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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9×13 inch pan.
- Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 – 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 – 8 sheets deep.
- Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
- Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
- Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.
- Put in all things you want inside in the middle of the crepe, then fold in half
Ravioli was invented in the 14th Century. the name ravioli is from an old Italian word riavvolgere meaning ‘to wrap’. Chef Boyardee started canning ravioli in the 1930’s. Italian tradition is to serve vegetarian ravioli, typically on Fridays. Meat was a side dish or served later in the meal.Ravioli appears in many cultures besides Italian.
- 1 (20 oz) package refrigerated four-cheese ravioli
- 2 large Roma tomatoes (9 oz)
- 3/4 cup sun-dried tomato halves in oil, drained (about 13 halves)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 Tbsp flour
- 1 3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 – 3 pinches red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add ravioli and Roma tomatoes. Boil pasta according to directions on package and cook tomatoes until skins burst (if they don’t burst after 6 minutes then cut an “x” in the bottom of tomatoes, and boil about 2 minutes longer), remove tomatoes and allow to rest until cool enough to handle, then peel, seed and dice tomatoes. Drain pasta.
- (While pasta boils prepare sauce). Place drained sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor and pulse until finely minced. In a large and deep skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds then add flour and cook, stirring constantly 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly add in milk and cream. Add sundried tomatoes and whisk to separate clumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add red pepper flakes. Cook sauce until thickened, bringing it to light boil, while stirring constantly, then reduce heat and add parmesan cheese and diced Roma tomatoes. Cook until cheese has melted, stirring frequently. Thin sauce with an additional 1/4 cup milk if desired. Add cooked ravioli to sauce and toss to evenly coat, then toss in half of the chopped basil. Serve warm topped with remaining basil.
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