I visited my family on Long Island for thanksgiving this past week. My nana asked me if I wanted to take one of her pasta machines that has been in the family for a loooooong time. Of course I accepted with the promise that it would be used graciously and given to another family member when I grew tired of it. When I got it home and opened the instruction book, a few old photocopied recipes fell out. The first was for making pasta by hand, not using the machine and that’s about as far as I got with the machine…lol. With the help of my 4 year old daughter we made super simple raviolis stuffed with homemade ricotta (I’ll save that recipe for another blog post) and shiitake mushrooms. So much fun! This is how I imagine my nana and her sisters spending their time as kids with their mom. Learning from experience, making a giant, floury mess and having fun.
In other news, I think at some point in the near future I will take food styling classes. Either in Boston or NYC. Or anywhere in between. It’s something that I really love to do and like most things in life, you only get better with practice. There’s only so much you can read about and learn on your own. It takes a great teacher with experience to get you to the next level. Food styling would happily marry my passion for food and my long time hobby of photography.