Thursday, January 10th, 2013
I had no idea what to make for dinner tonight and somehow that translated into thinking that making fresh pasta would be a good solution. I guess I tell myself that if I make something a little bit fancy, different and/or somehow challenging it will make up for dinner being a total afterthought. Ooh, look waffles! Fancy! The trick is to not make any one thing too much or it won’t fall under the ambit of fancy, different and/or somehow challenging. It’s a delicate balance you see.
We’ve attempted fresh pasta before me and Ben. This was maybe my fifth attempt. It’s always been quite edible but never what I would call a success. We’ve never mastered the pasta maker. It looks like a super breeze on tv but we always managed to get the dough stuck in the rollers. Too fast? Too slow? We couldn’t figure it out and would end up rolling it by hand or having crazy broken pieces. But today was a great success! I don’t know if it was because I used a bad recipe… or did something wrong. I mean how bad can a recipe of flour, water and eggs be? Maybe it was because Chase was my helper instead of Ben. The girl can rock the pasta machine. She cranked out the whole pound while I handled the dough and then ran around my other side between each batch to dust the sheets with flour. Avery helped a little too but it takes some muscle to turn the crank! It was so easy that I’m itching to do it again. I’m thinking ravioli!
Monday, August 13th, 2012
Another winner from Martha’s book. I made this on Sunday. It was ok warm out of the oven at lunchtime but most delicious when fully cooled after dinner. I like that a little fresh ginger gets mixed in with the fruit. We ate it plain but it would be great with a scoop of ice cream or, even better, a dollop of whipped cream. Here’s the recipe: Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday, August 11th, 2012
That’s what we called corn dogs at home. I’ve been cooking from Martha’s new cookbook that I borrowed from the library. Usually her cookbooks are only so so but this one is really cool with big beautiful photos and interesting backstories about the recipes. It’s organized regionally highlighting specialties from around the country. I might be tempted to buy this one. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
My camera is home! Maybe by way of East Aurora, NY where we left it, St. Catharines, Ontario where it hung out for a while and then Batavia, NY where it was returned to me outside a Tim Hortons but she is home nonetheless. And with all our vacation photos on it! I kinda wish the guy who found it had taken a photo of himself and not just of the grass where he found it. His good deed totally merits a reward but I have no idea who the good samaritan is. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, May 21st, 2012
Actually, so far it’s not that bad because we’re still in the round the clock eating/sleeping phase. Also, lucky for me, I can’t exactly remember what’s coming up around the bend. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
I sit here writing this while I wait for my baked apples to finish up in the oven. Today was better than yesterday. I got some work done, went to the doctor ALONE, treated myself to lunch AND made dinner without too much fussing.
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Friday, November 5th, 2010
In spite of all the toys there are two things that Avery truly loves to do. Dig in the rocks and dirt in the only living plant that we have in the house and open the door on the tv cabinet and pull all of the cords and devices out. She broked the blue ray by pulling on it and then after several weeks mysteriously “fixed” it the same way.
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