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Old 09-18-2010, 12:12 PM   #11
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Here is my recipe:
Egg pasta

(Basic recipe)
Ingredients:
2 cups white flour
3 medium eggs
1 TBS olive oil
¼ tsp salt (optional)
¼ cup extra flour for working the dough.

Directions:
Put all ingredients into the food processor in the order given and process quickly until a ball forms (about 30 seconds), and it clings away cleanly from the sides of the container.

If it appears to be sticky, remove the top and sprinkle one tablespoon of flour. Process briefly until it clings away from the sides. If it appears too dry and does not form a ball, you may need to add a little water, a tablespoon at a time. You should not need more than one or two tablespoons of water, or one or two tablespoons of flour. Wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator until needed. If you plan to use it right away, let it rest for fifteen minutes covered with a kitchen towel.

Note: Do not knead the pasta, contrary to bread, egg pasta works better if it is a rather stiff mass. It will be easier to handle after the gluten has relaxed. You can freeze unused pasta, it will get slightly darker in color, but nothing to worry about, it’s just the oxidation process.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:09 PM   #12
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forty_caliber.
I don't know why it did not come to my mind to tell you that the pasta you were trying to make does not require eggs. Just flour and water.
Add enough water to the flour to make a stiff dough.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:38 PM   #13
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Thanks for the recipe! I'll try it out.

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Old 09-21-2010, 06:19 PM   #14
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This has nothing to do with making pasta. I think you would enjoy reading this chapter from my cookbook:

Son of a Gun!

Photo of the Colt Single Action--Ivory and gold work, by Joseph


The two-year lease was approaching the end. We both knew that we would face the inevitable rent-raise. We started looking around for another suitable building. There was a wonderful old French country style three-story house located on the other side of the avenue, just a block off. We always admired it every time we went by it, and thought of it as the most wonderful place to put the restaurant.

One bright and windy day, Joseph and I were walking to Stecks IGA Grocers to buy the necessities for that night’s dinner reservations. A For Sale sign was stuck in the still brown half-frozen lawn. We cut across the street, up to the sidewalk to the house of 1421 Rumsey Avenue. The door to the antique shop located there was unlocked. We went in and saw Mrs. Smith, the owner, busy packing boxes. I had shopped at her place a few times, and she knew who we were.

Joseph asked directly how much was the price; she told him.
Then he asked if she would sell on a contract. She was a petite elderly woman with snow-white short hair and bright blue eyes. She looked directly at us with a very warm smile and said:
“I am retiring from the business and this house will provide me with a monthly income, I think you two are the perfect people to sell it to.”

She proposed a 10,000 dollars down, and 800 dollars per month. I remained silent. I knew we did not have the cash available, but I could see from the way Joseph was carrying on the conversation that he had a plan. “Son of a gun, what is he up to?” I thought to myself.

Joseph asked permission to look around. He had at one time in his life built houses; he knew what to look for. The house had many wonderful hidden features: maple floors masked under cheap carpets, high ceilings covered by drop down plastic panels, charming fireplace, a large entry foyer, a roomy kitchen, and comfortable space for dining. I could not believe this was happening.

On the way to the grocery store, Joseph told me that he was planning to sell a pistol he had inlaid with gold in commemoration of the Wyoming Centennial that was coming up next year. I was so busy running the restaurant that I had not even seen it.

When we returned home, he showed it to me. It was so beautiful that it astounded me; tears came down my face. I knew that the steel of the single action Colt must have been quite hard and difficult to undercut, yet the work was extremely fine and the design quite delicate. I just looked at him and uttered “Thank you.” We signed the papers on the house. I continued to run the restaurant while Joseph worked daily for over two months on the new house.

When all was ready, we moved everything out of one location into the other, and contracted a building-mover to pick up Joseph’s studio and place it on the trailer for the very short drive down the street. The studio was placed just outside my kitchen side door, in the back yard, overlooking the alley. Again Joseph’s views were the garbage cans.

“One day you will have a real view, I promise,” I said. That was our third move on Rumsey Ave. Even the little house we had rented when we first moved to Cody was located at 920 Rumsey Ave. Every move got us closer to the supermarket; that was the good part. The bad part was that every move got Joseph a worse outlook, not very inspiring for an artist of his caliber. I intended to keep my promise.

With the charm of the new location, the restaurant flourished, prospered, and received top ratings. The wine-list grew from the initial selection of seven to120 selections and received the “Award of Excellence” from the Wine Spectator. All the labors were worth it. Passion is never a wasted effort.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:02 AM   #15
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Search for pasta guy on youtube. He has great tips and recipes for pasta. It's definitely your recipe, not the mixer.
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