The Prince and the Pea Ravioli Once upon a time there was a Prince (actually he was an engineer with impressive lineage…his parents were a royal pain.) He was a loving guy who was searching for the perfect mate. The Prince had qualities he wanted in a mate (sense of humor, brown hair, long legs, good imagination) but never seemed to find them. He didn’t really want a princess; he just wanted someone who could cook. (Princesses were high maintenance and this guy wanted his belly filled…not his closets.) Young beautiful women would cross his path and he would invite them to dinner. The Prince’s dinnerRead More →

Do you ever have moments in your life where you are sure that you have been reincarnated? (Yep, I’m still on pain meds!) Were you a pioneer who crossed the plains in a covered wagon? Maybe you were a caveman who used to work in a quarry? (Or did that only happen on the Flintstones?) Heck, you could have not even been a human! Maybe you were a poodle! I think in a previous life I lived in the depression where I couldn’t always afford what I wanted to eat or maybe just in a country where food was scarce and there wasn’t access toRead More →

I have a shocking confession to make to you today.  I hope you are sitting down.  Put down any hot liquids so you don’t burn yourself.  Ready?  I am not perfect.  (Sit for a second and let this shocking news sink in before you read any further.) It is kind of like a supermodel that goes out in a ponytail; she can’t be gorgeous all the time.   (Okay, I don’t really relate to that comparison.)  Or like a personal trainer eating a donut, he just wants a treat.  (Now we are talking!)  Or is it like a foodie who buys her ravioli? As much asRead More →

For the most part, I use dried pasta in my dishes.  It tastes great, easy to make and inexpensive.  I don’t think it is for every recipe especially ravioli.  Something gets lost in the processing of store bought ravioli.  You lose some of the flavor, the freshness and the love.  That it is why Ravioli is one pasta dish I insist that is made fresh in our house. It isn’t just the taste that is important.  It is the whole experience.  The meticulous process of making the pasta sheets and filling each one is extremely gratifying to me. I will confess that I don’t makeRead More →