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Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup of puree pumpkin
2 tbsp Bread Crumbs
30 Wonton wrappers
1/2 tsp minced Sage
1/8 Nutmeg
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 jar Alfredo Sauce
Water

{ This recipe has been adapted from MyRecipes.com }


Steps

1. Have a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and spread the pumpkin.



2. Cover it with another sheet of aluminum foil and let it stand for 5 minutes.


3. Use a plastic spatula to scrape the pumpkin into a bowl.

4. Once the pumpkin is in the bowl, stir in the sage.



Then the breadcrumbs,


Then the nutmeg,,


The Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.


5. Mix well. This will be the pumpkin mixture to go in the wonton wrappers to make the raviolis.



6. Stuff the wonton wrappers, seal them with water, fold all the edges.



Spoon 1 tsp of the pumpkin mixture into the center of the wrapper.


Have a brush and a bowl with cold water by you.



Brush the edges...



Fold the wrapper.

This is the method that worked for us.









We made a Gorgonzola Sauce to go with this dish....yet it was too strong, s…

Thanksgiving Planning Made Easy with a Printable Table!

We are about one month away from one of the best times of the year, Thanksgiving!!!! I love all the food (of course!!!), the family gatherings, and all the picture taking, ha!  So I got to thinking and planning for the occasion, and created a chart of ideas to help me plan the meals for it. I created a pdf file called Thanksgiving Menu Ideas - and I am sharing it with each one of you through Google Docs! Just click here to find it. 

This handy table is helping me decide what I want to make for the Main Dish, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts, and Drinks. 


Do you have a traditional Thanksgiving recipe that you'd like to share with us? Send me an e-mail with the recipe and picture and I'd love to share it in the blog.  thechambs@gmail.com

Seafood Wednesday: Baked Cod with Tomatoes and Onions

Exactly a week ago (as of yesterday when I made this dish), all 33 miners and the rescuers made it to the surface safe and sound. Last week I skipped Seafood Wednesday because we had a small 'asado' or grilled meat to celebrate the success of the operation. I even got to sing the national anthem with my family and millions of Chileans who were watching the rescue from their homes, at the Mina San Jose, and other places around the world. It has been an event that has touched my heart.

So yesterday's dish was first of all dedicated to my family and to Chile and to anyone who loves fish. 

Want to give it a shot? 

1. Place cod in a bowl and season it with salt (i used sea salt) and black pepper. 
2. Make some fresh lemon juice and add it to the fish. Let it stand while you continue making the other parts of the dish. 


3. Melt some butter in a pan and add onions. 

4. Add paprika or 'aji color' (it's a type of chile powder) to the onions.  Cook until the onions are …

Pregnancy Cravings: Lemon Curd Cake

This pregnancy has had me craving foods I have absolutely never liked and never even imagined liking. I have never (before) liked lemons nor spicy foods. While pregnant,

I have called my Dad to ask him to please bring me a 2liter lemonade because I couldn't drink anything else ---since it didn't taste like lemons!I've asked my Hubby to freeze water with lemons,We've bought more lemons for salads and meals than I could count! I have ordered buffalo chicken wings several times and not find it very spicy,And I have also used dijon mustard generously in my sandwiches.   My Hubby is hoping I will, at least, like lemons after Baby # 2 is born. We shall see what happens in a about two months. (Can you guess what we're having because of these cravings!!!???)

SOOO when I found this AMAZING Lemon Cake recipe over at Make-a-Cake Series, I immediately showed it to my Hubby so he could make it for me. Yay, how lucky am I? :-)  

Want to see how he  made it?

1. We got a lemon cake…

White Bean and Turkey Stew in Pumpkin Bowls

This is the first pumpkin dish that I made for my family this past weekend! It consisted of white bean and turkey stew in pumpkin bowls. Whoa! This dish was truly an adventure to make because...:


It was my first time buying pumpkins at the store. It was my first time cutting out the tops and removing the seeds.It was my first time eating a pumpkin dish that was not pumpkin pie. I found this recipe at the Martha Steward website and I changed it a bit to make it my own. I substituted the sausage for turkey (I love the taste, smell, and texture of turkey - plus it's healthier!) and I didn't include the leeks nor the mushrooms. Ever since pregnancy # 1, I tend to keep mushrooms out of my meals. Used to be my favorite, though. Things change. 
This recipe calls for baking the pumpkins THREE times. You read that right, exactly three times and for different purposes.  1st time - to bake the tops and right side of the pumpkins 2nd time - to bake the bottom of the pumpkin 3rd time - to bake …

Appliqued Onesies Instructions

We are expecting a little boy to arrive in 9 weeks! I am so excited and I am nesting like there is no tomorrow :-)  I had some fabric left over from some burp cloths I made. I also used another shirt to cut up an S. 


Here are the steps:


1. Look for the shape/initial you want to put on your item. 
(I usually search for coloring pages or templates on Google Images) 


2. Use Heat and Bond and follow the manufacturer's direcitons. 


3. Iron the fabric with the Heat and Bond onto your item. 


4. Sew all around the new fabric so that it stays there longer. 


Here is a picture of both onesies I made. 



He Cooks, I Eat: Perfect Strawberry and Chocolate Mousse Chocolate Cake

The following is a chocolate cake that my Hubby made for me since I love chocolate quite a lot! 
Steps: 
1.He used a chocolate cake mix and baked it according to the instructions.  2.Then he cut it into layers (I loved this part) and added chocolate mousse.  3.Prepare the ganache - my Hubby knows how to make this by heart now since it also works GREAT on brownies or top cupcakes instead of using icing.
Here is a good recipe for it from the Food Networkhttp://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/saras-secrets/master-ganache-recipe/index.html
Basically do a double-boiler for the Ganache. Add the chocolate to the second bowl and add heavy whipping cream as you go. It makes the chocolate so perfectly creamy!  4.Clean, cut/slice strawberries to decorate the cake.  5.Do a white chocolate ganache to drizzle the cake.  6.Enjoy!