Thursday, November 12, 2015


No sewing got done this past weekend. My two daughters and my sister and I all spent a fabulous weekend together culminating in a whole day at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont learning all about hand making pastas from scratch. This was just the best girly time. It was spent with my favorite and oh so wonderful women doing our favorite things, learning, cooking, eating and shopping.  Our chef/teacher Robin was  very knowledgeable, fun and patient.  The sauce we savored made with  Black Trumpet mushrooms she herself foraged from the Vermont woods gained her rock star status.  Above you can see my oldest daughter churning out what will become spinach fettucine. 

 Here is baby sis working on hers. We made raviolis, laminated pastas, fettucines including flavored variations, and capallettis. Hope I spelled that right! We had a meal of spinach pasta with a sauce made with heavy cream, nutmeg and the black trumpet mushrooms, simmered over an hour, incredible. We all took our work home each of us needing two provided boxes to house all the booty. Tonight I cooked up some more of the pastas with a simple garlic olive oil dressing. Hubby loved it and thought the texture was perfect. He's very fussy about his al dente. We learned how good  texture depends on the blend of flours, not so much on boiling time.  

 This pic has moi and my youngest daughter . I'm cutting my spinach fettucine. In the pics you can see what a professional environment we were in, each with our stations all stocked with everything necessary. Another chef circulated answering our questions and checking our results, clearing and delivering any necessities. There were sixteen in the class aided by the two chefs. We learned SO MUCH. I can't stess that enough. It was clear everyone there was an experienced cook who loved the craft. This is not first time we've done this. A few years back we all went and took a class on baking sweet yeast breads. If you ever have the time or or plan to be in Vermont, this is a great  way to spend a day, particularly with like minded individuals, be it friends or family. Hope you give it a try.  The building is gorgeous, the restaurant all locally sourced and serving fabulous food and the education area and staff totally professional. It was great fun!

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Since there is more fresh pasta in the freezer and I had the day off yesterday, I took some time between catch up house chores to make some bread. I love to cook almost as much as sewing! Back to sewing soon.......Bunny


16 comments:

  1. I wish you could see me clapping my hands gleefully (just like a little kid :)
    I really want to go to Vermont and do this. King Arthur's website emerged as a fantastic resource when I recently dipped my toe into baking.

    It does look like a fantastic way to enjoy time with your daughters.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Let me know if you want company. Imagine the irony of meeting over cooking instead of sewing!

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    2. yep, that would be funny, but fine with me :)

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  2. What a fun time spending mother/daughters time! I'm not into cooking (my hubby does all that minus the bit of baking I do) but I appreciate delicious food and the effort required. I must comment that your eldest daughter is the spitting image of you! Karen

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    1. I've heard that before! But what about that red hair?!?

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  3. Totally would like to do this - we just got back from Italy and have much discussed cooking classes. Bunny, I have to say, I thought of you often as I looked at the beautiful clothes in the windows. Sad to say, I did not find any fabric to bring home, although we did run across one haberdashery that had some Liberty prints in the window - but more costly than just ordering them online. We visited KAF a year or two ago and just LOVED it!

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    1. It is a special place. We all can't wait to get back and do it again.

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  4. I would love to do something like this, even though I've been baking and making pasta since a child. You can always learn something new. Glad you had such fun with your daughters.

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  5. I love baking - it would be a dream to visit there and take a class. what fun.

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  6. Oh my - what a wonderful thing to spend time with loved ones doing something you enjoy. Oh and that bread makes my mouth water!!!

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  7. I've been a long time King Arthur catalog shopper and would LOVE to visit their store, restaurant and take bread making classes there. What fun!

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  8. Looks like loads of fun...you gals all resemble one another greatly!!
    Nice idea to get together for some fun & education at the same time.

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  9. Looks like so much fun Bunny. Yes, your eldest daughter is the image of you.
    Sure Ern is enjoying the fruits of your labour!

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  10. Looks like a fabulous time. I've been there several times but never did a class. I'll need to schedule time for one at the next opportunity. Now I just need more time for cooking and sewing.

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  11. I am soooooo impressed! What a wonderful way to spend time with your daughters and learn something new. This is very cool!

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