Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Spaghetti Carbonara

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Authentic spaghetti carbonara is easy to make, but the ingredients and technique are pretty precise. Guanciale (GOO-on-cha-lay) and pancetta are close enough in nature to interchange because they are both cured in a smoke-free environment. Guanciale is salt-cured pork jowl or cheek, deriving its name from guancia, which is Italian for “cheek.” Its salt curing process traditionally includes curing the pork jowl or cheek with a variety of spices. Pancetta is pork belly cured with salt and pepper.

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Authentic spaghetti carbonara is easy to make, but the ingredients and technique are pretty precise. Guanciale (GOO-on-cha-lay) and pancetta are close enough in nature to interchange because they are both cured in a smoke-free environment. Guanciale is salt-cured pork jowl or cheek, deriving its name from guancia, which is Italian for “cheek.” Its salt curing process traditionally includes curing the pork jowl or cheek with a variety of spices. Pancetta is pork belly cured with salt and pepper.

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Hoppin John Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Hoppin John

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Hoppin John is a Southern tradition. The peas represent coins, and the greens represent dollars… and serving with cornbread symbolizes gold. Eating it on New Year’s Day is believed to ensure luck and prosperity for the whole new year. This year Mark and I officially became Southerners with our first batch of Hoppin John! We made it the night before to enjoy it first thing in the morning.

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