Friday, December 9, 2011

oh Giada!

One day i would just love to meet Giada di Laurentiis, she is one of my idols!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Brownies are the best study buddy for finals!

Just made Hershey's Triple Chocolate Brownies and they are really helping me study :).

I have a secret to making these even better.  That is add milk instead of water, add vanilla extract and 1/4 of coffee.  These three little steps make the recipe so much tastier and no one will ever know it is a box recipe.

xoxo Rachel

p.s brownies please give me an A on my finals

Monday, December 5, 2011


Last night me and my cookie had left over fresh calamari to use and half a pound of pasta shells.  So, of course nothing sounded better to me than to mix the two together here is what I did.

2cups of 2% milk
~3/4 cup of flour (sifted)

1/4 cup olive oil
 2 garlic cloves
 to taste chili paste or sauce
2 cups calamari ( fresh or frozen sliced)
2 cups of spinach (leaves chopped)
1 cup of tomatoes (chopped small)
2 large roasted red peppers (cut small)

1/2 lb of medium pasta shells

First cook the spinach tomatoes and red peppers in the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, just until wilted. Set aside.

In the meantime, start the pasta water.

Using the same pan, use slowly add milk and sifted flour, switching between milk and flour until the sauce is thick and yields about 2 cups.

Next add the chili paste or sauce.  Then, add the veggies, turn the heat down to low.

By this time the pasta should be about done.  Taste and if it has a little bite it is perfect! Also you will want to finish cooking the pasta in the sauce so that all the flavor is absorbed! (one of the best tricks I have ever learned! thanks Giada di Laurentiis)

Strain the pasta with a little pasta water and put it into the saucepan.  Keep the temperature on low.  Add the calamari and cook for less than 3 minutes.  Otherwise, it will get chewy and chewy calamari? yuck!

I hope you enjoy this! it was just kind of a spur of the moment thing.  Hence, the reason I love cooking.  You can use what you have and make an amazing meal.

xoxo Rachel

Sunday, December 4, 2011

dinner with my cookie

Hello to all,

With a busy day of doing math and never even taking my exam i needed to relieve some stress and decided to cook.

I ended up cooking with my boyfriend, Michele.  We made shell pasta in a spicy cream sauce with calamari (yum!) spinach tomatoes, roasted red pepper, garlic...should I continue? Needless to say it was amazing.  Don't forget that crispy garlic bread.

Couldn't imagine a better cure from too much math!

xoxo Rachel