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Daily Dish: Homemade Spaghetti

Okay, easiest dish ever. I grew up on homemade spaghetti so it's always been my go-to comfort food. Or if we're starving, don't want to eat out, and need to whip up something quick, this is it. 

This is for you silly people who don't already have a spaghetti dish, and it's almost impossible to mess-up. I use the following ingredients: 

  1. Spaghetti noodles 
  2. 1 pound of beef (over 90% lean because I'm bougie)
  3. Spices: salt, ground pepper, nature's seasons, basil, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder
  4. Prego 'Smart Heart' (because I feel like it's healthy) TRADITIONAL sauce
  5. Olive Oil

First, splash some olive oil in the pan you use to cook your meat. I use olive oil when cooking any type of meat. Honestly, I use it no matter what I'm cooking, unless it's cereal. Season that meat UP with salt, pepper, and nature's seasons. Meanwhile, get your water boiling for the noodles. 

Once it's done, I drain the meat until most of the juices are out. If you're using a pound of meat, I recommend two cans of sauce. This really depends on your preference of sauciness. Next comes the basil, oregano, garlic, and onion powder. I do this by eye but a decent way to measure is to sprinkle each spice over until it covers the whole surface. Mix it up and BAM. Once your noodles are done, you know what to do. Voilà, magic. 

Not Just Coffee. The Best Coffee.

Hi, I love coffee and I love Not Just Coffee

I first discovered this glorious place when I was visiting Charlotte over a year ago and now that I live here, I'm spoiled. With one of their three locations within walking distance, it has become dangerous. They have all your classic favorites, and introduce seasonal treats every so often. But unlike the typical Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks (no hate to my pumpkin spice lovers), they create really interesting drinks, like the expresso mule, which is a combo of ginger beer, key lime juice, simple syrup and expresso. It sounded iffy to me too, but I ended up being a fan. 

Even if you don't like to branch out, their coffee is perfection. I usually stick with an iced vanilla sugar latte, with a pinch of basic white girl on top. But for real though, it's the best. 

Chef C

On the day the rest of our friends went to Siena, Austin and I had scheduled a cooking class in the heart of Tuscany. Basically, we tried to go full Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, make our own noodles and learn how to make an authentic Tuscan meal.

Despite the lingering effects of too much Limonchello the night before, I was super excited and tried to ignore the nausea brewing from the windy Italian roads (the whole hour and a half it took to get there). 

Once we arrived at the CUTEST bed and breakfast, we sat down with a family of five from Boston and immediately got down to business. And by that I mean attempted to roll our own pasta noodles. We made multiple dishes, which included Bruschetta, Panzanella (basically a Greek salad, Italian-style) and Saltimbocca (prosciutto over a thin slice of chicken)...and everything we made was amazing. Our chef, Fulvio, was funny-bossy while carefully walking us through each step, educating us in his thick Italian accent. 

A few interesting lessons:

  1. Older, hardened bread from the bakery can be soaked in water and ripped up to be used as a substitute for lettuce in a salad. 
  2. Rub a garlic clove on top of toasted bread to whip up instant garlic bread. Mind blowing.  
  3. ALFREDO SAUCE IS A FAKE. All you need is parmesan, olive oil and heat. 

Needless to say, I passed on the wine tasting but had a fab time! If you're ever in Tuscany, stop by to take some notes from ol' Fulvio. He even printed the recipes for us to take home.