Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Are you ready for me to instill some confidence in you about this cake? It baffles me.

Mostly it is delicious but it was definitely one of those things that turned out every which way. Tasty always but annoying.

I made a total of three batches of this cake in rapid succession. It was a cake all around weekend with me helping to make the cupcakes for two toddler birthday parties and having the privilege of making a cake for a baby shower I was hosting.

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

The first time I made it I made a double batch but I didn’t come out with enough cupcakes for both parties so another batch ensued. Both batches were delicious but the second was cooked ever so slightly less time and was less dense. Neither was better than the other just different.

The last batch I baked in a bunt pan like the recipe called for. Delicious in the end but I struggled to flour the bunt pan. Yes. You read that right. I struggled with something in the kitchen. So the cake you see here pictured is less than beautiful as it has huge clumps of flour on it.

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Maddening I tell you. No one complained. All were met with rave reviews and devoured quickly. And who who can say no to poppyseed and lemon? Certainly not me.

The first batch I skipped the lemon glaze till long after the cake had cooled. It was delicious but I recommend following the directions and putting it on while the cake is hot. Also these are the STRANGEST directions if you ask me. I contemplated ignoring them and making it my own way several times but opted to try it just once. And it works. Who knows why or how it works but it does. So just trust it.

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

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Lemon Poppyseed Cake (serves 10-12)
From Rose’s Heavenly Cakes

2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sour cream, divided
1 1/4tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (8.7 ounces) superfine sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
5 tsp. loosely packed lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
1/3 cup poppy seeds
14 Tbsp. (1 3/4 sticks; 7 ounces) unsalted butter, at 65 to 75 degrees
Lemon syrup
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. (4 ounces) sugar
6 Tbsp. lemon juice freshly squeezed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 10-cup metal fluted tube pan with butter and then with flour. In a medium bowl, whisk the whole eggs, yolk, 1/4 cup of the sour cream, and the vanilla, just until lightly combined.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lemon zest, and poppy seeds on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining sour cream. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1 1/2 minutes. The mixture will lighten in color and texture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Starting on low speed, gradually add the egg mixture in two parts, beating on medium speed for 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure. Using a silicone spatula or spoon, scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface evenly with a small metal spatula. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a wire cake tester inserted between the tube and the side comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center.

Shortly before the cake is finished baking, make the lemon syrup. In in a small saucepan over medium heat heat the sugar and lemon juice, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved. Do not allow it to boil. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, place the pan on a wire rack, poke the cake all over with a thin skewer, and brush it with about one-third of the syrup. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert it onto a 10-inch cardboard round or serving plate. Brush the top and sides of the cake with the remaining syrup. Cool completely and wrap airtight.

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Enchilada Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

We have done black bean enchiladas before. So ridiculously good.

I have thing for enchiladas. They might, just might, be one of my all time favorite foods. And since I can make my own sauce I can whip them up whenever I want. Which I don’t. Because I can be lazy like that. Aren’t we all?

Enchilada Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

Then the idea floated across Pinterest to just toss the sauce with quinoa and other goodies and bake. Yes please.

What a simple recipe to throw together. Skip the cheese and it is vegan. Use or make a gluten free sauce and it’s gluten free. Which, in the circles I hang out in, something that can easily be vegan AND gluten free is a real winner.

Enchilada Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

We topped our with avocado and limes. I’m sure cilantro, sour cream, and even guacamole would be welcome additions.

Simply put it is enchiladas with WAY less hassle. And a bunch of veggies. I was thinking as I was making it that you would easily roast up some veggies and include them. And if you are an omnivore or someone who doesn’t think it is a complete meal without meat adding in some shredded chicken or pulled pork would totally be appropriate.

It makes a ton to invite company over. Just sayin.

Enchilada Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

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Enchilada Quinoa Black Bean Casserole (easily serves 8+)
From Two Peas and their Pod

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced
1 orange pepper, seeds removed, diced
1 cup corn frozen kernels
Juice of 1 small lime
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed or three to four cups cooked on your own
2 cups red enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Add quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Cover quinoa and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the peppers and corn. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa and black beans. Add the sautéed vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Pour in the enchilada sauce and stir. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Pour the black bean and quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and edges are bubbling. Remove from the oven, and let cool for 10 minutes. Garnish with toppings, if desired. Serve warm.

