Authentic, Delicious & EASY Roman Pasta Carbonara!

Who knew there was even a day for the 'ol Roman Pasta Carbonara dish...but I DO think its worthy of its own day, and I'm SO not mad I have to make it!  It's rich, cheesy, easy and, delicious in its simplicity.

It's also super quick and easy...with only a few ingredients!   I'm telling you...it's like the best comfort food around. I hope you make it..and, I'd love to hear about it if you do.  PS.. share this with fellow pasta lovers!  Pasta Lovers Unite!  

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Enjoy!  Ciao!

Blackberry, Bourbon and Sage Anyone??

I created this cocktail for a PopUp dinner I recently had...and it was SO delicious I thought I'd share it with you!  It's fresh, simple and perfect for entertaining.  I love to mix up a batch of cocktails before my guests arrive so I'm not mixing drinks during the gathering.  So let me show you how to mix this delicious blackberry, sage and bourbon cocktail!

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First, you make the simple syrup.  Just add 1/2 cup of sugar into 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer; add a few fresh sage leaves and then remove from the heat.  Let steep for about 15 minutes then strain and cool.  This can be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks.  Perfect for make-ahead entertaining!

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When you ready for your cocktail, muddle a few blackberries in the bottom of a glass.  Add 1 ounce of the sage simple syrup, 2 ounces of bourbon, crushed ice and stir baby stir!  OMG...it's so so good.  Garnish with a few extra blackberries and enjoy!

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I CAN NOT believe we got a pic with any still left in my glass!  hee-hee!  Hey if it sounds good....share with your favorite cocktailing friends!!  xx, L

Easy Pasta e Fagioli

I'm kinda addicted to this soup right now!  Pasta e fagioli, meaning "pasta and beans", is a traditional Italian dish. Like many other Italian favorites, the dish started as a peasant dish, being composed of inexpensive ingredients. 

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I love it because I can change it up to suit whatever mood I'm in!  More spinach, less pasta, more tomatoes...really, you can do whatever you'd like since the base is so delicious!  After this March Madness, madness...I'm leaning towards the "less pasta" version:).  Equally as yummy! So give this easy Pasta Fagioli recipe a try. 

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Hope you try it!  And If you do...#laurenlanecooks, so I can take a peak at your awesomeness!  xx, L

The Real Deal Fettuccine Alfredo!

And it only has THREE ingredients and not one of them is cream!  The first time I put this in my belly was in Rome, and as luck would have it, it's where Alfredo originated.   Fettuccine with butter and cheese was first mentioned in the 15th-century cookbook, Libro de arte coquinaria, written by Martino da Como.

First, I made my pasta, but you can certainly buy yours.....but if you have 20 minutes you really should give it a try! OMG, its' just that good! 

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Here are the ingredients for the fresh pasta.  I'm sure you have everything on had already! 

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The nice thing about fresh pasta is that A) is ridiculously delicious and B) It only takes a few minutes to cook.  After it's cooked you just toss it in a bowl with your butter and grated cheese and voilà...you will have the best bowl of comfort food around.  PS...DO NOT make for your friends unless you want to be making it OFTEN....trust me:)

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Give it a try and let me know what you think!  #laurenlanecooks

Cook Once, Eat All Week Meal Plan!

Cook Once, Eat all Week-Meal Guide

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It took me longer then I thought, but I've FINALLY completed my first Meal Plan! YAAAY!!! 

I'm actually ok with the timing since it's usually by mid-February that I'm needing that liiiitle boost to get my diet back on track.  This will definitely help ensure you have healthy meals on the ready!  I'd love your feedback....on typos and content...HA HA!  But seriously, I'll be designing more guides and I want to make them as beneficial as possible. Oh, and please feel free to share!

xx, Lauren  

About last nights PopUp dinner

We had an absolute blast at the PopUp dinner last night!  I loved getting to know new people, and hearing strangers becoming friends over good food and wine!  I just don't think there is anythign better!

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The menu created for this one-time event was delicious.  We had a mix of savory and sweet as we made our way through seafood salads, homemade pasta, Sous Vide pork tenderloin with cherry compote and a creamy Panna Cotta to finish things off!  Hello....yum!?! 

I have just added a new PopUp dinner to the calendar.  Take a look at the classes and events page.  xc, Lauren