Misc.

Pasta & Pesto

Man, was today a long day. Let’s start off with some jokes to brighten it.

A guy walks into a restaurant and the day’s special was beef tongue. He says to the waitress, “I don’t want anything that came out of an animal’s mouth. I’ll have two eggs instead.”

 An explosion in a cheese shop leaves de-Brie everywhere.

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”

 MUCH BETTER.

Today Joseph and I did something a little different, we went to a pasta making class at The Local Epicurean! We made our own egg noodle pasta then used it to make ravioli. They had appetizers out for us to enjoy (cheeses, pestos, naan chips, cherry tomatoes, grapes and lemon-strawberry infused water) and we got a little creative and added them to the ravioli. At the end of the class we took home a big box with 2 types of ravioli: 1. black pesto & 3 cheese ravioli in traditional egg-noodle and 2. basil pesto & 3 cheese ravioli in a Gouda & sun-dried tomato infused egg noodle. 

I forgot my camera (Grrrrr) So I don’t have pictures =[ Check out their website to see some of their goodies!

I was really surprised at how simple it was to make pasta from scratch. However, I got really sad when I looked up how much a pasta attachment for a kitchen aid was =[ Does anyone have any other appliance ideas?

If anyone needs an idea for a new, off-beat date (significant other, friend, family, whatever!) this one was fantastic.

The ingredients to make a Pesto - pecorino che...
The ingredients to make a Pesto – pecorino cheese, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and basil. For this recipe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now for a little Pesto Nutrition 101

Pesto can be a great addition to a lot of meals to amp-up flavor. Olive oil, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese are typical ingredients, but they can differ greatly depending on the recipe. Olive oil is a great source of heart healthy MUFAs (Monounsaturated Fatty Acids) MUFAs have been attributed to lowering cholesterol, aid in blood clotting and stabilizing blood sugar levels.  While there are clear benefits of MUFAs you should keep in mind that they are still fats and can be quite calorie dense (Fats have 9 kcal/gram whereas carbs and protein have 4 kcal/gram) so it is best to make sure you keep your serving sizes in check (most of the time a tablespoon or two will be plenty, the flavor is bold!)

Basil provides benefits, too. Some of these include anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and providing a good source of vitamin A and magnesium (great for cardiovascular health).

I leave you with one final nutrition joke

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot! We found Elly baby! Some kind stranger gave my sister a call saying that they saw her. They organized a search party (I was sadly at work) and after a few hours of searching they tracked her down. THANK GOD! She is a-okay, fit as a fiddle. And, guess who she came and cuddle on the couch with? That’s right, THIS GIRL. Now we know who she loves the most 🙂

Sources

http://www.angelo.edu/faculty/kboudrea/cheap/cheap3_food.htm

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/pesto-sauce-healthy-2355.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=85

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