Pasta Misadventures

January 26, 2010

Not everything that comes out of my kitchen is a smashing success and this proves it.  Although I’ve been wanting to make fresh pasta for a long time, I’d been putting it off because I didn’t have a simple pasta machine.  I did have this hand-me-down beast though, with vague memories of hating it.  But, since I couldn’t remember exactly what the problems were, I decided to give it another try. C’mon…this is the cover of the book that came with it.  Who can resist this?  Makes me wonder if there was there a pasta chef member of The Village People…I dragged the machine and all its accessories from its hiding place home on the top shelf of the pantry and set to work.We had to figure out how to assemble the thing.  Luckily, my father-in-law had saved every piece of paper that came with it so we could follow the handy directions.I had some terrific tomato powder from MySpiceSage, so I decided on a Tomato and Cracked Pepper version of fettucine.We put everything in the machine, turned it on and waited for it to work its magic.A little bit of pasta finally makes an appearance!Slowly, slowly, slowly we got this.  Then we had to use that flimsy plastic wrench-like utensil handy wrench, take the thing apart, unclog it and start over.  Maybe the unclogging will help.  There’s still hope that we’ll eat sometime tonight so I started getting the sauce stuff together.  Basic.. cheese, cream, garlic, butter and basil.  In the meantime, the machine is whining away.  Slowly. Ever so slowly.  We disassemble, unclog and reassemble.  Again.  And again. Who wants to wait that long?  We’re hungry!   A box of Ronzoni and dinner was finally served and I was off to research basic pasta rollers.

So what are some of your misadventures?  Things that didn’t quite work like you expected?  Ended up more complicated than they should’ve been?

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1 Mary January 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Oh LOL… that cover is something else!! LMBO. Well, gotta admit that machine does look like quite the beast! What a hassle.

I’ve got the KA attachment on my “wish list” at Amazon, but don’t know if I’ll ever make enough use of it to justify the expense!

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2 Karen Bove January 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Isn’t that cover a hoot? Circa 1983.

The KA attachment is on my wish list too. In the meantime, I took MangoTomato’s advice and picked up a $35 hand-cranked pasta roller at Bed Bath and Beyond. It worked great and I’ll be posting about it next.

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3 Michelle N January 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I love your blog! So far I have failed at making biscuits. They come out too hard and are not very good. I have tried several different recipes so it must be something I’m doing wrong. I’m not sure what it is but I will figure it out. Good to know everyone has mess ups in the kitchen.

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4 Karen Bove January 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Thanks! I think we all mess up something or other or have dishes that we just can’t seem to master. I’m lucky that I was raised making biscuits. The key to tender and flaky is in the dough handling. Knead it just until it barely holds together. Overworking it makes them tough.

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5 Memoria January 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

The book cover is hilarious!!!! LOL! The pasta ended up looking great…even though it was not want you wanted. I’m in search of a pasta roller, too. It is on my birthday wish list.

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6 Karen Bove January 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

It did turn out ok, just took forever and the inconsistent size (everything from angel hair to fettucine!) was a problem when cooking.

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7 Ed Schenk January 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

My average is actually pretty good but I don’t have mozzarella cheese down yet.

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8 Wendi January 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Karen, Plan B looks like a smashing success. Glad to know I’m not the only one who has days like this in the kitchen.

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9 Maryse January 27, 2010 at 8:04 am

Well, I never had any luck with the rice cooker. The rice always ended up gooey and the bottom of the pan would take days to clean. And then there was the day when my cream of chicken soup ended up on the floor because i had the great idea of pouring it into plastic bags. Not proud of that one!

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10 Otehlia Cassidy January 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Nice blog! The pasta looks beautiful. Quite a project. I remember making pasta once. It was great, but I just can’t seems to want it bad enough these days! My kitchen misadventures involve things like whole habaneros splitting in a stew without me and my family knowing. Ouch!! And I am famous for complicating things, mostly not in the kitchen, however.

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