Enchilada Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

Pita Bread

Hummus and pita go hand in hand. Right? Thanks for agreeing with me.

A good mama friend of mine made these a few weeks ago with her littles. I have seen them all over Pinterest for months dying to try them.

Homemade pita bread

For some reason they simply haven’t surfaced on the list of things I needed or wanted to make. Now you can add them to the list of things I will NEVER buy from a store again.

Pitas to me have always been these overly dry tasteless things that you get at the store in a bag. Occasionally at a restaurant you get really good soft and fluffy ones but they aren’t the pocket type pitas. I didn’t even know that pocket pita could be synonymous with soft and fluffy. Delicious.

Homemade pita bread

Easy peasy bread that you kinda throw together and then leave on the counter. Want to know a secret? I forgot about mine and what was supposed to be 1 hour rise turned into I think three. I can’t remember. The recipe called for throwing it in the fridge- I did none of that. Who has the patience?!

And I baked mine in the oven for only three minutes on my pizza stone. All an absolute utter breeze. Have I stressed the fact enough yet that these were delicious? Often homemade things are pretty good but store bought can be passable. This is not one of them. Two different worlds. Go make your own!

Homemade pita bread

One year ago today: Apple Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Pita Bread (makes 8-12)
From Smitten Kitchen

3 cups plus a scant 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients. With the paddle attachment, mix on low speed just until all the flour is moistened, about 20 seconds. Change to the dough hook, raise the speed to medium and knead for 10 minutes. The dough should clean the bowl and be very soft and smooth and just a little sticky to the touch. Add a little flour or water if necessary.

Using an oiled spatula or dough scraper, scrape the dough into a 2-quart or larger dough-rising container or bowl, lightly greased with cooking spray or oil. Press the dough down and lightly spray or oil the top of it. Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap. Let rise for about an hour and a half. Proceed to shaping or place in the fridge for 4 to 12 hours.

When ready to bake preheat the oven to 475°F one hour before. Have an oven shelf at the lowest level and place a baking stone, cast-iron skillet, or baking sheet on it before preheating. Cut the dough into 8 or 12 pieces. Work with one piece at a time, keeping the rest covered with a damp cloth. On a lightly floured counter, with lightly floured hands, shape each piece into a ball and then flatten it into a disk. Cover the dough with oiled plastic and allow it to rest for 20 minutes at room temperature. Roll each disk into a circle a little under 1/4 inch thick.

Quickly place 1 piece of dough directly on the stone or in the skillet or on the baking sheet, and bake for 3 minutes. The pita should be completely puffed but not beginning to brown. How well the pita will puff depends on how much moisture is in the dough. The more moist the better the puff. Allow to cool then enjoy.

Homemade pita bread

Hummus

WHy is it that the basics are elusive? How on earth do I know how to make my own butter but have never made my own hummus? We even keep a stash of dried garbanzo beans on hand at all times so would think it would be something that was n my repertoire.

Guess not.

However when requested I am more than happy to oblige. Particularly when it is something that has to be ridiculously simple and I just haven’t bothered to figure it out yet.

Which was the case here. A friend asked for it so I happily made it. And he happily ate over 2/3 of it in one sitting.

Homemade hummus in minutes

Who can blame him?

Also I thought I was going to take the cheater way out of this and use peanut butter instead of tahini. I had heard that you could do it and I didn’t want to bother with hunting some down (not like it is hard but I am L.A.Z.Y.). Nathan however was not amused so to acquiesce I got some. One of the local hippy stores (there are many) actually keeps tahini in bulk bins so I bought enough for two batches.

Totally worth it. Even better in pita sandwiches with tomatoes, shallots, and spinach. Seriously could make myself sick overeating on these. Oh and the pitas were homemade. Recipe to come. Also totally worth the effort.

Couple of notes- taste, taste, taste, and taste. Make sure you like the flavor! Also I had to add quite a bit of water to get it as loose as I wanted it to be. Don’t be afraid to keep adding water till it is right.

