Monday, 9 July 2012

Meatless Monday! Parsely Ravioli!

Won ton wrappers make a great substitute for homemade pasta, so you can whip up these tasty ravioli on a weeknight. They're made with flat-leaf parsley, also called Italian parsley, which tastes much more robust than the curly variety. Parsley is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, so use it generously, as this recipe does.

Parsley Ravioli
adapted from Sunset

  • 1 c. ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 
  • 48 round won ton wrappers (about 9 oz.)
  • 6 T butter 
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Combine cheeses, chopped parsley, egg 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper in a medium bowl. 



 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Lay 6 won ton wrappers on a flat surface and spoon 1 tbsp. cheese mixture onto center of each. Working with 1 wrapper at a time, moisten the edge with water and top with another wrapper, pressing to seal tightly.


Using my pastry brush to moisten the edge of the wrapper with water.


Transfer ravioli to a greased baking sheet, cover, and repeat to make more ravioli. Preheat oven to 250 F. or heat up your warming drawer. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 

Cook 4 or 5 ravioli at a time in boiling water until dough is tender and the ravioli floats to the top. Transfer to greased baking sheet in a single layer cover with foil and keep warm. 

Make the sauce as you are cooking the ravioli's. Melt unsalted butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, swirling, until golden, about 3 minutes, remove, add lemon juice.


I served as an appetizer at my 4th of July party. They were gobbled up quickly!!
Wee Bear is a meat lover, he loves his meat. When I mentioned I was making these, he sort of gave me a grunt. "Put some sausage in them, they'll be perfect!" Well, he love, love. loved them!! Perfect for a light appetizer, I served two per person. The combination of the cheese and parsey is lovely and very "Summer".


Happy 5 month Birthday!! 
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Hikers unite!


   Source Lake is the headwaters of the main branch of the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River system. The waters of this lake run down the Snoqualmie River, flowing alongside Interstate 90 to North Bend, then carving north into the fertile Snoqualmie Valley before merging with the Skykomish River to form the fish-rich Snohomish River. But that's downstream. We are looking for the headwaters here. 



We planned a trip along this route, aware that when snow is unstable, avalanche dangers are scary, the snow was not completely melted. We ended up disappointed, that we didn't make it to the lake, but, enjoyed the 4 miles (round trip)that we did. 


A recent avalanche that we hiked across, Large trees swept away in the powerful slide.


 Once the snow melts you can bask in glorious views of Denny Mountain, The Tooth, Bryant Peak, Chair Peak, and Snoqualmie Mountain. 



Those with sharp eyes can sometimes spot radical extreme skiers sneaking away from the Alpental Ski Area to launch themselves down the near-vertical snow-laden slopes of these peaks. We passed some with their ski's attached to their back pack. Those who would rather watch a more natural variety of wildlife can scan the skies to spot red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, ravens, and falcons. Martens, hares, weasels, and squirrels burrow through and scamper over the snow around the trail. Lots of beautiful wild flowers, Spring Beauties, Trillium's and Avalanche Lily among the many varieties. We saw lots of birds and squirrels, Bentley was ecstatic.


TT and Bentley enjoyed crossing the freezing cold streams and looking at the beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Properly named the Yellow Avalanche Lily scattered along the hillside.


When snow levels are low, you can begin the hike, by either finding the Snow Lake trailhead on the east side of the lower parking lot and following it as it climbs up the slope before looping northwest on a level traverse for 0.5 mile to Source Lake; or go the easier route and, from the upper end of the parking area, hike cross-country up the slope at the base of Snoqualmie Mountain to catch the trail as it passes the ski area. By midwinter when the snows are deep and the brush all well buried, you can snow shoe,  ignore the summer trail and instead head northwest from the ski area, staying on the west side of the river basin. Don't walk in the bottom of the valley--there is a danger of punching through snow and taking a dip in the creek. Rather, stay up above the river course, but stay parallel to it. 

We plan to attempt this hike again in August, as the views and beauty are breath taking. Had we had crampons and hiking poles, we could have made it, but opted to turn around, with safety in mind.

Source Lake
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

Roundtrip 5.0 miles
Elevation Gain 1000 ft
Highest Point 4100 ft

Cheers! JJ

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