My sister has a girl crush on Giada De Laurentiis, which is serious business. I've known about this straight girl crush for years, ever since we were watching something on teevee and suddenly the luster and shine that is Giada appeared and Junior went nuts.
The other day Junior called and started the conversation the way she always does: What are you doing? (Notice how she did not rudely ask me what I was thinking)
As the cooking gods would have it, I was attempting to duplicate Giada's recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini courtesy of The Food Network. junior proceeded to ask me all sorts of questions about it beginning with: How hard is it?
Well, that's not an easily answered query with this recipe. It isn't 'hard' as in difficult, but it does require a bit of time in the prep and getting the sauce done correctly. Unless I'm pressed for time, then I don't mind blowing an hour just getting a dish ready to get tossed into the oven. Junior's a little different in the kitchen. She's a good cook, but she prefers quick and less messy prep work. But then, she's really a baker. Like our mom, she bakes nearly everyday. There's always cookies or cake or pie. And I do mean always. I can make tollhouse cookie bars and brownies. And that's all, folks. But mom and Junior can whip up elaborate baked goods that are as good as anything I've ever eaten anywhere. Mom's Kahlua, caramel, chocolate fudge cake is the single best dessert possibly ever created. MK's eyes roll back in her head everytime mom serves it. Junior's double chocolate cookie with cream icing is everyone's favorite cookie. Our brother guards them on the cookie tray every Christmas, to make sure that no one takes more than one at a time (while he eats three at a time).
Anyway, by the time I was done making the tetrazzini, and Junior and I had talked down the battery on the cordless, the dish was excellent, if piping hot and I burned my mouth. I love the sauce, and like most recipes with an intricate sauce, it's really what makes the dish. I just love pasta and eat it almost everyday, so the sauce is what's got make it exciting :)