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Spaghetti Carbonara

Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of warm, yummy pasta? I think not. I don’t know about you, but when the leaves start falling off the trees I start craving comforting food that warms me from the inside out. Spaghetti carbonara is literally made up of all of the best things: eggs, bacon, cheese, pasta! What is not to love about this wonderful dish?

While some people prefer carbonara without peas, I think they add a little sweetness and cut the heavy taste, creating a more balanced flavor and visual palette. Carbonara can be made with all types of pasta, but I like to make it with traditional spaghetti.


16 oz. high-quality spaghetti

5 eggs

1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan

6 slices of thick-cut bacon or pancetta, diced

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 c. frozen peas, thawed

Italian parsley leaves, chopped (for garnish)


Makes 4 servings.

Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water. 

Separate eggs and yolks from 4 eggs. Set aside the yolks for later. Whisk the egg whites and extra egg together in a bowl. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk until combined.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add diced bacon and cook until crispy. Set bacon on a plate, leaving the excess grease in the pan. Add garlic and thawed peas to the pan and cook for one minute. 

Drain pasta and put the pasta into the skillet. Quickly pour in the egg/Parmesan mixture and add bacon. Stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top each bowl with an egg yolk and chopped parsley. 

Enjoy immediately! 

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Korean Pork Japchae

It wasn’t until this year that I learned about this legendary meal that consists of glass noodles with all of the most marvelous veggies and meat mixed in with the most flavorful sauce you can imagine.

My daughters and I are frequent customers of a local Korean grocery and we have gotten to know the owner. He recently commented to me that I tend to buy creative ingredients and asked me if I have ever made japchae. I confessed I had never heard of it, and he said it was necessary for me to make it in order to make my daughters happy. He explained what ingredients were needed and said I could be creative with the composition, so here is my take on japchae.

Japchae was once an exclusively royal meal in Korea, but is now enjoyed by the masses as a celebratory dish that is served at special occasions, like weddings and birthdays. I can certainly see why it was considered a royal meal. It’s that good. Enjoy!


1 lb. thick-cut pork chops
1 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
1 Tbsp. white sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
3 tsp. mirin


1 small onion, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1 bunch spinach, roughly chopped
8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 large eggs, beaten
Olive oil, salt, pepper
1 lb. sweet potato (glass) noodles


1/3 c. dark soy sauce
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. sesame oil
Sesame seeds, green onion for garnish

Freeze pork for about 20 minutes that it becomes firm. Then, using a very sharp knife, sliced into very thin slices. Combine all ingredients for pork marinade in a bowl. Place the pork slices into the marinade and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours or overnight.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Pour beaten eggs in and cook until set. Flip and cook until set on the other side. Slide onto cutting board and chop into thin slices.

Next, add a little more oil and cook the onions until soft and translucent. About four or five minutes. Set aside onto a plate to cool. Repeat this process with the red pepper, carrots, spinach and mushrooms.

pour the pork and marinade into the same skillet and cook until the sauce is a bit caramelized. Set aside.

Cook the sweet potato noodles boiling water for then time indicated on the package.

In the meantime whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.

Drain the noodles and cut them, if you would like. Put the drained noodles into a large bowl. Add the pork, vegetables and egg. Pour sauce in slowly, tasting frequently, until the desired result is achieved. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve immediately.