The first resolution of the new year is officially complete: pasta has been made, cross that baby off the list. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was absolutely blown away by the food that everyone made.
I know that making pasta can be one of those projects that, midway through, you start swearing and wondering why you thought it would be a good idea to attempt something so labor intensive. I am so happy that all of you kept at it and made such delicious looking food! I want to say some kind of cheesy food bloggy thing, something like “oooh that lasagna looks so good I can practically taste it through the computer screen” but that’s total crap. Looking at it doesn’t cut it at all, I wanna eat it!
Here are a few of the highlights, gathered together from all of the posts:
Here are the links to all the posts:
Lasagna, from Grow and Resist: reading this post made me upset, because it just made me really want lasagna, but not my stupid lasagna — I want Meg’s lasagna with those beautiful homemade noodles. Save me a plate, please.
Orecchiette al Sugo con le Polpetine, from The Wholesome Epicure: that sauce, oh my goodness…. This post also has the internet’s cutest picture of a sweet little kid making playdoh orecchiette. Future chefs in training!
Orecchiette Bolognese, from the Kitchen Ninja: at this point, I’m basically just drooling all over my laptop. Who doesn’t love a good bolognese sauce?
Ramen Noodles, from Oh, Briggsy: a dream bowl of ramen with all the toppings, all from scratch, all at home, no epic culinary pilgrimage to Momofuku required. So impressive!
Rosemary Linguini with Caramelized Onions, Walnuts & Blue Cheese, from My Pantry Shelf: proves that you don’t need a pasta machine to make your own pasta from scratch. Sage, rosemary, bay leaves, white wine, blue cheese = my kind of dish, for sure.
Ravioli, from Snowflake Kitchen: Kate, I am 100% sold on the ravioli mold, those look absolutely perfect. Also, I love the emphasis on fresh eggs, I completely agree.
Spätzle, from Homemade Trade: this post made me really want to visit Germany again…. or maybe just make the journey down to San Francisco and beg Aimee to make me some of her delicious-looking spätzle. (When do we get the recipe for your mom’s goulasch? I want it! I am a junky for Recipes That Someone’s Mom Has Been Making For Their Birthday Forever.)
Stuffed Shells, from Homesprout: brilliant! with fresh eggs from backyard chickens and homemade fresh ricotta cheese. Fancy restaurants wish they had stuff this good on the menu.
(Writing this post meant putting in nine billion links and pictures from different sites, actually reading e-mails and checking my inbox, and a bunch more… so please, if for some reason I’ve forgotten someone or messed up a link, or messed up giving someone credit somewhere, please tell me right away and I’ll fix it.)
Thanks everyone for cooking along. Don’t forget, the February Cook it Resolution is all about bread making…. I made a couple loaves of sandwich bread but I’ve gotten my hands on a sourdough starter that one of my baker friends gave me, and there are all sorts of cookbooks spread out in the kitchen with different recipes I’m looking at and working on. (Pinterest is all well and good, but what’s the point of bookmarking cool stuff if you can’t trash your house while you do it?)
If you’re just reading about Cook it! 2012 and want to join in the fun…. send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.