Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cha-cha-changin' and an award (oh and pasta)

After 16 months, it was time for a change. After going from white (sorta) collar work to blue (literally, our uniforms are blue) collar work, I thought there was no need for style upkeep. I wear a hairnet for heaven's sake. I'll just let it go.........
My mother asked every time I talked to her or saw her "ahh, when are you going to cut your hair?". My kids loved it-my God, do they have no taste? I thought I taught them better than that. Because the shape of my face, it is hidden by all the hair. I have a lot of hair-I swear it multiplies like rabbits when I am asleep. After months of getting hair in my mouth when I eat, getting hair in my mouth when rinsing out toothpaste, after getting hot on the pillow (not that!), and getting a head ache after having it pulled into a pony so it would all fit under my hair net, I said enough.
Ta Da:

Yeah, I should have put some makeup on, but au naturale today. I have always worn my hair shorter, so I went back to it. The Dude thought I was going to do something 'different' as I have already had this hairstyle. It is a running joke in our family; I have had as many hairstyles as years we've been married. You can tell how old pictures are by not looking at the date on them but by Tami's hairstyle. Did you check out those HUGE sleeves on my wedding dress in the photo behind my head? Honestly, I had to stuff them with tissue paper so they would poof up. Between 50 sheets of tissue in my sleeves and the crinoline under the skirt, I made a rustling noise all day. Heads would turn-did you hear that? It sounds like I was scraping ice all day.

I tried a new recipe this evening. I was totally disappointed. The Dude ate it; I scraped mine in the trash. It looked so good when I saw RR make it on both 30 Minute Meals and her daytime show and she said it was her hubby's favorite. Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Didn't ring my bell. Here is what it was-looked good, but I didn't care for it. Dude said it need 'more sauce and more meat'. Dude-that's regular spaghetti!

Adapted from Rachael Ray-was missing ingredients. That might have been the problem.....

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

4 slices bacon, cut in small pieces
1/2 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock (I used stock-no white wine on hand)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup boiling pasta water

Cook spaghetti to al dente, depending on style used cooking time will vary. I used angel hair so I did mine for 5 minutes. Drain.

Cook bacon pieces and 3 whole cloves of garlic that have just been lightly smooshed in a drizzle of EVOO. I like garlic flavor, not so much pieces of garlic, but the recipe called for finely cut up garlic.

After the bacon has browned and garlic fragrant (about 5 minutes) stir in broth -or wine- and reduce by half. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks. While whisking eggs yolks, pour in boiling pasta water. Add pasta to the pan; stir to coat. Add egg mixture. Stir for two minutes and serve.

In RR recipe, she used pancetta. I didn't have any. She also used red pepper flakes (too hot for me and the kids-wusses I know), Parmesan cheese-somehow I was out, how I don't know, and fresh parsley. Umm, mine had turned brown so I used the dried stuff.

I had such high hopes. Oh well, live and learn-right?

And for awards.....

Katherine over at Smoky Mountain Cafe awarded me the Superior Scribbler Award. I am touched that she thought of me. I know that my posts pale in comparison to so many out there, and really appreciate her kindness. I will pass it on, but for tonight I have some laundry to finish and dishes to pick up, so I will pass it on later this week.
Peace out~


Katherine Aucoin said...

Love the new haircut! Sorry you didn't like your carbonara, it looks delish!

You ARE a Superior Scribbler!

Melissa said...

I love your new haircut. Isn't liberating when we do something like that! I had a similar experience with a RR recipe, it was the Honey nut chicken, kids were excited up until they put it in their mouths lol. None of us liked it. Oh and before we make pies girl you will have to give me lessons lol.

Bob said...

Congratz on the award! I wonder what happened with your carbonara, i've heard nothing but good things about it before...

HoneyB said...

The hair cut is gorgeous!

Spryte said...

Congrats on your award and your hair looks so cute!

Pam said...

What a cute haircut!

I love carbonara - so rich and creamy, it's hard to resist.

Donna-FFW said...

Your haircut looks great. Carbonara is one of my fav's. Love Tyler Florences version best!

Heather said...

aw! your new haircut looks so cute! and i love spaghetti carbonara. easily one of my favorite pasta dishes ever!

noble pig said...

Ah short hair, it's so easy. Your cut is cute!

Soory about the carbonarra, I guess they all can't be winners even though we want them to be.

Dawn said...

A new do! Looks wonderful! A new you! Spaghetti carbonara is one of my all time favorites. I treat myself twice a year to it.

lettergirl said...

Adorable new do!!! Or re-do, I guess, if you've had it before. =)