Archive for January, 2013

January 24, 2013

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Pear and Prosciutto

Butternut Ravioli

At first glance this may not seem like there’s anything extraordinary about this dish.

Butternut squash ravioli? I can get that at Safeway.

Prosciutto and sage? Practically as close as peanut butter and jelly.

But then you taste it.

All the ingredients together truly become extraordinary. They’re an irresistibly compelling spectrum from sweet to savory: starting with sugary pear, then moving to butternut squash, crossing the savory threshold with sage, then moving to nutty Parmesan and ending with salty, crisped prosciutto.

You could certainly make this recipe with store-bought butternut squash ravioli, but unless you’re in a real rush for time I wouldn’t recommend it. Beyond the satisfaction of making your own pasta, there is a clear difference in taste.

This is a wonderful winter entree that isn’t too rich, thick or unhealthy. With a nice white wine or pale ale, this dish will see you through even the coldest of nights.

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January 5, 2013

Adult Capri Sun

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I don’t know about you all, but I grew up in the 90’s. I watched Boy Meets World and Hey Arnold, played Age of Empires and Pokemon and listened to Smashmouth and Third Eye Blind. It was a pretty awesome time to be a kid.

So when my good friend David recently decided to host a 90’s party, you can probably imagine I was pretty psyched. It wasn’t until I arrived that I realized just how awesome the night would be, however. David had a whole assembly line set up, and told me that we were going to be injecting vodka into capri suns. Needless to say, I immediately asked if I could put these bad boys up on the blog.

These little pockets full of sunshine are the perfect alcoholic take on 90’s nostalgia. They taste almost exactly like the kind you used to drink after soccer games – delightfully over-processed, vaguely sweet and full of fruit-like flavors that you’ll never be able to identify – with just a hint of boozy goodness.

Whether you’re playing a pickup game or hosting your own 90’s themed party, these Adult Capri Suns will bring fond memories to your mind and rosiness to your cheeks!

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