Band Camp & Dirty Dishes

The last two weeks have been rough! Due to band camp, schedule pickups, school clothes shopping, and freshman orientation there was not one day that I was home before 9:00 PM. Needless to say, I did not get to cook anything new. Instead we ate fast food, yep, I am weak. We ate fast food and frozen meals for the LAST. TWO. WEEKS! I feel like poo, and my kids complained the entire time about their meals. I will be sure to meal prep next time. Continue reading

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Wine in My Stew?! Uh, Yes Please!

Its over 100 degrees outside and naturally, I want a hot bowl of stew. I found an amazing recipe online that calls for wine in lieu of Worcestershire sauce. So of course, I. am. in! In a fever, I rush to the store to purchase the ingredients, I need everything except for the wine. I always have wine, I never know if I will need it for a drink…or recipe. Continue reading

Date Night, Selfies, and Apple Crisp

I have updated the recipe to include less sugar, which brings out the taste of the apples. I have also added an ingredients list along with the method.

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I am super excited about tonight because it is DATE NIGHT! Yep, my husband and I still go out on dates after 15 years of marriage (which we celebrated on July 4th). Tonight we are making it simple; Chick-Fil-A, and Spiderman homecoming. We are both even wearing Spiderman shirts to the movie. How. Freaking. cute. is. that?!

As you can see, he’s near impossible to take a photo with

Part of my excitement is also due to the fact that I made my first apple crisp a couple of days ago! I did make a couple of errors though, first I did not peel the apples. This is something I will make sure to do since it made cutting through the apple slices a bit of a challenge. It was also a little sweet for my liking, but the family approved.

I added lemon to the recipe along with a…

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Gordon Ramsay is my Hero!

I spent most of my day off with episodes of Kitchen Nightmares playing in the background. Nothing makes me happier than hearing Gordon Ramsay yelling at an restaurateur. During one of the episodes my 12 year old son announces that it is his dream to own a restaurant and have Gordon Ramsay come in and yell at him. I guess we all have our ambitions.

During this marathon, I am motivated to do something I have never done, make ravioli from scratch. Yep, I am attempting something I have never done before. This is going to get messy. I don’t mean a little messy, I mean catastrophic kitchen debauchery, I will destroy it before the day it over.

Okay, I didn’t destroy it but I came close. In making pasta apparently you need to make a well in the flour and add egg. The first time I attempted this I had a breach in the well and egg went everywhere! It was a nightmare. There I was at my table slowly trying to mix in the flour when I pushed the fork down a little too far. Instead of gracefully mixing in the flour, I was chasing whisked eggs across the table with flour and my arm. Needless to say, it was a disaster. The second attempt at this went much smoother.

The egg stayed contained this time around


In the end the pasta turned out pretty good. I surprised myself, for a moment, I allowed myself to daydream that I could have my own restaurant. Then, the day dream was interrupted by Gordon Ramsey yelling at some restaurant owner who can’t keep their kitchen clean.

As I looked around my kitchen I noticed seasoning on the stove, dishes on the counter, and worst of all, flour all over myself. I even had flour on my neck of all places. Gordon Ramsay would have a field day after visiting my kitchen, but even with all the mess and time it took, the meal was worth the wait! I was really happy with the way it turned out!

This was the hardest part

 

After my pasta was complete, I made a simple butter sauce to drizzle over it, so I would not distract from the taste of the pasta. Below I will post what I used for the pasta and filling.

Finally, we get to eat…and drink wine of course

For the Pasta:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs

Method: 

  1. Pour the flour straight onto the counter or table (make sure that sh*t is clean)
  2. Make a well in the flour
  3. Whisk the eggs into a bowl, then pour into the well
  4. With a fork, slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs, eventually using your hands to incorporate the rest.
  5. Knead the dough until all the dough is a little wet, then wrap in clear wrap. Let rest for 30 min.
  6. When the dough is finished resting, flatten with a rolling pin or pasta maker. Make sure to roll it as thin as you can.
  7. Cut the dough in half and add about a tsp. of filling every inch and half.

For the Filling: 

  • 10 oz of fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese.

Method:

  1. Boil the spinach for a few min until tender
  2. Wring as much water out of the spinach, chop, and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in ricotta, parmesan, garlic, and salt

After everything is mixed put the filling onto the rolled out dough (on one half that you cut). Put the other half over the top and press out as much air as possible. Using a pastry crimp or ravioli stamp, shape out the raviolis the way you want. Make sure the ends are pressed together tightly. Add the fresh raviolis into boiling water for about three minutes. I served my pasta with a butter olive oil sauce (infused with basil and garlic).

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