Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Homemade Ravioli and Ragu Pasta Sauce

I love the holidays, and the food that goes along with it! This year that includes Homemade Ravioli and Ragu Pasta Sauce. Like a lot of people, I am a pasta lover. But I am not a pasta lover just for the pasta. My true love is the sauce! I can remember going to my grandmother's house every year during the holidays, and there was always sauce simmering away on the stove. Oooh, it was amazing! That deep aroma wafting through the house; when I opened grandmas front door, it put a smile on my face that never left. It smelled like home! I got that same warm, happy, comfort feeling when I prepared these homemade ravioli with Ragu Pasta Sauce for my family. The smells came wafting past me, and for a second I was sitting in Grandma's kitchen again.
Pasta Sauce, ravioli, cheese

These ravioli's were fun and easy to make. My goal for the next time I make these is to make the dough thinner.  It has always been a holiday tradition to serve pasta in our house on Christmas Eve, and I have been continuing the tradition for many years, but ravioli's are a new addition to our special tradition. The Ragu Pasta Sauce makes this recipe taste authentic, just like when Assunta Cantisano came to America with the recipe for this special tomato sauce. She was an amazing woman, who, against all odds, made Ragu Pasta Sauces a success! Ragu: Crafted with Passion. Simmered in Tradition! To read more about Assunta Cantisano, her incredible story, and her amazing sauce, click here to go to the Ragu Landing Page. Did you know that Ragu Pasta Sauce has no artificial flavors, no  artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup? It is amazing!



Ravioli Filling

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Portobello Stack/#SundaySupper

I love chicken, and I can (and do) eat it pretty much everyday. So, when I discovered that we would be creating "Veggies as a Main Dish" today for #SundaySupper, I was at somewhat of a loss on what to make. Then I remembered something that helped me come up with this Portobello Stack. I used to run a kitchen in southern Utah, where the restaurant was in a hotel, and the manager of the hotel was vegetarian. However, our most popular dishes were Prime Rib and Pork Ribs! The manager was always asking me to make her some type of vegetarian dish, so I became familiar with creating dishes that made her feel full and happy, but were vegetarian. This Portobello Stack is one of those dishes. If you like mushrooms, this is definitely for you! It is full of four different kinds, and it has peppers, green onions, and tomatoes added for a wonderful robust flavor! Plus, I think you will really enjoy the sauce that is drizzled over the top!
mushrooms, portobellos, peppers, drizzled with sauce, green onion, avocado
Portobello Stack

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pizzelles/#Cookielicious Exchange Party!

I am so excited to be participating in this Cookielicious Exchange Party! What could be more fun than sharing cookies with some of my favorite people, during my favorite time of the year! I brought my Holiday Pizzelles today! If you have never had pizzelles you are missing out! You will need a pizzelle iron to make them. They are festive and tasty with the flavor of anise, plus they are quick and easy to make. They usually don't have chocolate and crushed candy canes around the edge, but, it is the holiday season!

I learned to make pizzelles when I was about eight years old. I grew up in a very small town about 40 minutes outside Cincinnati, a city with a lot of German heritage. One cold winter day in early December, the lady who lived across the street from us asked my mother if I could come over to her house and make cookies with her. I never did know why she asked me to help her out. She spoke with a thick german accent, was always so nice and sweet, and I was thrilled to go. For 2 whole days I helped her mix batter, and stack the cooled pizzelles, and count them. She ran the pizzelle iron! By the end of our cookie marathon we had pizzelles stacked high on every available space in her kitchen, including her huge kitchen table. I don't remember what she was doing with all of them. I assume they were gifts to the many people she and her family knew. I do know that she made me feel special and important. I am the oldest of six children, and little did she know what welcome relief it was to escape the craziness, if only for a couple days. Or, maybe she did know, and it was her Christmas gift to me. Regardless, of why she invited me, I am so glad she did.
These are for you, Mrs. Mihalovich!

Holiday Pizzelles, chocolate, cookies, candy cane, holidays, Christmas
 Holiday Pizzelles

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin Tiramisu

If you are looking for a wonderful and tasty fall or Thanksgiving dessert, I have one for you! Actually, this Pumpkin Tiramisu is delectable anytime! They are made in individual dishes for ease of serving, and they can be made ahead of time, for the most part, for all around dessert easiness! You will love these!


Pumpkin Tiramisu

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Pumpkin Apple Harvest Parfait

This Pumpkin Apple Harvest Parfait takes the best flavors of fall and puts them together in a way that celebrates each taste on it's own, yet brings the house down with the flavor combination! They really are the perfect pairing! The spicy flavor of the pumpkin roll and the tart, but sweet flavor of the sauteed apples makes this parfait the perfect ending to your fall meals!

As we are getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving and the holidays, our thoughts turn to family dinners, neighborhood parties, and spending special time with special people. These parfaits are an easy, make ahead desserts your family and guests will love.

I used small 12 ounce jars to serve these parfaits. I bought the Pumpkin Spice Biscuits from the refrigerated section of the grocery where they sell biscuits. If you can't find the pumpkin biscuits, you could substitute cinnamon rolls, or even caramel rolls.They will be just as yummy!



pumpkin, apple, rolls, whipped cream, pumpkin spice
Pumpkin Apple Harvest Parfait

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas/#SundaySupper

Today, I am joining the #SundaySupper family in celebrating budget friendly meals. There are so many wonderful meals that can be made on a budget, and it is not difficult to do, but it does require planning. In the area where I live, I have many choices as to where I can shop, but it is essential to read ads, know where produce is a good deal, and where meat is a good quality with a price I can live with. It is also important to meal plan so that nothing gets wasted.
These chicken enchiladas were very inexpensive to make, costing only $4.65 for three. What's also  important to note is that they are very tasty, full of flavor and quick to make. You will feel like you are splurging!