Oh heyyyyyyyy! Heather Tullos here, writer, cooker, and picture taker for the blog Sugar Dish Me, which *might* seem a teensy bit confusing since I did not make you any sugary things. I love sweet treats! But really I focus on simple delicious recipes meant to inspire home cooks at any skill level to get into the kitchen. This assignment fell on kind of a crazy week for me, because my kiddos are just a couple of days in to the whole back-to-school routine, and I am both thriving and suffering with this new, more rigid schedule. You’re right there with me, aren’t you?
I mean even if you don’t have kids there are now 1000 school buses peppering the roads daily (enough to drive us all crazy), and the sun is starting to set just a little more quickly.
So. In today’s edition of Delish Dish I made us dinner. And not just dinner but really simple fresh filling tasty dinner.
Easy Cheesy Chicken Ravioli is all of those things!
Have you ever made ravioli with wonton wrappers? It’s such a fun way to serve up fresh pasta without knowing fancy egg : semolina flour ratios. I mean, who are we kidding here? I’m no Master Chef [side note: those people totally fascinate me].
I do, however, have a couple of tricks up my sleeve.
It helps to work on a very lightly floured surface. It also really helps to have a clean, damp cloth handy. I usually set up a quick assembly line when I’m using wonton wrappers. I keep my filling handy and add it to several wrappers at a time. Then I wet the edges, press to seal, and scoot the pasta under the damp cloth. The wrappers can sometimes dry out a little more quickly than you are working, and then they start to tear when you go to fold and seal. Having moisture handy eliminates that problem.
Another easy tip is to use less filling than you think you’ll need. The Easy Cheesy Chicken Ravioli recipe calls for about a tablespoon of filling per wrapper. I find that a tablespoon is just too much and sealing the pasta gets tricky, so I usually only add about 1 1/2 teaspoons per ravioli. You’ll be able to judge what works best for you after assemble the first few.
The filling is super simple, made with just a little ground chicken, some softened cream cheese, and shredded carrots. I added some finely chopped arugula because I had it handy and the green makes me feel better about myself, but even without it this dish is a totally well-balanced meal. I used a good chunky fresh tomato sauce and some sprigs of fresh basil to make the flavors pop, and I could not be happier with the ease + delicious factor happening with this meal. Find the recipe and try it for yourself HERE.
Peaches are my absolute favorite summer fruit, hands down.
I think its because of the deep nostalgia tied to it. From my grandmother’s peach cobblers to the peach ice cream I ordered every summer from my family’s favorite ice cream parlor, peaches remind me of such an innocent and loving time in my life.
When late summer hits, beautiful peaches flood my farmers markets, and I can’t resist picking up as many as possible. I throw them in everything from pies and crisps to cakes and of course ice cream.
I mentioned before that peach ice cream was my menu item of choice at my neighborhood ice cream parlor. I was such a regular that the employees already knew what I, a small child, was going to order. The peaches were just so fresh, sweet and perfectly ripe when swirled through a creamy smooth vanilla custard. I could not get enough. After seeing this Fresh Peach Ice Cream recipe from BHG, these fond memories flooded my mind, and I couldn’t get rid of them until I made it!
I added in some raspberries because I have become obsessed with peach and raspberry flavor, aka peach melba, combinations lately. I simply made the following additions to the already perfect recipe:
- I added 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar to a quart of raspberries (you can revise the amount depending on how sweet your berries are) along with a tablespoon of lime juice and allowed the syrup to develop.
- I mashed half of the berries and left the rest whole.
- Once I finished churning the peach ice cream, I alternately layered berries in the ice cream container before storing it in the freezer.
That’s it! It was super simple to add some additional fruit flavor to such a classic ice cream recipe. And the delicious flavors of this treat were the perfect trip down memory lane.
Hello! I’m Tracy Benjamin, I write Shutterbean.com where you’ll find simple, satisfying recipes. I believe in two things – life is better with good food and the key to a great party is an awesome cocktail. With that being said, I was honored to create two cocktail recipes for Better Homes & Gardens this month!
In June, I traveled down to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay Area to be apart of this magazine shoot. It was such a blast to be able to spend the day with my good friends. I think the biggest takeaway from the day was experiencing how wonderfully organized the project was. As someone who loves organizing and planning, it was fun to see how everyone who was apart of the shoot setup their tools. When I look through my photos from that day, you can see that a few things that caught my eye.
Here’s makeup. All of the tools that helped us accentuate our assets. We spent a lot of time together chatting while having our hair & makeup done. I’m usually working in an office or with my family, so you can imagine how luxurious this felt.
In the kitchen, while the food stylist created our recipes, I fell in love with this organized pantry. Could it be anymore perfect?
Here we have just 1/20th of the prop selection. There was a whole table set out of all of the beautiful pieces we would potentially use in the shoot.
I loved watching the process of setting the table. I loved the idea of setting all of the items on cutting boards that could be taken away /added to throughout the night. I will definitely be using this trick for future get-togethers at my house.
My favorite part of the day was tasting the cocktails I created for the spread. What an amazing feeling to see them at the table!
Thank you for such an amazing opportunity, BHG. I am so grateful to be working with you and thank you to the entire team who put this project together!
Happy almost-end-of-August, Delish Dish-ers! I found some really fabulous wraps that will quickly become your go-to lunch favorites! Pack them for yourself or for your kids’ lunch bags.
I know what my lunch bag will look like for the next couple of days! What are your tips and tricks for planning lunchtime? Let me know!
I’m thrilled that I made these Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies and that I get to share them with you.
To die for…there are no words.
See what I mean? The brownies are so buttery, chocolatey and fudgy and combine them with dulce de leche and marshmallow fluff, done. You’ll need a fork but I know you won’t complain!
It’s been a few weeks since I tackled a pizza recipe as part of the A Year of Pizza series, so I’ve decided to dive back into the series in a really delicious way. I’ve made pizzas for dinner and a pizza for dessert, so this time I thought I’d try something for breakfast. I was really inspired by this recipe from the BHG archives: Berry Breakfast Pizza.
What I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t require pizza dough. A split, toasted pita is the base for the pizza. The pita provides a very thin and crunchy bed for the delightfully sweet toppings.
I followed the original recipe pretty closely. However, to make it my own (and because I like things pretty sweet), I added a teaspoon of sugar and a dash of vanilla extract to the cream cheese and orange marmalade mixture. Also, I didn’t have cardamom so I substituted cinnamon. The flavor combo was perfect.
I especially like this pizza because I tend to crave something sweet in the morning. While I’d normally head straight for a donut, I think this option is a bit healthier because it incorporates lots of delicious fresh berries.
Other than making sure you have pita bread and fresh berries on hand, this recipe can be put together with pantry staples. Not having to deal with dough making or baking makes it a quick treat to assemble in the morning. Who doesn’t love that?
I hope you enjoy this creative take on pizza. You can find the recipe for Berry Breakfast Pizza here.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm