National Ravioli Day with Flair!

Welcome to the first day of Spring. Are you ready to enjoy life again? We will be putting our garden in soon, having already prepared the beds for this year’s summer harvest. Tomatoes and peppers are the biggies for us. We’ve given up on the idea of growing strawberries. The battle of the bugs has officially done us in. I might plant herbs in the bed where the berries had been. Or more tomatoes. We are still in research mode.

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National Ravioli Day, Lent and Cheese Ravioli

Did you know that Radio Flyer established the last Wednesday in March as National Little Red Wagon Day? A day to make memories, to celebrate the power of imagination and for adults to be more child-like. After all, who doesn’t feel like a kid in a Little Red Wagon? The Radio Flyer Wagon has been around since 1917. A vintage Radio Flyer can run you as much as $60.00; while a new one can be had for under $20.00. So if your kids or grand kids has one, tell them it’s an investment and to treat that wagon well.

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Portobella Mushroom Ravioli

We all love the convenience of store-bought prepared foods – those heat and serve wonders that make life a little easier. With a little fuss; a store-bought Mushroom Stuffed Ravioli Pasta can be transformed into a flavorful; rich dish that is as attractive as it is yummy. When served with a tossed salad and warm garlic bread or Buttery-Chive Crescent Rolls the family can gather around the dinner table with lightening speed.

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Giovanni Rana Maine Lobster Ravioli

Good quality ingredients make all the difference in the world, be it cooking from scratch, or in this case, packaged foods.  A few years back I discovered Giovanni Rana Pastas. You’ll find them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.  The price is a bit of a shock when you compare it to other prepackaged pastas – nearly twice the price. But when you consider the philosophy of the company, you’ll understand why.

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Pasta Prima Ravioli

This original recipe was inspired by a recipe I found at Taste of Home for Ravioli with Italian Sausage. Their recipe looked yummy. Cheese Ravioli, Italian Sausage, a meatless Pasta Sauce, chopped green bell peppers and Parmesan Cheese – what was not to like? I put it on my meal planner. Yeah, a quick weeknight supper. And it wouldn’t overheat our cozy kitchen on a warm summer night.

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Fried Lobster Ravioli with Two Cream Sauces

Many moons ago, a restaurant and brewer opened just down the street from where we were living at the time. They brewed the usual – beer. They also brewed some of the most incredible Root Beer I have ever tasted. Hubby and I are not beer consumers. As for Kiddo, now that he is of the legal age to drink, he doesn’t mind a draft every now and then. However; he is our child – with a weakness for top-shelf Margaritas and a good Merlot. When it comes to wines, he’s become a bit of a snob. He feels the cork, sniffs and swirls, giving the illusion that he has been drinking wines for eons, and that he knows exactly what he is doing. Like Hubby, Kiddo prefers a red that is deep and full-bodied, the product the small berries of Cabernet Sauvignon, while I prefer the more delicate fruit of the Pinot Noir vine.

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