Monday, July 30, 2012

Proud Italian Cook, Window Pane Pasta

Windowpane Pasta with Basil Pesto
Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes & Tiny Cubes of Fresh Mozzarella

Hi everyone, it’s me Marie, from Proud Italian Cook, I’m excited to be guest posting here today for my friend Lori Lynn. I was honored when she asked me along with four other bloggers to be a part of her fifth year anniversary celebrating her exquisite blog Taste With The Eyes.

Lori Lynn and I both started our blogs back in 2007, and since then I have had the pleasure of meeting her in person and sharing a fabulous meal with her and her wonderful family here in Chicago. I’ve always said to Lori Lynn from day one, that she couldn’t have picked a more appropriate name for her blog.

Taste With The Eyes is a visual feast, from the moment you arrive you’re instantly drawn in by all her gorgeous photos, her fabulous food and glorious surroundings, and every time I leave here I feel like I’ve just experienced fine dining at it’s best and can’t wait to come back!

how to make silhouette pasta
For my guest post recipe I wanted to make this pretty and elegant pasta, seems appropriate to place on Lori Lynn’s blog, it’s called Window Pane, Silhouette, or sometimes even referred to as Stained Glass Pasta.

I like to make my pasta dough in a food processor, it’s simple to do, comes together quick, and always results in perfect dough.

Pasta Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • water (just enough until the dough comes together)

Place everything except the water into the bowl of a food processor with the steel blade and pulse just a few times until eggs are blended into the flour. Have a 1/4 cup or so of water ready, then turn on your processor and slowly drizzle it down the tube into the bowl just until the dough comes together, like in photo above, top left. You might not use all of the water or you may use a little more, just take your time it will all come together quickly. Remove the dough from bowl, wrap in plastic and let it rest for 1/2 hour.

making window pane pasta
When you’re ready to roll, cut your dough ball into four equal pieces, working with one piece at a time and keeping the others under wrap.

I use a pasta machine to roll my dough the kind you hand crank, you could also roll it by hand with a rolling pin, or if you have a Kitchen Aid with the pasta attachment all the better, the key is you want thin pasta sheets.

For this technique you want to use fresh herbs that will lay flat, like parsley and basil, you wouldn’t want to use anything with a woody stem such as rosemary, also I prefer to pick smaller leaves because they will stretch a bit between the dough with the second rolling.

The first thing you’re going to do is brush your pasta sheet with water, this will help keep your herbs nice and flat when you press them on, and help your dough stick together when you fold it.

Lay your herbs in a row on the upper half of your pasta sheet leaving space between and a little bit above. When everything is in place carefully fold the sheet over.
fresh pasta dough with herbs
Now take your folded herb filled pasta sheet and roll it through your pasta machine one more time. If you are doing it by hand with a rolling pin you want to make sure your dough is thin enough to see through it.

stained glass pasta
See how the herbs stretch out and get a little bigger? Isn’t it pretty looking? And so so easy!

stained glass ravioli
Now take a pasta cutter, I use the one with the crimped edge, and cut between the herbs. The end result is beautifully adorned ravioli sized pasta.

how to make stained glass pasta
Place them in boiling salted water for only 2 to 3 minutes and carefully remove and drain, I use my trusty spider!

Please keep this recipe in mind for the fall and winter as well, it’s a fabulous presentation in some homemade broth.

Proud Italian Cook Pasta
But since it’s summertime I wanted the sauce to be light and fresh, so on to my platter filled with the warm pasta I scattered dollops of basil pesto, sauteed cherry tomatoes and tiny cubes of fresh mozzarella, making sure not to cover up the pretty herbs. Hope you enjoy!

