Happy New Year’s Eve! I can’t believe that the last day of the year is here. Where did 2018 go? It’s been a pretty amazing year for me – one of the best, in fact. I launched this blog, saw my favorite Broadway play, Les Miserables, when it came to Dallas, took Brad to New York City and showed him a little piece of my old life, and traveled to see friends and family in New Jersey, Atlanta, and Phoenix.
We are celebrating tonight with a small group of friends but calling it an “early bird special” because we will be home by 10 pm. By the way, did you know that the TV stations don’t delay the ball drop?! My first NYE in Dallas I was all prepared to watch the ball drop at midnight and it dropped at 11 pm! Now, I DVR the broadcast so I can watch the ball drop at midnight.
This past week I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming year and all that it has in store for us (I’ll post more on that as the exciting events unfold). I’m also thinking about some things I want to improve upon to help make 2019 even better. For the first time ever, I put pen to paper and wrote down my vision for the new year. I spent about an hour really thinking about each area of my life, including my career, personal growth, spiritual health, finances, and home, and what small steps I can do to make positive improvements in my life. I’m really blessed and have a pretty amazing life. It wasn’t always easy, as I have lots of setbacks, but coming out of the other side, I can really appreciate how fortunate I really am. I have an amazing partner for life, supportive family and friends, and this blog that was a dream for so long is now a reality.
Resolutions are easy things to make and hard things to keep. I didn’t want to create a long list of things to change about myself only to give up by the end of January. That’s why I took a different approach and wrote down my vision for the year. And the motivation is a bit different for this year, as if I want certain things to happen, I have to put in the hard work. What is your vision for the new year?
If you are looking for a delicious and easy meal this New Year’s Eve, try my Pasta Aioli. It’s super easy and only requires a few ingredients. It doesn’t take long to cook and won’t keep you in the kitchen while your friends and loved ones party it up in the other room.
Author: The Food Allergy Foodie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
1 package of gluten-free spaghetti or linguini
8-10 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 bunch of fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
½ cup olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
¼ – ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (use more if you like things hot!)
- Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. For additional flavor, add 1 tablespoon of Kosher or sea salt to the pot prior to boiling.
- While the water is coming to a boil, slowly heat the olive oil in a medium to large sauté pan. There should be about 1/8” of oil in the pan, as this is your sauce so you want to have a good amount of olive oil in the pan.
- To test the heat of the oil, add one or two little pieces of minced garlic. When dropped into the oil, you should see a few small bubbles around the garlic. You don’t want the oil to be too hot or else you will burn the garlic. If the garlic immediately begins to fry, your oil is too hot. Turn off the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Turn the heat on low and re-test the garlic to make sure the temperature has come down.
- When the water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta. Bring back to a boil and cook according to the package instructions. Typically, gluten-free pasta cooks between 7 and 10 minutes.
- Once the oil is at the right temperature and your pasta is cooking, add the minced garlic. Let the garlic cook for 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the parsley, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir well and turn the heat to low. Keep an eye on the garlic and if it starts to look overcooked or starts to brown, turn off the heat.
- Once the pasta is cooked, turn off the stove, but don’t drain the pasta. The little bit of pasta water will be good for the sauce. Using tongs or a pasta fork, remove the pasta from the water and transfer to the hot oil and garlic sauce. Stir to coat the pasta well.
- Transfer to serving plates and enjoy with your favorite red wine.