Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.
A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Find Kate online at www.katecarlisle.com.
By Kate Carlisle, author of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY
Sometimes, leftovers just make good sense. When I’m under a pressing deadline, I don’t have time to cook every day.
Who am I kidding? I never want to cook every day, and when I’m under a deadline, I have a good
So let’s scratch that “deadline” bit and start over…
Sometimes, leftovers just make good sense. Who wants to cook every single day for the rest of their lives? Even people who love to cook need a break from time to time. Otherwise, it stops being a fun hobby and becomes a chore. And for those of us who, ahem, feel something less than 100% genuine enthusiasm for kitchen slavery, leftovers are heavenly.
Spaghetti makes great leftovers, like many tomato-based foods. The flavors have time to meld, so the second day, it tastes even better than the first. (You might want to cook fresh pasta each day, so you’re not eating soggy noodles. I, on the other hand, don’t object to soggy noodles on Day 2.)
This spaghetti recipe is super simple, but it’s delicious, especially if you can make it a few hours ahead of time and leave it on a slow simmer until it’s time to eat. The tomato thickens and the flavor becomes as rich and delicious as an Italian count. The peperoncinis (dried peppers) I use were a Christmas gift from a friend, as part of a wonderful “Taste of Italy” gift basket. They have a nice kick without being overwhelming, and just a hint of smokiness. But if you can’t find these at your local store, you can substitute cayenne powder, and it’s almost as delicious.
Super Simple Spicy Spaghetti
1 lb ground beef
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
½ C red wine (I used Merlot)
2 dried peperoncinis cut into ¼-inch slices (or 1 t cayenne powder)
Brown the ground beef. Drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Heat to a slow simmer. Cover and simmer for up to four hours, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add a bit of water in ½-cup increments. Serve over spaghetti noodles with garlic bread and a salad.
As mentioned before, Kate Carlisle's website is www.katecarlisle.com
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle. Penguin. 2013. ISBN 9780451415967 (hardcover), 320p.