Chocolate love….

For Christmas I got a really neat book:

With my new pasta attachments I have been curious about making different types of pasta.  This book is a really neat read because she gives you a lot of information.  For instance, did you know chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and chickens with brown ear lobes lay brown eggs?  I didn’t even know chickens had ear lobes.  I will wait a moment while you google chicken ear lobes… … … weird right?
Anyway, I was going through the book looking at different pasta options and I stumbled on chocolate pasta.  Um, hold up, wait a minute, are you saying you can combine CHOCOLATE and PASTA?  I’m in!!!
Assemble your ingredients:
350g of flour
1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
4 large eggs
I added a couple of teaspoons of water because it is so dry here right now.  It looks absolutely beautiful after it is made…

Boil for 3-4 minutes, drain and top with either butter and powdered sugar or a little ice cream topping or maybe even some ice cream!!!

Here is an added bonus, you know how you have a dessert, say a brownie and you could have another and maybe even another.  Chocolate pasta is filling, how great is that?!?!  Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Mi piace la pasta!

It was my birthday yesterday and I must have been a super good girl.  All of my presents were absolutely FABULOUS.
This post however is about one particular present.
One I have had my eye on for years.
One I wondered if I could do awesome things with.
Pasta attachments for my favorite kitchen toy….my Kitchen Aid Mixer!!!!
I was so excited I decided I had to try it tonight!  It didn’t disappoint.
I went with a super basic recipe (that didn’t require my waiting 20 minutes – patience was at an all time low)
4 large eggs
2 tbs water
1 tbs oil
3 1/3 C semolina flour (oops half way through I realized this but used all purpose – worked fine)
1/2 tsp salt
Started like this…
Then you put in the flat beater at speed 2 for 30 seconds…followed by the dough hook at speed 2 for 2 minutes…
Hand knead for 1-2 minutes…roll out a bit…and the fun begins!
After you just boil water, add a pinch of kosher salt and boil for 3 minutes.  It was so good!  And so fun! Yes, I am easily entertained.
I served my fettuccine pasta with Roasted chicken with Pears.
MMMMM!!!!
1 pound chicken breasts cut in half
4t olive oil
1/4 salt
1/4 pepper
1 T honey or real maple syrup
1 T white wine vinegar
3 pears cored and thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 bag spinach
Place chicken on sprayed cookie sheet, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt.  Roast 10 minutes at 450 degrees.  Toss pears with syrup or honey, 2t olive oil and 1/8 tsp pepper.  Add pears to the other side of cookie sheet.  Roast 15 minutes.  Combine celery, feta, vinegar and 1/8 tsp pepper.
Place handful of spinach on plate top with pears and celery….add awesome pasta.  🙂