It’s been a long time since I was so looking forward to seeing the backside of a year. I don’t like rushing time, especially as we get older. It goes fast enough as it is. But this year been a long stressful slog. 2016 has to be better!
I am so grateful that I have my husband and kids. They have been an amazing support system for me. Since the summer I’ve been struggling with my issues, whether it was physical injuries or the black dog, as Conor from One Man’s Meat so aptly called it, and I feel like I got in a rut. It was an effort at times to get the day to day stuff done, nevermind finding creativity for blogging and other projects. My husband never wavers and never complains. He takes care of me and has the ability to make me laugh every day. And kids being kids, they keep you on your toes. They are a joy to have. Not sure what I did to get so lucky to have them in my life but boy am I glad I did it.
But I am looking forward to 2016 and a fresh start in terms of putting this year behind me and not letting it be a millstone round my neck. I have ideas I want to try and plan on keeping on improving with all the issues. Onwards and upwards!
My sister got me a fabulous book on food photography for Christmas. My family is so good about supporting my endeavors. Last year my husband found me a photobox and a photography book which helped me dust off the cobwebs of my photography knowledge. This book is the next step up from the previous book. After a year of practicing I am excited to learn new techniques and continuing to improve. I’m only into the fourth chapter and already I have a list in my head of things I need to set up.
Last night my sister and family were planning on coming so I planned Italian for dinner. Unfortunately, the New England weather decided it was time for the first winter storm. But I had found a recipe from the cookery book Giada at Home by Giada De Laurentiis. So I stuck with the planned theme.
It is the Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Sauce. This is my adaptation of it. I didn’t stray too much from the original but I did make it my own.
In a skillet heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil. Finely chop up half a red onion and begin saute the onion. Finely chop up 3-4 cloves of garlic and add it to the skillet.
While this is cooking slice up a mixture of mushrooms. I used baby bellas (cremini), shiitake, and oyster mushrooms. You want about 2 cups sliced. Add these to the skillet to start to brown.
Add 1/2-3/4 cup of vegetable bouillon and 1/2 a cup of dry white wine. Bring to a simmer to reduce the liquid by at least a third.
During this time make sure you cook the pasta. I chose brown rice spaghetti. When the pasta is nearly done add a half cup (4 oz) of mascarpone.
When the mascarpone has blended in add 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan and a handful of chopped chives. Season with sea salt and pepper. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat.
Garnish with chopped chives and grated parmesan cheese. My husband made fabulous ciabatta bread. He used it to make garlic bread. A serious weakness of mine!
This dish was a hit even with my son who doesn’t like mushrooms. Fingers crossed his tastes are changing. The rest of us love mushrooms.
Happy New Year’s everyone!