Once again I’d like to thank Lori Lynn for letting me be a part of her celebration!

xox, Marie

 ☆ Proud Italian Cook ☆

Thank you so much dear dear Marie! And congratulations to you as August marks the 5th year of Proud Italian Cook too! I remember 5 years ago when I discovered your blog after you left a comment on one (of my many) Matzoh Ball posts back in September of 2007. I was so excited to see that you were from Chicago, my home town. Your delightful writing style has always made me feel as if I am sitting at the counter in your kitchen, while you are sharing your passion for exceptional home cooked Italian foods over a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio…

I don’t think I can log onto Pinterest without seeing one of your super-popular colorful creations. I can spot your dishes instantly. They are always so fresh, vibrant, and seasonal – usually with vegetables from your garden, prepared in that fabulous Italian-Chicago-Style. And your photos just seem to make the food jump right off the screen. The lead image of this incredible Windowpane Pasta is no exception!

I’ve been inspired by so many of your recipes over the years. Thinking back, it might be the Roasted Carrots, Shallots, Olives & Gremolata that I’ve made the most. I’ve taken it to parties as a pot luck, and it has graced our Passover table several times.

It was my family’s absolute pleasure to dine with you at The Girl & The Goat in Chicago, and to get to know you in person. You are a sweetheart and your sunny creative cooking is second to none. Here’s to celebrating the BIG 5 together my friend! Grazie!

Toujours Bon Appétit,
Lori Lynn

☆ Taste With The Eyes is 5 Years Old ☆

I’m just thrilled to have 5 extraordinary blogger friends help me celebrate this milestone anniversary with Guest Posts on Taste With The Eyes. Please welcome them as they share their own unique and magical art of cuisine, photography, and watercolor painting.

5 Fabulous Blogger Friends in Honor of 5 Years of Blogging

Just One Cookbook – Nami, San Francisco
“Quick and Easy Japanese Home Cooking”
Guest Post: Gyutan/BBQ Beef Tongue

Foodalogue – Joan, Palm Beach County, Florida
“Meandering Meals, Musings + Travel”
Guest Post: A 5-Tapas Cocktail Party for 5-Years of Blogging

Proud Italian Cook – Marie, Chicago
“Home Cooking, Italian American Style”
Guest Post: Windowpane Pasta

Merisi’s Vienna for Beginners – Merisi, Vienna
“A Daily Melange of Virtual Postcards from Vienna”

Paris Breakfast - Carol, Paris/New York
“I Paint Paris Dreams…”

 


 

30 Responses to “5 Fabulous Bloggers: Proud Italian Cook”

  1. This post is a celebration to good food and blogging!

  2. Claudia says:

    This is on my “must do” – not “will get to this” but MUST DO. So beautiful. Congrats on 5 years LL – you do know how to celebrate and your blog continues to inspire me.

  3. Maureen says:

    I went to a pasta class last week and this is exactly what she prepared. It was so good and it looked terrific!

    I can’t wait to try your dish.

  4. mjskit says:

    I must say that this is the most beautiful pasta dish I’ve ever seen! What patience and creativity you have Marie! I’m sure it taste as delicious as it looks! Congratulations Lori on your five years anniversary! What an achievement! I guess I have a lot of surfing to do on your blog to catch up! I’ll be back. :)

  5. Exquisite pasta dish – it’s like an edible patchwork quilt. I love how you explain it so well, Marie. LL, lovely guest!

  6. Congratulations for five years of blogging. I really like the look of the pasta with the parsley.

  7. love2dine says:

    I can just imagine this combination of flavours being so good.

  8. Frank says:

    I’m a fan of Proud Italian Cook, too. One of the few that is indeed proud of its Italian-American focus.

    I’ve only made this kind of pasta once. It’s a bit of rather careful work, the kind I’m not all that good at, but the result is truly beautiful to behold!

  9. Michelle says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! These would wow any dinner guest!

  10. Hotly Spiced says:

    Congratulations on five years of blogging. That’s a great achievement and I agree with your friend, you do have a great name for a food blog. That stained glass pasta is gorgeous xx

  11. This pasta is beautiful! Lori is right the pictures are stunning and inspiring. What a wonderful friendship the two of you have.

