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rgfixit

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« Reply #195 on: Jan 04, 2020, 03:16 PM »
I get it now.
Don't know about carbs, but our afternoon snacks were delicious .

I'm liking this Chinese Cooking Saturday.

Rg
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« Reply #196 on: Jan 04, 2020, 03:42 PM »
Donna had bariatric surgery back in July.
Carbs are a huge no/no
She has lost about 95 pounds and is very committed.

I should be committed.
 8)

During all of this, and because I do the cooking, Iíve lost 45 pounds so far.  My short term goal is another 35 pounds before the cruise in March however it will be really tough.  Iíve only been losing about 1.5-2 pounds a week on average.  But Iím working on it.  And, like the cold temps, it sux.

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« Reply #197 on: Jan 04, 2020, 04:31 PM »
I wish you both every success. It's a tough row to hoe.
Hang in there with it and you'll both enjoy a long, happy retirement.

Rg
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« Reply #198 on: Jan 04, 2020, 05:04 PM »
I wish you both every success. It's a tough row to hoe.
Hang in there with it and you'll both enjoy a long, happy retirement.

Rg


Or.....................Ö.I'll get drunk, fall down the basement stairs and break my neck and die.

 8)

Thanks bud.

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Re: Ya Know....We Need Another Cooking Topic!
« Reply #199 on: Jan 04, 2020, 06:47 PM »
Well, that's a bit drastic. Good luck anyway.

Rg
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« Reply #200 on: Jan 04, 2020, 07:40 PM »
Great job to both of you Mac...
 Every time is see my mother she says "you look thin,sit down and I will make you something".
Right now Im 10lbs more than usual...   ::)
 And that falling down the basement stairs , I might know a little about that.......     8) 8) 8)
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own.....<br />Strangers stopping strangers just to shake there hand...<br />\"Dying is the easy part. Learning how to live is the hard part....\"

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Re: Ya Know....We Need Another Cooking Topic!
« Reply #201 on: Jan 04, 2020, 11:39 PM »

 And that falling down the basement stairs , I might know a little about that.......     8) 8) 8)



 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:

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« Reply #202 on: Jan 05, 2020, 01:17 PM »
Anyway.....the sesame chicken is marinating.


And all the prep is done for the cook.
Rg
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« Reply #203 on: Jan 05, 2020, 02:23 PM »
In process


Plated!


Darned delicious!

Rg

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« Reply #204 on: Jan 05, 2020, 03:29 PM »
I would eat it.... :D
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own.....<br />Strangers stopping strangers just to shake there hand...<br />\"Dying is the easy part. Learning how to live is the hard part....\"

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« Reply #205 on: Jan 05, 2020, 04:42 PM »
d**n right you would. It was restaurant........better than restaurant quality. I have to say I was impressed.

Rg
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« Reply #206 on: Jan 06, 2020, 03:45 PM »
Tonight it was home made ribbon pasta with garlic herb butter and broccoli.







I just love making pasta this time of year.

Rg
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Re: Ya Know....We Need Another Cooking Topic!
« Reply #207 on: Jan 07, 2020, 12:01 AM »
 Hang in there Mac your doing great  and congrats to your better half ,
 Bob that looks very tasty 🍽

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Re: Ya Know....We Need Another Cooking Topic!
« Reply #208 on: Jan 07, 2020, 06:46 AM »
The pasta is so simple you won't believe it.

3 whole eggs beaten
2 cups flour.

There's recipes out there that call for Olive Oli. I've tried them...don't like them. Makes the pasta tough.

If the dough seems dry add water a teaspoon at a time

If  the dough seems wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time.

It should be just past sticky.

I use my Kitchenaid with a dough hook.

Eggs in first
Add flour slowly to combine.
When the dough ball starts to form, knead for 5-10 minutes ( about #4 on the machine.) Might have to scrape the bowl a couple times during the process to combine all the flour etc.

By hand:
Place flour on a surface....counter top, cutting board ....whatever
Make a well in the middle and pour in the beaten eggs
Combine the flour with the eggs until there's a workable dough ball
Knead...knead...and knead some more until the dough is shiny and elastic. Could take 20 minutes of work. Knead, fold in the ends....knead some more. Add flour as needed to keep it from sticking.


Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes to an hour.

 Cut the ball in quarters and work with one piece at a time leaving the others wrapped up in plastic so they won't dry out.

It's really important. Dry dough is a pasta killer.

Work the piece of dough into a sort of rectangle and start running it through the rollers. You're looking for a sort of square sheet here to work with..

From there it's up to you as to what you want to make.

There's a ton of recipes out there for food processors, by hand etc...etc. in the end it's a mix of experience and what you have to mix with.

Flour is your friend! Keeps stuff from sticking...adds to texture...keeps the "Ball Rolling" so to speak.

Just don't over think it. I've been making pasta for a few years since my Daughter bought me the attachments for my Kitchenaid. I can whip up Garlic, Basil Fettuccine in about 30 minutes. It's awesome.

So....go play in the flour!

Rg
Thanks, RG. I got busy with the holidays and missed this. It will be fun with the grandkids. My Great grandmother ran a small restaurant/bar in Mentor Ohio till she was in her late 80's. She made fresh pasta every day. I remember turning the crank on the machine when i was maybe 6-7 years old when we would visit.. It will be fun seeing my little ones using it too.

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« Reply #209 on: Jan 07, 2020, 02:08 PM »
Well, since I posted that recipe I've totally changed how I make pasta dough.

I bumped into an enlightening YouTube video by Helen Rennie. She gives very specific measurements and techniques that take the "Feel" process out of the equation.

By weight:
300 grams all purpose or #00 flour
185 grams of egg consisting of 1 whole egg, 2 yolks and enough water to reach 185 g.
1 tsp table salt or 2 tsp Diamond Crystal salt.

Mix dry ingredients in a food processor
Add eggs/water
Process till a dough ball forms ( less than a minute)
Remove all contents to a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes.

Let rest  wrapped in plastic for 30 minutes minimum
Cut into 4 sections and roll out one at a time.

It's well worth watching her video. She's a phenomenal cook and very good at making things clear and simple. I find her dough recipe far better than mine. In fact, I made last night's ribbon pasta from it.

Thought I knew what I was doing.....we all can learn something new about cooking. After watching this video, I went out and bought a food processor and digital scale.

Rg


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