Spinach Pasta

If you have been eyeing the pasta attachments for the Ankarsrum mixer, February may be the month you want to make those homemade pasta dreams come true.  Technically prices go up on the lasagnafettuccine, and tagliatelle attachments this month, but they are on sale all of February for the old price.  Also, if you buy all three together this month, you can get them for $279.95.  These attachments are some of my favorites and always a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  There is something magical and fun about making your own noodles, and what kid doesn’t love pasta?  What adult doesn’t for that matter?  A while back, I did a basic pasta dough recipe.  That is still my standard go-to, but I decided to branch out into flavored noodles in honor of this month’s sale: spinach pasta dough.

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Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

We all know that store-bought tomatoes taste terrible in the winter, actually they often taste pretty watery and bland most of the year unless your grocery store carries heirlooms or locally grown ones.  Even then, they’re usually a far cry from ones picked right out of the garden.  But there is an exception to this rule: grape tomatoes.  They somehow taste good no matter what time of year it is.  And in the dead of winter when your plate needs a little splash of freshness to get through the gloomy days, grape tomatoes are an excellent substitute for canned tomato products when making sauce.

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Goat Cheese and Fig Jam Buns with Balsamic Reduction

The condiment section of my fridge sometimes gets out of control.  Why do we have five different kinds of mustard?  (Ok, that’s all me, I love mustard.)  Or do we really need eight different types of jams/jellies/curds?  Although you can certainly use up your jams and jellies on toast, I like taking the dough that I use for cinnamon rolls and filling it with different flavors and using up sweet condiments at the same time.  This dough is quite easy to work with and can be doubled if you have a large crowd to feed.  You can also make the buns up to a certain point in the evening, and then refrigerate and bake off in the morning.  Perfect for all those holidays coming up, especially if you have houseguests.

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