Homemade hummus in minutes

One year ago today: Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Scones and Ciabatta Bread

Hummus (makes about three cups)
From the Barefoot Contessa

4 garlic cloves
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas

Turn on the food processor fitted with the steel blade and drop the garlic down the feed tube; process until it’s minced. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Add more water if necessary to thin it out. Taste, for seasoning, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Homemade hummus in minutes

Cooking Beans

It has astounded me how many vegetarians I have talked to of late who mentioned they don’t make/don’t know how to make their own beans. From scratch.

I too used to be in the canned bean buying club. With my budget concious ways making my own beans was just a matter of time. At first I found it frustrating and confusing between the soaking and the rinsing and the simmering. And I always seemed to have too many or not enough when I was done making a batch.

Cooking Dried Beans

Then I learned you can freeze them after cooking. Freeze.them. What?!

World turned upside down.

Cooking Dried Beans

Now this is the only way I make beans. I keep all sorts of dried beans on hand at all times because I buy them in bulk from my co op. A pantry full. Many of them from the local valley too. I’m a lucky girl. Also I tend to keep at least 3-4 different containers full of different kinds of cooked beans in my freezer.

Cooking Dried Beans

Pretty much a kitchen full of beans. Not really but you get the idea. But seriously since I learned that you can make and freeze beans I haven’t bought a single can from the store. Mostly because I can’t bring myself to buy a can of beans when I know I have so many at home. Sure if I have to make a batch from dried its going to take an hour and half ish or if I need to thaw them it will take a while but I am more than happy to go this route.

Or I’m neurotic and just love making everything from scratch.

Anyways. It’s easy. It’s cheaper. You should do it. Join me.

Cooking Dried Beans

One year ago today: Orange poppyseed scones

Cooking Dried Beans (makes as much as you want)
Mine (ish)

Dried beans
Water

It is not necessary to pre-soak most beans but you can if you want. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) must be soaked overnight however.

Place your beans in a large pot, pick them over for any rocks and broken beans. Rinse a couple of times in cold water to get off any residual dirt. Drain the dirty water. Cover the beans with 2-3 inches of water and place over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Set a timer for one hour. Once the timer goes off taste test at least five beans from the pot (try to get them for different places) to see if they are done. Continue checking in 10 minute increments till they are perfect. Drain and allow to cool slightly. Use immediately or cover with fresh water, cover, and freeze till you want to use them. Enjoy!

Cooking Dried Beans

Orange Cranberry Scones

Ok before I even begin I just want to say I am sorry/not sorry about this post. I try to not toot my own horn but sometimes being me is pretty dang awesome.

Between the stress, sleep deprivation, and overly sedentary lifestyle because I am too overscheduled to exercise (I am working on this) there are still some pretty cool perks to being me.

For example my wardrobe is pretty cool. I’ve got some pretty cute clothes and plenty of things that make me smile when I put them on.

Cranberry Orange Scones

I have a husband who loves me dearly and encourages me to follow my dreams. A pretty big plus in my book.

My kitchen though has got to be one of the biggest perks I’ve got going. Having been married for nearly nine years we have acquired lots of really nice kitchen gear. My pots and pans rock my world. The aforementioned awesome husband keeps my high quality kitchen knives wicked sharp. Most gear you would need to make most dishes can be found in my cupboards.

Cranberry Orange Scones

And this is where it get really really cool- most ingredients you need to make do basic baking can be found in my house on a regular basis. I was lying in bed thinking how lovely orange cranberry scones would be knowing full well all the ingredients were downstairs.

So I guess the only thing better than being me that morning is living with me. Because yeah… there were hot delicious scones straight out of the oven less than an hour after we all came downstairs.

Cranberry Orange Scones

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Orange Cranberry Scones (makes 12)
From Two Peas and Their Pod

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup unsalted cold butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup half and half
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together with your fingers. Whisk into the flour mixture. Add cold butter pieces to the flour mixture. Cut in butter using a pastry blender, fork, or your hands. I prefer to use my hands. Mix until you have pea size chunks of butter.

