I love the idea of being able to make my own pasta. Fresh always tastes better than something packaged (no preservatives, etc.) I'm excited to add flavors to the pasta. The manual suggests variations to the basic recipe by adding 1 tablespoon of dried herbs, or 2 tablespoons of pureed carrots or spinach (or use baby food). I figured if you could add jars of pureed baby food for carrot or spinach pasta, then how about the jar of baby food vegetable chicken for the next time you add noodles to homemade chicken noodle soup. The basic recipe calls for some warm water to be added to the eggs and oil. Why add water when you could add warm broth instead and add flavor at the same time. I figured if you'd add it on top of your pasta, why not put it in your pasta. So when I made fresh thick spaghetti the other night I used vegetable broth in place of the water, and mixed in a tablespoon of Parmesan & Garlic spice mix. What I attempted today (before the machine collar started cracking on me) was cheesy macaroni. I was thinking of adding some of the powdered cheese from a box of instant mac & cheese before my son pointed out the "Macaroni & Cheese" flavored popcorn topping canister. So I sprinkled that in to add the cheesy flavor right into the pasta itself.