Friday, March 29, 2013

Slice of Life March Challenge #29

I love to cook. I think if I hadn't become a teacher, I might have gone to culinary school.  My love for cooking probably came from my mother who is an excellent cook.  Family parties and holidays have always been centered around lots and lots of good, homemade food--always made, with love, by my mother.

As a kid, I was always in the kitchen with my mom--either sitting and watching her cook or making my way in there myself to try, usually only resulting in an utter mess in the kitchen.  Those moments are some of my favorite memories I have with my mother.

Just like my mother, I never measure anything and I can't follow recipes. I just taste and add and add some more until it comes out just how I like it.  Not that that method has always worked for me, but I'm learning.  Baking, on the other hand, I have no patience for.  Too much measuring and following recipes precisely and making sure not to forget about how many more minutes are left before everything has to come out of the oven.  I've burned more chocolate cookies and cupcakes than I can count at this point, and I've pretty much given up.  I just stick to cooking.

Anyway, here's what I made for dinner and my recipe (minus any precise measurements because I just don't have any).  I guess I'll call it Pasta a'la Rachel: 

  • Saute onions and lots of garlic in a little olive oil.  
  • Add dashes of red pepper flakes, oregano, garlic salt, and fresh black pepper.  
  • Add a generous amount of dry white wine and let the wine cook down a bit. 
  • Then, add chicken broth and a few spoonfuls of tomato paste.  Let this cook for some time.
  • Next, add clams, scallops, and shrimp. Taste along the way to adjust for seasoning.
  • Add the sauce and seafood over any type of pasta that you like. I used linguine.

Finish it off with a little bit of parsley (so it looks nice) and a little Parmesan cheese (or a lot if you really like it like me).  After adding a little of this and a little of that and tasting along the way, here's what the final product should look like...

Oh! and  of course, don't forget to finish it off with a healthy glass of your favorite white wine.

Bon appétit!


  1. Sounds like a great meal, however, my husband refuses to ever touch any type of seafood. So you had me right up to the seafood, then disappointment set in for me. I do like seafood, but have never cooked with it due to his revulsion. I hope you enjoyed your meal.

  2. That looks delicious, Rachel! I love the garnish...very restauranty looking....