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Lazy Days and Slow Cooker Chili

Today is a slow cooker kind of day, not because it’s cold outside, or dreary (It’s actually really sunny). It’s all because I am feeling lazy. I have spend the last three days buying school supplies, going through the kids clothes for donations, and cutting kids hair. I am spent. I just want to curl up on the couch in my yoga pants, drink my tea, and write! 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

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).

Thunderstorms, Pretty Little Liars, and homemade stew

After I finished my last blog post, I couldn’t get my writing flow back. I attempted to do the next one with the recipe I put together. I started to write it, a few times, but it was pretty stinking boring. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do, get caught up in a Pretty Little Liars marathon and finish off the series. I curled up on the couch with my plush blanket, a warm cup of tea, and a thunderstorm brewing outside. It was actually pretty perfect, I could not have planned a better evening.

Now I am sitting up in my bed, listening to the thunder rumble, and wondering what I am going to do without the drama of five women who don’t know how to defend themselves? I will find another show to get lost in but until then, I will write.

So, I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a recipe from just an ingredients list. If you didn’t get a chance to read my last post, I was reading my book and the main character mentioned a list of ingredients she was going to put together. It sounded so good, I just had to make it.

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Since there were no instructions I pretty much had to come up with the method on my own. I’ll have to be honest, even though the stew sounded good, I was a little skeptical about putting potatoes in it. I debated and in the end, I am really glad that I did. Continue reading

Kay Scarpetta, you’ve done it again!

I woke up around 6:00 AM Sunday morning thirsty and wanting to continue the book I fell asleep reading. By 8:30 AM I am several chapters in, hungry, and run across a recipe list that I am itching to try.

I am currently reading the book Dust, by Patricia Cornwell. It is the 21st book in the Scarpetta series. I am a little behind considering there are currently 24 books out in the series and she’s writing the 25th.

I picked up my first Scarpetta novel when I was 13 simply because the main characters name was Kay. I immediately fell in love the with the characters and the fast paced style of the thriller. In addition to the amazing story line, Cornwell incorporates ingredient list to Italian recipes that Kay puts together after a long day of investigation. Who wouldn’t fall in love with these books?! The lead character is an amazing woman who fights crime, survives harrowing situations, and still finds time to cook dinner.

In my excitement over the idea of making this recipe I tweet about it as well as post on Instagram. After social media shares, I fall into the hashtag rabbit hole and discover that Patricia Cornwell has not one but TWO COOKBOOKS!!! How did I not know this?! I need to figure out how to get my hands on these cookbooks. For now, I will have concentrate on cooking while I drop hints to my husband to find these cookbooks for me.

For this recipe I have everything except the veal, asparagus, and mushrooms. I think I will skip the veal and mushrooms and substitute green beans for the asparagus. This afternoon I plan on putting this in the slow cooker. I will update everyone on how it turned out and what measurements I used.

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