It's only taken five years, but Bunny will now eat ravioli. You'd think all kids would like tortellini, ravioli, or other stuffed pastas, from the get-go but not so. It took a long time for Bunny to warm up to ravioli, but now she loves it.
Our favorites are stuffed with some kind of meat, usually prosciutto. Lately we've been loving the grilled chicken-stuffed, triangle-shaped ravioli from Costco. It comes in a two-pack and, in our Costco, is located near the hummus. Because it's so flavorful it marries well with simple sauces.
To make the sauce above, I baked off a buttnernut squash then cubed it. I added it to a pan in which I sauteed garlic, shallots, and about 4 ounces of diced pancetta. I tossed the squash gently and just warmed it through. I added a spoonful of pasta cooking water to the sauce to loosen it, then tossed it with the cooked ravioli. A little parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper were the finishing touches.
For those that don't know, I'm half Korean. My mother, her mother, and her grandmother were all born in Hawaii, part of a the first wave of Korean immigrants to settle in the islands in 1903. (They recently celebrated their centennial—100 years in America [though Hawaii was not a state then]— and if you are interested in learning more, you can google "Korean Centennial.")
Growing up, my mother (who is an excellent cook) made a wide variety of foods. She's adept at Korean cooking, but because she spent so many years living in Italy (my dad is Italian) she is especially talented at cooking Italian food. And, because she grew up in the 1950's in the U.S., she cooks "American food," too.
We often had things like meatloaf and beef stew growing up, and those dishes are comfort foods to lots of us, myself included, but my true comfort food when it comes to wintery stews are Korean beef stews. I think it's because somewhere deep down it makes my Korean genes happy. (I just linked another easy recipe so today you get a two-fer!)
Today's recipe is one you may want to try if you are in the mood for beef stew but would like to try an easy twist on the usual. There's nothing in the recipe you won't recognize, and it's easily adaptable to suit your taste. I make it on the stove in about 30 minutes (no, really!), but you could also "set it and forget it" with a slow cooker. I'm not sure how to adapt recipes for slow cooker, but perhaps someone who knows can post in the comments. Here goes!
The downside of being a freelancer is waiting on the checks. You wait.
Some months, everyone pays you all at once and you are flush with cheddah.
Other months go by and...nada. You peer into the mailbox, run your hand around the inside just to make sure you didn't miss anything. Shake out the catalogs and inserts to make sure an envelope didn't get stuck in between the pages. Then, even worse, you get put in the position of having to shake down the checks.
Last month, strangely? coincidentally? frustratingly? multiple clients didn't pay on time. Everyday has been a waiting game. I've justified Wallie's preschool to myself saying that if I can afford to pay the monthly bill on my own, then she can go. I look at as since I am working, she needs to be in school. So I can work. I'm not working full-time anymore so I've already bumped her down to three days from five, but as of now, if some rectangular watermarked documents don't hit my mail box tomorrow, she ain't going to preschool this month.
I swear, sometimes I just want to call it a day and go work at Pottery Barn. At least I'd be getting a steady paycheck. And discounts on home furnishings that half of America (and perhaps parts of Canada) has.
Oh. My children have already forgotten Halloween and that they both collected cute little ghost-shaped bags full of candy. Talk about short-term memories. My five-year-old can remember a bus ride when she was two, but she can't remember last night? I don't know how they could they forget, but forget they have. And you know what that means.
Aaaaand, lastly, J. turned the cable back on. Against my wishes. Something about being able to watch football. So much for our experiment. Actually, the girls are still on TV hiatus...they don't know the difference. I'm still pushing for a cable-free DMZ in our house. Buuuuuut I have to admit, a little Salt n Pepa show helps to take my mind off of those frickin' checks.
What is NaBloPoMo you say? It's National Blog Posting Month and it was started last year by Mrs. Kennedy as a bloggy response to NaNoWriMo. I didn't participate last year, but this year I'm all over it.
I figured that since I try to post almost daily (barring weekends) it wouldn't be too much of a stretch. And, since I'm about to kick off the new CityMama, I figured this would be a good way to transition to my more "food story"-focused blog. I'll still blog my regular melange of craziness, but for the month of November, I'll also include super-easy recipes, too.
Many people organize their posts around a theme for NaBloPoMo, and my theme is making parents' lives easier by providing tasty, yummy, easy recipes for you. If you want to cook at home more for whatever the reason, I'm here to help. I'm setting a personal goal of "easy" being defined 6 ingredients or less (not including salt, pepper, or water) because why make complicated recipes a barrier to cooking?
I encourage you to share your favorites as well, and I'm working on ways to make this month an audience participation month as much as possible. (And I haven't forgotten about the Project: Life Change and tagline prizes...those are coming up, I promise! Oh, and the prizes will be minus the Dog memorabilia because who knew he was such a d!ck.)
So without further ado, here is recipe numero uno to kick off the month of November!