My quest to make perfect pasta just got a lot easier with the use of this Italian-made pasta maker. One day I’ll be as dexterous as the chefs on ICA but for now I’m content with looking like a chicken with its head chopped off cooking in the kitchen.
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If you like to cook you should try to make pasta from scratch at least once. Yeah it takes more time than boiling the store-bought stuff for 8 minutes but if you can enjoy the process, the outcome will always taste so much better.
The great thing about cooking is when you taste a good dish from a restaurant it gives you inspiration to make something similar. There’s been numerous times when we’ve eaten at a restaurant and went straight home to try to make what we just ate. About six months ago I had one of my favorite pasta dishes from the Spoon House called Sea Urchin Spaghetti, ever since that first bite I knew I needed to make the same dish with fresh pasta. Uni (sea urchin) is one of the best edible things to come out of the ocean and in my sushi bar called heaven they would only serve toro, wild salmon and uni.
Since the uni’s flavor is best rare this dish works when everything is cooked separately. First the white clam sauce is made with white wine, cream, Parmesan, garlic, olive oil, clams and clam juice and simmered in a small pot. Then the shrimp is seared in a pan with salt, pepper and butter. Mixed all together with the uni last (no heat) so it doesn’t cook.
Add to fresh pasta and topped with seaweed and sesame seeds.
I’m far from a great cook and the stuff I make and post isn’t here to “wow” people. My whole goal is to show how easy it is to cook, anyone can do it and should do it. Just for the simple fact that everybody has to eat and cooking is a great way to save money, eat healthier and to start practicing a skill that you’ll have with you for the rest of your life. Cooking is an art, similar to playing an instrument or learning to paint, it’s a great way to express yourself. It’s one of the most intimate nonsexual things you can do for a person. You want to win over someones heart, cook for them. You want to be healthier, cook for yourself.
Here’s some of the things I cooked the past couple days. Everything was super simple, cheap and easy…
Pasta tossed with chopped garlic, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and seasoning
Hand Cut Potato Chips
Spicy Tuna Roll with Brown Rice
Saute onions, garlic, tomatoes, chiles and spices in a pan with oil.
This little bottle of truffle oil is from a store called La Buona Tavola in Seattle, WA. If you’re in that area you definitely have to stop by, the staff will let you sample just about everything. Truffle is great to use on mac n cheese, steaks, pasta, soups, just about everything.