I’ve decided that I must post more, even if I don’t have the fortitude to come up with my own recipe. Today’s star dish is from The Crumby Kitchen, and it is a recipe I have been making for a few years now.
My “new love,” referenced above, is alfredo sauce. Perhaps, growing up, I only ever had bottled, gross, mass-produced alfredo. Who wants that shizz? No one.
The husband and I love our local Italian restaurant, Picasso’s. I’ve never liked fettuccine alfredo until I tried theirs on a whim. It. is. perfect. The sauce is light and packed with flavor, and perfectly coats to their beautifully-cut fettuccine.
Perhaps it was my new-found love for alfredo, combined with my Local Fare delivery of sweet potatoes and gorgeous San Marzano tomatoes, that reminded me of this favorite recipe in my collection.
Spiralizing veggies to sub for pasta is by no means a new craze, and, let’s be honest – it does not hit the spot as pasta does.
It is pretty fun and satisfying to spiralize something – though a little scary, depending on your spiralizer. Mine has a blade that looks like a guillotine! And, in this recipe, the sweet potato “noodles” balance perfectly with the oh-so-decadent sauce.
After making a quick tomato sauce with shallots, you combine said sauce with a lovely alfredo sauce, and the results are delectable.
This recipe does require a lot of dishes – so I’d advise planning well so you can reuse pots or pans without having to dirty new ones.
I want this tomato alfredo to be part of my regular rotation. Tomato alfredo all the time!
When I was younger, my grandparents had an assortment of RVs (one at a time, of course.) I remember one was named something to do with Thor…
Anyway, aside from a scattered amount of in-state trips with my mother and stepfather, I did most of my traveling with my grandparents, pretty much exclusively spring break trips to their property in North Carolina. On my favorite trip, we went to the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC (a surprise, from them), and the Biltmore has been lodged in my heart ever since. I hope to return there this summer on a fancy trip with my man.
As I mentioned in my first post on this new site, one of my summer goals is to travel. Thanks to my best friend and her husband’s family, we went on an impromptu trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.
We stayed at a lovely resort. Neal and I got a suite all to ourselves, and I am all about suites. Especially ones with kitchens. There’s something so grown-up about a suite. My 10-people-to-a-hotel room days are OVER.
I didn’t take as many pictures as I’d have liked, but I did try to photograph all my restaurant adventures, and have some photos of Neal and Brad’s brewery tour…
Our first night, we went to Berret’s Seafood. In a pleasant surprise for Stephanie and I, they had a few vegetarian entrees.
This dish had an impressive Greek twist on an Italian dish, although the cilantro was overpowering (that’s odd for me to say, because I’m a cilantro lover and probably over-season my food…) Stephanie ordered a risotto that was amazing.
The next day, we went to Food for Thought. It has a unique concept – walls decorated with profiles of great thinkers and philosophers, cards from brain games on the tables – and the food was the best I had on our trip!
Since we had a limited amount of time in Williamsburg and inclement weather approaching, we went to Colonial Williamsburg in the early afternoon. I had no idea it was such a huge place. We could have spent hours, days there – but ended up going into four trade places.
Next, the boys had to go on their bro beer tour, helpfully documented by Stephanie.
Neal’s continued chants of “BEER, BEER, BEER, BEER!” were answered at Alewerks, Brass Cannon, and the Virginia Brewing Company. Not pictured is the Silver Hand Meadery, which we visited mostly for me, and was AWESOME. We did a honey tasting first, to see which honeys went into the meads. I gave them a lot of my money, buying two types of honey, three bottles of mead, and one of those honey dipper things.
Day two was rainy, so we visited the museums of Colonial Williamsburg, which starts with a tour of the oldest mental hospital in America (rebuilt after a fire.)