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Ravioli - Step by Step

I have published the recipe for my ravioli here on my blog previously-->>  Ravioli

I wanted to do more of a step by step method with some photos from my 'test kitchen' here.  Hope this helps!

Ravioli Filling:
1 lb Top Round Steak, trimmed
6 Slices (about half baguette) French Bread
4 - 5 Cloves Garlic or equivalent minced garlic
1 T Olive Oil
1 Can Spinach, drained
1 C Chicken Broth
3 Eggs, beaten
1 t Nutmeg
1 t Ground Cloves
1 t Salt
1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
1 C Fresh Parsley, chopped or 2-2 1/2 T dried

 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over low heat and add the garlic.  Stir for a few minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.  

Cut up the round steak and add to pan.  Add salt and pepper.  Cook until well done.  Remove steak from pan and set aside.  Add chicken broth to plan and deglaze.  Remove from heat.
Put 4 pieces of bread into pan.  Remove.  Squeeze out liquid from bread and set aside.
Using a meat grinder (mine is circa 1915) grind the round steak and garlic…

Italian Style Chicken In Real Time

My Grandma's Italian Style Chicken (aka Chicken Cacciatore) is a quirky one and a tough one to get right consistently.  I'm going to try it here in real time and blog about it as I go.

So far I have assembled a cut up chicken, with the skin kept on, in a roasting pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom.  I'm realizing that my pan is a bit too small.  I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and placed the chicken, seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder, uncovered in the oven until the skin gets browned and a bit crispy.  I'm hoping the bottom pieces get crispy or else I may switch them around in the pan during cooking.

So,  after 15 minutes, I took the chicken out.  The top pieces were getting browned, but not underneath.  What I did was transfer the chicken to a larger roasting pan, spreading the pieces out more evenly and adding more oil and spices.  I set timer for 15 more minutes.  Note to self, get a large roasting pan with a cover.  I…