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Herb keeper preserves fresh herbs in the fridge

I thought I had seen everything in the kitchen gadget world. Actually, I never thought that. There are far too many wacky things available; but it sounds like a good way to start off this blog post.

But going back to the “I thought I had seen everything…” thought. I was in Williams Sonoma today lusting over a coffee maker that costs close to 1/3 of a smart car. I finally left this prize and found this nifty gadget for keeping your herbs fresh in the fridge.

Prepara Herb Savor

The Prepara Herb Savor has a small reservoir for water at the bottom and an open space for the herbs. This makes the basil think it is still a happy camper growing in the sun.

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Salad dressing maker and emulsifier

It’s easy to make healthy salad dressings with this special blender. Simply pour in your ingredients: oil, vinegar, herbs, and then squeeze the handle to mix everything together.

Chef'n Emulstir, Emulsifier and Salad Dressing Maker, Arugula

Use this to make some Green Goddess Dressing or a nice French Vinaigrette.

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Electric pasta makers help you create fresh pasta every night

Fresh pasta is deceptively difficult to make. But the right equipment can make it much easier. This electric pasta machine will help you roll your pasta to the right thickness.
Weston 01-0601-W Roma Express Electric Pasta Machine

This pasta machine by Atlas has a bit more power.
Atlas Pasta Machine w/Motor Set - Made in Italy

Here’s a video to show you how to make fresh pasta by Fulvia Sensani from the Venetian Cooking School in Venice, Italy.

If you don’t have a nylon screen like Fulvia, you can dry your pasta on this Norpro pasta rack:
Norpro Pasta Drying Rack

Now that you have some fresh pasta, it’s time to make some ravioli.
Norpro Ravioli Rolling Pin

Here’s a nice recipe for summer pea ravioli by Thursday Night Smackdown that I found on Insider Food: New York:

Summer Pea Ravioli adapted from Vegan Visitor

Honestly, I make my pasta dough a little differently every time and don’t remember the proportions I used, exactly. But this is a pretty basic recipe that sounds about right. I substituted a little semolina flour for some of the AP and rolled it out to the #6 setting because I don’t have the stones yet to go to #7.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup sheep’s milk ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
    • To prepare the peas, heat the oil in a large pan. Sauté shallots and garlic until soft and translucent, then add the vermouth and cook until liquid has evaporated. Add peas, water, herbs, salt and pepper and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.

      Purée the peas in a food processor on high or through a food mill. If you used a food processor, layer a mesh sieve over a bowl and push the mixture through the sieve. Keep the solids in the sieve (or bowl of the food mill) for the filling and reserve the liquid in the bowl for the sauce.

      Roll pasta into thin sheets. Combine the pea purée solids with the sheep’s milk ricotta and adjust seasoning if necessary.

      Please visit Thursday Night Smackdown for the full recipe
      You should eat a little something. You look skinny. – Thursday Night Smackdown

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Doing the mortar and pestle grind

I swear I heard gasps of envy when Julia Child receives her mortar and pestle in the movie Julie and Julia. The theater was full of jealous and hungry foodies. Nothing grabbed their envy gland more than that big stone mortar and pestle. It just screamed spicy goodness.

You may not be able to get Julia’s mortar but you can find some other useful varieties. Le Creuset will help you channel your inner French chef.

Le Creuset 10-Ounce Mortar and Pestle in Caribbean Blue

This Thai granite mortar and pestle
features a polished inner surface and pestle to avoid absorbing flavors.

Large 8 inch Thai Granite Mortar and Pestle

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Enjoy fresh herbs with AeroGarden

The AeroGarden provides everything herbs need. It’s an automated garden that provides the right combination of light, water, and air to grow fresh herbs year round.

AeroGarden Space-Saver 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit

The AeroGarden Space-Saver 6 uses NASA-tested aeroponic technology to grow plants in water, nutrients, and air. Aeroponics is a dirt-free growing method in which plant roots are suspended in air within a highly oxygenated growing chamber with 100% humidity. The roots are bathed in ideal levels of nutrients, oxygen, and water, allowing the plants to grow significantly faster, become healthier, and have a higher nutrient content that plants grown in soil.
AeroGarden Space-Saver 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit – Amazon

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