Savory Baked Pumpkin Ravioli with Caramelized Onion Dip

I’m currently writing from my parents’ home in North Carolina where I’m spending the week visiting with family before Chase and I head to a wedding. It’s been nice to be reminded of how fall is actually supposed to feel like: brisk during the day with a chill at night with falling leaves covering our yard and driveway.  Los Angeles apparently hasn’t gotten the memo, since it insists on maintaining temperatures of 100 degrees or more, which ultimately led to a clothing strike in which I stated that I would only be wearing yoga pants and loose tank tops until the weather decided to change her tune. I have never in the past been a girl who looked forward to cool weather, which is one of the main reasons I moved to LA in the first place, but for the first time I find myself gazing longingly at my jeans and scarves each morning and wishing I could wear either without melting away in pool of sweat and iced coffee.

To try a different approach with the weather, as a food blogger I feel the need to offer up a recipe to the pumpkin spice gods that come around each year and pepper the internet with everything imaginable you can do with pumpkin. Admittedly this looks awfully similar to what I made last year, but I really wanted to try and find something savory to add to my recipe list; something to serve before a meal instead of after it. I realized that this was a winner after I ate so many raviolis that I had a stomach ache for an entire afternoon. Next time I’ll be sure to have friends and family around to help me clean the plate.

Alright, there’s something with pumpkin on my blog. Can you hear me, weather? It’s time to ditch those 100 degree heat waves for some chilly nights that require jackets. I hope we’ve come to an agreement on this one.

Continue Reading →

Baked Pumpkin Wontons

I made these on Saturday and it took me a while to get Chase to try them due to the fact that he was busy updating my Iphone. See, electronic updating rates on my priority list right below cleaning the underside of my coffee table with a toothbrush. Chase however, will have trouble sleeping at night if any of our electronic devices are not fully updated at all times, so when I  started poking him in the ribs saying he needed to taste these pumpkin wontons RIGHT NOW, he avoided eye contact and tried to act like I wasn’t there, even though I could totally see him flinching from my pointy finger jabs. And then I said, in my most threatening voice, that if he doesn’t eat one right this second IT’S GOING TO GET COLD and he still continued to fiddle with my phone, proving that obviously someone’s priorities are seriously out of whack and they are sooo not mine.

However, when he tried one 30 minutes later, I finally got the acknowledgment that “oh yeah these are really good.”

Then he actually GOT UP and came over to the kitchen to take another one off the plate.

And then later I had to yell at him because he was still eating wontons and I was MAKING DINNER and he was going to fill up on dessert, and I got scared cause not only do I sound EXACTLY like my Mother, but I was addressing my husband and not a small child and there is something wrong with this picture.

Continue Reading →