Battini or Pipistrellini

The witching hour is closing in! We rushed this pasta shape into production here at Scratchin’ Central so you can make up a batch of these Pipistrellini (our guess at small bat in Italian) for Halloween dinner.

cutting bat pasta
Simply roll out your pasta dough and go to town with a small bat-shaped cookie cutter.

Simply roll out a batch of fresh pasta dough (we worked with about 1/8 of the dough at a time) and use a bat-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a bunch of bats.

shaping pasta bats
Lightly press each bat over a chopstick to give it a bit of a shape.

We placed each bat over a small wooden stake in case vampires are about (really a chopstick) to make for something approaching a 3D shape. Once finished, you’ll be ready to serve your bats in a blood-red sauce!

What a fun shape for Halloween. Fives!

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Roman-style Polenta Gnocchi

Roman-style polenta gnocchi
This is cornmeal? Yes!

Do you ever have recipes that sit around for a long time while you search out and find just the right ingredients? That’s the case with this recipe. It’s not as if it’s a difficult recipe; in fact, it’s really easy, but we just couldn’t find one of the key ingredients: semolina. We looked in all the likely places, but no semolina flour. We finally gave up. But, that didn’t stop us; oh, no, we scratched our way forward and came up with the following.

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Okra, Okra, and More Okra! Yum!

weekly CSA produce share
Three baskets of okra! We’ve been at the trading table.

Yay! We’re still getting one of our favorite vegetables, okra! As you can see, we were able to do some judicious trading to increase our okra intake for the coming week. Now, take a good look at those potatoes: three colors! Red potatoes, gold potatoes, and purple potatoes. Mmm, another favorite.

So, this week, our share was:

  • Mixed potatoes (1 basket)
  • Summer squash (5 small or 4 large; we went small)
  • Okra (1 basket)
  • Roasted chilies (1 bag), traded for more okra
  • Tomatillos (1 basket), traded for more okra
  • Black beans (1 bag)
  • Watermelon (1)
  • Bell peppers (2)

Mini Vacation

Once again, we were off exploring some scenic places in the southwest. Places like this…

slot canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ.

… and this:

horseshoe bend
One of the most iconic locations along the Colorado River: Horseshoe Bend.

It’s Been Two Years!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two years since we started posting recipes (and a few other things), and there are now close to 500 different dishes for you to try. So, you’d better get scratchin’, because we have more to come.

You’ll note that, for the second anniversary, we’ve given the site a new look. Hope you like it.

Lime Sorbet

lime sorbet
Cool! Refreshing!

It seemed as though we’d never get around to making lime sorbet. If you remember, last Christmas we got an ice cream maker attachment for our Kitchenaid mixer, after having some of the best lime sorbet ever down at Cafe Roka in Bisbee. We had waffled about getting an ice cream maker for years, literally years, but, immediately after having that dinner with the lime sorbet as the third course, we decided to buy one.

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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

lentil shepherd's pie
Ah, comfort food.

For several weeks, we’ve tried to decide on a main dish to bring down to a church Session meeting/dinner this coming week. After some discussion, we decided that we’d go with a shepherd’s pie. It seems as though it’ll travel well, is pretty much a whole meal all in one pan, and you just bake it up beforehand. There was only one problem. We hadn’t made a shepherd’s pie in so long, we had trouble deciding what actually went into one.

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