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Are you feeling the warm and fuzzy feelings of holiday spirit this season? So far this December we’ve decked the halls in our home, I’ve done some festive baking, and I’m preparing for the plethora of holiday parties coming up on my calendar! Between friends, family, and coworkers, there are a lot of memories to be made and traditions to enjoy! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite holiday traditions (a pasta party!), as well as the basic egg pasta recipe needed to make it all come together!
My family always spends ample time in the kitchen on Christmas Eve. Over the years it has become a tradition to have a “pasta party” that night. We start by making a basic egg pasta dough and each year we get creative and make a new shape or style of pasta! It has become such a fun tradition, and I always look forward to gathering at my parents’ house with my family to take part. Standing around the mixer, rolling the dough, extruding it, and cutting it: the entire process takes a few hours when all is said and done, but when you bite into fresh, homemade pasta that was made with love, you just can’t beat it!!!
One year we made linguine with fresh tomato sauce, another year we made sheets of pasta and created fresh ravioli, and on another occasion we extruded rigatoni to toss with grilled vegetables in an olive oil sauce. I don’t even know what we are going to create this year, but I do know this: it will be a great time!
- 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- 1½ cup sifted cake flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- 4 large eggs
- Add flour and salt to a large mixing bowl. Use the beater blade of a mixer to stir the flour and salt at a low speed, then gradually add the eggs and water. Mix for about 30 seconds.
- Then, use a dough hook attachment on your mixer and knead the dough for about 2 minutes (at a slow speed).
- Remove dough from the bowl and place on a clean working surface. Knead with your hands for about 30 seconds. The dough should be smooth and holds together in a ball shape.
- After the dough is prepared, use a pasta extruder/cutter to shape it into desired pasta form. You can dry it for later use, freeze it for up to 4 months, or refrigerate it for about 5 days. Boil for 3-4 minutes to cook until al dente: enjoy!
Although our pasta parties spread a lot of holiday cheer, there are always little details that make them even brighter. I know it sounds sentimental, but I love giving and receiving holiday cards at this time of the year. Even though we should strive to show those we love just how much we care throughout the entire year, it is extra special around the holidays. One way I love spreading extra cheer is through a Hallmark greeting card. They are the perfect accompaniment for a get-together, and finding one that blends with the theme, event, or person you are giving it to is always a plus!
I made a stop at Walmart recently to peruse the selection of Hallmark greeting cards. They were SO easy to locate: I found a fun display filled with Hallmark greeting cards right as I walked in the door in the middle of the aisle by the produce section. I had a hard time deciding on just one that would be perfect for the occasion.
Hallmark seems to know how to pull on my heartstrings during the holidays: just reading the inside of the cards I selected had me looking forward to Christmas Eve and our next pasta party! They even have a Pandora station you can put on the speakers to set the perfect mood during your get together!!! Don’t you just love the warm and fuzzy feelings you get when you spend time with your family and friends?
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Do you have friends or loved ones you enjoy getting together with and sharing greeting cards with during this festive time of year? See more great holiday card ideas and tell me which ornament you’re most looking forward to this season. I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions!