Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (2 of 8)

We’ve been hosting sleepovers nearly every weekend for the last few weeks. My dilemma is never that I adamantly don’t like children (OKKKK that’s not the dilemma MOST DAYS). I often find myself trying to think of a vegetarian meal that will go over well with non-vegetarian guests, especially if it’s a type of cuisine they’re not used to.

Growing up, if I didn’t want to eat what my mom made (sorry, Mom) then I could: 1) eat it anyway or 2) make my own food. In my adulthood, I find myself trying to appease 9-11 year old appetites. WHAT.

I decided to take a chance and make fettuccine alfredo one Friday night when I knew we were hosting one of Silas’s friends. To my amazement, Silas demolished his dinner. His buddy ate two big platefuls AND the next week when he slept over again, he said to me, “Auntie J, that pasta was SO GOOD! OH MY GOODNESS!” So, here’s the recipe for you to have as well!

Note:  I’ve learned that when a recipe calls for scarce ingredients, using quality products is important.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (2 of 8)

Fettuccine Alfredo

Serves 6-8 folks.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds dried fettuccine noodles
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
salt and fresh ground pepper, to your liking
a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg

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Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water (this is your chance to flavor the pasta as it cooks, so don’t be afraid to salt profusely). Cook the pasta until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, add the heavy cream, butter, and lemon juice to a medium-sized pot of their own, over medium heat, whisking occasionally to combine. Continue heating and stirring until the butter completely melts and the mixture is well combined. Add the cheese, a half-cup at a time, stirring with each addition until the sauce is smooth. Taste, then add salt and pepper to your liking. Add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. Reduce heat to low.

Drain the cooked pasta, reserving about one cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot, then pour the sauce over the noodles. Gently toss well, until all the noodles are covered with sauce. If you need to, add some of the pasta cooking water to help make everything more smooth.

Serve immediately, topping with a bit of fresh ground pepper if you’d like.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (5 of 8)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (5 of 8)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (5 of 8)

Everyday Life: Weeks 6 and 7

A little peek at the last couple weeks:

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Starting off a day right.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
When dad is off at a music rehearsal, this is how we study 6th grade algebra homework… (Yes, got it all done before dad got home.)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Sometimes you accidentally pour the whole 16 ounce container of yogurt in your bowl…just add bananas. Eat on the way to the gym. ¯_(ツ)_/¯


We got caught in a big downpour about halfway home. (It was a fun walk. P.S. Percy doesn’t know what to think of overflowing storm drains and that produces quite a dramatic pull-on-the-leash dance.)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Guess who’s avoiding going to bed in this photo op…

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Tried some new Indian recipes from Madhur Jaffrey’s vegetarian cookbook… DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try more.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Post-bath puppy.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
This beer was interesting, to say the least. Not my preferred flavors but fun to try! It was brewed with spices that are used to make scrapple and indeed, did taste weirdly breakfast-y.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Comfort food… vegetarian (Quorn) chicken and dumplings.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
At least a couple days of the week, I pack my husband’s lunch for him to take to work. Toby’s tofu pâté is one we enjoy (especially the jalapeño version).

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
This cat has the most awful blood-curdling meow. And his preferred times to vocalize said meow: between 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock in the morning. But at least he has pretty eyes and soft fur.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Another new recipe experiment. A Moroccan sweet potato and lentil soup.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Baby.


Some highlights from a couple of Silas’s recent basketball games. He’s number 54.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Probably the best fettuccine alfredo I’ve made. Hooray!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Pre-basketball game breakfast. Cranberry hazelnut french toast, hash browns, and some fresh mango and banana.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
All I ever want to do is lay around cuddling the dog. True story. She turned 11 months old this week!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
I got to have the entire spin room at the gym to myself. The quiet of the huge room was awesome.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
A vegetarian sheet pan dinner experiment with a side of steamed then sautéed broccoli.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Handdrawn Valentine’s Day card.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
And since Valentine’s Day also fell on Taco Tuesday we went out for some margaritas, tacos and nachos. All day happy hour! Woo-hoo!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Two days later, we shared MORE nachos. This time with beers, at the pub where some of my husband’s students had a poetry reading featuring a few songwriting students as well.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Stripes and a cat squeeze.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
My husband and his band opened for Terrapin Flyer here in Ashland…

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Nearly two dozen cheese enchiladas (with un-photoed beans and rice) when we had a sleepover that included three extra kids Friday night… The nine year old kid asked me, “Do you make your own chicken?” I told him there was no chicken in the enchiladas, to which he replied, “OH. We don’t eat this stuff at my house. Do you HAVE any chicken? I like MEAT… Beef? Ribs…? I’m a beef guy. Or do you guys just eat… this stuff over here?” Bwahaha.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7

Hope you’ve had a great couple of weeks!

Blueberry Cobbler

Forbidden Rice Blog | Blueberry Cobbler (2 of 6)

Just like that, here we are, almost to the middle of February and it’s a whole new year since the last actual recipe I posted on this food blog. Though this space hasn’t been entirely vacant, and certainly I’ve been cooking frequently, my apologies for the lack of shared recipes.

