Making Homemade Pasta for Dinner Tonight

Written by Shauna Hanus


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Adjustrepparttar pasta maker down one setting for thinner noodles and runrepparttar 137534 dough through a second time. Continue to adjustrepparttar 137535 setting to a smaller size until you reachrepparttar 137536 desired thickness of noodle.

The pasta can be made immediately before cooking or refrigerated for userepparttar 137537 next day. The un-cooked noodles will hold up to one month inrepparttar 137538 freezer.

Helpful tips. Be patient and prepared for a messy kitchen. Make a small amount ahead of time to getrepparttar 137539 feel for kneadingrepparttar 137540 dough. Keeprepparttar 137541 dough soft but not too sticky; add flour in very small amounts. Do not over workrepparttar 137542 dough orrepparttar 137543 noodles will be tough.

Shauna Hanus is a gourmet cook who specializes in creating gourmet meal plans. Her menus include a full five courses that are easy to follow and enjoyable to create. www.gourmayeats.com


10 Timeless Tips to a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Written by Jon Butt


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5. Grind It Up

Despiterepparttar fact that many store-bought coffees say "For All Coffeemakers," selectingrepparttar 137533 right grind for your coffee maker is key to crafting that perfect cup. A general guideline for grinds includes:

Automatic drip: medium grind Plunger or French press: coarse grind Percolator: coarser grind Espresso maker: fine grind

6. What's in Your Water?

When it comes to coffee, fresh isrepparttar 137534 name ofrepparttar 137535 game and, believe it or not, fresh water will make a world of difference in every cup. Think about it: Since your coffee is 99% water, you'll want to make sure you chooserepparttar 137536 best tasting water you can find. Bottled, distilled, or purified water seems to dorepparttar 137537 trick for H2O-conscious countless coffee connoisseurs.

7. Measure It

To assure yourself of perfection every time, you'll want to make sure you spoon outrepparttar 137538 correct amount of coffee grinds. Of course, your personal taste preference should berepparttar 137539 ultimate judge, but a general rule of thumb is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water.

8. Bling, Bling in Your Coffee?

While we're not talking diamonds or platinum, using gold (or stainless steel) mesh filters in your coffee maker will go a long way toward keeping your cup of coffee tasting great. Many paper filters release bleaches, chlorine, and dyes that can leave you with a bitter cup of coffee. If you must use paper, go with unbleached filters forrepparttar 137540 best results.

9. Brew It Up Right

A key to great tasting coffee every time is making sure your water is "offrepparttar 137541 boil"-a fancy term that simply means "not quite to boiling." To achieve this water temperature, bring your water to a boil and then let it cool down for few moments (195-205 F) and you'll assure yourself of a perfect cup every time.

10. Drink It Down in Style

Drink your freshly brewed, gourmet coffee in a glass or porcelain mug. Unless you likerepparttar 137542 bitter taste, avoid reheating your coffee in eitherrepparttar 137543 microwave or onrepparttar 137544 stove.

If you keep brewing with these ten timeless tips in mind, you're sure to find your cup runneth over with great tasting coffee every time!

Jon Butt is the host of The Coffee Guide, an innovative website dedicated to all things coffee. From beans to gourmet, espresso machines to coffee makers, espresso cups to just great tasting coffee


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