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Welcome to Aglio & Olio

I have no concrete reason for starting a blog, as a matter of fact I am really really bad at keeping journals…I always have been. There are only a couple of explanations:

      1.  I miss writing creatively…I have been writing many research papers for my graduate courses about linguistics stuff and frankly speaking I am so over them all. It heat me a couple of months ago how much I miss writing about literature or just simply writing for a creative purpose.

      2. I have been reading more and more blogs about cooking and checking out recipes that people post. My favorite food blog that I visit regularly is Simple Recipes. There are a couple of more that I have been checking out here and there, and love the energy that the writers put into their blogs with awesome pictures and recipes.

I am by no means saying that this is going to be a recipes blog…that would be too much pressure. I think this is going to be the “whatever I feel like talking about today” blog…

You probably wonder what Aglio and Olio means. For those who don’t speak Italian they respectively mean garlic and oil. For those who know me, it is no surprise that I would use food to name my blog because I love cooking. There are two ingredients in our household that are just staples. There is no cooking without them. No dish that gets cooked by yours truly lacks these two wonderful, delicious, healthy ingredients: garlic and olive oil.

These two are so amazing and of course popular in Italy that there is even a Spaghetti sauce named Aglio e Olio. This is the simplest type of sauce that can be prepared and I remember my mom making it often growing up.

I have to say my relationship with garlic was not as intimate as it is right now. My parents don’t like the taste of garlic in their dishes. So what my mom does is simply flavor the oil with garlic by sautéing it for a few minutes in the oil. Then she takes the pieces out and throws them away. So I did the same thing. To be honest, I never even liked it when my mom made Spaghetti all’aglio e olio because it was too simple, and frankly, I never liked the smell of it. My love for garlic started growing more and more as I became a better cook myself and was introduced to international dishes through friends. And then there was that first trip to the Stinking Rose ten years ago. Wow was that a garlicky experience. The only thing that I could not handle was the garlic ice cream YAK!!!

Anyway, the other day Jon said something really cool…well he says a lot of cool things…that is when he actually talks! He said that what makes a home “welcoming and homey” is garlic and olive oil. Isn’t that poetic?!! I loved it!

It is only fair that I would post the recipe for Spaghetti all’aglio e olio as my first post. I must admit, I am not very good with measurements…I totally eye ball my ingredients; the only time in my life that I followed recipes verbatim was during my professional cooking course. So you can always add and subtract the amounts.

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Spaghetti all’aglio e olio

Ingredients:

100 gm Spaghetti

2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

A little dab of anchovy paste

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Boil water and add salt and pasta and cook according to package directions. In the mean time, in a pan sauté garlic, anchovy paste, and pepper flakes in oil. Once the garlic starts becoming a light golden color turn off the heat. You can either leave the garlic pieces in your sauce or remove them. Toss the sauce with the pasta and add parsley, salt, and pepper. Buon Appetito!!

 

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