I’m going to be a broken record for a moment. I’m going to say something that’s been said over and over again. Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread Recipe changed my life. Making bread on your own, with flour, water, salt and yeast, is so easy and has given me this feeling of invincibility. I feel like I could cook anything now.
Now, we all know that is not the case. It’s not part of my nature to be able to whip up complex, intensive dishes like the one Erin learned how to make at Per Se recently. I love that dish and could eat it a thousand times over, but I’m never going to actually make Oysters & Pearls. I’m more of a wabi-sabi sort of cook, finding art in the imperfect.
I am, however, going to make more bread and other things like bread. Hell, if I can make gnocchi and bread and rubs and my own cordials and the best beef short ribs ever, I’m pretty sure that homemade pasta and ravioli is just around the corner. Keep watching. Perhaps I’ll surprise myself with an early Christmas present, like, say 8 solid hours away from the world to figure out my pasta-making machine. Ahh… a girl can dream…
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