Monday, March 3, 2014

If Winter is Never Ending...

...stay in and cook!

We decided to take a break from cutting wood this weekend.  JP tied up loose ends inside, and tried a temporary fix for our ailing water pressure tank.  I did some mending and lots of laundry.  For dinner, we decided to try something new:  home made ravioli, with our *new* favorite home made sauce.

I cut the sheets of whole wheat pasta into circles, then put a dollop of ricotta cheese (mixed with mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh basil, pepperoni and egg) in the middle and pressed the edges.  They were delicious.


Here is the sauce recipe...it makes about 2 quarts - some for now, and some for later!

Pasta Sauce with Basil
 
-Giada De Laurentis
 
1/2 c EVOO
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 (32 0z) cans crushed tomatoes
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
2 dried bay leaves
4 T unsalted butter (optional)
 
Heat oil over med-hi heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 min.  Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper.  Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes, basil and bay leaves and simmer, covered, on lo for 1 hr or until thick.  Remove bay leaves and process until smooth with hand blender.  Add butter 1 T at a time to round out flavors if sauce tastes acidic.
 
We had my parents over for Sunday dinner, for which we cooked Atlanta Brisket, with Roasted Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes.  And for dessert (since we were still in the filled pastry mode) apple and cherry hand pies.
 
 
After the feast, we lounged on the couch and watched "Soul Surfer" together - a movie based on the true story of a 13 year old girl in Hawaii, who had her arm bitten off by a shark while she was surfing in 2003.  It was an inspiring movie, and we had a nice, relaxing afternoon.
 
The 2 hour delay that was called last night was changed this morning to a Snow Day today, our 12th.  The girls and I decided to make Fairy Gingerbread, and have a Fairy Tea Party.  If you are not familiar with Fairy Gingerbread, as I was not until this afternoon, they are paper thin wisps of cookies that melt in your mouth.  These gingerbreads left a kick of ginger that would knock the wings right off a Fairy!
 
The Fairies who live part of the time in the girls' "Hidey Hole" under the stairs were invited, and sent back a note of acceptance.  Grandmom was also invited, although she was required to don wings when she arrived.
 
 
The girls got extremely silly, to the point of filling their tea cups with sugar and eating it with a spoon, so things disintegrated quickly once all of the tea had been sipped.  It was, however, a good way to spend a cold and snowy afternoon.
 
 
Luckily, we only got 4-6 inches of snow, instead of the 8-10 inches that were forecasted.  Here's hoping for a full day of school tomorrow!

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