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Just a city geek and father coming to terms with being replanted in farm country

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I’m not a foodie, I swear!

But I like to eat, and I end up cooking fairly often. So that’s why I picked up several cookbooks when we went to our library’s book sale. The other night I put one of them to the test.

You see I like the idea of cooking, but for me the actuality of it leaves much to be desired. I’m the kind of guy who feels that if I spend more time making the food than I’m going to spend eating it, it had better be something particularly special. But considering how often I end up in the kitchen, I periodically decide to learn how to make something new to add to my repertoire, regardless of the time it takes to make.

One thing I’ve not been a success at in spite of my heritage is fresh homemade pasta. In truth, this is probably down to a lack of practice, since I’m pretty sure I’ve attempted it fewer times than I have fingers on each hand. Nevertheless, armed with Giuliano Bugialli’s Classic Techniques, I decided to give it a go.

Now, despite my appreciation for vegetables, which should be apparent to anyone reading this, I am now, always have been and always will be a carnivore. In fact, I regularly spend way too much time thinking about various modifications to my chili recipe. So when Emma suggested that to go with the tagliatelle I wanted to make, should she make the Pioneer Woman‘s short ribs in tomato sauce, I leapt at the idea. The result was nothing short of my own personal food heaven.

Somehow it all worked out perfectly. After Emma put the finished ribs/sauce in the oven, I worked on the pasta (eventually getting it thin enough to read through, although admittedly I would’ve liked it a touch thicker), and when it was ready, we tossed it into the pot with the sauce, Emma sauteed some sort of leafy green that we had (adding garlic to make it tasty), and voila! Food awesomeness.

Written by Peter

November 15, 2011 at 056

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