I came back into town late last week knowing that I wanted to cook a nice hearty meal with some oxtails I had bought earlier in the week. I also thought it would be fun for the girls to give the pasta machine another try. As far as the oxtails, I have never cooked with them before so I needed some guidance. I found this recipe from Mario Batali, but made a few changes. I substituted bacon for the pancetta and red wine for the white wine simply because that’s what I had on hand. It also seems that in the original recipe the meat is left on the bone, but I instead chose to remove the bones and incorporate the meat back into the cooking liquid (after reducing it a bit) to make a sauce not unlike a ragù. There is no pasta in the original recipe either – it is served more like a stew, but this was great with our homemade fettuccine and ended up being exactly what I wanted to make. Once again, I’ll do my best to use the pasta machine more often because it is easy, tasty, and fun for the kids. I made a similar proclamation almost two years ago, so we’ll see how it goes this time around.