I’ve been thinking of grandmothers lately. They’re pretty special people, don’t you think? Many days I regret that my own mother did not live long enough to be the awesome grandmother I know she would have been for my own children, but I often pepper our conversations with stories of her and the type of woman she was. I’d like to think that she would have danced with my daughter and cuddled my son every moment she could.
My solace is my mother in law. She has been the only grandmother they know, the one they call Grammie, who surprises them with cards in the mail, with Harry Potter stamps, just because. She’s the one who sews with my daughter, and understands my son’s Lego obsession. She’s coming in a few days, and the kids (and I!) have been counting down.
Since we live far from family, these visits are especially meaningful. We love our life here in California, but the tradeoff to modern family life these days is that with relatives scattered across the country, we miss those daily learning moments that only a grandmother or aunt or cousin can lend to little ones. I thought of my own grandmother as I made these Laminated Parsley Ravioli Stuffed with Parsley, Chive and Chèvre for the KitchenAid Kitchenthusiast blog. She was a wonderful cook, exceptional, actually, but not Italian. I’ve always secretly wanted an Italian nonna to teach me the ways of homemade pasta. Challenging myself in the kitchen with these ravioli was more fun – and simpler – than I thought it would be. I know it looks fancy, but you know what? It’s more fun and easier than you think.
Inside these little tender pockets of pasta are a filling of tangy chèvre, fresh parsley and chives. It’s served in a brown butter sauce with spring peas, making it a dish perfect for these early spring days, especially if you’re entertaining! If you’re like me and don’t have a nonna, I assure you, if I can do it, so can you.
Please join me and find the recipe for Laminated Parsley Ravioli Stuffed with Parsley, Chive and Chèvre on the KitchenAid blog: The Kitchenthusiast.
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