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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Foodie Friday- We're on the Road!

Hi All!

I apologize for the really quick post, but today we're leaving for a visit with our grand-angels in Florida. Thirteen hours on the road with 3 hooligans in the back seat- I will gladly accept all prayers, Advil, and Valium!

Blogging will be sporadic for the next 2 weeks as we had a HUGE issue finding a wireless aircard that works with my MAC- I am having a major tantrum at the moment so just use your imaginations and picture me as calm, cool, collected, and looking fresh and fashionable

Trust me when I say that will take a LOT of imagination!

Yesterday, I promised to post this recipe, so here it is. We're linking up with Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum. Thanks Michael- you've got a lot on your plate right now, but are still hosting. Allie says you ROCK!!

I'm just quickly typing this out, but if anyone is interested in a picture tutorial of making ravioli, just let me know and we'll do one when we get back. Remember that fresh, local Farmer's Market ingredients lend themselves beautifully to ravioli- the options are as endless as your imagination!

Enjoy! (It's really a good one) 

Roasted Red Onion Ravioli
with Thyme Infused Cream

8 small or 4 large red onions, trimmed and halved vertically (don't peel)
2-3 TBLSP olive oil
salt and pepper
2 rounded TBLSP chopped fresh thyme
3 TBLSP balsamic vinegar

2 recipes egg pasta (recipe below)

1 pint heavy cream
10 full thyme sprigs

grated or shaved Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a flameproof baking dish, toss onions with oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Place onions cut side down and roast till soft and skins are dark (brown)- this can take from 1- 1 1/2 hoursRemove the onions from the pan and allow to cool face down on a rack over a pan to drain. Place baking dish over moderately high heat and add vinegar. Reduce to about 1 TBLSP or less. Pour into a cup and set aside. When onions are cooled, remove outer peel, cut in chunks and chop finely. I put them in the food processor and pulse a couple of times- don't puree! Put in a bowl. Add the vinegar pan juices and mix. Season with salt and pepper

Cut the dough into 8 pieces (4 per recipe- You'll double the dough recipe)
Using a hand crank pasta machine, I set the rollers on the widest setting and pass each piece through 4 times folding in half before each pass. Dust with flour if necessary. Keep unused dough covered so it doesn't dry out. Adjust the rollers down one notch and pass the dough through. You do not need to fold now. Continue passing it through adjusting the rollers down before each pass till dough is very thin and in a long, wide strip. 
Now, I use my grandma's ravioli maker, but if you don't have one, here's what you do. Lay each strip down and put a rounded teaspoonful of filling at one end a little below center. Keep placing mounds of filling all the way down the length. Lightly dampen the edges and between the mounds with water. Fold the top of dough down over filling and press around each mound to seal. Cut in between each ravioli with a fluted cutter and set ravioli on floured tea towels till all are done- keep them covered with another towel
At this point you can refrigerate for a few hours or proceed.

Put a large pot of well salted water on and bring to a rolling boil. Meanwhile, heat cream with thyme sprigs to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes till a bit thicker. Strain and set aside. 
Drop ravioli into water in batches. When they float to the top give them a minute or so and lift out with a strainer. Serve with thyme infused cream and shaved Parmesan. Garnish with a few thyme leaves.

See you in Florida!!

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. Yum! Looks wonderful, Pattie, and I hope you have a safe trip!

    Have fun!!!


    Sheila :-)

  2. We will pray for your safe trip. We have traveled so much to SC...15 plus hours I hate all the heavy traffic , overpasses, pop up bad weather, endless construction in DC area. Have a safe trip and God Bless.~Take care and be safe, Emelia.~

  3. Have a wonderfuyl holiday and enjoy those grandbabies!!!! My friend has taught me how to make ravioli from scratch. I love your version here.

  4. The raviolis look and sound great. I sometimes make them free form but more often than not, I use my great grandmother's ravioli maker.

    Have a wonderful time here in Florida with your grandchildren! They are adorable!

    ~ Tracy

  5. Oh, this sound yummy!
    Have a fun and safe trip! Relax and enjoy yourself!!

  6. Homemade ravioli is so tasty. Yours sounds amazing.

  7. This sounds glorious! Have a wonderful visit with your grandbabies. It is always so nice to have the family together. God speed. Blessings...Mary

  8. Pattie,
    Even on the road and with all the obstacles you still crank out a fabulous and yummy post!!!! I have never made homemade ravioli, but I'm going to make this in 2 weeks. Not next week, our AC broke (and I keep my home cool during the summer) and our big new monster doesn't comes till Thursday. So nothing but easy meals until then. And on Friday we have a housefull of guests for the weekend.
    Soooooo,the next week I'll be making this wonderul, wonderful dinner dish! I can't wait!
    Look for it on that weeks Menu, with a link back to you.

    Enjoy your time away! We will all miss you.
    Give Allie a hug for me!
    I said a prayer for your safety and sanity! God is so GOOD, He knows just what you need... don't be surprised to see it raining Valium!

  9. Have a wonderful time in Florida, Pattie, and have fun with those wonderful grandbabies. I would love a ravioli tutorial. I've never made them and I'm sure, like everything, there are tricks to getting them just right.

    I hope your family has a glorious 4th of July.

  10. This ravioli filling sounds so deliciously different!

    I hope you are having a wonderful time with your son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Florida, Pattie.

    Happy 4th of July!

    ♥ Pat

  11. I looks so yummy! I used to help a friend make about tedious...but yummy! Have a wonderful time in Florida!...hugs...Debbie

  12. You are amazing doing a post as you rush out the door! Have a GREAT, fabulous, funfilled time in Fl. I hope you don't MELT:):) I don't thnk you'll need the drugs and I am SURE you are looking quite fashionable for your trip:):) YOu don't know any of the people on the road anyway, right:):)???? XO, Pinky

  13. Pattie, I hope you made it safely to see your family! And I hope you all have the most marvelous Fourth celebration!


    Sheila :-)

  14. Have a great trip!

    I love ravioli and have never made it. I should try it sometimes. Your recipes and "how to's" make everything so doable!

  15. Pattie, I was so sorry to hear the fireworks were rained out. We had rain all day Friday and Saturday, but it stopped early Sunday morning. The fireworks finale rattled every window in the house, and I felt like we were under bombardment! LOL! Did you know that St. Augustine was actually a British sronghold during the Revolution? They kept some prisoners here.

    Hope the rest of your trip is good, and please email me when you get the chance. I want to be sure and pray for the outcome you want on the move.


    Sheila :-)

  16. I say pass out the valium to the hooligans and then you can enjoy the peaceful trip (haha). Have fun in Florida.

  17. Hee-hee! What a great combo...Advil, Valium, and prayer. : )
    Have a wonderful trip visiting your grand babies. Nothing could be better.
    See you when you get back!
    Mary Lou


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