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Pasta and Pumpkins October 13, 2011

Filed under: Cooking Experiments — Amy Scott @ 2:48 pm

Tuesday night, Jeremy informed me what we were going to make our own raviolis and pasta sauce for dinner. This has been a goal of his for some time now. He has a ton of tomatoes from his garden and I knew he was ready to try his hand at making homemade pasta sauce. What goes well with homemade pasta sauce? Homemade pasta!

Jeremy set to work on the sauce while I started the pasta dough. This is the first time I’ve ever made homemade pasta and it certainly was an experience! Even though I got a workout trying to roll the dough super thin, I would say it was still too thick. The flavor of the dough was good, but the once it was boiled the raviolis almost turned to bread. Not a texture I’m used to and a little dense. I will try harder next time to get the dough as thin as possible because it will expand in the cooking process. We used an Italian cheese blend and then added grated Parmesan cheese on top of the blend. The stuffing turned out well. I also learned that more cheese is always better when it comes to stuffing ravioli.

The pasta sauce Jeremy created was very flavorful. We used a packet of spices to flavor it, but the truth is we really didn’t need the packet. We had all the spices that it included in our own spice collection. Jeremy also added some extra spices and some ketchup to the mixture. He is pretty good at getting things into balance.  We both agreed that meal was good, but there were things we know better for next time. Overall, I rated it a 5-6 out of 10 (10 being awesome, 1 being inedible). We also came to the same conclusion when we attempted to make deep dish pizza a few weeks ago.  We might not get it perfect the first time, but we learning lots and having fun in the kitchen together.

After we were finished with cooking experiments, we sat down the kitchen floor and starting carving our pumpkins! Jeremy is super creative when it comes to carving. Every year I’m sadly disappointed with my own carving skills. I’m not sure why I expect to get better each year, but I don’t… My pumpkin looks so sad compared to Jeremy’s two pumpkins. Regardless of my skills, I always love gutting the pumpkin and squishing my hand around in the gooey, seedy insides. This was our first time carving pumpkins with Toby around. It was humorous to watch him smell the pumpkins, lick the pumpkins… try to eat the pumpkins!

It was a very fun and full night in the Scott household! I was certainly tired when I was done from all the focus I put into that pasta and pumpkin! When it comes to pasta – I think I have a bright future. When it comes to pumpkins – I think I need to accept I’m not an artist!

 

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