Working with a pasta machine

So my first attempt at making homemade pasta turned out sort of “meh”.  The noodles were way too big and they just didn’t taste very good (I assume I over or under cooked them).  So I went to Amazon and bought myself the Marcato 8320 pasta machine. I made a quick batch of dough over…

Making Pasta – take 1

So today I made my first attempt at making homemade pasta.  I bought a book a couple weeks back on making pasta.  It’s been a pretty simple read and I like how the recipes are simple and straight forward.  So far Im enjoying the book!  So today I took a crack at the basic recipe. …

Korean BBQ beef

One of my resolutions for this year was to be more adventurous in my cooking.  So today I tried a recipe for Korean BBQ beef burritos.  While burritos themselves are not adventurous, the meat selection for me was.  I found a recipe online for how to make the BBQ beef in the slow cooker mistakenly…

Fish Tacos

A few years ago I tried fish tacos and found that I actually really liked them which was a surprise for me back then because I didn’t think I would.  I thought I’d give making them a try and they turned out sort of meh… I used this recipe I found here.  Although – somewhere…

July – Seafood

Somewhat surprising to most people is that Im not a huge steak guy.  Why is this relevant?  It means that most of the meat I eat is pork and chicken.  And while I love chicken and pork, I’m always looking for more alternatives.  Enter seafood and the massive variety of protein that falls into that…

Making the pizza

I feel bad – its April 9th and this is my first real post of the month.  Sigh.  Life gets busy sometimes I guess.  However – not all is lost.  I’ve made some progress on some long running projects from previous months so I guess it’s not all bad (more on that soon). The goal…

April – Pizza

To be honest, April had been slated for something else.  However – after doing bread last month it occurred to me that it might make sense to move pizza up since pizza is… well… mostly bread.  I love making (and eating) pizza and I’ve had rather good luck making it in the past.  I used…

Some improvement in height of the loaves

The bread tonight turned out better than I had expected considering that I didn’t really follow the instructions very closely.  I sort of last track of time and the timing got pretty far off.  For instance, the bread only proofed for 90 minutes but sat on the bench for 90 minutes as well.  Since Im trying…

Vertically challenged loaves

I’ve baked almost every night this week and while the bread is turning out tasting great, I can’t seem to get the loaves to get any taller.  This is the closest I’ve gotten, or at least the tallest.  Im not entirely sure what to do differently.  Every time I get the bread into the dutch…