AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: August Will Come DATE: 7/05/2009 11:05:00 AM ----- BODY:
"Midnight will come tonight as it does every night." Those were Frank King's famous words as he pranced through the kitchen I was working in ---they were meant to be a comfort as we cooked as fast as we could on a busy Saturday night. At 8 o'clock, I could not see beyond the five skillets I was juggling on the stove-top and as many in the oven. Stacks of plates awaited roast chicken, seared foie gras and soft-shell crabs.

As I look out the window at the gray skies, I think of Frank, slightly modifying his famous words, "August will come as it does every year."

Last summer, I canned 24 quart jars of tomatoes, which I have judiciously used over the winter. With August just around the corner, I know I will soon again be knee deep in the coveted summertime queen of the garden. I’m more brazen using the last few jars of tomatoes in my cooking.

This week, I made ricotta ravioli, served atop garden kale and tomato coulis. The pea greens on top also came from the garden. Alas, I did not have much for more than a garnish.…

Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato Coulis

Filling:

1 ½ cups fresh ricotta
¼ cup parmesan
2 tablespoons fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix everything together.

Pasta dough:

2 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus ¼ cup for dusting
4-5 large eggs as needed
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

1. Sift 2 ¾ cup flour onto a clean counter. Make a well in the flour, and add 4 of the eggs, olive oil and the salt.

2. Beat the eggs with a fork, gradually bringing in the flour from the sides of the well, until the paste has thickened enough so the liquid will not run onto the counter. Switch from a fork to a pastry cutter. Bring all the flour into the already wet part and cut through the dough several times until it is evenly moistened. Start kneading with your hands until the dough forms a ball and looks homogenized, about 8 minutes.

3. If the dough becomes stiff, and refuses to bend, rub in a little of the remaining egg. If the dough becomes too moist, add a bit of the flour.

Work the dough by machine:

4. Divide the dough into 3 balls, and let rest under a damp towel for 20 minutes. (This is a good time to make the rest of the recipe). Start working the dough through the pasta machine starting with the widest setting. After running it through the machine, fold it into thirds, and run it through again. When the dough is smooth, run the dough through the machine through successively small settings. The dough will stretch out, and be rolled very thin.

5. When you have achieved thin sheets, you can let the dough rest for a few minutes before filling and cutting. Use the remaining egg as glue for the ravioli sheets to stick together.

Tomato Coulis
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1 – 16 oz. can best quality tomatoes
¼ cup white wine

1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 3 minutes, or until soft. Add tomatoes and white wine.

2. Cook tomatoes until much of the water has evaporated.

3. Puree tomatoes in a blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous noble pig DATE:7/05/2009 01:01:00 PM The coulis sounds amazing. Again I am taken aback by your bountiful garden. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Melissa DATE:7/05/2009 06:49:00 PM All of that sounds just delicious. I envy those of you with stashes of tomatoes from the previous summer. I'm just patiently waiting for my generous coworker to share his bounty with me next month. *Tapping foot impatiently* ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:7/06/2009 07:27:00 AM After all the rain we've had in June, August cannot come soon enough. My garden is in desperate need of sun and heat, and has a lot of cathing up to do. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger giz DATE:7/06/2009 11:05:00 PM great tutorial!!! You've inspired me to try making them.
You're a brave woman - I did 5 bushels of tomatoes every year for a long time and I know how much labour it is...ugh... I also appreciate the clean finished product and priced them out to about $0.75/mason jar. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:7/07/2009 07:50:00 AM noble pig -- it's especially impressive given all the rain!

Melissa -- I'm waiting "patiently" too for my bounty. :)

Lydia -- I'm really surprised at what I have managed... of course the tomatoes would be MUCH happier if we had sun.

giz -- every year, I keep reminding myself how happy I'll be in February. I'm not crazy about canning, but am always so grateful in then end. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kristen DATE:7/08/2009 10:36:00 AM I'm like Melissa... I envy the bounty from your garden! I didn't garden this year and miss the fresh produce tremendously! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Callie Durbrow DATE:7/09/2009 10:09:00 AM Sounds like a great recipe! I look forward to checking out more of your blog. ----- --------