OK, Kris, just a few minutes and you can take them to the video store.
I learned two things today. Flour is a friend. And, leftover smoked brisket has more uses than I knew.
OK. Back to the pasta. I tossed the first sheet I made. For the second, I cut the ball in half, so it was much more manageable. I was a little unclear on how many times a person normally does the fold and roll thing, and on how many different setting. But, I persevered. And, once I was done with the fold and roll thing, I realized that a very light dusting of flour on the bottom of the pasta kept it from sticking to the pasta maker as I ran it through, etc. Actually, this was Peter's suggestion as he dashed out the door for an inpromptu neighborhood football game (no doubt more exciting that watching mommy swear under her breath). I quit rolling at level 3, figuring I didn't want to push my luck, as as luck would have it, it was the perfect thickness (thinness) for the sauce I chose).
So, I rolled it all out without a single problem. Yes, flour is my friend. Peter and I chose to cut the pasta in wide, short strips.
Now, I had given some thought to sauce ahead of time (but had to get through the pasta first to know that's what we'd really have!), and looked over the new Mario book. But, I didn't really use a recipe from his book, just a few ideas. I had a couple of cans of those whole Italian tomatoes, I had garlic, and I had onions. I also had fresh thyme. I also have those roasted tomatoes. And, I have leftover brisket. I made a simple tomato sauce with both canned and a few roasted tomatoes, and whizzed it sort of chunky with my Braun immersion blender and added some whacked up brisket.
I'm so proud of myself. Kris will attest to the fact that tonight is the one we were most worried about. The pasta was great, and the sauce perfect for the shape of the pasta I chose. Smoked brisket does go well both in a tomato sauce and with pasta. I made sure to leave quite a few of those crispy, extra smoky parts on the pieces.
Now, I'd have posted this earlier but I had to run to the drug store for a mess of stuff because Heidi has a nasty case of poison ivy all over her body.