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Dinner With TCR! November 3, 2008

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Ah, dinner!

It’s not just for breakfast anymore!

Tonight, Spinach and Roasted Garlic Raviolis, served with a roasted red pepper pesto:



Like A Li’l Bear!! March 18, 2008

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So the good vibes from all you folks out there in the ‘Sphere, combined with the TLC administered by Ultimate Spawn during her school vacation, finally sent my fever packing.

And it’s about time, if I do say so myself. Holy Cow, was I ever sick! My personal Six Days War culminated in a weekend hibernation, cocooned in comforters and sipping tea, sleeping eighteen hours at a stretch, waking only long enough to moan pitifully, roll over and go back into that defensive torpor.

Yesterday was a visit to hell, an unavoidably full work day of sledge hammering stakes into the frozen ground with one good arm, alongside a busy urban thoroughfare in frigid temps, punctuated by coughing and retching fits and several hasty retreats into the nearest thorny hedgerow.

I wish you all something better, I really do.

At any rate, today I awoke hungry at the five o’clock alarm, and considered it a good sign. The cough remained, but gone was my swimming vision, and my brain seemed to have ousted the burning phosphorous brick which had occupied my skull since last Wednesday.

I managed a cup of coffee and a piece of toast before heading back out into the Working World, then held off ’till dinner time for a real meal.

And tonight, like a newly awakened bear tearing into a thawing Spring log, I scarfed together some of my Fridge’s Finest and made a Welcome Back meal of things I vaguely remember dreaming of in my infirmity, some fresh greens I had hoped would keep, some cream I trusted to be fresh enough to last.

It all came together in about fifteen minutes of trance-like auto-pilot kitchenery:

(still) Fresh Raviolis stuffed with Portabellas and Fontina Cheese, in a Cream Sauce with Spinach and Prosciutto:


These had barely hit the plate when they were passing my tonsils, accompanied by the glorious strains of a choir of angels.

Not the fanciest meal I ever made, but definitely a cut above the two cans of soup which were my total weekend’s caloric intake!

A Vegetarian Dish February 25, 2008

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…and fairlane, no onions!

Tonight I threw together a few things which caught my fancy down at our “local” (only an hour away) Whole Foods Market, starting with some locally-made fresh spinach ravioli stuffed to bursting (almost!) with roasted garlic, ricotta and triple-creme mascarpone:


This I topped with miataki mushrooms and baby spinach in a chipotle cream sauce.

All ingredients were organic, though I’m sure that didn’t keep the calorie count below the 1 million mark!

People, I try not to pat myself on the back too often (hard on the shoulders, you know,) but this was SO. DAMNED. GOOD!

…I nearly cried.


An Experiment October 31, 2007

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A while back, a friend at work said she wanted to try making home-made raviolis. But you know how it is; one thing leads to another, and some things never get done.

Well, she piqued my curiosity, and soon I was dreaming up wicked ravioli recipes, despite never having made even the simplest of pastas before. Hell, I had never made any kind of dough, even though an auto-mechanic friend had taken up bread-making years ago (claiming it was the only thing he had found which really, truly got his fingernails clean.)


I went on line, found a pasta recipe, scrubbed my nails and dove in. It’s pretty spooky, gettin’ all dough-sticky and having no idea if you’re doing it right or wasting your time. But twenty minutes later I had a, um, bolus


which I attacked with a bottle of cheap white wine (still with its full compliment of Wine Heft) and a paring knife


…which strips I then stuffed with a mixture of crab meat, ricotta cheese and fresh herbs from my porch boxes and served with a spicy chicken broth made with braised fennel, roasted red peppers and a healthy dollop of Frau Biergut’s Home-Made HabeƱero Sauce:


Mama Mia, dat’sa Good!