Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oven Fried Ravioli

I saw the photo of this recipe on one of my super-favorite blogs…Life’s Ambrosia… and thought I need to have this now! Well, it was 6:30 am.    I am reading my blogs and stuff in bed on my magical iPod, sipping the lovely coffee Garth brings me every morning with kisses. I am totally spoiled and my DH is my hero….jealous? Should be….he is a good guy.

Anyway…not a time for ravioli and anyway we didn’t have them in the house. Garth put ‘ravalloli’ on his list, and they magically appear.
 (Photo courtesy of Life's Ambrosia)
The thing is we do not eat fried foods. Hmmmmm, I think..... I oven-fry potatoes for french fries, fish, zuccini and what not. No hot oil necessary if I oven fry them.

So…what I have done is combined Des and Kirsten’s recipes to come out with ‘DesKir’s Oven Fried Ravioli’. Try it and report back….we liked it.

You will need:
• 1 large egg
• 1/3 cup whole milk
• 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
• 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 10 refrigerated store-bought ravioli
• shredded (fresh)  Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 375.
In one bowl whisk together egg and milk. In another bowl combine panko, plain bread crumbs, basil, oregano and kosher salt. Dip each ravioli in egg/milk wash and then in bread crumbs. Then repeat the process to double coat the ravioli.

Place ravilois on greased baking sheet and lightly spray the tops of the raviolis with Pam or olive oil mister.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown
Serve with marinara sauce (or not…they are yummy just as they are).

Recipes courtesy of : Des over at  and Kirsten Cooks at

Friday, February 19, 2010

Flikr Photo Of The Day

originally uploaded by Quilted Cupcake.
Quilted Cupcake uploaded this know I have this Paintbox quilt on my to do list.

Monday, February 15, 2010

This is Buchtein!

A lovely lady in Austria named Sardana posted this photo on Flikr....
I went ran all the way to her blog and got the on the link and scroll down to February 11th....   I had a little trouble understanding how to convert some of the measurements, and  I am not confident in doinking around with pastry or bread recipes.   It appeared very much like an egg bread recipe I use so I went with it.  Just added a bit of vanilla in place of the vanilla sugar and then the lemon zest. 

Here is my recipe:  

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 egg yolks
zest of small lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 3/4 cups flour
3 tablespoons  sugar
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

and then follow Sardana's tehnique for forming the rolls.
Let them rise 45-60 min or until doubled then
bake about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
I thought it would be a splendid idea to use Mandarin Orange Jam/Jelly made locally from the fabulous mandarins grown nearby. 

Roll out the dough....
Cut into twelve squares...and put a teaspoon of marmalade or jam in center then pinch it closed.    
Brush with  butter, cover with dish towel and let rise in warm spot (I let it rise for about an hour)
Sardana's instructions have much shorter rising times than I am used to.  I find that altitude has a marked effect on rising times.......breads rise in one-third the time noted for lower altitudes.  Considering she is in Salzburg this accounts for the shorter time.
Bake 'em up and dust with powdered sugar.  When you get a whiff of the fragrance, just try to stay out of the (or keep DH's hands off)....we had to eat one right away.  Heavenly.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Modified Bento Box....

All cut upI have been wanting to do a Bento Box Quilt for some time....I purchased the pattern and immediately declared it 'no fun.'    I saw a tutorial that Ashley did and I was off and running. The blocks for the front are made and  I am in process of  cutting the blocks into units.  This tutorial is a real winner, so look for it down on the right side.  The link will take you to Film In The Fridge.   And, please no comments about.....if Ashley does it, Kathy has to make it too.  But I gottta tell you all there is not much that this talented lady does that I don't love. 
originally uploaded by SquareBag

Munki Munki

Munki Munki
Munki Munki,
originally uploaded by SquareBag.
This came in the mail all know what it is....... so you know how hard it was to cut up.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Paint Box from Oh, Fransson!

Elizabeth Hartman
... has a drop-dead stunning quilt and tutorial.  I'm also  putting it in my tut list here, but need to talk about it a bit.  She has created a paintbox combonation of blocks.  8 per week. Sort of like moving through the color wheel week by week.
Go to ... for the tutorial  I am going to put this on my list of quilts to make.
Seems that i am going in spurts....for 6 moths it was bags, bags, bags and stocking the  SquareBag Shoppe on Etsy.  
Now, every quilt I like, I need to make.  I have left Thimbleberries behind and am going for a more modern geometric look.  Anyway, I am going to do this quilt-along.  

Stay tuned....

Monday, February 8, 2010

Not just baby prints....

Art on a line
Art on a line,
originally uploaded by Me? A Mom?.
I looked at the link from Feed Your Soul and flipped out! The artwork here is whimsical and sooooo lovely. I downloaded a bunch and will print them out on watercolor paper for framing! This info came from

Troy, Tara and their tribe have left Haiti...

Tara said goodbye last week  I knew they were leaving....after four year and an earthquake a rest and recoup is needed.  But, who do I go to now to keep informed? Folks who follow them are asking the same question..   I am familiar with Dr. Jan, so I will check out her blog.

I know that Troy will tweet and use his new iPhone photo app, so they are not lost.

The UN, UNICEF, ARC, US Army and all the rest do not do it for me.  Their info is in spurts of press releases that are conflicting and non personal.  The best support and information for me comes from the NGOs (non governmental organizations).....who have had a system in place for years before the earthquake.