“I sure tried hard to be cool…”

I’m a little anxious and will be for the rest of the week. I can’t really say why, but I came home in a bit of a tizzy. Jay was in a bit of a funk too, and while I was tempted to order pizza, I decided instead to be good and whip up something at home. Enter Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cacio e Pepe.

I had all the ingredients in the pantry–More or less. I had about 1 serving of linguini, and no pecorino, so I used all Parmesan and 3/4 of the only full box of pasta I had–Rigatoni. It worked well-enough. While it cooked, I made the sauce:


I also used up the last pieces of my Tuscan Roasted Garlic from the awesome folks at Rudi’s Organic Bakery to make some toast.


Brushed with some olive oil, it was better than any garlic bread I’ve had in a long time. I just wish I’d thought of that idea sooner! Then it was time for the pasta:


Comfort food in a bowl, even if it’s blazing hot outside.


I want to make this again, properly, with both the cheeses, as well as the correct pasta (Gwyneth’s recipe calls for spaghetti). And I’ll have to place an order to Rudi’s for more of that bread! Or get Hy-Vee to start stocking it.


The only thing that would’ve made this meal even better would’ve been a nice glass of wine to go with it. But, by the time I thought about it, there wasn’t time to chill anything, so I drank water instead. And had a big bowl of ice cream for dessert. A perfect end to an other-wise tense day!

9 thoughts on ““I sure tried hard to be cool…”

  1. I hope that whatever you're going through comes to a happy resolution soon. The pasta looks yummy, even if you did alter the recipe. Delish!
    • Thanks Stacie--I guess it's not a huge secret. I've applied for a different job within my department & yesterday I had an interview scheduled for Friday. I'm a little nervous about it, because obviously I want the job, but I also don't want it to blow up in my face! :) I'm thinking that this pasta is going to be my quick go-to-I-forgot-to-take-something-out-to-thaw dish!
    • Nah...I still think she's a pretentious snot. The book is dotted with quotes from her kids, like they're just as cool & wonderful as she is (and it's not that I'm trying to make fun of her kids, it's just that I find her use of their quotes a little ridiculous), and she name-drops fancy-ass restaurants like the rest of us eat there all the time too. I will grant her, though, that everything I've made out of there (which has only been a few things--There are a lot of vegan & Asian-inspired seafood recipes I won't touch, as well as a lot of stuff with duck--ever since my husband told me it's greasy & gamey-tasting, I've been afraid of trying it) has been REALLY good. Pretentiousness aside, the girl CAN cook.
  2. Hey Stranger! The birdies told me about the new position and I've been thinking of you. Glad to hear you are going for it because you can do it. I wish you all the best and I will see you soon... (I want the cookbook now because of you!)
  3. Good luck on the job possibility. I hope it all works out for the best. PS. Your hubbie is right--duck is way too greasy and gamey for my tastes. And EXPENSIVE!!!
  4. Melissa!!! I hear you may be coming to visit tomorrow! :) Even if you don't make it, I'm glad you're feeling well enough to even be thinking of such things! I begrudgingly suggest you buy the cookbook...You know how awesome some of the dishes are! And thanks for the words of encouragement...It's always nice knowing there are people on my side. :) Stacie--Thanks--I hope so too! The expense would be enough to deter me, even if I wasn't scared away by the grease or the game!

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