I’m back with another installment of my Overthinking Classics series. And today, I’m tackling what many North Americans consider to be the most iconic pasta dish of all time – Spaghetti and Meatballs. This dish has graced countless menus, found its way into the weekly rotation of numerous households, and even had a star-making turn in a Disney classic. Now, it’s always dangerous to meddle with a beloved classic such as this. And don’t worry, I believe that your Nonna’s is way better and I would love to try it. But this is how I like my Spaghetti and Meatballs. And if you have yet to swear allegiance to any particular rendition, this might be the spaghetti and meatballs for you. So let’s dive in!
It’s time for another installment of my ongoing Overthinking Classics series. If you’re new here, Overthinking Classics is a video series where I dissect beloved dishes, overthink them from every angle, and rebuild them into my version of perfect. I say “my version of perfect” because what you look for in, say, a plate of pasta might be very different than what I look for. Today, I’m tackling the classic cheeseburger. A year-round favorite that really comes into its own in the summer. Pair this bad boy with a milkshake and a side of fries for the full nostalgic experience.
I know it’s been a while since the last Overthinking Classics but the series is back and it brought a good recipe with it. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie seems to be a clear favorite among my friends and family. And it easily occupies a spot in my top three all-time favorite pies. Coconut Cream still reigns supreme but this ruby red stunner is forever nipping at its heels. This post includes a blueprint for a successful non-runny-or-gummy fruit pie filling, a solid all-butter pastry recipe, and a detailed (too detailed?) video that shows the entire baking process from tip to tail. So without further ado let’s overthink this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
Easter is fast approaching, so it only made good sense to do an Overthinking Classics on the unofficial dessert of Easter – the carrot cake. I have no idea why carrot cake has anything to do with Easter. Growing up we were far more likely to indulge in a lemon meringue pie and carrot cake was more of a birthday thing. But I suppose I do have an idea. It probably has everything to do with the Easter bunny. In the video below I do dip into the origins of the cake but I don’t talk about the more fanciful trappings of Easter. I really should’ve because this holiday is strange. Stranger than a portly guy shoving himself down a chimney? I would still say yes. A bunny, a mammal, who leaves eggs is hella weird. But that’s not why we’re here, let’s talk cake.