  12. Cucina49 says:

    Congratulations on five years of your beautiful blog! I am always in awe of your dishes and presentation. This guest post is no exception–that windowpane pasta is stunning!

  13. Ivy says:

    Congratulations and Happy blogoversary Lori Lynn. It seems we have started about the same time. Wishing you many more years of blogging with more creative recipes. It’s also wonderful to meet Marie, the Proud Italian Cook through your blog. What a beautiful creation!

  14. Lori what an amazing guest you have…I am really speechless of Marie’s creation.
    Marie, nice to meet you. I would love to make this one day. Perfect pasta, I can imagine how flavorful it is!
    p.s.
    Lori, I wish you many many more years of blogging!

  15. FA says:

    Marie – Your guest post is lovely and exquisite. Thanks for the easy and beautifully directions. I will try this. I have fond memories of meeting you at Lori’s dinner in Chicago at The Girl and the Goat. Your were as delightful a person as I perceived you to be. I hope our culinary paths cross again. Congratulations on your own 5th year anniversary.

    LL – Great choice of guest post. Brava!!!

  16. Joan Nova says:

    Perfect choice for the celebration. Marie really embraced her roots and the aesthetic of TWTE.

  17. Sandra says:

    Oh my gosh this is beautiful!! Best Wishes Lori for many more years.

  18. I really want to make this when I make my own pasta one day! So beautiful and I’ve never heard of this pasta before. Thanks Marie, and I look forward to 2 more of your guest posts, LL!

  19. Eha says:

    Five years in the food blogging world seems like ‘forever’ – many, many congratulations!! Isn’t the ‘windowpane’ pasta just beautiful! Giving credit where it is due, I saw this for the first time a few weeks back on our [Oz] Masterchef Masterclass and was totally taken aback by the concept Well, a number of our ‘Chiefs’ come Mediterranean and this was the year of ‘basics’! Thank you for your contribution :) !

  20. Barbara F. says:

    Marie’s blog is one of my very favorite ones. She is an excellent cook, her recipes always make me drool. This pasta is a work of art. Marie makes it look very easy. Congrats on 5 years of blogging. It is a lot of fun but hard work, too.

  21. What a wonderful recipe. I’d love to share this in a pasta making class. I’ll have to try it myself first. Tell me do you like the hand crank pasta machine better than the KitchenAid attachment?

    Thanks for sharing this fun recipe. I’ll be sure to stop by your blog.

    Have a great day!

  22. sippitysup says:

    The pasta is indeed beautiful. It has an elegance that suits Lori Lynn to a T! Happy 5 to LL! GREG

  23. Oh my word….that looks TOO good….I want some…mmmm

  24. LL,
    Happy 5th anniversary……….so glad to see Marie here too!

    Love both of your blogs!
    These windowpanes are so pretty!

    Stacey

  25. Marie, you created a wonderful visual feast for Lori’s anniversary celebration, I could not imagine anything more pleasing to all senses!

    Sautéed cherry tomatoes always remind me of a meal I once had on the terrace of a restaurant overlooking the Amalfitan Coast, the pasta dish but the thinnest homemade tagliatelle and the ripest, tastiest little tomatoes in the best olive oil imaginable, with a few basil leaves thrown in.

  26. Hi Lori Lynn!

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

    I “met” Marie through her blog Proud Italian Cook soon after I began blogging and I have been a faithful follower of hers ever since. All her recipes are so imaginative and creative. I was also happy to meet her in person a year ago on a trip to Chicago.

    I’m glad now to find your blog — This was a wonderful idea!

  27. Lori – Congrats to you on five years of writing a wonderful blog, with recipes that inspire the taste buds and the visual sense too! You made an excellent choice in choosing “Proud Italian Cook” as a guest blogger. I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d have enjoyed reading more as a guest blogger than Marie. She makes everything look so easy and beautiful. I’ve seen this pasta on her blog as I flipped through the archives when I first discovered Proud Italian Cook, and have wanted to try making it forever. Maybe now is the time.

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