Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Favorite Hobby

I've got a new hobby, y'all.  And, like most of my hobbies, it might make me seem a bit more like a grandma.  And maybe it's weird to be so good at being a grandma before I'm even a mom.  But whatevs.  I'm 82% sure that this is going to be my favorite hobby of the year.  At least the week.  Either way.

Wanna know what it is?

I love...

8 days ago, my MIL got me the extruder attachment for my KitchenAid.  Today, I made pasta.  Today, my life was changed.

Oh my goodness, I can't even explain to you how much fun it is!  I'm pretty sure it's not actually called the "extruder attachement," especially since "extruder" keeps showing up as a misspelled word.  I don't care.  It's 100% like the playdough extruder, except you don't even have to push on a handle, and you are supposed to eat what comes out.  And what comes out, you ask?

I made Fusillini (on the left) and Bucatini (on the right, obvs!).  The fusillini, I cut short to use in chicken noodle soup later today.  So much more fun than rolling it out and cutting it up like in the soup recipe posted here.  And the bucatini, well, it might just be my favorite kind of pasta.  It's hollow spaghetti, people.  So. Much. Fun.  
See the one sorry piece of straight pasta up there?
I used to be so proud of that stuff.
I'm still a fan of 'em, but it's different now.
I don't know if it's me who's changed, or maybe it's just circumstance.
We'll always have those poorly-lit pictures to remember our time together by.

Of course, by the time I'd made enough fusillini for the soup, I only made about 2 dozen strands of bucatini (even these words are fun to say!), so it's not really enough for pasta for dinner.  And I do so want to make bucatini with a yummy roasted red pepper sauce.

But you know what that means?

Time to make more pasta!!!  I can't wait to try colored/flavored pasta.  Sun-dried tomato pasta (red).  Spinach pasta (green).  I even hear tell of butternut squash pasta that is orange.  What can I do to make blue pasta?  Is there such a thing as dessert pasta?  I could use blackberries to color the pasta, but what would you even put on it for a sauce?  Or would that just be weird?  Oh, the possibilities!!

What's your new hobby for the year?  Or the month.  Heck, even the week, no need to commit to something so early ;)
<3 M.

p.s.- I almost feel the need to apologize for the excessive amount of exclamation marks in this post.


  1. That's so awesome! My MIL gave me a pasta maker, but we had no extra room for it in our tiny apartment kitchen so I gave it to a friend. Maybe one day I'll try it again.

    1. Seriously, it's just so fun! I can't wait to try more shapes. Maybe you should go visit your friend and make pasta together. It might just change your life :)

  2. There's a kitchen aid attachment for that? Awesome! I want to get a pasta maker and try my hand at it! So fun!! =) I'm jealous! Haha!

    1. There is! This one is for extruded pasta (ends up being pasta that is round-ish) and then there's another one for rolled pasta, like lasagna noodles, linguine, etc. OH! And there's a ravioli attachment, too. The possibilities... :)

  3. No way! I have always thought making pasta is really cool. My mom sometimes buys the fresh stuff at the market for dinner and it's delicious! I love sun dried tomato and spinach pasta too! I'm totally jealous of all your pasta-tunorties (do you see what i did there? gosh, I'm lame), but hopefully someday I'll have my own handy pasta maker :)

    1. I don't know that I've ever had real flavored pasta, so I can't wait to try! Love the pasta-tunorities :)

    2. Hey Julie... You should put a pasta extruder on your BRIDAL REGISTRY! :) Haha, just read this post because I linked to it, and saw your comment!

  4. Fruit flavored pasta could have a marshmallow fluff sauce or some sort of yogurt glaze. I'd be up for trying it. ;)

    1. I think this really needs some serious thought... this could go places. Like my belly. And yours :) xoxo


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