After being “away” for so long, I wondered if I needed to explain myself. But… I don’t feel the need. There aren’t good excuses. Life is busy. There never seems to be enough hours to get everything I both need and want to get done in a day. Let’s be honest. I spend the majority of every day doing a multitude of tedious things that have to get done (though I try to make at least an hour to get outside — the puppy needs a good walk/play/run, after all). By the end of the day (which is usually somewhere between 11PM and 2AM for my nocturnal brain), I finally have time to myself and generally trying to think of words to describe a recipe in any detail sounds less than enjoyable.

That said, here we are. Blueberry cobbler. There are cobblers and then… there are COBBLERS. I’ve rarely heard of people agreeing on what exactly constitutes an authentic fruit “cobbler.” Bottomless-pie-pastry-crust-top? Thick, wet, cake batter smoothed over fruit then baked? Biscuit batter dropped haphazard and beautifully onto some fruit filling? I don’t know. Maybe YOU wouldn’t even call this cobbler. You can call it whatever you want, really, it’s still tasty!

Blueberry Cobbler

Ingredients:

For the biscuit topping:
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
2/3 cup cold buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg

For the filling:
2 pounds fresh blueberries, stems removed
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Additional ingredients:
fresh nutmeg
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons coarse sugar
zest from one lemon
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9″x13″ baking dish.

Prepare the biscuit topping: in a large bowl, combine the two cups of flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, sugar, salt. Mix well. Cut the butter into your dry ingredients, until you form pea-sized crumbs.

Whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla and egg. Add this mixture to the butter/flour mixture, gently kneading until a soft ball of dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll until you form a rectangle approximately half an inch thick. Fold the bottom edge of the dough upwards, over the middle. Next for the top edge over the side you’ve just brought to the middle. (Basically creating 3 layers!) Roll this out until it’s a half inch thick again.

Use a knife or rectangular biscuit cutter to cut the dough into 12-15 pieces. Set on a baking sheet and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

Prepare the blueberry filling: stir together the cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the blueberries and toss to evenly coat. Pour the blueberries into your buttered baking dish.

Prepare the cobbler:  place the biscuits on top of the blueberries, spacing them about one-inch apart from one another.

In a small dish, stir together the 1/4-cup buttermilk and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Brush over the top of each biscuit. Sprinkle the coarse sugar, lemon zest and a light pinch of fresh nutmeg.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly browned. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream if you’d like!

Everyday Life: Weeks 4 and 5

Somehow last week escaped me before I had a chance to post anything here. So, here’s a look at the last two weeks. Weeks 4 and 5:

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
We’ve had some beautiful late-winter days that are just warm enough to hint at spring.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
This guy drives me cuckoo. Sleeps all day. Then screams between 2 and 8 A.M. for food, cuddles, general attention.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Buttermilk fried “chicken” (high-protein tofu) and buttermilk waffles one night!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Intently watching folks drill into the street and sidewalk across from our house.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
We got a Vitamix for Christmas and it’s the best thing everrr. Vegan cashew pesto in there for a couple meals.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Including this eggplant parmesan with homemade marinara as well, and caesar salads with garlic croutons and vegan caesar dressing (not homemade).

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Leftovers of the exact same meal the next night for meeee!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Percy loves a big open field to run in. :)

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Watching the rain.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
At 11 years old, Silas is now 5 foot 6 inches. He’s a total badass on the basketball court; those games also take up the majority of our Saturdays (which is entirely alright!).

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Found this lovely dog statue on an afternoon walk…

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Morning company for drinking coffee.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Pretty Chicken.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Percy likes to squeeze in next to me on whatever chair I happen to sit in, in our living room. It’s the best.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Biscuits. Light and fluffy!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Post-bath buffet.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Quorn brand vegetarian chik’n is my absolute favorite. It’s so similar in texture and flavor, to real chicken. And so easy to use in recipes to make them vegetarian friendly. This is teriyaki chik’n we had with rice (basmati for the kids, cauliflower rice for Craig and I) and some sautéed veggies.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Secret buddies.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Rain is coming… YES.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Lazy Bones Jones, sleeping in like a champ!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
For the Super Bowl, we had a DIY nacho bar with homemade cheese sauce filled with green chiles, slow cooked refried beans, and other not-so-homemade nacho toppings…


A few clips of Silas (#54) in Saturday’s game.

Hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks!

Everyday Life: Week 3

The third week of this year has looked something like this:

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Winter skies in Southern Oregon.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Sometimes you just need very chocolatey chocolate chunk cookies.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Egg salad. With veggie bacon. Just do it.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
One of my favorite pizzas from pizza night. Potatoes with pesto, caramelized onions and goat cheese.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Rain-watcher.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
A super easy dinner. Mashed potatoes, gravy, Trader Joe’s veggie chicken sausages, corn and peas.


Percy is learning new tricks!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
This dude is clocking in at just above 5’6″ at 11 1/2 years old. WHAT.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Leftover mashed potatoes make good breakfast potatoes… with scrambled eggs and Quorn meatless sausage.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Somebody trying REALLY hard to get a little bagel bite.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Some days…

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Re-organizing.


Just steps from my house, the Women’s March that happened Saturday was inspiring.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Sometimes you get two hours of sleep. And then use a cocoa avocado skin food mask…and it’s perfect camouflage for SnapChat’s deer filter.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Dinner-prep helper.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3
Veggie chicken and biscuits (filled with cheddar and rosemary!).

Hope you’ve had a lovely week!