There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of fresh pasta… Have you ever made fresh pasta with your kids? Don’t laugh. Using wonton wrappers makes pasta making into an easy fun, weekday meal for your family to prepare together.
This week we will learn all about tortellini (tore-tuh-LEE-nee). Legend has it that the pasta shape was inspired by an Italian chef who was so enchanted by the beauty of the Greek goddess of love, Venus, that he invented a pasta in the same shape as her belly button. Really!! Belly button pasta!! Other stories suggest that tortellini was a way to keep filling from spilling out of the pasta by wrapping it around the finger and sealing it before cooking. But we like the belly button story best. We like to remind our parents and young chefs that making pasta shapes is FUN! It is OK to have all types of different shapes of tortellini just like different shapes of belly buttons. There are NO rules to break… so relax!
Sage is an herb perfect fall herb that has a sweet, yet savory flavor. This week we will use it for BOTH savory and sweet Sticky Fingers Cooking recipes (Pasta and Soda) to experiment for ourselves. A tablespoon of sage has 43% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin K, which is good for building strong bones. Sage is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin in much higher doses than the recommended daily requirements. Sage also has healthy amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, and copper… WOW. Can you say nutritional powerhouse?
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