Garlic and Sage Brown Butter Ravioli

I wouldn’t say I’m a chronic re-decorator, more of a chronic shifter. Since this pretty much sums up my current financial situation…

…I like to rearrange my decor from room to room to give myself the feeling of having new things.

My latest creative is these wall circles. I saved the tops of Bath & Body Works candles and used some scrapbook papers to make a really cool wall piece!

This pasta dish is so freaking easy and quick to throw together, but tastes way more involved than it is! I suggest only making this with ravioli or tortellini, don’t try using just regular pasta.

-1 (20z) package refrigerated cheese ravioli or tortellini
-1/2 cup butter, cubed
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh sage
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Cook ravioli according to package.

2. In a saucepan melt the butter and add in the minced garlic. Cook over medium heat roughly 6-7 minutes to brown the butter and the garlic. Add in the sage and salt and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

Source: Taste of Home Cooking Magazine, October 2013

3. Pour in cook ravioli, stir to coat. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Espresso Frosting and South Park Cake

After watching a few episodes of Chopped the other day, I got to thinking…those challenges are way too easy. Ya know what would really bring in some viewers? Have the contestants look inside my fridge and have to come up with an edible scrumptious dinner. I imagine Ted Allen would say a little something like this:

Ok, inside your fridge you have questionable leftovers, grape jelly, hot sauce, and a soy sauce packet. You have 30 minutes on the clock.”

Now that’s a challenge!

Behold my South Park cake. I’m really happy with how this turned out. Admittedly, I did skip out on doing their gloves and shoes butttttt I got so fricken tired and thought they looked fine as is. The frosting is a rich espresso, I forgot to take a photo of it, but I’ll definitely be making it again it was that good! I basically used my mocha frosting recipe that I’ve made several times before, but eliminated the cocoa and increased the espresso powder.

-1 cup butter, softened
-2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee
-1 and 1/2 tablespoon espresso powder (I used Cafe Bustelo in the yellow pack)

1. Whip together the butter and the powdered sugar, add the tablespoon of brewed coffee and espresso powder. If mixture is too firm, add brewed coffee a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.  Spread onto a cooled cake.

Blush Alfredo

This is a divine tomato Alfredo sauce that you absolutely must try. The original recipe called for using jarred Alfredo sauce, but trust me my Alfredo recipe is so quick and tasted 150 times better than that jarred stuff.

-4-5oz tomato sauce (I use Muir Glen Organic)
-handful chopped basil
-Homemade Alfredo Sauce
-2 tablespoons butter
– 2 tablespoons flour
-2 cups heavy cream
-1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (don’t skip this!!)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1.2 teaspoon pepper

1. Melt butter in a saucepan then stir in the flour. Pour in the cream. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir to melt. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Add another tablespoon flour if you need to thicken the sauce. Simmer to reduce, 30 minute.

2. Pour in the tomato sauce and chopped basil and stir to combine.

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