Give Pasta a Chance

 

The first time I made homemade pasta, I was twelve years old.  My Grandma Pack was coming for a visit and I was determined to impress her with my culinary skills.  I didn’t have any fancy equipment, just a rolling pin, a knife and hours of time.  I painstakingly followed the instructions from a cookbook I had checked out from the library, and not only made noodles but also made sauce from a pile of tomatoes and some fresh basil I had picked from the garden.  While a little on the rustic side (a rolling pin, come on!), I remember that pasta tasting so good and getting immense satisfaction from preparing a meal for people I loved, even if it had taken me all afternoon.  My grandma kindly told me it was some of the best pasta she had eaten, and she’d traveled all over the world.

Once I was married I got a pasta roller and my husband and I would sometimes open a bottle of wine and spend a couple hours making homemade ravioli or lasagna.  I eventually bought a motor for it to speed up the process, but making pasta was still something reserved for weekends and slow afternoons.

When I started testing recipes for this post I set aside an entire afternoon to begin but was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it all came together. Instead of just making the lasagna I had intended for dinner, I started cranking out fettuccini, spaghetti and bucatini.  Homemade pasta dinner in less than an hour?  Yes, please!!

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Emile Henry & Ankarsrum Giveaway Series-Part 3: Loaf Pan

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!

I am so excited to be hosting this product giveaway with Emile Henry. Emile Henry is a French company that has been around since 1850. Their products are unlike anything else I’ve ever used. The first piece I ever received was the Bread Cloche and from the moment I first used it, I haven’t used a traditional loaf pan since.

This giveaway will feature the Ankarsrum Assistant Original and 5 of my favorite Emile Henry pieces. It will consist of four separate posts, each post focusing on an individual piece. To enter, fill out the form at the bottom of the post. You may also enter to win on Instagram and Facebook. Contest will be open until 8:00pm on Monday, November 30. A winner for each Emile Henry piece and the Ankarsrum (color of the winner’s choosing) will be announced on Tuesday December 1.

Good luck everyone and here we go with Part 3: The Loaf Pan…….

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Thanksgiving Series: Beet and Carrot Slaw with Walnut Vinaigrette

I think Thanksgiving is the ultimate eating holiday, and a fair amount of that is due to the endless sides accompanying that ubiquitous juicy turkey on tables across the USA.  And while I personally love the sides more than the turkey, I often wish for something fresh and tangy to balance out all those cheese/cream/butter/bacon laden dishes.

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