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Carbonara

Carbonara

"This is a favorite late-night dinner for my husband and me. John’s favorite meal is carbonara; he always asks for it on his birthday. We also make it when he plays with his rock band. John doesn’t like to eat dinner before a show, so this has become our favorite midnight supper after a gig. It’s really like an early breakfast, with pasta rather than potatoes or bread. It is, after all, bacon and eggs. The only trick to carbonara is tempering the egg yolks to ensure you do not end up with scrambled eggs. For the brightest color, I use Araucana eggs, which are widely available at Whole Foods and farmers' markets. The eggs have a greenish-blue tint to the shell and the hens that lay them are often fed marigolds, which make the egg yolks intensely bright yellow-orange.

Many recipes for carbonara include cream, but I never add cream. The creamy quality of the sauce should come from the tempered eggs emulsifying with the cheeses and pasta." –RR

tags: lunch dinner pasta cheese eggs pork boil simmer more
Recipe by Rachael Ray from Rachael Ray Show 05/09/14
Poached Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

Poached Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

"I love rollover cooking. If you cook something simple like a poached chicken, you can roll it into two meals, like my Chicken and Snap Pea Soup with Leeks and Mushroom, Asparagus, Chicken Sauté with Rice Pilaf. These meals are perfect for springtime into early summer. Heads up: each can be prepared in short-order by using pulled rotisserie chicken and store-bought stock if you want to make the meals on their own and in a hurry any night of the week." –RR

tags: Budget-Friendly poultry vegetables Yum-o! Family-Friendly poach more
Recipe by Rachael Ray from Rachael Ray Show 05/01/14