Carbonara with Saffron & Giveaway

By the time you are reading this, I will be on my way to Dallas to hobnob with other comic retailers, distributors, vendors, and the guys who make the capes fly. To say traveling for work is fun would be a tab bit of a lie. Sure, I have a blast while I’m there, I get to meet great people and rock the comic business, but leaving my two cats, the dog and free snuggles behind really pulls at my heart strings. I know its only a short time, which is nothing compared to people who travel a lot for their job, but it still get’s to me.

I try to fill my head with the good thoughts, like just how handy Handsome can be. Have I mentioned to you all that he’s a general contractor? Which means he’s skilled at everything –  electric, plumbing, building and woodworking. His most recent love is creating beautiful wooden furniture and plans to be expanding that business soon. In the meantime, he has started planning a big change in our home.

Custom kitchen cabinets. Seriously. I know.

If you were to ever stop by for some grub, you would notice that the house has a really small kitchen with the standard cabinets that came with house 20 or so years ago. They are the same color as every other kitchen cabinet in the world 20 years ago. The counters are beginning to fall apart and the horrid wallpaper that someone at some point thought was a good idea, is peeling off. Oh, and let’s not talk about superficial things like the gold plate covers for the outlets. Who does that?

The idea of dark walnut cabinets and clean solid surface counters have me giddy with excitement. We already picked out the wood and purchased the material that will be the counter tops. I know it won’t be soon (after all, a contractors house comes last) but when it’s all said and done, we will have an amazing kitchen!


Carbonara with Saffron & Giveaway

Carbonara with Saffron & Giveaway


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound linguine, tagliatelle or egg tagliatelle pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 teas saffron
  • 3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 lbs thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teas ground turmeric
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente according to directions on package. Drain, reserving a ladleful of pasta cooking water; set aside to cool.

In a small saucepan, bring the chicken stock and saffron to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until reduced.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil, over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until just crisp. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in the wine and turmeric.

Beat the egg yolks with the cooled pasta cooking water.

Add the pasta to the skillet with the bacon. Pour in the saffron stock and toss; season with pepper. Turn off the heat and stir in the egg yolks, cheese and parsley.

To add a bit more to this pasta, I pan seared a salmon filet in a skillet over medium heat for 2 – 4 minutes on each side for rare. Wrap in foil and let rest until pasta is ready. Fork into bite sized pieces and toss in with the pasta.

Adapted From

Rachael Ray Magazine



So what did all that talk about custom cabinets have to do with you? No it wasn’t just a nah nah nah na nah dance. I said he was into wood working didn’t I? Another one of the benefits to that is beautiful wooden utensils. Scraps of beautiful pieces of wood used for other projects are not wasted, but turned into spoons, forks and handy tongs for me to use in my kitchen. And today we are giving away two sets of tongs.

These are hand made from Cherry wood with Brazillian Cherry accents and the pressure created when folded open for use makes a natural ‘spring loaded’ action. These are perfect tossing pasta, flipping bacon, and are safe to use on your non-stick surfaces. Because these are 100% natural wood, they are hand wash only, and you don’t want to soak them in water. They are finished in a natural food safe oil.

To enter to win a set of Cherry hand made kitchen tongs

Leave a comment here telling me what you would love to have built in you house.

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Entries accepted through February 12th at Midnight EST. Winner will be announced on 2/14/12.


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  1. says

    I love those Tongs! oh my god I’m soooo jealous of your new kitchen to be! I was just pinning all my favorite kitchen stuff on pinterest and now I saw this oh my goodness so lucky! If i could put the kitchen together I think I’d add different shelving to the pantry and cabinets could use some cleaning up. beautiful post! have a safe trip!

  2. says

    Making kitchen utensils?!?! OMG! That is incredible! I saw those little boxes he made and I thought those were beautiful!

    I would like an extra room built off my garage. No plumbing, just electrical and not even a huge room. Just a bedroom or “bonus room”. :) I’ll just call it my room and I’ll stay out there whenever Yannick upsets me.

    I almost forgot, I was going to tell you that your pasta looks beautiful. I’ve never tried saffron and I want to see what all the fuss is about.

  3. says

    Re-purposing scrap wood in such a beautiful way…ahhhh, you are indeed lucky.

    I went through a kitchen reno when we moved to our condo at the coast. I ran out of money before I could get rid of the inset fluorescent tube lights…so I have my lovely granite counters, new ceramic tile floor, nice stainless appliances, new array of cabinets…and crappy 1985 lighting. THAT is what will be fixed next!!! We also only did one of the two bathrooms completely. I regret that as well. The hall bath still has a fiberglass tub inset…and now wish I’d gone ahead and done a walk-in tile shower like we did in the master. Ahhh well, one can wish.

    I’m wishing for those beautiful tongs, too!

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