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Lemon Pepper Sage Talapia with a Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

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Author: Cassie Stevens

What a delicious way to eat fish.  Creamy, lemony, light and healthy. This was an awesome dish and I recommend you try this the next time you have fish. I would imagine you could substitute just about any fish you like. We happened to have talapia today. Lemon and fish just work so well together. I love it! Love, love, love it! I wanted something a bit creamy tonight with it so I came up with this lemon butter cream sauce. It was so delicious and easy! I paired it all up with a mix of butter beans, green beans and spinach. OMG YUM!

I used frozen talapia placed out on a sheet pan. I seasoned them with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and one whole leaf each of sage fresh from my garden. I am a gardener as well. I have to have my fresh herbs. They save me so much money.  Plus, my daughter picks and eats straight off the plants. She loves basil! I have to keep her away from them sometimes or she will strip my plants. Anyways, place the seasoned fish into the oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or so. While I was waiting on the fish to cook, I mixed 1 stick of butter with a little bit of salt and pepper to taste, about two tablespoons of dried parsley.  Then added about 1/8 cup of lemon juice and mixed until blended well.  Add in one tablespoon of flour mixed in before it got to hot, then added one cup of cream. I let the cream sauce heat up to a simmer for a few minutes.  While keeping an eye on the cream sauce, I drained the spinach, butter beans, green beans, and put it all in a pot. I added two tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of ham soup base (its ham bouillon). Bring the beans to a boil. By that time, your fish should be done. Serve it all up and enjoy the awesomeness of the sauceyness. Ha ha! so good. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

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Hand Made Raviolis

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Author: Cassie Stevens

Hand made pasta is one of my favorites.  No shortcuts with a pasta machines. Although, they are nice to have, and can make life a lot easier when making fettuccine and other noodles.  I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I’m looking at my finished product, thinking to myself not a lot of people know or can do that!  Well, I’m here now to share how fun and easy it can be.  It takes a little time, but it is so worth it in the end, when sitting down to enjoy all the effort you made. You will surely impress your family.

Assemble your ingredients:

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6 eggs

2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp olive Oil

4 Cups all purpose flour

That’s all you need! Super simple and it really is easy too! It’s just time consuming but, make this one day when you have the time and freeze the rest, and you’re all set to make a simple and easy dinner for another day when you’re pinched for time.

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Make a well in the center to mix everything together

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Add your salt then your oil

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I start with just two eggs and get those mixed

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Mix it up a little, then add the other four eggs

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Using your hands (your best tools in the kitchen) Mix Mix Mix!

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Pulling in flour as needed

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Mix Mix Mix and Mix some more!

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Eventually, you will get a dough ball you can start to really work

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Beautiful! Finished dough.

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I cut it into four pieces. Smaller pieces just makes it easier to work with the rolling pin.

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This is about as thin as I can get it!

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I used my melon baller to divide the filling on to the dough.  There are a few different filling recipes I really enjoy.

Spinach and Cheese: 1 pound (16 ounces) Ricotta, 1/2-1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper to taste, 3 Tbsp heavy cream, 2 Bunches fresh spinach (cook, squeeze out water, and chop.) mix well and fill raviolis.

Ginger and Sage Butternut Squash: 1 large butternut squash cooked and mashed, 2 Tbsp fresh sage, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 Tbsp ground fresh Ginger

Ground Beef and Cheese: 2 Pounds meat (diced), 1 package beefy onion soup mix, salt and pepper, 1 pound (16 ounces)  ricotta cheese, 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream.  Brown meat and add beefy onion soup mix to it. Transfer to a food processor and pulse a few times to chop. Put mixture in a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Combine well and fill ravioli.

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I used a cap to a baby bottle to press and seal the edges around the filling. It was of appropriate size.

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Use a pastry roller to cut the raviolis out.

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The next dough piece to get filling is ready to get sealed up

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Yum! Just a pretty shot!

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Keep working until you have about what seems like a thousand. Lay them out on a dinner napkin or a dish towel to dry for about 30 minutes up to an hour if you are going to freeze them.

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Boil some up! It takes about ten to fifteen minutes depending on how thick your dough is!  Pull one out and let cool then check it to see if it is done.  If it is not done it will look raw or dry on the center of the dough when you cut it open!

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Put it in a pan with your favorite homemade red sauce and cover.

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Make sure to give some to baby! She will be pleased!

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Yummy messy face! Thanks Mom!!

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And there you have it the best raviolis ever and very little money spent to make them.  I just love ravioli night at my house. Please share this recipe with your family for dinner one night.

How do you fill your raviolis?