This month we celebrate THREE years of our little place here on the internet! Three years of: stirring, chopping, boiling, sauteing, simmering, braising, frying, stuffing, baking, cooking and loving every minute of it. Even the ones where we burned something, and yes it happens. Cooking and taking photographs is so therapeutic for me. I can’t imagine NOT doing either. Besides cooking, and shooting what I’ve loved equally is connecting with all of you. Before I get all sappy and need Kleenex we have some exciting things planned this year and one of those is a monthly homemade pasta series. I’m thrilled to be able to get back to my love of homemade pastas. We’re kicking off with ravioli stuffed with a creamy dreamy RICOTTA cheese filling.
I was taught how to make pasta while I lived in Italy the old school way, with a hand crank and that’s how I’ve done it for years (up until recently). I can tell you that now that I’ve tried pasta making with my KitchenAid stand mixer and attachments, I’ve found that it’s much faster and I make it more often! This monthly pasta series will focus on making pasta using a stand mixer and various attachments. It can all be done by hand with a little muscle though if you want to go that route.
We’re kicking off our pasta 101 series with RAVIOLI! Everyone loves ravioli and you can stuff yours with just about anything, today we’ve gone with a easy crowd pleasing RICOTTA filling. I like to make a double batch when I’m making mine, flash freeze them and then put them into freezer bags so I have some when the cravings hit (and they always do). For these cheese ravioli I like to make a quick sage and butter sauce or I’ll go with a simple TOMATO SAUCE.
It’s amazing what flour, eggs, and a pinch of salt can do isn’t it!
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GIVEAWAY time! You see that sexy KitchenAid mixer below? We’re giving one away to ONE of you lucky bell’alimento readers. That’s right. Hold onto your tomato sauce, it’s a doozy! I had the 6 quart stand mixer before receiving this gorgeous creature. I can tell you that the 7 quart blows the 6 quart out of the water. She’s not just a pretty face, she packs a powerful punch!
Just a few of it’s amazing Features:
- 7 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer Model KSM7581 (retail value $549.00)
- Control Panel to Motor Communication ASF – Advanced Sensory Feedback (15,000x per second)
- Motor: 1.3 HP High Efficiency DC Motor
- Flour Power Capacity: 16 Cups
- Cookie Capacity: 14 Dozen
- Warranty: 2 Year Hassle Free Warranty
- Attachments are dishwasher safe
So who wants to enter? Silly question right ; )
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Disclaimer: KitchenAid has provided me with a 7 quart stand mixer and is providing the same to one lucky bell’alimento reader. The opinions in this post are my own. Always have been. Always will be.