In a small glass measuring cup, whisk the half and half, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Pour over dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until moist. Gently stir in the fresh cranberries. Transfer dough to a floured countertop and knead until dough comes together. Shape dough into a large circle. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the scone dough. Cut dough into wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with some extra sugar. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until scones are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Cranberry Orange Scones

Grasshopper Bars

Happy St. Patricks day! Also known as the day to eat green foods and drink too much beer. My kind of holiday.

It has been quite some time since I have actually made food that is colored green for this holiday. See… food coloring kinda freaks me out.

Grasshopper bars (vegan, raw,  gluten free)

Sure I will use it. It’s pretty much a requirement when frosting a pretty cake. That doesn’t mean it freaks me out any less.

What I really need to do is learn to make food coloring from other foods such as beets or turmeric or whatnot. Also freaks me out a little bit because who wants turmeric flavored icing? I do what to color Easter eggs with natural colorings this year but I haven’t quite made the leap to using it for sweet applications or icing.

Such a wuss.

You know what else freaks me out? Things like these bars. The whole concept of vegan and raw I just really haven’t wrapped my mind around. I am learning slowly (remember the date balls?). It is just such a far leap from the kind of cooking that is comfortable and easy for me.

Grasshopper bars (vegan, raw,  gluten free)

Sometimes making things like this makes me feel like an idiot in the kitchen. I strongly dislike the feeling of incompetence when standing at my stove. And yet I gave these a shot. Where I mildly fubared it was in making the chocolate topping. I overheated the coconut oil so when I added the honey and vanilla it got all kinds of splattery and messy. Not ok.

And yet it turned out. I was quite pleased with the outcome. You can taste a hint of avocado but hey I feel like it is a small price to pay for not having to use green food coloring. The very best part of making these? That very night we had an impromptu get together with some friends who happen to be vegan and I had an awesome dessert to serve.

Go me.

Grasshopper bars (vegan, raw,  gluten free)

One year ago today: Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Grasshopper Bars (Makes 1 8×8 pan)
From Raia’s Recipes

Mint layer:
1 Hass avocado
1/4 cup honey
6 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
dash of salt

Chocolate layer:
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt

Line a 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment. Place all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor. Blend until smooth. Smooth mixture into prepared dish and stick in the freezer.

In small saucepan, melt coconut oil and honey over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over chilled bottom layer and return to the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the chocolate layer is hardened. Remove from foil and cut into bars. Store covered in the freezer.

Grasshopper bars (vegan, raw,  gluten free)

Hearty Stew

Truly this was supposed to be an Irish stew to go with the rest of St. Patricks day themed recipes I am conjuring up around here but… I have no way to make a claim that this is Irish in any way shape or form.

For some reason we haven’t made much stew around here. There was one made back in October but it was haphazard and willy nilly so it didn’t make it on here. I should seriously make it more often because I can’t remember the last time I watched Nathan consume so many leftovers. He has enjoyed this even more than once a day every day since I made it. I am in awe.

Hearty Stew

Would someone please explain to me why I have always thought stew was time consuming? It really wants. Sure I had to be around the house to make it but it was a lot of do something for 5-10 minutes then simmer (in my case that meant do work) for an hour then do something for 5-10 minutes then simmer an hour then done. Chuck stuff in a pot. Totally my style.

I measured nothing. Soups and stews I have come to the conclusion and merciful and forgiving. I followed the recipe. I honestly did but rather than measure I just eye balled it. Totally worked.

Hearty Stew

Are you brave that way? There are certain things I simply don’t measure anymore. If it is a savory, cook on the stove dish it is all approximations. When it comes to baking I can’t remember the last time I measured vanilla. If it is something that is hard to extract from the container like honey or coconut oil I will often to just take an educated guess. If is the bottom of a container I will totally just dumb what is left in and pray it turns out ok.

Hearty Stew

Everyone does this right? Right. Thanks for reassuring me.

So make stew. Feed your family for what feels like a week off of cooking once. Maybe even you family will eat the leftovers too. Even if you eye ball all the proportions.

Hearty Stew

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Hearty Stew (easily feeds 10-12)
From My Baking Addiction 

1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
4 cups beef stock
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Red Duck ketchup
1 tablespoon A-1 steak sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cold water
2/3 cup frozen peas

Combine flour, garlic and onion powders into a bowl; mix until incorporated. Toss beef into the flour mixture until thoroughly coated.

