Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pancetta Carbonara and 1 Table 3 Ways for Met Monday

Today's double feature begins with Pancetta Carbonara, adapted from one of Giada De Laurentiis' recipes, and it ends with my hair on fire. Really.
Pancetta Carbonara
8 oz pancetta, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 strips bacon, cut up
1.5 cups heavy cream
1 package fresh linguine
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chives, chopped
1/2 package sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Boil the linguine according to directions. Drain. Pan-fry pancetta and bacon, about 6 minutes on medium flame. Add sun-dried tomatoes and chives. Lower heat and add cream. Add pasta and stir. Simmer.


My vacation is almost up, so I thought I'd join Susan for Metamorphosis Monday (while I had a chance to play).
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/

Last Tablescape Thursday, I used a red toile duvet for a tablecloth. You can see more pictures here:

http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2009/12/tablescape-for-two-on-new-years-eve.html

I started to put it away, then I began playing with pewter, and the next thing I knew, I'd attempted to make two different tablescapes, this time using a plaid blanket and an old tapestry.
Here's last week's toile:

I used an old tapestry for a tablecloth.

Next, I tried an Italian plaid blanket and added a tall urn with a flower.

The pewter is Wilton--from the 70s.
Candlelight brings out the highlights in the metal, doesn't it?

My mother called while I was lighting the candles. With the phone propped under my chin, I began tablescaping. And I set my poor hair on fire. I told Mom I'd have to call back. Luckily I was wearing flannel and smothered the flames. No harm done, except for an Eau du Charcoal smell. The moral of this story: Don't talk on the phone if you have long hair and you are playing near votive candles.

See y'all tomorrow with a quick recipe for Italian Ice--which can be eaten OR used for medicinal purposes, such as cooling flambeed skin.

XX OO

Visit our gracious hostess, Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch to view makeovers at Metamorphosis Monday.
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2009/01/welcome-to-51st-metamorphosis-monday.html



Recipe adapted from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis, "Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara," p. 172.

43 comments:

  1. Oh my, I hope your hair isn't too bad! Love the 3 styles, by the way so it was worth it :)

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  2. Looks as if I'd better get to the linen closet! I love the tapestry and the blanket! I will be looking forward to the Italian ice recipe--one of my favorites!

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  3. Looks like fun, fun, fun! And with such wonderful results. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Uh Oh!! Hope not much damage was done! Like the red toile !

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  5. Loved the different looks. Not sure which one is my favorite.

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  6. Oh no, Michael Lee! I hope all is well! I love your recipe for Pancetta Carbonara...yummy! You just say "bacon" and I'm in! Your pewter is gorgeous and I love the idea of using things other than tablecloths in your tablescape! Hmmm...but I'm looking in my closet and all I seem to have is old beach towels! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  7. Such different looks. Wonderful ideas, thank you for sharing.

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  8. i am sure this is not pc, but you always crack me up... i was positive your hair was a pasta/bacon combo, but now i see you can even injure yourself out of the kitchen!

    your food is sublime... you are looking like gourmet mag, i mean really, you have turned just outstanding and i love looking in to see what gorgeous concoctions you are sharing~

    love your header too, its my fav, tres elegant~

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  9. You are so funny. I have burned fingers and stapled myself for photos, but never burned my hair. LOL Hey, it might start a new trend in Bloggville. :)

    Love the recipe, that is a def keeper. And I adore what you did to your blog's dress. Ooh-la-la.

    Great little tablescapes, but my fave is still the toile. Hope you have a great week. Are you still writing? I hope to start plugging away at my cookbook again soon. ugh!

    Hugs, Barb

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  10. DH has a thing for Giada. ;) Lovely ideas, as usual.

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  11. I am loving the plaid lately so that, of course, is my favorite. And you can never go wrong with a Giada recipe. My husband gave me one of her cookbooks for Xmas and I plan to try every recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This pasta dish sounds divine. The flaming hair, not so much! Glad that you were ok, I bet your mom wondered why you were in such a hurry to get off the phone! Can't wait for the italian ice recipe. DH is a genuine South Philly boy, so he will love this treat. Hope you have a great (and fire free) week! Kathy

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  13. Love the differences in the three tables -- especially in the same spot to see them in 3 different ways and how changing tabletop and cloth makes all 3 so different!

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  14. Oh. My. Gosh! Glad you didn't go in flames! There is nothing worse than the smell of burning hair. I found that out lighting a gas oven once...almost lost my eyebrows entirely! :-) Funny now, not so much then!
    Your tablescapes are wonderful! Love the tablecloths and your pewter. And, I really like the 2 person settings...they are just so cozy, aren't they? Your Pancetta Carbonara looks totally scrumptious! Why is it I have this tremendous urge to go eat something now...it's 10:30 at night! LOL
    Susan

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  15. Yikes girl!! Glad to hear there was no serious damage.. I love the pewter and old tapestry. I've been searching pewter websites lately.. yours is gorgeous.. hugs ~lynne~

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  16. L-O-V-E those tablecloths! Especially the toile and the tapestry. The toile would be gorgeous for Valentine's day! The urn and staircase are gorgeous too. I had to chuckle about the hair thing b/c it sounds like something I would do. I catch tea bags on fire ALL the time. You'd think I would learn. I think I need an electric stove.

