Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prosciutto and Spinach Ravioli with Garlic Butter Sauce

Week 43 is my first week back on track with the New Year's Resolution I mentioned.

In my absence from the kitchen (while all my cooking tools were boxed up), I had been saving recipes that caught my eye.  Enter: Pinterest, where recipe collection is very, very easy.

This recipe for Prosciutto Ravioli with Garlic Infused Butter from Iowa Girl Eats seemed like the perfect comeback meal to make for my little challenge.

Chinatown was a short walk away this past weekend, so I picked up a small package of Wonton wrappers in one of the markets.  (I found them in the refrigerator section, though the recipe I was following mentions that they can often be found in the organic/tofu section of a regular grocery store.  No wonder I had never seen them before!)

Mr. Sous Chef mixed the ricotta, chopped proscuitto, sautéed spinach, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and an egg yolk together for the filling.

We scooped a teaspoon of filling onto each wonton wrapper, moistened the sides and folded them over.

Two-thirds of this recipe was frozen for later meals.  The rest we boiled until they floated, then removed them to the garlic butter bath.  They were good!

Note: the Halloween spatula is key to the sauce

With some Parmesan cheese on top

The jury is still out regarding the rating of this recipe (I forgot to ask for a review.)  I'll have to update later after I bribe him.

New Year's Resolution

Back on January 1, 2011, I put together my list of resolutions, like usual.
The one I was most excited to commit to, however, was my resolution to prepare at least one new recipe each week for the whole year.

Well, we're currently in week 43, and to date I have made 51 new recipes.
Now for the whole honesty part: I skipped 12 weeks somewhere in the August/September/October range.  I'm blaming this on our cross-country move and apartment search, which may have interfered with my best intentions to experiment.

But I have a funky new red kitchen, and I'm back in action.

The bonus is that each new recipe I make gets rated on a scale from 1 to 5.  Lucky for me I have a very tough grader, who strongly discourages grade inflation :)  It certainly keeps me motivated to create 5s though!

I will start posting some of these weekly experiments here.

And Back to the Fault Zones, Too

I was jolted awake at 5:35 this morning by a shaking room and a "thud."  Instantly I knew it was an earthquake.  Surprisingly, this was the third earthquake I've felt since living in San Francisco for less than two weeks!  I have quickly become a pro at detection :)

All three have been minor ones (between 3.6 and 4.0s), but I was surprised I knew instantly what was happening, even though I can't remember the last time I felt an earthquake (15+ years ago?)

In North Carolina, our house used to shake during thunderstorms.  The shakes from these relatively minor earthquakes, though, feel very different!

Bay Area Earthquakes
Just a few sets of fault lines nearby...

Back to the West Coast

So for a bit more detail:

Nine years ago, as I was leaving my coastal California hometown for college in the all-the-way-across-the-country Northeast, my mom gave me one rule (well, I only seemed to remember one): "You can only date California boys!"

Oh, the irony.

Luckily for my parents, I did hand-pick the very best California boy to date.  Unluckily for them, this boy convinced me to join him in a move to the South after graduation instead of returning home to the West Coast.

Five years of good Southern livin' later, I've picked up a curiosity for cooking, crafting, and home-brewing experiments, a love of vinegary NC-style barbecue, and lots of wonderful friends.  Also in that time, the California boy became my husband.  And now I have convinced him to loop back to the Golden State, where our adventure continues.

Home sweet (new) home, San Francisco!

Alcatraz Island in the distance

Bay Bridge

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Hi, I'm Sarah.
I just moved from the East Coast back to the West, where I grew up. It has been 9 years: I am returning as an adult, but with the same youthful reckless abandon.

Follow along in my adventures and recipes as I make my California Comeback!