Our 4th of July was pretty low key. We went to the fireworks on Tuesday night near our house. This year we were smart and wore long pants and shoes and brought bug spray. In the past we haven't done that and the mosquitoes have made it a miserable experience.
On the actual 4th of July, we spent our holiday doing the enjoyable things we just don't normally have time for. We bought a meat grinder attachment for our Kitchen Aid mixer a couple months ago and we finally had time to use it. Patrick had seen a recipe in our Rachael Ray Magazine that suggested you have your butcher grind up sirloin, rib eye and bacon for an awesome burger. So we used our attachment to grind up 1 pound of sirloin, 1/2 pound of rib-eye and 1/2 pound bacon. We also added parmesan cheese, chives and salt and pepper to the mix while the meat was being ground.
It was a pretty easy process and the results were amazing. I am sure that has nothing to do with the fact that it is basically and steak and bacon burger, but none the less it was one of the best burgers I have eaten. The original burger that this recipe was based on is from a restaurant in Madison, WI called Graze. They have this burger on their menu for $21. That's crazy. We paid $25 to make 8 quarter pound burgers.
Since we we had the Kitchen Aid out we also decided to make homemade pasta. We have the pasta extruder attachment. We have done it a couple times, but I never used the fusili attachment. The trick to getting the noodles in a spiral shape was to twist them by hand since the machine didn't make them into tight spirals.
I didn't document what pasta recipe I used around Christmas, but I know it turned out better than this time. This time we used Annie's Eats Pasta Recipe and I substituted wheat flour for the semolina flour. The pasta was good, but we used it for a cold pasta salad with a yogurt dressing and it just wasn't all that tasty. I think if you use a richer sauce the half white and half wheat would be much better, otherwise I would stick to all white flour or the semolina.
And after all that cooking we walked to Jimmy John's for dinner. It was a gorgeous night and nobody was around so it was actually the perfect way to spend our day off.