt for serving? Enjoy!