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Even Easier Homemade Spaetzle

1 Jul spaetzle

Wow, it’s been a while!  I didn’t intend to break from blogging so much in June but it just flew away!  For those who have followed over the past couple summers, you know summer time for me is pretty much “off season” for the blog.  While I’d love to keep playing and keep connected to all you folks all year long I’m (for sanity reasons) a seasonal blogger/ facebooker, etc.  Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out how to balance more while the kids are home all day, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet.  So now, with the entrance of summer, my time has officially been handed over to my little people…and my medium sized people, as my teens are becoming not so little anymore.  (Btw, for those who are new here, my kids are 15, almost 13, 11, almost 7 and almost 2.  And to add one more little tidbit to our summer’s craziness, three of these kids’s birthdays — plus their dad’s birthday — land in the month of July, if you can imagine the odds.  We celebrate some of the birthdays in June –so it’s been party central here lately– this because each July we take off on a massive road trip lasting 4-6 weeks to visit family in ID, WA and UT.  Every year I begin this road trip asking myself “why drive three days with kids like this??” and every year I come back home with a satisfied answer for myself.)

For those who asked about classes:  our travel calendar this year didn’t end up allowing enough spare time for the classes to happen {sadly}.  Sorry about that, maybe next year (?)  Or, perhaps one of these days I’ll get moving on some other way to bring classes instead to your computer screen, that’d work too!  Ideas or suggestions on that?  Feel free to pass them along!

All this said, there’s a bright spot.  I couldn’t leave you hanging all summer without posting this wonderful tutorial my friend Eva offered us.  Eva is another friend of mine who moved here from outside the US having gained wonderful real life training growing up on how to cook with basics ingredients — this time in the Baltic region of the world.  I’ll tell you more about her in just a minute, but first a little about the recipe…

If you’ve tried making homemade spaetzle — or homemade noodles at all — in the past this recipe is probably the fastest one there is.  You’re going to love it!!  For anyone who’s never made spaetzle before, you now have the easiest way to do it at your finger tips!  For our purposes, this post is going up to emphasize the *method* of making the spaetzle, the recipe is included here as well, but it’s Eva’s everyday recipe including fresh eggs.  Definitely use it if you have fresh eggs on hand, but if you’re looking for a storeable recipe, check out my post for Hungarian Goulash with Spaetzle from a few years ago.  Again, it’s a great 100% pantry ingredient recipe from Shari Haag’s “The Everyday Gourmet” cookbook and we’ve loved it!  The great thing is, from now on I won’t be taking forever cutting noodles into a pot! Continue reading

Beef “Unstir-fry” with Homemade Asian Noodles

10 Mar Beef Stir-fry with Homemade Asian Noodles (32)

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I’ve been bugged for how expensive Asian noodles are to buy at the grocery store and making them with my pasta maker is too much effort for a stir-fry dinner {which we like to have pretty often, helping to use up those carrots, celery and onions and whatever else is left in the fridge}.  So I was excited to find this much simpler “skillet-based” Asian noodle recipe, which turns out to be a lot like making crepes.

I tried it here as a full-on food storage meal out of curiosity to see if stir-fry was even a palatable possibility minus the fresh vegetables.  While the vegetables were missed, the flavor was still good and we liked the noodles.  I won’t repeat the stir fry idea (it didn’t go over well), but the noodles themselves are keepers.

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Homemade Pasta: 4 favorite varieties

25 Oct Homemade Pasta (19)

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Easy peesie lemon squeezie!!  (as my five year old would say)  That’s how easy it is to make homemade pasta!  If you can make pie crust and knead bread dough then you can make homemade pasta.  While we usually have store bought pasta, I’ve found making it from scratch is another way to add variety and fun to my food storage plan!

I’ve learned to really appreciate this particular skill because  even though it’s made with the most basic of  ingredients it serves like something special, giving me a lot of bang for my ingredients/effort buck!  Even before it’s made,  the “ooh’s and ahh’s” start up when my kids hear what’s for dinner.  (Yes, it still happens!)  Every time I just laugh to myself because while it sounds fancy to them isn’t too hard on my end to make.   Today I’m sharing four varieties to get you started.  Give it a try!  You’ll impress your family and be surprised yourself of how easy it is to do.

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Pot Stickers

25 Jan Potstickers (36)

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Never again will I buy these delectable treats!  Seriously.  These were *easy* to make, a little time consuming when it came to filling them, but the process itself was not complicated at all.  And the best part… they were fantastic even using 100% food storage ingredients!  They’re definitely going to be added to my plan now.  Also, this was my first try ever making them ( just so you know I’m not pulling any punches when I say they were easy) and they turned out fabulous!   So, in case you need another reason to go out and buy yourself a pasta machine, this is another really good one.  Why buy pot sticker or won ton wrappers from the store when you can make them yourself?  It might even save you from calling for take out!

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Homemade Cheese Ravioli

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I think you’ll be surprised how easy and fun this dish is to make!  I’m super excited that this time around I finally found an easy and tasty way to make the cheese using all long term ingredients  –  I think you’re going to love it!   I found the idea for it at www.tacticalintelligence.com and then I played around with it and made up a variation that tastes equal to anything I could have put together using fresh ingredients.  The homemade egg noodle recipe is used with permission from the book “The Everyday Gourmet” by Shari Haag — this recipe is available in my recipe index.  Another fun thing that I get to share here is my new ravioli rolling pin that makes the process of pressing out the ravioli an absolute cinch!!

You’re going to love being able to make homemade cheese ravioli for your family entirely from foods in your food storage!

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