Monday, April 30, 2007

Basil Alfredo Pasta, Almond Angel Food Cake, and my new favorite earrings

After tonight, my blog will be featuring recipes from, because that's what I need to be doing: cooking light. I find that I'm usually attracted to recipes that call for butter, heavy cream, etc. That is not going to help me get off this baby weight. But tonight, as a last hoo-rah, we had one of Bobby's favorites: Basil Alfredo Pasta with Goat Cheese. We add a few chicken breasts, sliced and sauteed in olive oil.

2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt
18 oz fresh spinach fettucine (or just dry regular fettucine if that's all you can find)
8 oz chevre (goat cheese), crumbled
½ diced seeded fresh plum tomatoes
½ cup slivered fresh basil leaves
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 chicken breasts, sliced and sautéed in olive oil

  1. Bring cream to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until thick, 20 to 30 minutes. Then add the chopped basil and cook an additional 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and fettuccini, and cook at a rolling boil until just tender.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, add half the chevre to the basil sauce. Return the pan to low heat, stir, and heat through. Transfer to a warmed serving bowl.
  4. Drain the pasta, add it to the sauce and chicken, and toss lightly. Top with the remaining goat cheese, tomato, slivered basil, and black pepper. Serve immediately.

I started checking out the Cooking Light website today and found what looks like some pretty good recipes. I brought dinner to a friend who just had a baby and the dessert was Almond Angel Food Cake with Creme Anglaise and Macerated Strawberries. I confess I love recipes with fancy, descriptive titles of 10 words or more.

And these are my new 80's earrings I bought from I love them! It's a store that my little sisters shop at in California. If you like cheap clothes, and you're desperately trying to hold on to your last shred of fashion sense like me, you should check it out. I can't believe I bought these, because I never, ever thought I would go back to any semblance of 80's fashion. But when I saw these $2.00 plastic earrings, I had to have them! My nose looks huge in this picture.


Jill said...

YUMM this look

Jill said...

I didn't hit enter, I wasn't finished! I think your earrings are way cute I love them :)

Allison Riley said...

Hey Katherine -
Ashley gave me the link to your blog to look at when I was bored... and I am bored (translation: sick to death of corporate finance review). I'm looking forward to checking it often, and from what I can tell, Noah will appreciate it, too. I am TOTALLY the skin-of-my-teeth, prepare a meal in a flash kind of cook (I think it runs in the family, my mom defends her not-teaching-us-to-cook move by reminding us we did learn to play the violin...) but I'm looking forward to testing a few of your recipes post-finals week!
-Ash's little sis

Katherine said...

Hey Allison!! I'm glad to see you on here! Your mom has a good point about the violin. :) I keep harassing your sister to start a blog even though she has no time until after the big exam. I love blogs! Good luck with finals!

Erin Walker said...

Katherine, you are a very entertaining writer! I love reading your posts - I laugh out loud multiple times. And I love the earrings. :)

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