Posts Tagged ‘toys’

I’ve been secretly wishing for a FoodSaver(R) system for years.  They don’t often pop up in searches on Craigslist, and I can understand why.  This thing ROCKS!

I bought the Chef Mini kit and the sealer itself is smaller than I thought it would be, great for counter-top use.  The first test will be sliced roast beef to freeze for lunches next week or next month.

Cookies did not really survive the vacuuming, they were sucked into crumb oblivion.

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We were out at the Outlet Mall (almost as bad as the real mall) shopping for gifts for the parents in November.  In one of the kitchen stores, I scoured every isle and every shelf searching for a cookie press to make my spritz cookies.  I gave up, the kids were looking at me like I was mad (the crazy kind not the about-to-blow-my-top kind).  I happened to turn around while leaving the store to hold the door open.  “THAT’S IT!”  I scream-whispered to Hubby.  “That’s the cookie press I was looking for all over the store!”  By then we had hit the point where the kids started acting like little animals, they needed to be fed.  I didn’t want to spend a moment more at the outlets either.

A couple of weeks went by and I decided to pick up a cookie press I found at the grocery store, a seasonal item sitting among the oven mitts, cookie cutters, and festive cupcake papers.  I tried the first batch of cookies, cleaned it up, and it’s been living on the kitchen counter ever since.

Little did I know, Hubby was listening to me at the mall.

Christmas came and I unwrapped Hubby’s gift (he even bought new paper to wrap it in).  An electric cookie press and piping tool.  Everything works better as a power tool, obviously cookie making and cake frosting needed an extra boost of horsepower too.  I thanked him profusely for the very thoughtful gift and that I would return my manual press or give it to his mom.

On the way home, Hubby confessed he had kept the receipt in case I wanted something else.  I liked his gift.  I liked the idea of faster, maybe more consistent, cookies.  Plus it was multi-purpose!  I opened the box and found a recipe booklet, several different flavours of cookie batter are included, as well as pâte à choux!  Awesome.  This will be a swell addition to kitchen toy island.

Now the manual cookie press needs a new home.


All these contests have rules, so here it how to enter to win this cookie press (used once to subdue my craving for spritz)

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Choose any or all methods, maximum of three entries until contest closes Jan 14th, 2012

You must live in Canada or continental USA to win.  Random.org will be used to select the winner.


The lucky comment is #1, that means The Edmonton Tourist!

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eBay find!

Thrifting is not just for clothing and accessories, you can find everything you need for your kitchen second-hand as far as machines and appliances go (and serving ware and dishes too).  I bought my bread maker off Craigslist, $40. Hubby found me a scale and food processor at a garage sale, $10.  The Antique Mall is a great place to find little plates and platters and decor for the table.  And today my pasta maker ($12 including S&H) arrived in the mail!

Let’s give it a try, shall we?

First is the dough.  1 egg to 100 grams semolina flour per serving.  Mix and knead the dough into a cohesive ball.  Divide the dough into manageable portions and flatten to an oval.  Start feeding the dough through the flat rollers, starting with the widest setting.

After a thin sheet of pasta is formed, very lightly dust with flour if it’s tacky.  Keep thinning out the sheet of pasta by decreasing the size of the gap of the rollers.  Switch the sheet of pasta to the wide noodle roller.

I found a #6 to be the right thickness and the noodles won’t fall apart. A thicker #4 noodle was alright but it requires a longer cooking time.  So if you’re in a hurry make thin noodles!


Immediately toss the fresh pasta into salted boiling water.  Cover for the first 30 seconds to allow the water to return to a boil quickly, thus locking in the starches.  And make sure you salt the water, as you may recall, we didn’t put any salt in the dough!

Have the sauce simmering as you are working on the noodles.  Thin noodles will take only about 4-5 minutes to cook.  Thicker noodles may take 8-10 minutes.

The sauce is just a jar I had in the fridge, I threw in sausage and diced fresh tomato.  Keep the sauce hot.  Pull the noodles out of the water and put them in the pan of sauce.  Toss to coat every noodle.


Then serve to your guests (in this case: hungry munchkins).

Fresh herbs (oregano, basil, parsley, chives) can be added on top.  And don’t forget some grated cheese.

Enjoy 🙂

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