A First Timer’s Pasta Night

Some pretty exciting things have happened to those closest to me, so I wanted to celebrate by using our brand-new hand crank pasta maker. Embarrassingly enough, this was my first time making pasta, and after one egg-yolk eggsplosion (apparently when you make a well in the flour, it’s got to go deep), it was actually relatively smooth sailing. As per the Frankie’s Spuntino book, I kneaded the dough for 8 minutes straight (whew!), then let it rest before rolling it out.

We cranked and cranked, and produced some pretty decent (albeit very thin) noodles. After some time unfurling the noodles, I whipped them up with a favorite River Café recipe of peas, prosciutto and lots of butter and Parmesan. Now, to resist the urge for homemade pasta every weeknight.

Lunch Al Desko

I spend a fairly significant amount of time working from home, and am always looking for tasty (but healthy-ish) ways to satiate myself while hammering away on the computer. After a recent Trader Joe’s trip (the D.C. branches are infinitely less hellish than the NYC ones), I crafted quite a tasty and very quick lunch for myself:

Toast with ricotta, pesto and prosciutto and a salad with chickpeas, TJ’s smoked trout, lettuce, cucumber, oil and vinegar.

Tasty and consumed in about five seconds.