This weekend my husband and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. We’d hoped to have dinner at the “Top of the Pontch” where our wedding reception was held, but The Goose was running a fever (he actually fell asleep during lunch – with his sandwich still in his hand), so we decided to stick close to home. We ended up at a restaurant in town (where I was actually able to get some decent whitefish!) and then we went to a new board game lounge, where I sunk all his Battleships and he kicked my butt at Blokus. All in all, not a bad night.
Typically, we don’t exchange gifts for our anniversary. Instead, we usually just go to dinner together or do something as a family. (Except last year, when I gave him this embroidered print from Etsy and he gave me a print of my very favorite painting, Lady Macbeth Sleepwalking, that I’ve loved ever since I saw it at the Louvre when I was in high school).
This year we decided that we would do something different and make a family purchase, buying something that would benefit all of us. We decided on the pasta attachments for our KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
Up until now, I’ve been using a manual pasta machine to roll and cut pasta. While it worked wonderfully for small batches of pasta, I had a difficult time using the hand crank while feeding the pasta sheets through the machine (this is mostly because I am short ). Inevitably, I would get frustrated and call my husband, who is 6′ 3″, to help me. While he always said he didn’t mind helping, I knew he secretly wanted to get back to watching the Lions game on TV.
But now that I have these new attachments, I am able to quickly roll my own pasta, in about a quarter of the time. This means we can go back to have pasta every Monday night, which is sure to make the husband (and The Goose!) very happy.
This is the pasta recipe that I’ve been using for the past couple years. It works really well, and I always end up with light, tender pasta. I always serve it with my homemade pasta sauce and fresh artisan bread.
Then I take a nap.