Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: February 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

Sometimes you just need a quick, easy comfort pasta dish to round out your day.
This skillet pasta carbonara comes together in just 20 minutes!

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I've been eating pasta carbonara for years, but only until recently thought maybe I should share it with you!

This often happens.  I make something over and over and over and the family gobbles it up and I never share it with my fans!  Not intentional, it just sweeps me by.  Sometimes I get so wrapped around coming up with fun, new dishes that I just plainly forget about the simple ones.

Hence, enter in this carbonara.

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Here's another thing.  Recently I want to cook everything in my cast iron skillet.  Do you have one?  I love, love, love my 12 inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. I've had it for years, but often it gets put away for a few months and again, forgetten.

Lately, I've just been keeping it on the stove at all times.  It's great to use for this dish {or any quick pasta dish}, perfect for pancakes and french toast and my skillet biscuits {try those, will ya?}.



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Have you had pasta carbonara before?

I love it because it requires minimal ingredients and comes together very quick.  Who knew a combo of whisked eggs, Parmesan cheese, starchy water and a little bacon grease {yes, I said bacon grease} turns into the most delicious and light sauce.

It doesn't seem right....but it works!  

Throw in some cooked spaghetti, the cooked chopped bacon and some light, fresh peas and THIS DISH IS THE BEST.

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Kids love it.  Adults love it.  It can be served on a rushed Monday night or fancied up for dinner guests!  Serve it with a side salad and some toasted bread and dinner is DONE.

Also - I have one kid who loathes peas, but will eat them in this dish.

So there's that.

Let me know if you try this dish!  I'd love to hear your feedback.

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara
Yield: 4
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
This is such a fantastic & easy pasta dish that comes together in 20 minutes. The simple sauce turns creamy, yet stays light. Great for a quick dinner or can be fancied up for guests!


  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 strips bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup starchy pasta water (from cooking the spaghetti)
  • salt
  • pepper


How to cook Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

  1. In a medium pot, fill with water and bring to a boil.  When boiling liberally salt and start cooking the spaghetti.
  2. Meanwhile in a large cast iron skillet, heat to medium heat.  Drop in the chopped bacon and garlic and cook until crisp.  Remove from the skillet and set aside, keeping the bacon grease in the skillet.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. When the spaghetti is done transfer to the hot skillet.  Add in the peas and bacon and toss.
  5. Take a ladel of the starchy pasta water and stir slowly into the egg/parm mixture.  Then pour that into the skillet, tossing to combine.  Add more starchy water if sauce needs to thin out a bit.  Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve warm out of the skillet.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

18 Popular Salad Dressings

If I'm going to eat a salad I need a good dressing.
Here are 18 popular, homemade dressings!

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I'll be the first to tell you that salads aren't a norm for me.  I'll happily eat one if it's set in front of me and prepared all nice, but if given the option of making one myself it's most likely a hard pass.

I like them, I just don't get excited about making them.

Am I alone in thinking they always taste better in restaurants?  The lettuce options are endless, they have an array of toppings and the dressings taste DELICIOUS.

Bottled dressing you buy and keep in the fridge just never compare.  Maybe I'm alone on this, but that is how I feel and this is my food blog and therefore I can tell you my feelings.  Saying this....homemade dressings are GREAT.  When I take the five minutes needed and actually make my own dressing I always wonder why I don't do it more often.

They make the salad!

I figured it was about time to gather up some of my favorite salad dressing recipes and share them with you!  Because if I like them, I'm guessing you do too.  Plus we are inching towards the latter half of February {as I type this it's snowing...}, but getting closer to March always has me crave more greenery.  

I hope you enjoy {and save!} this list for later.  

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

Which salad dressing is calling out to you first?  I'm not kidding when I say a good, homemade dressing will make you eat more salads.  It really will!  Most keep really well in the fridge for at least a week, usually longer.

They are also great as dips for veggies.

Just saying.

Let me know which dressing becomes your favorite!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Easy Valentine Dessert Board for Entertaining + Giveaway

Today is a fun and pretty day. 
Not only am I showcasing this BEAUTIFUL serving board, but I'm also giving one away!

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I cannot believe it is February of 2020 {although January seemed to be the longest month ever}, which means Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

While I've never been a BIG romantic, I do enjoy sharing the day with my loved ones and making a point to let them know how special they are to me.  Whether that be a spouse, a friend or your's a good day to just let them know how much you love them.  Most of us are so busy we often forget to take a step back, breathe and just enjoy each other's company.  That is what I believe Valentine's Day is all about.

I have been so, so, so blessed over the years and the companies I have worked with these past 10 years.  10 years!  Still hard to wrap my brain around.

Anolon is one of those companies.  Anytime I reach out to them with an idea, they jump on board without hestitation {pun intended}.

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Within days of chatting I had this gorgeous Anolon Teak & Marble Serving Board at my doorstep.  I tried my best to give this board justice in these photos and I'm not sure I did.....but it is BEAUTIFUL.

Serving and cutting boards are all the rage right now and you know why?  Entertaining is back!  People seem to be once again inviting friends and family into their homes and are not getting stressed about it.  One of my favorite entrepreneurs to follow on Instagram is Amy Hannon.  She owns a neat speciality store in Arkansas and her go to saying is "love, welcome, serve".

She is a strong promoter of inviting people into your home and serving them.  Forget dusting your baseboards and worrying about the proper decor.  

Slap some snacks on a board and if they are your true friends they will be happy!

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So that is exactly what I did.

I went to the grocery store and stocked up on every Valentine's Day goodie that I could find, assembled this in about 3 minutes and watched my kids REJOICE.

It was that easy.

Entertaining doesn't have to be stressful!  This style of dessert board can be done by anyone and can be enjoyed by everyone.  Kids, church groups, teachers, your Grandma's card club, even your friend's who came over to watch the game.

People cannot resist CANDY and/or CHOCOLATE.

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Who wants to win this exact Anolon Teak & Marble Cutting Board?

I'm giving this exact one away over on my Instagram page.  Entering is easy!  Follow me, follow Anolon and tag a friend who wants to win.

That's it!

I'd love to get this gorgeous entertaining piece in your hands soon!  Head on over to my Instagram page to enter.

This post is in conjunction with Anolon.