Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Homemade Raviolis, Here We Come!

On the left is my Grandma Lucy before she was married. She looks like quite the spitfire, doesn't she? :-)

We're headed to her house for Thanksgiving today. I'm taking off a little early (using a bit of vacation time) so that I can make the most of our time together. Most of my family still lives in western Nebraska and I anticipate we'll have lots of great visiting time ahead.

In our family, we have lots of great traditions and they usually involve food. My grandfather is 100% Italian and my grandmother is 100% German (from Russia). So we've had some interesting dishes over the years. But by far the most scrumptious and enduring tradition is the homemade raviolis. Since we also make our own Italian salami, we use that in our raviolis. Even after all these years, Grandma rolls out the dough, stuffs them with the yummy salami, and then takes the time to cook them. I actually cannot imagine Christmas Dinner or Thanksgiving without raviolis. I've had them since I was old enough to eat solid food!

Have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!


  1. Mmmmmmmm - those sound yummy. I LOVE holiday food traditions. A friend of mine and her mum and sister always make lots of tortieres (meat pies) a couple of weekends before Christmas as they eat tortiere on Christmas Eve.

    We do Polish food for the most part :-) Yum, yum, yum.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! And thanks for offering to help me brainstorm. I seem to have found a way out myself for right now, but I'm sure I'll need your help later :-)

  2. These food traditions are so heart-warming, aren't they? My mother passed on, but I still have many of her recipes, written in her own handwriting. Pie cuts, rhubard custard pie, scalloped oysters, mmmmm. Whenever I see her distinctive handwriting and remember the food, it takes me back.
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family in western Nebraska, Melissa.

  3. "homemade raviolis"

    Anyone who has never had raviolis ala homemade is missing out on a real pleasure.

    Have fun :)

  4. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, Melissa. And, yes, your Grandma Lucy does look like a spitfire. I'll bet she still keeps the fire stoked. Have a safe and happy trip back home.

    Is there any way we could persuade you to share that homemade ravioli recipe with us here?


  5. Ooh, you are making me SO hungry! :D

    Have a great time and a happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Yum, Melissa! I hope you have a fabulous time visiting with your family. Travel safe.

    Our food traditions revolve around gravy. And lots of it. ;)

  7. Sounds delicious! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  8. I love that photo! It's inspirational.

    Have the best time at your dinner -- and tell us all about it.

  9. Safe travel and a Happy Thanksgiving :)

  10. That sounds delicious! I like your Grandma Lucy's pants - she does look like a spitfire. Have a great visit!

  11. Yum, homemade ravolis!!!! Sounds good.

    I hope you have a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving Melissa!!!


  12. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  14. Hope you have a marvy time, and yes, your grandmother has a real sparkle in her eye! I bet she has some interesting stories : )

  15. Yum! Happy Thanksgiving (belated *G*)

  16. Nipped over here from Devon's blog.

    LOVE your blog layout!

    The pic of your grandma, awww, all young once, you know? Kind of brings things into perspective. I always saw my nan as a nan, nothing else. Tend to forget they were young once.


  17. Your grandmother looks wonderful! Spitfire indeed.

  18. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Family traditions are wonderful. Too bad so many people aren't doing them now.


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