Wherein we make pasta
I had almost forgotten I had a pasta machine. Fresh pasta seems like a summery food to me, and now that the weather has warmed up (and I'm getting a little sick of the same old spaghetti every Sunday), I pulled it out.
This turned out to be a perfect Sunday morning activity for the kids. They usually get quite antsy on Sundays, and this filled a bit of the morning time very nicely. I've found that if I can give them something constructive to do, they'll usually not get out of control.
We made spinach pasta because Tiger Lily is a big fan of spinach lately (and I love that she demonstrates how strong she is each time she takes a bite). I wish you could have seen the amount of energy she expended turning the roller. She puts her all into everything.
I used the recipe from America's Test Kitchen's Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles, which I found to be a bit fussy (I was a bit disgruntled that it only includes instructions on how to make the dough with a food processor. While I was able to adapt it for my stand mixer, I thought it was silly, because a lot of people don't have a food processor, and there are lots of different ways to make pasta.)
I'll be working some more fresh pasta dishes into our menu in the next few weeks. I think fresh pasta is well worth it if you have a little free time. And it's a good solution for me—I love to create in the kitchen, but I keep churning out desserts, and that's not good for us. This way I can make something that we're going to eat for dinner anyway.