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 Here's a great reason to braise more meat than needed. The other night, I intentionally cooked an extra lamb shank. Today, I decided to make agnolotti DSL plin. I made a pasta dough and, while it was resting, I took the leftover meat along with some sauce, Parmesan and some ricotta (to tame the richness of the filling) and ground this in the food processor. I piped it onto a pasta sheet (only roll and fill one sheet at a time-and roll pasta dough through setting 6). Fold pasta over filling and use your thumb to seal. Using your thumb and forefinger on both hands (I could only use one in order to take the pix), pinch around the filling, creating small pockets of filled pasta. Use a pastry wheel to cut the row of pockets off of the remains pasta sheet, then pull the row away so you can then cut in between each pocket. Slide the filled pasta onto a sheet sprinkled with semolina. Keep going till you use up all of the filling. Refrigerate, uncovered, until ready to cook. More later-  Stuffed and wood-roasted lobsters. Sunday night bliss.
 Fresh brioche. Just born.  Pane de casa, fettuccine with peas, lamb stock and butter- under braised lamb shank. Really happy to be home with my delicious boy. Home-food rocks!

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Apron for Real Life™ with Matching Towels

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Are you tired of always searching for your reading glasses while cooking?

Do you continually reach for a paper towel because your kitchen towel is never close?

Are your oven mitts at the other end of the kitchen when something hot comes out of the oven?

Does the cord on your iPod or cell phone continually get caught on a kitchen drawer knob?

And—did you ever wish someone would invent an apron with all the functions above,
in addition to the classic white color?

Well, so did Lauren—that’s why she created the new Apron for Real Life™.

Designed for real-life cooking, the Apron for Real Life™ (which comes with two matching kitchen towels) is just the thing for keeping everything a busy, 21st-century multi-tasking cook needs within reach at all times.

large aprons and washclothsThe Apron for Real Life™ with matching towels is available in four luscious colors: Sugar (white), Cream (beige), Chocolate (brown) and Licorice (black).

Apron Details and Features

  • Pre-washed, 100% cotton apron is machine washable
  • Two thirsty, color-matched, 100% flat-weave LARGE cotton kitchen towels included
  • Neck strap with adjustable button closure and barely visible button holes
  • Extra long waist ties
  • large aprons and washcloths

  • Handy strap for securing eyeglasses
  • Front pocket to carry an iPod, cell phone, cordless phone
  • Two side buttons for attaching the loops on oven mitts
  • Two convenient side straps for hanging kitchen towels
  • Three additional pockets for everything else

Secure your eyeglasses, carry your iPod, stash your cell phone, tuck your kitchen towels, and button on your oven mitts and you’ll still have room for toting around your Blackberry, your cordless phone and a note pad and pencil to take those phone messages! And if you’ve ever been reluctant to wear an apron while entertaining for fear of mussing your hair taking it on and off, you’ll love the button closure (with button holes that are barely visible!) on the neck strap which makes for a perfect “do” and a perfect you. With an adjustable neck strap and extra long waist ties, this truly efficient apron will fit just about anyone.

One Apron for Real Life set (includes apron and two color-matched towels)


Two Apron for Real Life sets (buy two sets and save $5!)


One Apron for Real Life set, and personally inscribed copy of the The “I Love to Cook” Book


Personally inscribed copy of the The “I Love to Cook” Book


Additional Color-Matched Towels