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  17. Oh no! You're too funny & I'm still giggling, but I hope you didn't burn too much hair! ☺
    Your tablescapes are fab & YUMMMMM! ♥

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  18. Yikes nobody should have to endure flaming hair for a blog post Michael, seriously though hope you are okay. I am a fan of Giada and Emma Bridgewater china. Your three tables are equally pleasing and your Pewter is gorgeous. Talking of Pewter The Tudors 4 is set to return in the Spring another reason to look forward, it's the final one though :-( Henry has run out of wives. Hope the book editing does not keep you away to long. I have really enjoyed your vacation. hugs, Kathy.

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  19. Too funny my friend...sound like something I have done and still do...just the other day I dropped my phone in the toilet while I was trying to clean it and talk at the same time...Oh well I needed a new phone anyway...my poor grandson called me back to see if I was ok as he heard a crash and then nothing...told him its only granny being granny....hope you had a great New years my friend....now get that book done...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  20. I'm so sorry about your hair! I must say your pasta dish looks amazing, though. I love the different tablescapes you've come up with in the sweet little nook beside your fireplace.

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  21. I hope you still have long hair Miss "G"! But I do so love the interesting ways you set that table by your incredible staircase!
    ~Rainey~

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  22. I now know what I'm having for dinner today! Thank You!

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  23. Oh, Michael, you poor thing (though, I have to admit that my initial gasp was followed by a giggle at your description of the scene!) I have one word for you - CONDITIONER (and lots of it!) ;-D

    Your tablescapes are so beautiful, and your recipe sounds delicious. Put bacon in something, and I'm there!!

    P.S. Have you met all your writing deadlines for now?

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  24. Oh no; it will grow back soon.
    Your different tablescapes are so pretty but the red is my favorite.

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  25. You always deliver classic content!
    (minus the burning hair~yikes)
    lol

    truly, though, glad you were not seriously hurt :)

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  26. I am so sorry about your hair, and sorrier still that I laughed when I read it - I couldn't help it - it's that tongue in cheek that you do so well!
    Your table looks beautiful donned in each of the settings and pewter is always dreamy! Pasta carbonara is an all time favorite in our household, and you have made me drool before 9 am with those fabulous photos of such delicious food!
    Happy, happy New Year, sweet Gollum!
    xo Isa

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  27. I don't know which "tablecloth" I like better! They all look great. I like how the toile puddles on the floor. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it. Hope your hair is ok. Don't you just hate that smell? Happy New Year. --Delores

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  28. Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous!!! I see your wonderful photos on "Food with Style" and love what you do! Thanks for visiting my blog... I'll be back here regularly!

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  29. The Pancetta Carbonara looks delectable! I love the toile and pewter chargers.. they are exquisite!

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  30. Yum, yum. Sounds so good. Pancetta brings such flavor to a dish.
    The little table sure is earning its keep. Lots of different looks but I can't pick a favorite.
    Keep the fire extinguisher handy.

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  31. You are a hoot!! I do keep telling you how funny you are, but I can't help it YOU ARE FUNNY! Really I do hope you didn't hurt anything, on you or in your house!

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  33. I love all three tables...beautiful.
    But I love more that you aren't burned bald !!
    :O)

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  34. The tablescapes are tres chic but lighting your hair on fire...non, non, non! Even this Canadian, namely ME, knows scissors work much better for shortening one's hair. :)

    Seriously and sincerely......
    I AM GLAD YOU ARE OKAY!
    -Brenda-

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  35. Your blog is so elegant. I'm partial to toile but liked all your tablescapes. Your staircase is gorgeous.

    I love the black background on your blog and am envious of your photography skills. Hoping for a nice camera for my birthday.

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  36. Your blog is so elegant. I'm partial to toile but liked all your tablescapes. Your staircase is gorgeous.

    I love the black background on your blog and am envious of your photography skills. Hoping for a nice camera for my birthday.

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  37. That's one neat table, and I can't decide which one I like best!

    Can't believe you set your hair on fire!!! Hope you're okay. So glad you were able to get it put out with nominal damage. What a scary thing to have happen.

    I remember selling pewter which looked very much like that when I worked at a gift/book shop during grad school! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  38. I like the tableclothes. They look so elegant!

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  39. Thank you for the carbonara recipe, it looks delicious! Your table scape designs are stunning!

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  40. The recipe sounds delicious, but what about your hair?? Yikes. Thanks again for the beautiful post and I hope you are all right. Best Wishes!!

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  41. My hair is fine, thanks to a little conditioner. :-)

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  42. Your recipe sounds delicious and the tablescapes are beautiful beside your gorgeous staircase! Glad to hear your hair is alright...I did something similar some years ago!

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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