bundled up

Gift giving is truly a wonderful thing. Not only for the receiver but most especially for the giver. What’s more pleasurable in being cheerful is when your gifts get appreciated. To some, jewelry, perfume even apparel are top gifts on list. Most people though enjoy chocolates as gift, others enjoy books, still others enjoy both and not just a certain book but a cookbook at that…chances are, that person could be a food lover or a foodie.

Most, if not all foodies would certainly appreciate those all-season if not Christmas hampers from Clearwater, complete with goodies and what a foodie loves. Though I am not a real foodie as I would like to be,  I enjoy a lot of dishes and I always have fun following recipes. Yes, I would love to receive one of those hampers, even those that I have seen from the grocery nearest us which include a number of items fit for, well, snacking and cooking. For one, a hamper full of assorted chocolates, chocolate chip cookies, cheeses, dips, Champagne or white wine would be perfect.

Speaking of white wine, I received a bottle or two from my mom-in-law (not in a hamper though :/ but better than none of course). I opened one of the bottles recently to make this creamy white wine sauce that I’ve been craving for. Though I was going for a thicker finish, I had taken the sauce out of the pan too soon that it turned out too milky. It’s fun that I had this tricolor curled pasta which the kids love. They had fun with this dish.

Sauce recipe for 5 Servings

1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons white wine
1 tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (but try having fresh too)

pasta of your choice
bacon bits

1. Cook pasta per package directions, set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine the cream, wine, flour, salt and parsley.

3. Stir all together bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened.  Thus, thickened means when the amount is reduced to half, which I probably didn’t have patience for at the time.

4. Serve over pasta and garnish with bacon bits and parsley.

pastipasta, hampers
load with bacon bits