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Fettuccine Alfredo

I found this recipe on Epicurious.com.  It was published in Gourmet magazine October 2008.

I read the user reviews and used the advice printed there. I simmered the butter and whipped cream with 2 cloves of crushed garlic. I scooped out the garlic once it was time to add the cooked fettuccine. I also added more cheese. I used real grated Parmesan cheese. I added 3/4 of a cup to my doubled recipe. I also used the reserved pasta water, some of the reviews said they didn’t and the pasta really stuck together.

1/2 a stick of butter = 1/4 cup = 4 Tbsp

My doubled recipe is 1 cup whipping cream, 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. I reserved 1 cup of the cooking water.

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8 to 9 ounce egg fettuccine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1. Cook fettuccine in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain pasta.

2. Meanwhile, bring cream and butter to a simmer in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-low heat, adding 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

3. Add fettuccine, 1/4 cup reserved water, and cheese and toss. Add more cooking water if necessary.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

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Chocolate-Pistachio Sables

I was on the hunt for a new Christmas cookie, so I started looking through the epicurious website.  I found this wonderful recipe there!!  The recipe is from Alison Roman and it was published in Bon Appetit magazine December 2013.

I found raw pistachios at Bulk Barn.  I bought one cup and the cost came to $6.50.  I also could not find flaky sea salt (Maldon), so I just used coarse sea salt, which worked perfectly.   I also chopped up 5 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of buying the squares.

This recipe is a great “make ahead” cookie. Tips are listed below, you can freeze the batter or make it right away.

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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups (lightly packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg white
5 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsalted, shelled raw pistachios, coarsely chopped
Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)

1. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, kosher salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Using electric mixer on high speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients; mix just to combine, then mix in egg white. Fold in chocolate and pistachios.

2. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into 8″-long log about 1 1/2″ in diameter, pushing dough together if it feels crumbly. Wrap tightly in parchment paper and chill until firm, at least 4 hours. (The colder your dough, the easier it will be to slice.)

3. Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350F. Working with 1 log of dough at a time and using a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/4″-thick rounds and transfer to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1/2″ apart.

4. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt and bake, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until set around edges and centres look dry, 10-12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.

YIELD: Makes about 8 dozen

MAKE AHEAD: Cookie dough can be made 1 month ahead; freeze instead of chilling. Slice frozen logs into rounds just before baking.

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon

My husband and my son love anything spicy.  I came across this great bacon recipe in my Epicurious cookbook ” More than 250 of our Best-loved Four-fork Recipes”.

The cookbook notes that if thick-cut bacon is not available, regular packaged bacon can be used but will need to be cooked in batches with slightly shorter cooking times.

This bacon is great for breakfast or even on a club sandwich at lunch.

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1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Rounded 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Rounded 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound thick-cut bacon (about 12 slices)

1. Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Stir together the brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper in a small bowl.
3. Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer (not overlapping) on the rack of a large broiler pan or baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Turn the slices over and sprinkle evenly with the spiced sugar. Continue baking until the bacon is crisp and deep golden, 20 to 35 minutes more (check bacon every 5 minutes). Transfer to paper towels to drain.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS