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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5 – Homemade Pasta (and Family Traditions)

on November 5, 2012

Happy Monday!!

We were cooking and baking all day yesterday so for Days 4 & 5 –  I am so very, VERY thankful for the food that we have and the ability to create meals for our family.  It is something not to be taken for granted, that is for sure.  I am also thankful that The Husband loves to cook just as much as I do and he does so along side me quite often (and we don’t kill each other in the kitchen!).  It is something that we both really enjoy, and that is a huge bonus.

We were on a cooking (and baking) rampage yesterday.  I think we were overdue!  I will have to spread these recipes out over a few days.  Too much yummy goodness (and a LOT of pictures to post!).

First, I made pancakes for the boys yesterday morning.  Now I know this may sound obvious to some, but I’ll say it anyway for anyone out there that is intimidated to try and cook anything:  Homemade pancakes are super simple to make.  If you don’t have a boxed mix it’s ok!  You will be surprised how fast you can whip up some pancakes from scratch and it takes hardly any extra time at all.  The recipe is here.

(these disappeared within minutes)

Nothing fancy there and that was just to appease the hungry hoard while we got started on some other craziness in the kitchen!

Next, the Husband decided to make fresh pasta today (yay!!).  It is definitely a family tradition for my Husband and the boys like to get involved too (especially during the eating part!).

First, he started by taking his flour combination and made a (cute) little well:

(a little well of goodness!)

Then the eggs went in…

(he’s very neat – I would SO make such a mess here)

And then he combined it slowly, at first with a fork and then by hand:

Then kneading the dough…

And once the dough came together, he formed it into a ball and wrapped it in plastic wrap to let it rest for a while.  It will not rise (or look) like bread dough:

Once the dough was able to rest for an hour or so, it was time to bust out the pasta machine, which is a good old fashioned version with a hand crank given to The Husband by his Grandmother.  We love you Grandma Chetta!!  (I just know she is looking down from Heaven and is so proud of her Italian Grandson right now!!)  🙂

The dough is cut off in chunks and cranked through the machine several times until it is super thin:

(trying to show how thin the pasta gets before going through the actual cutter)

Littlest helps crank for a bit…

… until his arms “got tired”.

After the dough goes through a few times, it is ready to go into the cutter and the pasta comes out…

(yummy goodness)

(angel hair for the boys – fettucine was next)

That little bit of dough makes a LOT of pasta!

Into some boiling water for about 3-4 minutes and…

Yum!

Fresh pasta is such a treat.  And yes, I know that it is definitely easier to buy boxes of store bought pasta – especially with store BOGO sales – for about $.65 per box (and sometimes less with coupons) and we do!  But when we can, making our own pasta is not only delicious, it is also rewarding and it also furthers a tradition for our family.  So very worth it!

And I think these guys agree…

(left hands in their laps while shoveling it in… we try!!)

I would love to hear any family cooking traditions that you and your family share – this month or throughout the year!

xoxo,

Claire

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2 responses to “30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5 – Homemade Pasta (and Family Traditions)

  1. Julie says:

    Our husbands would get along great. He makes the home made pasta too! I need to remind him that we got the ravioli press thingy. Talk about yum. I think I just gained 5 lbs. writing that 🙂

    • Claire says:

      Oooh – my Husband has ravioli forms and just said after he made this pasta that raviolis were next. They WOULD get along!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Julie! Can’t wait to see your kitchen 🙂 – Claire

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