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Butternut Squash and Sage Ravioli with Browned Butter Sauce

2014 October 4
by admin

I don’t want to talk about my beautiful baby too much on this blog.  It is a food blog, after all, and in theory you come here for recipes rather than pictures of smiling babies.
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But this bouncing baby boy is affecting what I cook and what we eat so a slight mention of him isn’t too out of bounds, right?  Benjamin sleeps late in the morning.  He wakes after I’ve already left for work.  This almost breaks my heart into a million pieces.  The only saving grace is that my husband is able to be at home with him in the mornings, allow him to wake up naturally, take a few precious pictures to email me, and then deliver him to daycare around 9:30am.  I do pick ups in the afternoons but this guy is still in the late-afternoon nap + early bedtime stage so my hours from 5 to 7 are spent holding my precious napping baby, playing for a half hour, and then putting him to bed for the night.  I don’t mind it.  BUT it certainly affects our meals.

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Butternut squash ravioli used to be the type of meal I’d bust out my hand cranked pasta making machine for.  Now, though, since I found it in my grocer’s freezer section, it has become a fancy cheat item.  Perfect for fall and a nice change from the usual marinara sauce that accompanies cheese or meat filled ravioli, this option is exciting and a quick fix in the evenings.  Browned butter sauce offers a nutty complement to the squash and sage filling and feta cheese, a distinct after thought in this case, gives a surprisingly delicious texture and flavor to the dish.  If you can find premade ravioli, or have the time to make your own, you won’t regret making this meal.

 

Browned Butter Butterscotch Cookies

2014 September 10
by admin

I guess I was always excited when someone I knew was pregnant.  What’s not to be excited about?  Babies are special – innocent, honest, adorable.  But never, ever have been as excited about a woman getting pregnant as I am now, after having given birth to my own baby.

I just can’t hold myself back.  There are no words for the swelling of your heart that happens when you experience your new baby.  I get filled with warmth and love when I hear of a new pregnancy because there truly is nothing like being a parent.  It’s like Christmas (or insert gift-giving holiday) every single day.  The end of the workday never seemed so far and Friday afternoons never meant so much as they do now that I have a little one to rush home and snuggle with before he’s off to bed at 6:30pm.  I can only hope that medical miracles and insurance reform will soon make it possible for anyone who wants to have a child to have this opportunity.

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This blog post is in celebration of baby Shea.  Prevention RD‘s Nicole and her husband Mr. P are expecting a bouncing baby girl very soon and Kim at Feed Me, Seymour is hosting a virtual shower in celebration of Baby Shea.  If I were attending this shower in person, I’d bring these rich cookies: Browned Butter Butterscotch cookies.  They are chewy, sweet, and rich.  I promise, you can only have one.

Congratulations, Nicole and Mr. P!  Being parents is the best thing ever.

 

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Sopa de Pollo

2014 August 1

I adore going out to eat Mexican food.  My husband, on the other hand, does not.  For the majority of our relationship he would flat out refuse.  His excuse is that I make good enough knock-off Latin food at home.  Drives me up a wall!

The Spanish teacher where I teach high school turned me onto Sopa de Pollo at a local Mexican restaurant.  This girl has traveled all over the world to many Spanish-speaking countries so if she endorses the meal I know it is good.

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Finally, with my insistence, I was able to get my husband to try this soup.  And he became obsessed.  He started asking to go to the Mexican restaurant on his own initiative.  He began ordered other things on the menu (but always ordering a to-go container of this soup as well).  He began to LOVE Mexican food.

And then I ruined it.  I ruined it by making a delicious version of Sopa de Pollo here at home.  It is so delicious and so fresh and now he has no desire to go out to eat Mexican anymore.  This soup is the best thing on a cool fall evening or warm summer night.  It is hearty and fresh.  Filling and light.  PERFECT.