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New Distraction 
Aug. 9, 2009 9:05 pm 
Updated: Aug. 10, 2009 4:22 pm
I really couldn't help myself when I saw a special online sale for a kitchen aid pasta roller/cutter right now mine is sitting at the Post Office in Mesquite, TX, scheduled to arrive TOMORROW!

I thought it'd take longer to get here so I haven't had time to think about what I want to make with it first. I have some fresh mozarella, some spinach, shredded mozarella, cheese blend, and pizza sauce from the homemade pizza (more on that later). Maybe something easy, just noodles. Just to get a feel for the machine and for pasta recipes.

All in all I'm really excited to have it because it seems like such a handy tool. One thing I'm definitely going to try after pasta is crackers. It's very hard to roll them thinly enough by hand, especially with my light-weight roller. I made wheat crackers not long ago that were yummy scrumboes in the taste department, but in texture were more akin to dog biscuits.

Some of my KitchenAid attachments have disappointed in the past...I really hope this one doesn't!
Aug. 9, 2009 9:56 pm
im jealous. im in the middle of a kitchen remodel so the stove has been moved into the laundry room and my sink is in the bathroom for a week. its going to be a while before i get some new toys to play with. If i were you i would try making some fresh spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli and maybe drizzle that pizza sauce on afterwords with some garlic cheese bread to use up some of that mozzarella. yumm
Aug. 9, 2009 11:54 pm
Yes, or maybe some spinach canneloni. You don't have to do tubes, just lasagna like sheets and roll the filling in the sheets. There is nothing like fresh pasta.
Aug. 10, 2009 4:29 am
Wow, how nice! This is the attachement I want to buy too. When you make your noodles, please share your pics. Have fun!!! :)
Aug. 10, 2009 9:15 am
Cannelloni - that sounds like a great idea! Spinach and mushroom filling, baked in the sauce and covered in fresh mozarella...
Aug. 10, 2009 2:44 pm
You are going to love it. My DH loves pasta and I never did. It always filled me up too much. After just a few bites I would be full and there would be all the yummy stuff that goes with it left on my plate. Not so now with my KA pasta maker. The pasta is so light and fresh I now love having pasta dishes and it is so quick and easy to whip us a batch whenever you need it. Hope you enjoy
Aug. 10, 2009 4:22 pm
YES! It arrived today and I'm reading up on pasta making tips :D Tomorrow is when I'm attempting my first batch of homemade pasta, I'm so excited!
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I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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