Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Journey to Make Alfredo Sauce

April 2005 Caitlin and I are in London, England for the semester. Since we're poor and in one of the most expensive cities in the world, we cook in a lot. This is my first time really cooking so Caitlin's been doing an excellent job of making sure I know the difference between a clove of garlic and a whole big thing of garlic.
I decided that I would make Alfredo sauce one night since it's one of my favorites. However, as I go to make it I realize that the cream we bought the night before had indeed expired the day before. It smelled okay, so I proceeded. In the end, it tasted like crap. I don't blame the cream, but something just didn't turn out right.

(Side story: Caitlin decided to just go with plain noodles because she was afraid of the day-old cream. However, I accidentally poured the sauce on hers and then had to rinse her noodles. I think she's just learning about this now. Oops.)

November 2006 I try to make Alfredo sauce again. Things aren't going well so I call for the assistance of my roommate Jenn, who is honestly the best cook I know. Despite Jenn's emergency whisking, the damage had been done. It turned out mediocre.

October 11, 2009 SUCCESS!!! ALFREDO SAUCE SUCCESS!!! Third time's a charm! I would like to thank this recipe, and the helpful comment about adding the butter and melting that, then mixing in the cream, before slowly adding the Parmesan. Tasty-tastiness!

alfredo sauce!


Ashley Colagross said...

Yay & Congrats! I've yet to master this. I'm currently working (read fighting) with pie crusts. I suck at rolling them out as thin as they should be.

WhimsAndInconsistencies said...

I have rolling issues too! For my most recent pie I relied on pre-made pie crusts, but I'd love to figure out how to make them myself in the future. Let me know if you figure it out.

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

mmmm sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try this! I had a sauce last week that was a cross between an alfredo and a pesto style and I've been trying to duplicate it ever since!

Caitlin said...

Yeah, I don't think I knew about that...but then again, I only vaguely remember the story to begin with. The most memorable night of cooking was definitely the near garlic fiasco. That was also the night I made chocolate butter b/c I overwhipped the mousse. As I recall, Strother and Drew ate it anyway.

I'm glad you were successful! You should come to Texas and cook it for me. Hint hint :) Miss you!

WhimsAndInconsistencies said...

Mrs. Life -- I heart pesto mucho! Good luck with your sauce!

Caitlin -- I miss you too. And in my fuzzy memory, Strother and Drew never got to try the mousse because you threw it out. I kept trying to eat it (before you threw it away) and we had a circular conversation that went something like this:
You: Don't eat that. It's butter.
Me: But it's CHOCOLATE butter.