Friday, November 21, 2014
I saw Dorie in DC last night! I didn't have time to wait in line to meet her in person, but I loved her talk. She was just as I imagined her from her writing -- so likable! She had this great, very Parisian outfit--all black but with a gorgeous, colorful scarf--and just seemed completely genuine, down-to-earth, eager to help, and cool. She also tells great stories. What a fun evening! I'm very behind in posting here, even though I have made most of the recipes, and definitely need to do a big catch-up post soon, but I thought I'd at least get today's post up on time. When I think I need to do tasks all at once is when I really start to procrastinate.
I'm almost embarrassed to say this, and am sure it was just dumb luck, but I didn't have any trouble with these at all. I didn't strain my ricotta or do anything special (and it was just regular store-bought ricotta), shaped these minimally with my spoons, and they held together pretty well. I did chill them all day--it worked better with my plans for the day. Maybe that made a difference? I chilled them on silpat, used a metal spatula to get them from the silpat to the simmering water, and then used a metal slotted spoon to get them from the simmering water to the ice water. I was in a rush (hungry!) and just used my hands to take them out of the ice water. It worked just fine.
As for the taste, I thought these were just okay. They reminded me of the filling I use when I make spinach lasagna. We enjoyed these, but I didn't think they were worth the extra trouble of shaping them. Probably a one-time thing in our house. I'm looking forward to being back with the group for the final 6 months :-(. I'll try to post more regularly from here on out.