|The Ladies from Richmond!|
We recently hosted a group of 10 women from Richmond. They came for a cooking class and to get away from their day to day routine.
I could hear their joyful laughter even before they got out of their cars……… I knew we were in store for a fun time! It was a beautiful day and the dreadful heat had taken a brief break.
|The new "Tack Room"|
Suite at the Barn
Richmond Ladies Dinner Menu
Brandied Beef with Carrots, Braised Onions and Noodles
Cheese Pillows with Parmesan and Nutmeg Cream Sauce (recipe follows)
Breaded Italian Chicken Marinara
Country Sweet Potato Salad
Broccoli Salad with Sun Flower Seeds and Currants
Green Grapes, Walnuts and Champagne Gelatin
Fresh Fennel Tossed Cherry Tomatoes Vinaigrette
Home Made Corn Bread and Creamery Butter
Dessert - White Wine Slush with Blackberries and Pound Cake Fingers
|Dinner is Served!|
Cheese Stuffed Pillows with Parmesan Cream and Nutmeg
Serves 4 to 6
8 to 12 pieces of your favorite cheese filled pasta (like ravioli or pirogies)
2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted)
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups milk (whole or 2% work best)
Salt and pepper
Shredded parmesan cheese (to taste - about 2/3 cup - grated parmesan in the round containers is not recommended)
Garnish - fresh parsley leaves (finely chopped)
Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Keep warm.
Prepare the sauce:
Over low heat, melt the butter in a sauce pan. Whisk in flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute. Do not brown.
Slowly, whisk in a bit of the milk to make a paste. Continue adding milk to the paste, whisking in a little bit at a time until it's all incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
Cook, uncovered and whisking, until mixture thickens and comes to the boil. Watch the pot carefully because it can boil over easily and make a horrible mess.
Stir in a pinch of nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Heat to steaming.
Put a little sauce on the bottom of your serving platter (so the pasta doesn’t stick). Arrange the pasta on top of the sauce.
Nap (coat) the top of the pasta with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle generously with parmesan. Garnish with parsley.