In a large dutch oven, cook beef in heated oil over medium heat until nicely browned. Remove beef and set aside.

Deglaze pot with red wine, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Add in beef, beef stock, rosemary, parsley and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.

Stir potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, Worcestershire, ketchup and A-1 Steak Sauce into the pot. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons cold water and stir into stew. Cover and simmer 1 hour more. Stir in frozen peas and continue cooking until peas are cooked through. Add salt to taste.

Hearty Stew

Irish Soda Bread

St. Patricks day is just one week away! I have had Irish and green recipes on my mind lately. You are forewarned.

My first exposure with Irish soda bread was at a friend’s house last summer. For some reason I expected a yeasty not sweet bread so I was a bit taken back by the flavor and the currants. Not my cup of tea that day.

Irish soda bread

But in thinking of what would go with the stew I will be posting later this week the only thing I could think of was bread. Irish soda bread at that.

I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure that a slightly sweet orange and currant bread would go well with stew. However once it was was made and out of the oven it scarcely mattered. This bread is downright delicious in its own right. Particularly slathered in butter (but what bread isnt?!).

Irish soda bread

Little loved it too devouring two slices back to back hardly pausing to take a breath. I subbed out over half of the originally called for white flour for whole wheat so I didn’t even feel bad letting him. There are worse things he can have for dinner (he refused the stew we served it with). Right?

Geez. Toddlers.

Anyways. I highly recommend this quick and easy bread. I can see it being a staple around here for days when you just need something tasty to munch.

Irish soda bread

One year ago today: Hazelnut Biscotti 

Irish Soda Bread (makes one ginourmous loaf)
From Ina Garten via The Food Network

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants (I used 2 1/2 whole wheat 1 1/2 unbleached)
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat.

Combine the flour(s), sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.

With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.

Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature (if you can wait that long).

Irish soda bread

Fresh Spinach Pasta

Sometimes I do things in what feels like a cheater way.

Homemade pasta has been finicky. Sometimes it comes out right, sometimes it frustrates the living daylights out of me.  I truly love it but I often find it daunting because. Cracking eggs into a pile of flour on my counter stresses.me.out. A lot.

Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta

And yes I have had my beautifully crafted well break and have egg spill all over my counter. I don’t do messes. Much less egg and flour messes on my counter.

But I wanted spinach pasta. I just had no idea how to get there without making an even bigger mess. So I avoided it for far too long.

Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta

That is till I learned you can make (and should!) make spinach pasta in your food processor. Throw ingredients in bowl, whir, dump on counter, kneed, done. Totally makes me feel like a cheater cheater.

I love it.

Our little family cannot put away an entire batch of homemade pasta in one sitting though. We have dried pasta before and it has been quite successful but it’s just… Augh. It’s a thing. And pasta hangs out on your counter for what feels like forever. And it breaks SO easy.

Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta

The solution? Freeze it! I take the pasta after running it through the cutting roller, toss it with flour, and then put it in single serving piles on a baking sheet. Once frozen I toss them in a ziplock bag. When we want fresh pasta it is just as easy as grabbing a pile/nest per person and tossing them in boiling water. Where has this trick been my entire life?

So I’m a convert. Next time I make regular pasta I’m going to try the food processor too. And freeze it. Because we rock like that.

Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta

One year ago today: Homemade Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

Fresh Spinach Pasta (makes a bit more than a pound)
From Food Network/ Emeril Lagasse 

5 ounces fresh spinach, blanched and squeezed dry
1 pound all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
6 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt and blanched spinach. Process to mix well. With the machine running, add the eggs, egg yolks, and olive oil through the feed tube, and process until it resembles wet cornmeal, about 2 minutes.

Dump the dough on to the counter and kneed till elastic and cohesive (about 5 minutes). Let rest covered in plastic wrap for at least 30 minutes. Roll out each dough ball into desired shape in a pasta machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until just al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and serve with desired sauce.

(This particular batch was cut into small sheets for cannelloni)

IMG_2063Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta