Not even sure where to start. How about my recent cooking experience... making home-made pasta (I wish I had taken some pictures, but we were so engrossed in what we were doing, that it didn't occur to me). My friend has done this before. She makes it by hand with a manual that I think belonged to her grandmother, but actually owns a Kitchenaid pasta maker that attaches to the Kitchenaid mixer. This is what she brought over so we could experiment with it.
I have a Kitchenaid mixer (that I love), but don't own the pasta maker (or any attachments that go with it). Anyway, it was fun... terribly messy (we both had flour all over us and the floor), but productive. I really don't have enough counter space as we had fettuccine lying all over the kitchen on kitchen towels. Apparently they do make "hangers" for it... they look like clothes racks or jewelry hangers, but neither of us had one of those.
DH was skeptical and kept wondering through the kitchen laughing at us. He didn't see why we would want to do this when you can buy dried fettuccine for a few dollars at the store. (Men just don't understand, do they?) But as it turned out, we made enough for several meals... and enjoyed it for supper last night. However, it may be something you don't want to do too often...
Next I'll mention our wonderful trip on Wednesday to Carlo's Bake Shop. This is the Bake Shop that I believe started in New York and was on TV under the name, "Cake Boss". Anyway, they opened one here in Dallas last year and they make the most wonderful cannoli (and yes, this is the pleural, I looked it up). DH and I love them and decided that all we wanted for Valentine this year was to pick up a few cannoli. But we didn't dare go on Tuesday (Valentine's day). We waited until Wednesday and picked these up.... no lines!
and a few *rollers* that can be used for decorating mugs, etc.
Guess that's enough mishmash for today. There is more on my mind, but I'd better keep it for another post. I'll give you a hint about what its about... ethics or moral principals regarding certain actions (yes, too deep for today's post... but there's a story that goes with it).
Have a great weekend!