Monday, May 14, 2012

Spring day picnic!

Grilling season has officially begun! We've had several warm days in a row (and I am of course, very excited!). To celebrate the warm days of spring, I grilled zucchini and eggplant -- and made a simple ravioli and a tasty sangria -- we ate dinner and drank  cocktails in our patio under the lazy afternoon sun.

Ingredients (for ravioli)
2 packages cheese ravioli
1 tblspn cup ravioli water
1/4 c. olive oil
2 c. fresh spinach
6 garlic cloves
2 ripe grapevine tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil

What to do?
Make ravioli according to specifications on package--when you drain save some of the water. In a large pot, add olive oil, crushed garlic, and spinach, and the ravioli water--cook on low for about 3 minutes. Then add the ravioli and salt (to taste)--turn to low and add fresh basil and cubed tomatoes--cover and let it come together for about 5 minutes. Turn off and serve. 

Ingredients (for Sagria)
Lime seltzer water or ginger ale
Red wine
1 orange or 1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 lime

What to do?
Put 1/2 bottle of red wine in pitcher, add one can of ginger ale or 1 1/2 cups seltzer water, squeeze orange juice in pitcher, add orange pulp (or add orange juice), squeeze half the lime into pitcher. Stir, add ice and serve. 

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