Posted at 9:33 am , on February 10, 2012
I hinted that I had another idea for the ravioli and what do you know, it was “oh my gosh” good! Joe said I’ve made these before with frozen ravioli, but I don’t remember. I think I would remember if they tasted this good. Anyway, getting back on track . . . I googled ravioli recipes to see what everyone else was doing with them and came across several toasted ravioli that looked so tempting. I already had the ravioli and sauce made so it made sense to try and see if I could make these like those pretty photos I had been looking at. Since my ravioli was made with won ton wrappers they fried up light and crisp. So tell me, which way you prefer ravioli? Toasted or steamed . . .
Posted at 9:12 am , on February 7, 2012
One of my favorite things to make is ravioli. And you would be surprised at how easy they are to make if you have a little time. I had a day when everyone was gone, the sun was shining, and I had hours to kill. So I made a quick trip to the store, picked up won ton wrappers, 4 different cheeses, some spinach and I was ready to go. I knew these would go fast so I doubled the recipe so that I could put some aside for another meal. I thought a spicy sauce would go great with the ravioli and decided on Italian sausage and crushed red pepper to spice it up. The guys were so hungry when they got home and the ravioli disappeared quickly, but I had the best day. It was so much fun putting these together, sort of like a craft project. It tasted so good and was pretty on the plate. I love it when that happens!
Posted at 8:38 am , on February 3, 2012
There are numerous recipes for wings that include different spices and flavor blends. In the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to try a seasoning using green chile. Could I come up with a recipe that would taste as good as it sounded in my head? I’ve never seen Green Chile Wings on any restaurant menu but the thought has always crossed my mind, why not? Red Hot Sauce is the base for Buffalo Wings so why not use Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce as a base for Verde Wings. I’ve searched the web looking for a recipe but frankly there’s not much out there and what I did find wasn’t what I had in mind. So once again, I turned to my spice blend guru, Chef Paul Prudhomme, for inspiration. His Buffalo Wing seasoning is to die for so I used that as my guide and traded out the red spices for green chile powder. This seasoning mix was instrumental in the dry rub for my wings, the verde wing sauce and also making a cilantro dipping sauce. I made a small batch just to see how they would turn out just in case they were a bust. I don’t always get the response I’m hoping for but these Verde Wings turned out way better than I could have hoped for. I got some “Wow’s” but mostly the response was “Oh My Gosh”. I shouldn’t have worried so much because the guys couldn’t stop raving about them until they were completely gone. These would be the perfect finger food for your Super Bowl party! Continue reading