Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Aghh. . . it was raining! I was at the farm with five girls—3 granddaughters and their 2 friends. Stuck indoors. What to do? Well, my daughter-in-law, Lisa, had that figured out, as she easily turned the kitchen into a creative play zone.
First, they made some DIY Play-Doh from flour, water, cream of tartar and salt. A dash of food coloring would’ve given a more authentic look, but I was all out. Still, the mixture felt smooth and pliable, sorta like putty. I couldn’t resist fashioning a few art objects myself.
Moving on to Real Dough
While the kids and I explored our sculpting skills, Lisa commenced the evening meal. We had already made a Fettuccine Alfredo and a Bolognese sauce. Next on the list was making pasta, a group activity that proved to be both entertaining and delicious.
I hate to admit this, but I’ve never used a pasta maker. I felt like a kid with a new toy! With some easy hand cranking, the dough quickly turned from long, thin sheets into a cascade of noodles. With eleven of us in the kitchen, churning out fresh pasta was a breeze.
The noodles were light and luscious and such fun to make. I would definitely do this again, even on a non-rainy day. Here’s the recipe that Lisa used. Niki over at Serious Eats has extensive step-by-step photo directions on how to make your own pasta.