for rachel.

January 15, 2009

Rachel and I, a few years back.

Tomorrow morn, one of my nearest and dearest departs for a series of flights that will drop her off in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her stay will extend (at minimum) for one year. She is an extraordinary woman. She will be working and living at Thanda, an after-school program which supports orphans of AIDS and impoverished children living in rural S. Africa. Rachel is undoubtedly one of the strongest, most determined, passionate people that I know. She is part of my heart and I will miss her greatly.

To properly send her off, the girls created our usual dish –  Fettuccine Alfredo, or when we reference it: “our pasta dish.” This simple recipe has become the staple for all of the gatherings that we have. The comfort food requires little prep and everyone can bring an ingredient. It is rich, so you don’t have to make much – add a pile of fresh spinach, a glass of red wine, dear friends and it is terrific!

We usually eyeball the recipie to taste – but here is a starting point:

Fettuccine Alfredo

2 1/2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. fresh lemon juice

 1/2 c. butter

2 c. Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Stir heavy cream and lemon juice together in heavy skillet to blend. Add butter and cook over medium heat until butter melts.

2. Add cooked fettuccine pasta to cream mixture and toss. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper and enjoy!

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One Response to “for rachel.”

  1. itsawonderfullife said

    We made your fettuccine today. It was AMAZING!!! 🙂

    I pray your friend is safe and is blessed during her stay in Africa.

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