Homemade pasta SUCCESS!!

So N’s grammy asks us for a Christmas list every year and I’ve never done that so it’s a task for me. This year the only thing I had on it was a pasta maker from William-Sonoma (A friend recommended it….he did all the research for me!). And guess what?! I GOT IT!!

It’s so pretty, and last wednesday I decided to pull it out of the box and use it.  I’d heard it was really easy to make pasta so when I’d been there for more than an hour I figured those people were full of it.  When Nick got home we looked up a video and realized I’d been doing it wrong…mainly  because my setting was wrong. DUH! I had a mini fit with tears and all and managed to save half of the dough.  In the end I had a delicious meal and I will say it’s pretty easy to make. I’ll share the basic recipe that came in my little pamphlet…but a little simplified.

You only need 2 ingredients: Eggs & Flour!

You’ll need 3 Eggs and 2 1/4 cups of unbleached flour.

You mix them until they come together to a doughy consistency…not too wet, not too dry (IF it’s too dry add a little more flour one tablespoon at a time and the same with water!).  I used my trusty kitchen aid mixer and that saves some time and effort!  Then you knead the dough by hand for about 2 or 3 minutes, wrap it in plastic and let it rest for about 20 min.

The next step kinda screwed me up.  My directions said to split the dough in 2…..you should do it in about 4 pieces. It’s much easier! Then you run the dough through your machine starting with the widest setting going up to the thickness you need (depends on the type of pasta you’re making) . I don’t really know why, but the instructions say to run it through this setting about 10 times (I don’t know if you can skip these or not, but I did it just in case). Every time you run it thru you fold it in 3 (lengthwise) and run it through again (make sure you start with one of the open sides first).

Once you do the 10 times you run it once on every setting until you reach your desired thickness. This is how you get your pasta sheets.

I cut my pasta sheets in half so they’d be easier to work with.  You have to let them rest about 10 or 15 min before you cut them so you place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  I sprinkled some semolina flour on the sheets and then layered more parchment and pasta sheets on top (you do this with all your sheets).

After the 10 or 15 min you’re ready to cut!  Run your sheets through your desired attachment and VOILA! You have homemade pasta!

All you do now is cook it (which only takes about 2 or 3 minutes because it’s fresh pasta) and you’re done! I made an Alfredo sauce, steamed some broccoli and zucchini to toss with it and had some delicious sourdough garlic bread finish the meal!! I don’t want to brag but it was pretty delicious.

I can’t wait to get the ravioli attachment!!!


~Mrs. B

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Lamb Burger Success

I’ve been wanting to make lamb burgers for a while now and today….I did.  Lamb is something else we’re slightly obsessed with, so I had to at least try to make them!!!

I got the lamb at costco, cleaned it and froze it (it grinds better when frozen….yes I did it myself with my trusty Kitchen Aid attachment!).  I looked for a recipe on line and found this one (minus the relish) and made it our own by adding some oregano and a splash of olive oil.

We also added some feta cheese while grilling (I have my very own professional grill master….his name is husband), made some caramelized onions (for Nick), added some spinach and a little yogurt sauce.  I served it on a slice of Gilroy garlic sourdough bread and with a side of this amazing orzo salad from Real Simple.

Oh yeah…and I don’t like tomatoes, but Nick does so for him I made a kabob of miniature tomatoes with some olive oil, salt, pepper and a lil’ bit of lemon juice. He said they were pretty awesome!!!

Oh my goodnesssss!!!! You don’t even know how delicious it was!! You must try it!

P.S. ~ My  yogurt sauce is something I make for lots of things. I use non fat plain yogurt, salt, pepper and garlic (all to taste).  For this version I also added some fresh dill.




~Mrs. B

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Saturday: Afternoon Delight ~ Coconut Macaroons

Nico and I are obsessed with coconut. Anything coconut. So I’ve been testing some recipes for coconut macaroons.  I tried this recipe a couple of times in the last month. They’re amazing and pretty easy to make.  The first time I dipped them in the chocolate and it’s wayyyy too much for me (Nico thought they were great!) so the second time I just drizzled it over the top and it was much better.  I think I still favor the plain though.

This afternoon I tried a recipe from Marcela Valladolid’s book. It’s a lot more simple and faster than the other one and it’s better for you (less sugar) AND they taste deeelicious! So much so that I thought I’d share it with you:

1/2 cup of condensed milk (I tried the non fat one and it tastes just as good as the regular one!)

1 package of coconut (14 oz)

Preheat your oven to 350°

Spray tray or pan with cooking oil (don’t forget this otherwise you’ll have trouble taking them off like I did).  Marcela’s recipe calls for you to use a pan because in México they’re traditionally found as little squares. I really like how the little mounds look so I did that instead, but it’s up to you. Also I always line my trays with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Mix coconut and condensed milk and scoop into small mounds (if they’re too large they kind of break apart…because you don’t use the egg whites to “glue” everything together)

Bake for 20 min or until they get golden/crispy. I like them really crispy!!

Chocolate – optional. My favorite is Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% Cacao. Follow instructions on bag. I used a spoon to drizzle on top.

Here they are!!!




~Mrs. B

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Wednesday Lunch

I LOVE my juicer! Today’s menu was:

*4 beets
*4 oranges
*1 cucumber
*3 really small tomatoes
*1 peach

oh it was soo soo delicious!!

I also made a delicious & simple lunch for us: quesadillas (ham) with beans (homemade of course) and also homemade salsa.  I did get fancy and make the tortillas myself….it’s a lot easier than it sounds. REALLY! I just buy the masa already made from the little mexican market, whip out my tortilla maker tool thingy (to flatten them) and cook them for a bit and they’re done! It seriously took me longer to make the juice only because I have to wash everything right away. Here’s some pics…..
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TA-DA!! doesn’t it look yummy? it was!



~Mrs. B

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can you say yum?

This is the first time ever I’ve made a pork tenderloin and figured it was worthy of a blog. Well, at least a picture. It had a peach sauce and was accompanied by cheesy baked mashers and a side of green beans. It was deeeeeeelicious!

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