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Williams-Sonoma

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on January 5, 2010

Today was an interesting day.

Not only was it the first day of school, but S and I also successfully made our first batch of pasta from scratch !

Over winter break, a good friend introduced me to Williams-Sonoma…and there is simply no resisting that lovely, beautiful store. While perusing the fondue section, I passed by a doodad with an eye-catching metallic shade of red – “Imperia Pasta Machine” – it read.

I promptly returned the jeans I had bought for S, and purchased this cute little old-fashioned gadget as a fun gift for my food-loving boyfriend.

So in celebration of having nothing to study yet, and of 2010, we did a quick stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up some ground beef, onions, marinara, and a back-up pack of pasta should our little endeavor fail.

Imperia Pasta Machine

Rolling, rolling.

feeding it into the machine's mini-rolling pin

noodles coming out !!

fresh pasta!

Seriously, that was one of the most satisfying experiences ever (:

But of course, the beginning didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Our first try at making the dough resulted in an egg explosion…with an epic failure of runny yellow stuff with white chunks dripping off the dining table and onto the floor. However, that did not deter us, and it all worked out in the end!

the end product, with a bottle of Happiness !

Our freshly made pasta was actually quite delicious ! It has a chewiness to it that leaves me wanting more, and of course to top off our fun meal we had Trader Joe’s “Bottle of Happiness.” Isn’t that bottle something ?

Happy New Year everybody  ~ 2009 was superb, and I can only hope that 2010 will be just as sensational.

risotto, wine, brie, and football.

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on September 19, 2009

Happy weekend !

Sunshine came up to visit from San Diego this weekend: it was great to see her again and gab over the beautiful tragedy of the DeTambles and Julia Child’s magical kitchen.

To celebrate, the boyfriend decided go all out and make a most delicious Leek and Pea Risotto with Shrimp.

Using home-make chicken stock helps ! But…we didn’t have any, so (:

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Prepare and thoroughly wash the leeks ! Saute them with asparagus, and thaw out the green beans.

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Laugh a little while you’re rushing around the kitchen with your girlfriend getting in the way !

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Peel the shrimp.

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Don’t crowd the shrimp !

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Put the greens in 😀

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Then the shrimp. Pretty colors ~

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Ladling, serving ~

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Ta-da ! Delicious. Good job boyfriend !

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And all the while watching UCLA champion over Kansas State. Cool ! Go Bruins ~

Have a happy Sunday !