A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


Pumpkin Ravioli with Pistachios

January 25th, 2013

The other day I made a Pumpkin Ravioli with a butter sage sauce. An easy dish that’s made with ravioli, butter, sage, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. This simple dish is in dozens of cookbooks, so I won’t bore you.

But did you ever think that one more ingredient could make a great dish extraordinary? I believe in “less is more”, but I don’t think we are over doing things if we add 5 ingredients rather than 4. When I was buying Pumpkin Ravioli the other day from Rana Pastificio in Chelsea Market in NYC, my wife Nora suggested I add the pistachio nuts that we had in the pantry.  Brilliant.

Pumpkin Ravioli

I was amazed how adding a little nutty crunch transformed this dish into something special. What’s lurking in your pantry that could transform tonight’s meal?

Buon Appetito.

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