Most of this post was originally published on Derek Hawkins' blog Brain Drippings. When I first started writing Nemesis, and pretty much any book before it, I didn't listen to music like most writers do. I have ADD, so I'm distracted quite easily. I needed total solitude and mostly silence, so I sat outside on… Continue reading The Nemesis Playlist
Cooking Tips #9
This one may seem a little silly and obvious, but I find it funny and I'll explain why. Last Saturday, while at my grandmother's house and after taking my mother to the ER again the night before, I wanted to have some of the leftover Red Clam Sauce my uncle made a few days… Continue reading Cooking Tips #9
Spaghetti with a Kick
If you don't know, I've been house-sitting all week for a friend of mine who had to go to Texas. However, her youngest son, who was supposed to house sit for someone else, has been here off and on throughout the week. On Wednesday, I wasn't expecting him when I came home from doing some… Continue reading Spaghetti with a Kick
Cooking Tips #7
Today's tip is about onions, and that tip is a chilled onion won't make you cry. So chill your onion(s) before slicing and dicing them and that should help. Mangia!
Cooking Tips #6
Ever have your tomato sauce taste "tinny" or have that metallic taste to it? Yeah, we so understand. This is what happens when you cook tomato-based sauces in aluminum or any reactive metal pan/pot. Sometimes, even copper will have this effect. To fix that taste, however, add a dash or two of Balsamic vinegar. Other than… Continue reading Cooking Tips #6
Cooking Tips #5
Frying things – bread *just* before putting it into the oil, otherwise the breading will become gummy instead of crisp.
Cooking Tips #4
Salting the water allows you to season the noodles beforehand because once they are boiled it's too late to season them. And here you thought it was to keep them from sticking together or the like. Not so. To do that, use oil.
Today's guest post is from my darling cousin Lori, who's getting married on Halloween to the Rockstar she affectionately calls Future Husband on her awesome and hysterical blog that is full of hilarity Diary of a Rockstar's Girlfriend! This is the meal she made while she was here to visit our g-ma recently, and Oh.… Continue reading Carbonara!
Cooking Tips #3
Butter for crisper cookies; margarine for softer cookies.
Red Clam Sauce
You've likely seen me talk/tweet about this recipe quite often, and the reason being is that it's yummy and quick and easy to make. I suppose if I’m going to share any Italian recipes with you it might help if I give you the base ingredient to most of them–the marinara sauce. Marinara means “no… Continue reading Red Clam Sauce