Pasta Venture Update...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I have actually slowed down just enough to pay attention just a bit to my blogs. So, I thought I'd try to update those interested on my last post on this blog about learning to make pasta! I had high, high hopes that we would have been completely moved in and more settled than we now are, but we are not. We still have more stuff to move and then I have to unpack it, set it up, etc. You know the rest!
On top of all of the moving trauma, my stove has just gotten hooked up to the gas! The vent hood is still not properly installed and I still do not have a backsplash to keep the grease and spattering off of the painted wall. So! Unfortunately my pasta making experience will have to wait a bit longer. Booooo! The holidays are approaching quickly so it looks like I am going to have to light a few fires under some folks!
How ever, in the mean time, if I happen to ever get my kitchen and pantry in working order so that I can focus on cooking once again, very soon I hope, I will be adding posts here to this blog.
So sorry for all the delay, but just imagine what it's like living through all of this!
Being an organized person is almost always looked upon with envy by those who are not so good at it, but for an organized person forced to live in an unorganized mess is a nightmare!!
Keep me in your thoughts!
Lots of love!
Create beautiful things!
Julie

Julie's Delicious Brunch Concoction

Thursday, March 20, 2014

So, I was in the middle of window shopping, online of course, when my tummy told my head it was hungry. I hadn't eaten any breakfast so, naturally for me, my thoughts went to eggs because I do luv eggs almost any way you can prepare them as long as they are cooked completely. The thought then came to me that rice and eggs would be a scrumptious choice, but I did not want to take the time for the rice to cook! So! I got this, what I now think, is a brilliant idea! I had recently restocked my freezer with a yummy rice and broccoli mixed with a cheese sauce by the jolly green guy himself so I got the idea to make my usually bland rice and egg concoction with this instead! 
Now do understand, rice, broccoli, eggs, and cheese are my favorite foods in their food groups.
I decided to first cook the broccoli and rice mixture as directed on the package because of the cheese sauce. I then whipped two large eggs with salt and pepper in a seep rate bowl. I heated about two tablespoons of butter in my skillet. I then added the broccoli and rice and over that I poured my egg mixture. With a fork, I incorporated it all together and let it cook until the egg was as done as I like it. The result was delicious! So delicious in fact that I wanted to share it with all of you! 
The texture was a bit creamy but not at all soggy, and the broccoli added such a gratifying flavor and texture. Perhaps next time I make this I may incorporate bell pepper or maybe onion. But I thought it was amazing just the way it was.
So next time you find yourself starving and it is between breakfast and lunch, give this little dish a try.
Create Beautiful Things,
Julie

I do love home made Pasta!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Okay, okay it is time! Time I learn how to and put into practice the making of my own home made pasta! I luv it! I confess! And since the store bought stuff of any brand, I might add, leaves something to be desired, I must get over my inhibitions and just do it! I mean, I love making home made yeast breads so, how much harder or time consuming can it be than that?! Right?! Hubby finally bought the pasta making attachment to my mixer, (a few years ago,) and does not forget to bring it to my attention every now and again. That said, I started looking for pasta maker videos last night on the web, (since I am a very visual learner,) to get the feel and grab some technique from those who have already been there and done that. I was surfing the Craftsy app on my Ipad when I came across this guy, "Giuliano Hazan" the son of a long line of Italian pasta makers whose late mother was a renowned Italian cooking doyenne Marcella Hazan, and wrote books of her own recipes and more. I found the history of this family to be of great intrigue to me, so I plan to delve further in to their Italian roots and recipes. So! Wish me luck and I'll try to keep you updated on my "progress."
Lots of love!
Julie
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