April 2014 Posts

Pasta Alla Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara recipe

Spaghetti carbonara wasn’t something my father cooked for me, at least not that I can remember. But back when I was first learning to cook for myself, I told him I’d prepared it using this recipe, and he reminisced about when he used to make this hearty, bacony dish. Sure enough, I found his version of the recipe in the binder my mom put together in the late 1980s.


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Dad and Annie in the kitchen

My dad and my older sister Annie in the kitchen circa 1984

My dad loved tear-off Zen calendars. Each day, he’d tear off a page and save it if he thought it spoke to him. Eventually, two thick stacks hung on the wall of his home office. Perhaps he once intended to switch these up regularly for renewed inspiration, but for as long as I can remember, the same two sayings stayed put.

The first: Life is painful. Suffering is optional.