Greetings!

February 1, 2008

Okay, so, as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed being in the kitchen, especially baking. I didn’t do it from scratch that much as a kid … my mother was raising three kids on her own so we didn’t have much time; but I did enjoy it (even when I was too picky to eat most foods) and lately I have been trying more and more difficult stuff. Challenging myself. I am slowly teaching myself, gathering recipes (trying to find what I would consider the perfect chocolate chip cookie)…all that fun stuff.

Last year I tried a Molten Chocolate Cake. For a first attempt at something as complicated, I was pretty proud of the results. That is actually what made me think of starting a blog on my cooking exploits.

Molten Chocolate Cake

What made me decide to actually start this thing, was my purchase of a beaoootiful new pasta machine!

So I scoured the web and found tons of new recipes and plan to try them all eventually, and share them all here. Regardless of whether anyone is actually out there listening.

So before we begin, a few things you might want to know:

  • I believe cheese, pasta and chocolate are the most important foods life has to offer, so my cooking will show that 🙂
  • I will mostly be baking deserts, breads and making pasta recipes. I am what my mother calls a carbovore.
  • Because of work, I really only have time to do the difficult cooking on the weekends, so my blogging will reflect that.
  • I am a pretty picky eater, so you will probably notice that with these recipes. If you follow any of them yourself, please feel free to expand on them. Add your favorite seasonings or spices, pair them with a dish you love, whatever.
  • I am pretty inexperienced, and doing all of this for fun. Most of the skills I know are self-taught and I am slowly working on expanding skills, and kitchen equipment to actually do everything right.
  • I don’t have a big family so I mostly end up eating all the leftovers myself or sharing it with friends.

Okay, I think that’s about all for now. There are several things I want to try this year. The list below are the ones I am most looking forward to so as the year goes on, I’ll keep adding entries about each attempt. My goal is to make at least one thing every month, but I have no doubt I will try more later 🙂

This is what I plan to attempt this year in no particular order:

Homemade Pasta
Roasted Garlic Pasta
Cheese Flavored Pasta
Ravioli
Tortellini
Gnocchi
Cavatelli
Caramel and Chocolate Brownie Tart
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache Icing
Cheese Stuffed Focaccia

All the pastas are from scratch, of course. I also plan to mix and match stuff, I have several different pasta recipes I want to try (some with olive oil, some without). I have two new potato bread recipes I want to try … and I hope to try the Molten Chocolate Cake again. I’ll share pictures, the recipes and stories as I go along so hopefully this stuff will work out well.

Happy cooking,

Laurie
 

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