March 7, 2009

When Celebration Is In Order...

We celebrate! First off, thanks for all the well wishes. So many of you out there know the ins and outs and ups and downs of this process probably more than you'd like to at this point, and your comments always provide a refreshing breath to any day when we're just not certain how everything is going to play out. Thanks.

So on to the celebration. We started with a late lunch where Ash indulged in some BBQ. Well, BBQ sauce that is...

Then, after deciding which apron he wanted to wear (he had to try on all 3 before deciding which one suited him best) Ash dove head first into making his first batch of homemade ravioli.

He ate a nice amount of the ricotta/motz/sage/sausage filling before it actually became filling, had a BLAST playing with the dough as we slowly turned it into ravioli noodles (as far as he was concerned it was just beige colored playdough that he was allowed to eat...) and not once did he get his fingers stuck in the pasta machine, a feat in and of itself. The result was a semi-delicious (we have a few things to learn about past making) organic chicken sausage and cheese ravioli topped with a butter, shallot, sage, and asparagus sauce. Ok, it was a bit more than just semi-delicious, I'm just bummed that I didn't get the noodles thin enough so they were a bit thick and chewy for my Italian blood (which is actually Italian-in-law blood, I inherited the Italian gene through my husband's family and have been a die hard saucy sauce lover of a great Tuscan with a constant craving for more garlic ever since).


Toss in a boy who insists on jiving to the music all throughout dinner, a scrumptious Tuscan, and a big piece of paper on prominent display with a title that starts with "The State of NY hereby certifies..." and you pretty much have all of the ingredients for one of those nights that you never want to see end. Quite a way to start a weekend. Cheers!

6 comments:

Gamma! said...

Looks good to me - how about a repeat on May 1st?! :) But where's the German component? :) Guess I didn't instill that menu like my grandma did. Oh well...sounds like an amazing celebration and you are all so blessed to have each other. God bless your forever family with his sunshine and grace every day. Lots of love, me

PC said...

Fun, can't wait to see his face when he trys to eat his Play dough and it's not quite so yummy,

I agree with your Mom, let's have a pasat making party Friday night. Between Sue and I we should be able to handle the sauce side!

stephanie said...

Congratulations newest US citizen!!! And what a fabulous celebration. You had my mouth doing some serious watering over here with the whole butter, shallot, sage, asparagus sauce talk you were doing. Mmmmmmm.

And those photos below of Ash are TO DIE! OMG, how handsome is he in that shirt?!!!

los cazadores said...

Yay, Congrats!!! And that BBQ looks finger-licking good (and this is coming from someone who doesn't like BBQ)...

Cindy

Brooke said...

Oh Yum! Your ravioli's look so good. What a fun thing to do with Ash. It must be like playing with playdough!

Lauren said...

Glad to see that it worked out! YUM!