Daily Archives: July 15, 2009

The Mad Foodie is Back!

chicken alfredo

And he’s got the perfect alfredo sauce recipe for you! It almost makes me want to cook. Almost. Enjoy. *Drools.

So I don’t know about you guys, but I get tired of that jarred tomato sauce pretty quickly. Admittedly, some of them are pretty tasty (I loves me a good vodka cream sauce, especially on gnocchi…Mmmmmm…) Anyways, if you feel like me, maybe you also REALLY love a good alfredo sauce. If you don’t, don’t talk to me. Otherwise, wrap your mind around this:

The Mad Foodie’s Awesome Alfredo Sauce

-1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

-1/4 cup (1/2 average-sized block) Cream Cheese

-1/4 cup Butter or Margarine

-1/2 cup milk (or cream, if you’re brave)

-Minced garlic (or garlic powder) to taste

– Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly for 10 minutes or until sauce is smooth.

Did you really think making Alfredo sauce was that easy? I didn’t, until I made this. It’s fast, incredibly simple, and freakin’ delicious. Admittedly, it’s not for you dietary or vegan people. I don’t trust vegans anyway. Don’t make this dish with vegan anything or I will hunt you down and make you pay. Continue reading

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Can Women Balance Kids/Work?

womenbakingpies

My mother’s mother was a schoolteacher. Every morning, she woke up at 4AM, cooked breakfast for her six kids, packed them off to school and then taught school herself. My mother was also a schoolteacher. Then she got married and stayed home. She was the best stay-at-home mother a kid could have. June Cleaver? Martha Stewart? Pfft, amateurs. Growing up, I sincerely thought my mother was superwoman. She would sew all of the dresses my sister and I wore. She made tortillas from scratch for elaborate Sunday dinners. Carpentry? Check. Husbandry? Check. She did it all.

Then, when I was 13, she went back to work. It took her a couple of years and a couple of promotions, but eventually, she was asked to fill the highest supervisory position at her company. She turned it down, instead choosing a less-stressful position in which she was responsible for fewer employees. I know one of the reasons she didn’t want to take it was because she wanted to make sure she spent time with her kids. She likes to come home every day and make us dinner.

I thought about her this week when I read this Wall Street Journal article in which Jack Welch, former chief executive of General Electric said the following at a conferences of HR managers:

“There’s no such thing as work-life balance,” Mr. Welch told the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference in New Orleans on June 28.”There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.” Continue reading