Really? Grilled? June 22, 2012Posted by Peeps in Cooking, Home, random stuff, Work.
As you may recall, I work for The Ravioli Shop.
Summer is our slow season. Which makes perfect sense. Who really wants to steam up the house making ravioli in this kind of weather?
A couple years ago, my wife and I were joking around and we talked about the idea of doing ravioli on the grill. We thought the idea was pretty funny. And for the last couple years whenever it started to get hot out, we would mention slapping some ravioli on the grill.
Until a couple weeks ago. When, just out of curiosity, we Googled “grilled ravioli”. And got a ton of hits from all kinds of people who apparently do this on a regular basis. Who knew? So we decided to try it out.
We looked at several recipes and the basic technique was the same. You put the ravioli in a large bowl and add a couple tablespoons of oil. We used olive oil, not the good stuff though.
You toss the ravioli with the oil, making sure they all get a nice coat of oil. Then it’s time for the grill.
The grill should be at about medium heat. One of the recipes we had looked at had suggested one of those disposable foil grilling pans, so that you don’t lose your ravioli under the grill grates. Of course! That’s brilliant.
Cook them on the grill, shaking the pan every couple minutes to prevent sticking, until you start to see some color on the ravioli. Turn them over and continue cooking for another few minutes.
Don’t try to get every single one a perfect golden brown. Really, it’s just not worth the effort. But once they’re spotty brown on both sides, they’re done.
We threw ours back into a large bowl and gave them a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of Romano cheese. Every one of the recipes we looked at used a different kind of sauce, but we just went with Boss’s marinara. It’s quite good, and it worked very well with this application.
And that’s it. You can probably use frozen supermarket ravioli just as easily, the cooking time will be a little longer. I would not suggest you use Chef Boyardee. Doing that would not end well.
So, hopefully you’ll run right out and give this a try. If you’re local, stop by the store for a box or two. While I’d rather not spend any more time in the 100 plus degree shop than I have to, and while my co-worker Liz has way more important things to do, it would make Boss happy if business picked up a little.
I can hardly believe it myself! April 25, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, Cuisine at Home, random stuff, soupe du semaine, Work.
Well hello there.
It is I.
Things seem to be starting to settle down around here, at least for the moment – which, honestly? It’s just a good thing! Those moments that I haven’t been too exhausted to think a coherent thought? I’ve been Mrs. Cranky Pants.
When I get busy, I don’t have time for a lot of fiddle-faddle, yet some days that seems to be all I get – a lot of fiddle-faddle.
Sometimes I just want to smack someone. Who that someone may be varies from day to day, but there’s always someone around who needs a good SMACK lately.
There are those evenings when I’m too tired to care about anything like eating.
Or the days when I’ve had to explain for the eleventy-thousandth time that, yes, it really is okay to have your board president pre-sign this purchase agreement, and that my office, acting as YOUR COUNSEL, will HOLD IT IN ESCROW and NOT RELEASE it to ANYONE until everyone has agreed to all of the terms of the sale AND the agreement has been finalized AND the figures have been independently verified by an outside accounting firm. Either that, or the board president can sit around and wait for all that to happen (and no, there’s no way to know exactly when that may be), and if the agreement’s not signed by the end of the day, the deal’s off and we try again the next day. And let’s hope the rates don’t go up.
Fortunately, I’ve got Peeps here to help hold down the fort.
And so, while the rest of the world was enjoying 70- and 80-degree afternoons, I was cooped up in my office, juggling multiple bond sales, holding dozens of nervous clients’ hands, tracking down documents that should have been here yesterday, or getting seals on bonds that need to close in a couple of days, packaging random documents to go to random people, missing out on all that gorgeous weather.
And now, when it starts to settle down a bit, and I can consider less than a 10-hour day, well, you know what I get?
Let me say that again.
It’s been SNOWING. IN APRIL. Oh, not a lot of accumulation or anything, and it’s not even really that cold (except in the sense that it’s not 80 degrees anymore). But still.
So I kind of thought it might be nice to share one more soup before soup season ends and salad season starts.
That, and I’d fully intended to post this a couple of weeks ago, but I only got as far as uploading the photos before Duty called.
I’m managed to put a gag on Duty for the time being, and here I am, with one of the most surprisingly tasty soups we’ve had in a long time.
I still get the Cuisine at Home e-newsletter, and about a month ago, there was this Chinese Chicken & Corn Soup.
Although I did kind of wonder if “Chinese” was politically correct – shouldn’t it be be “Asian” Chicken & Corn Soup?
Well, I don’t know. But I do know that we had some leftover roasted chicken, and I picked up some nice snow peas at the market, and we still have most of a quart of Peeps’s sriracha in the fridge. . .
And it’s cold and vile out. Perfect soup weather, if you ask me.
And I’m busy and tired. Perfect opportunity for a quick, hearty soup, wouldn’t you say?
Here’s a printable version, just in case you’re interested. Which of course you are.
Keep your fingers crossed April 13, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Work.
I think the worst is over.
Today (Thursday) I sent out five (FIVE!) sets of documents for signatures.
That’s five “Large” FedEx boxes, each stuffed with closing transcripts, bonds, agreements, contracts, and each going to a different part of the state.
To put it in lay terms, that’s a TON of work.
Okay, not really a ton. About 75 pounds, though, all told.
And about $40 million, but that’s neither here nor there – it’s the same amount of work whether it’s $20 million or just $2 million.
So anyway, I’m thinking the worst of it is over – I went from averaging 10 bond sales a week to . . . let’s see, just three this week, and four next.
I may get my life back soon. . .
For what it’s worth… March 23, 2012Posted by Peeps in Home, random stuff, Work.
The last few days have been incredible. Temperatures in Rochester have been topping out close to 80 degrees most of the week.
The trees are budding, grass is starting to come back. I’ve seen daffodils that have come up already.
The slow season seems to be starting at work. Because, really. Who wants to cook pasta when it’s so nice outside?
The attic fan has even come on, for crying out loud.
It’s still only the middle of March. There is something not quite right going on.
You may remember last Summer, when we had a nasty hot spell. That was in July. When it’s supposed to be that hot.
Not only is work starting to slow down, it’s starting to heat up. So far, it’s not too bad. Indoor temperatures in the low 90s aren’t too bad. Besides, I could probably stand to drop another couple pounds. Okay, more than a couple.
Did I mention that it’s only March?
I’m a little worried.
We had a very mild Winter. And the seriously nice weather started happening a couple weeks ago. I was predicting late March snow that wouldn’t go away until the middle of May. Now, I’m not so sure.
I’m starting to wonder just how hot it’s going to be this Summer. And whether I’m going to want to leave the house at all.
It looks as though we might be doing a lot more cooking outdoors this Summer than we had planned on. Not to mention salad. Probably lots of salad. Assuming that we can keep the garden in good shape.
I would not be surprised if this is the biggest song of the Summer. Just because of the weather. Remember, you heard it here first.