Thursday, February 02, 2006

Comfort snacks...

Since we have been making a lot of comfort food for dinner lately, I was thinking what would be one of our favorite comfort snacks. After going over recipes we've made and looking through cookbooks, I always ended up back at a simple to make snack we both had growing up. It was a little sticky, sweet and crunchy... can you guess what it was?

Don't forget you can click on the pictures to get close up versions!

Yup, it's the classic Rice Krispie Bar! Well, the ones I made today were a little less "classic" because of the cereal we used. When I saw the box of these new Berry Rice Krispies, the first thing I thought was I had to buy it just to try them out in the bars. The cereal is brightly colored and it is very berry flavored! There are many different versions of this recipe, but I think the good old basic is just what these were calling for. Just to up the flavor a bit, I did drizzle some melted chocolate on top. I was a little hesitant at first, but we both really enjoyed the taste of these. Very good and it certainly brings back the memories! Now... would you like a bite?

Tonight's dinner, Prosciutto Ravioli, took sometime to get prepared. Since I've worked with the wontons a few times before, I remembered that it takes me a bit to get them filled neatly. I got a head start by preparing the ricotta filling in the morning and let it sit in the refrigerator until I was ready to fill. What fills these tender ravioli is creamy ricotta mixed with spinach and salty prosciutto. The dish is quite light and while I'm sure it would be great made with pasta dough, this is an easy and delicious way to make ravioli using wontons. I served them with a simple tomato sauce, but you could do a butter sauce or whatever you like. Finished with a few grates of parmesan makes this perfect.

The recipe makes quite a few, but you can freeze these wontons after you fill them. Just cook them an extra minute or so and this would be a great quick-to-cook weeknight meal. To go with the ravioli, I made something we have done before - Asiago-Black pepper biscuits. I had forgotten just how good these biscuits are! While being quick to throw together since you can just drop the batter and bake, these are light, tender and have such an intense flavor.



  1. Hello there,

    My first time on your blog! Nice! What lovely colours for this rice bar! Intriguing!

  2. My favorite rice krispies bars are the ones made with cocoa krispies, and mixing peanut butter in with the marshmallows. Before I had to cut out sugar, I could eat half a pan at one sitting!
    Now I can make those ravioli--that looks easy! What kind of sauce did you use--a basic marinara?

  3. Oh, I read it again. You said "simple tomato sauce." Sorry.

  4. What a cool way to present your ravioli- you truly have an eye for "food art"
    Caroline G. from N.Y

  5. Wow. I was impressed by the rice krispy treats and proscuitto ravioli, but the asiago-black pepper biscuits? Brilliant. It's my first time on your blog, too... but I'll be back. :)

  6. You are my favorite "food porn" site! Your pictures are inspiring and your recipes sound delicious. Your baked goods are very inspirational.

  7. Liked the ravioli, yummy!

  8. I love Rice krispie treat! They wouldn't last 15 minutes here!

  9. Bea - Thanks for checkin' us out!

    Cyndi -I agree the cocoa ones are awesome too!

    Caroline G - Thank you!

    Nina - If you can give these biscuits a try, they are so good!

    Teresa - Thank you!

    Ana - and the leftovers were SO good today!

    Michelle - Hee hee, I know what you mean.

  10. I'm sorry but for some reason your rice crispies bar is scary me. But I love the look of your ravioli - yummers!

  11. What's scary about them MM? =)

  12. Dunno, could be the colour. Might be some deep seated childhood trauma. Need chocolate now.