Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday Thoughts

I have been reading Traveling Oma's blog for several weeks now. It always takes me back to good childhood memories. In particular this post, in which I left comments thanking her for making me reach into my memory bank.

Ever since, I have been thinking about "old times". I have a fairly large family. We are scattered but most of them are in Texas. It isn't like it used to be. With the passing of my grandmother and great-aunts, we are lacking in the older wisdom department. But then again the aunts are getting older and will likely fill their shoes.

I remember big dinners, loud conversations, laughter, tears and singing. My mom would play the piano as hymn after hymn was sung. i remember how it made me feel and I wonder if my kids ever have that feeing in a particular place or moment.

Hope you all are having a good day. I am feeling a little under the weather. I am sleep deprived, so if this post makes no sense, blame it on that!

Dinner has to go on, however, so this is it for tonight:

Fried Ravioli with Marinara Cream Sauce
Paula Deen

9-ounce package frozen 4-cheese ravioli
2 cups ground pecans
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Marinara Cream Sauce, recipe follows

Cook ravioli for 2 minutes. Place cooked ravioli on paper towels to drain; set aside.

Combine pecans and cheese in a shallow dish. Whisk together milk, eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Dip ravioli in egg mixture then dredge in pecan mixture. Pour oil to a depth of 1/2-inch in a skillet or Dutch oven; heat to 360 degrees F. Fry ravioli, in batches, 2 minutes on each side, or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Marinara Cream Sauce.

Marinara Cream Sauce:
1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

In a large saucepan, combine sauce and cream. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

**Yep, in a pinch, I sometimes use jarred sauce...don't judge me please ;)


artisbliss said...

Oh honey, use all the jarred sauce you want. I know how it is with young children in the house--you don't always get to concentrate on what you'd like to because someone ALWAYS needs something right now. And anyone who uses Paula Deen recipes (one of my all time favorite cooks) is OK by me. I have a fried chicken recipe of hers that is swoon-worthy. Yum indeed.

Feel better soon.

artisbliss said...

Hope you're ok out there, Sara.

Sass E-mum said...

You fry ravioli! That is the maddest thing I've heard today. Doesn't it make the pasta really tough?

As you can tell, I'm quite surprised by this culinary relevation (confession?). Any chance you could post a photo of this meal one day? I've got to see this to believe it.

Who else out there fries ravioli?

SaraLynn said...

Yep, we fry it. If you pull it ffrom the water before it is too tender, and then fry it in hot oil, just a few seconds, it isn't tough. It is very good. Sorry I forgot to take a picture. I was packing for the trip and just forgot! I will be sure and remember next time!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Judge you! That's funny, as if I could! You're amazing with all the cooking and the baking. I'm ordering pizza tonight... Don't you judge me.

SaraLynn said...

Judged not lest you be judged...or something like that!