Saturday, June 1, 2013

Things are Looking Up and Pasta Pasta Pasta

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Happy Saturday Everyone! 


I cannot believe it is June already?!?! Time has just flown. The worse thing is I'm wishing another week away and praying that June 3 will hurry up and get here already! Why? WEEEEELLLLLLL I have some good news. After being on the job hunt for close to 6 months (and 2 months of being unemployed being in there) I've had a job offer! YEYEYEYEYEY. 

Monday morning I went for a 2nd interview at a local Women's Entrepreneurship Organization. So when I got home I was crossing my fingers which the knowledge that I likely would know within the next couple of days if I got the job. I left both my first and second interviews feeling fabulous and super excited about what the job entailed. No more than an hour after I got home my cell phone rings... Now you have to understand something, I NEVER get calls on my cell phone. Which kind of defeats the purpose of having a cell doesn't! ANYWAY, I hear my cell ringing and my heart instantly feels like it's in my throat. I pick it up and lo and behold it was who I was hoping it was going to be offering me a job! When I got off the phone I'm pretty sure I ran the gamit of emotion in about 5 seconds, overjoyed to disbelief to totally relieved. I really want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me here in blogland. Your kind words of encouragement have certainly made me more confident and helped to break the funk I had been in for a few weeks :)

So my first day is Monday! Every exciting and I simply cannot wait to dive head first into this new position.

Unfortunately I don't have a stitching update for you today - my mojo is still on the fritz. BUTTTT I have been in the kitchen. Having lived in Italy I often have moments where I just want to transport myself back there for a little while and I do that by (attempting) to create the foods I experienced there. So I whipped out the pasta maker and my newly discovered semolina flour (which is great for pasta's I just never knew I could get it here until last week).





Some mixing, kneading, resting, chopping and machining later came out with one of my most favourite pasta's ever! Cappellacci di Zucca is a traditional pasta of Ferrara and is stuffed with the heavenly goodness that is roasted butternut squash, parmigiano reggiano and a hint of nutmeg. Don't ask me exactly how I made the stuffing because I just eyeballed it (my usual way of cooking). But if you're interested in trying it out here's a good recipe to start with: http://honestcooking.com/cappellacci-di-zucca-pumpkin-ravioli-from-ferrara-italy/ . I also pumped out some tagliatelle noodles with some of the left over pasta dough - NO NEED FOR WASTE :)



Mmmm just looking at that finished product makes me drool haha. I finished off the pasta with one the most simple and likely most fattening sauces - Crispy Sage Butter Sauce. Absolutely delicious and not so heavy that you can't really get the taste of the sweet butternut squash centre.

Pasta making is truly a labour of love and if you're not one for the kitchen I wouldn't recommend making your own pasta. Me on the other hand - if I spend hours in the kitchen just fooling around with different recipes I'm in heaven :)

Have a great weekend!!!

xoxo

Melissa

27 comments:

  1. Thats great news Melissa i'm so happy for you.That pasta looks delicious.

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  2. i am so happy for you dear...yummy pasta..
    big hugs x

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  3. Congratulation on your new endeavor. It sounds perfect for you! Now about the pasta - it's nearly lunch time here and I know that wonderful dish is not on option, so I'm not so sure I'm very happy with you right now, lol. Best wishes for Monday, though!

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  4. Congratulations on getting the job!

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  5. Wonderful news Melissa! Your pasta sounds yummy!
    Lisa M.

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  6. Wonderful job news. The pasta looks delicious.

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  7. Congratulations---Happy, happy news! You will be great. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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  8. Congrats on your new job!! I'm sure that you feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders.

    PS: You're pasta looks delicious! :)

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  9. Congratulations on the job.
    I hope it is everything you wish for ,.XXX

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  10. Congratulations on the job!! That's fantastic news, I'm so happy for you. :D And yeah, I'm definitely NOT one for the kitchen. I basically cook so I don't starve :P But that pasta looks absolutely delicious

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  11. Congrats on the job -- great news!

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  12. Congrats on the new job Melissa!
    Your pasta looks so good!
    Hope you get back to stitching too.

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  13. Congratulations on the new job! I hope all goes well for you.
    That pasta looks so good!

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  14. Congratulations ~ I am so happy for you!! Oh, and I a suddenly hungry!!

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  15. Congratulations!! Wonderful news! :) Wow - the pasta looks delicious!

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  16. oooooo congratulations on the job ... it obviously was meant for you .... did you bribe them with that pasta hahahahh :) love mouse xxxxxx

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  17. Fantastic news!!! I'm really happy for you & I wish you all the best for this new fresh start!!! Pasta look yummy too by the way :D xx

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  18. Hip Hip Hooray! Good for you Melissa.

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  19. Congratulations Melissa, I'm drooling just by looking on these pictures and happy dancing for you! Can't wait to read about your first day...

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  20. Congratulations on your new job. Your pasta looks delicious. I hope you get your stitching mojo back soon.

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  21. This sounds great! Congratulations on the job!

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  22. Congrats Melissa. Wishing you the best of luck and great success in your new job.
    Your pasta looks yummy.

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  23. Congratulations your new job!

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  24. Congratulations on the new job!!

    And, goodness, that pasta looks so wonderful. Yum!

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  25. Congratulations on your new job! How exciting! The pasta looks fantastic but I would never have the patience to make my own. I love baking from scratch, though.

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  26. Great news!

    I have returned to blogging after a break and am having a giveaway. As you were kind enough to follow me I wanted to let you know.
    If you are interested then please leave a comment on my blog.
    Thanks!

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  27. I shouildn't have come to your blog at this time of the day, lol - now I'm hungry after seeing all the delicious pasta and want to have it for dinner.
    Congratulations on your job and I hope you are enjoying it!

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