January 16, 2008

Cooking, Journal, Lauren

Somethings are just better when they’re homemade – bread, pizza, wine, ice cream, cottage cheese, noodles, ….. um, maybe this post is going nowhere. Let me tell you my noodle story.
I keep lurking on these cooking blogs where seemingly normal people are making fantastic-looking food in their normal kitchens and then photographing it to make it seem unattainably beautiful. I read one and wanted to make noodles from scratch. I’ve watched Alton Brown do it on t.v. with all the pasta machine doo-dads, then I read about people who have done it only using flour, an egg, some salt & water and a knife. I wanted to try that. I’m glad I did, but I might not ever do it again. These noodles turned out ok, but nothing can beat Kluski noodles. A good day is chicken soup with Kluski noodles.

Assemble software.

stir with hardware.

kneaded and ready to roll

It was difficult to stop rolling. So fun!

I omitted the cutting picture.  How much of this could you take?

I seem to be using lots and lots of flour lately. I don’t know what the obsession is. I think I like that flour doesn’t talk back to me. Or pee it’s pants. Much.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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29 Responses to “Noodley-oodley”

  1. Karla Said on:

    I buy my flour from Sam’s -- I get a 25 lb bag of it for around 5 bucks. It lasts a looong time. That’s what I love most about it; not having to remember to buy some smaller bags at the grocery store.


    • Deanne Said on:

      Ahhhh, a woman after my own heart… Do you want to come to my house and use some of my flour with me? Only, I use one of those bags of bread flour, like every 2 months.

      No troubles with buggies?


      • Stephannie Said on:

        If you keep the flour in your freezer -- no bugs!


        • Christina Said on:

          Also, tupperware has these great containers (I believe they are intended for tea or punch -- they have a pour spout) but they will fit at least 5lb, maybe 10lb of flour or sugar -- and never a bug!!


          • Karla Said on:

            I keep my working stash in a Tupperware Module Mate (either #3 or 4) -- that holds about 10 pounds. The rest I put in a 5 gallon bucket and keep it in the basement. I’ve never had a bug. Sometimes my sugar gets a little clumpy (I buy that 50 lbs at a time), but everything is bug free!

          • Deanne Said on:

            I haven’t had any troubles either, but after I found a real live worm in a potato once, I am a little nervous.

            I need a deep freeze… then I could fit my flour in!

  2. Lloyd Said on:

    I, for one, really liked the noodles.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    The important thing is that you had fun. You had fun, right? And they look absolutely deeelicious!!

    Potato gnocchi is another food that must be homemade … and on a day that it’s not humid. Humidity attacks & destroys the gnocchis. (gnocchies, gnocchii, ???)


  4. Stephannie Said on:

    My Dad makes noodles and they are the best ever! I’ve tried to do the same, but somehow they’re never as good as my Dad’s… Homemade noodles are the BEST!

    By the way -- yours look much, much prettier than mine ever do!


  5. Jill Said on:

    Whenever we make chicken noodle soup, my hubby makes the noodles. After years of watching (and helping) his mother make them, he’s a pro. The noodles always turn out so much better than mine.


  6. Beth Said on:

    I’m with you on the “some things are just better homemade” statement…
    I don’t thing noodles are one of the. I like the store noodles, plastic bag and all.
    I wouldn’t make a very good Italian.


    • Deanne Said on:

      Sometimes it’s the tools. I used to make pasta at the Olive Garden, and it was a cinch. Well, that is, with a great, big pasta machine and piles of eggs and semolina flour… Well, you get the idea.


    • Peggy Said on:

      I make an AWFUL Italian … just ask anyone who is actually Italian. I’ve pretty much been disowned by their culture long ago, remember I don’t like cheese or wine or Sambuka. Like Lauren, I like to find recipes and try them … I like things homemade as much as possible.


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