Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Good-Bye, 2012. You were a pretty good year in many ways. Russ and I have lost over sixty pounds between the two of us since 2011, mainly through exercise and non-piggishness in the eating department. Our kids are happy and both seem to be enjoying college and more independence, and we're enjoying having more time together, just the two of us. In typical fashion, we don't plan any big celebration tonight, just a nice meal with some good wine.
Bakersfield has quite a few good ethnic restaurants, which have opened in the last four or five years, but ethnic restaurants are nothing new here. Luigi's Delicatessen has been at the same location in East Bakersfield for over a hundred years, and it has wonderful Italian food. We don't go there very often, but I thought it would be fun to go there today and buy some homemade ravioli to have for our little New Year's Eve dinner. I neglected to remember that they are closed on Mondays. My solution was to make some myself. I kind of improvised, but my initial recipe for lemon ricotta ravioli with brown butter sauce was from Bakerita's website.

I had a little helper much of the time. Paige brought her little kitty, Cosette home for Christmas, and she was very interested in sampling the ricotta in my filling.

They look a little greasy in this picture, but they were a hit with everyone. I had plans to freeze some of them for later, but this was all that was left. ..and that was the end of our New Year Year's celebration. Russ and I have settled down to a cozy evening of Doc Martin, and Paige is watching it with us before heading to whatever celebration she planning to attend and Kai is happily ensconced in his room playing online soccer with some friends. That's as exciting as I need.  Happy New Year!


Julie said...

Doc Martin!! We love that show!! I really didn't think that I would (I couldn't get past his lips and ears), but when John and I started we almost couldn't stop! It's ridiculously funny. Why can't Americans make good TV like that?

Your ravioli looks delish. Do any knitting to round out 2012?

And Paige's cat, Cosette, great name, beautiful kitty!

Happy new year from my house to yours.

Willow said...

Happy New Year to you! Our celebration included driving home from San Diego safely. That was reason to celebrate, indeed.

I like the word 'appreciate' and I see that you have begun thinking about that word--it shows in your post.

JayJay said...

Looks yummy! I am quite impressed. :)