This year the nursing home requested gently used stuffed animals. Allyson donated about five from her ridiculously large stash. She could have donated three times as many, but as we sorted through them a week or two ago, she just couldn't part with most of them. "That's one's special," she said. "That one too."
No matter, they had plenty to go around.
Here she is with the best Santa I've ever seen, our coworker Mike.
My Next Kitchen Gadget
On Tuesday night, I took a pasta cooking lesson with my brother Rick and his daughter Mindy. Working in groups of eight or so, we made a thick dough from all-purpose flour, semolina flour, and LOTS of eggs. Then we rolled it through a pasta roller a total of 11 times, at 7 different thicknesses. Each portion started out about the size of a paperback book (only thinner) and ended up over 6 feet long.
As the dough got longer, it became a two- or three-person job. One person pressed the dough into the roller, one person turned the crank, and a third person caught and straightened the dough as it was extruded from the roller.
We cut the pressed pasta into six-inch segments and then ran it through the other side of the pasta roller, cutting it into fettucini.
|Rick, Me, Mindy, and Our Fettucini|
We also made a gorgonzola walnut alfredo sauce. Technically all I did was strip some thyme leaves off their stems; Rick did most of the work.
The best part was eating our freshly boiled pasta and sauce. Good times!
Rick and I are going to buy a pasta roller soon and have family pasta nights. I'm sure you will hear about it when the time comes.