Pasta

Homemade Pasta is Always Best!

11042282043_3c26c6e091_oBy Tiffany Young

After Bird’s Barbershop’s Besties Party, my friends and I weren’t ready to say goodbye, so Eric & Lisa invited Christine and I over to make handmade pasta at their place with their little one, Bea. To be honest Baby Bea did not make a lot of pasta, but she was a fun addition to the night of playing games, eating and enjoying each others’ company.

Lisa had already made the dough, so the hard part was over. We used her new pasta maker for the first time, via trial and error. Lisa gave us the challenge: We could either watch Baby Bea or we could figure out how to use the pasta machine. Not feeling up to the challenge of caring for a small child, we decided using the pasta maker would be our challenge for the night. I don’t think either one would have been that challenging, but I tend to feel more comfortable in the kitchen than with bodily functions.

We immediately took to YouTube to get things started. This was the best one we found:

It was a little challenging not getting the pasta to stick together at first, but then we learned to add more flour than we thought to keep it from sticking. It turned out beautifully! Eric did the actual cooking part, chopping up mushrooms and sauteing garlic to make a traditional alfredo sauce: http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/The-Real-Alfredo.

 

He made two batches–one without mushrooms and one with. They were both delicious.

Food Pic /// Fried Pizza


Fried Pizza is mm-mm good!

Fried pizza sounds disgusting, right? Well, it’s not. This little appetizer is delicious when made fresh. My mom and I took an Italian cooking class for my 31st birthday last October—in Italy. It was ridiculously cheap at about $70 per person and came with hands-on instruction for about four hours, plus a sit-down meal of appetizers, pasta, main course and dessert. You could also pay extra for wine tastings, but I felt gluttonous as was. If you ever go to Rome, take the course from Chef Andrea Consoli over at http://www.cookingclassesinrome.com.