Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fried Ravioli


We were in clean up and de-clutter mode at out house the other day. Going through the fridge and freezer we find items that need to be used before that expire. This round was some frozen cheese ravioli and some pasta sauce. My wife and I have had the fried ravioli from restaurants and so we  decided to try it at home. Here is our thrown together fried cheese ravioli recipe that turned out pretty darn good!

Fried Cheese Ravioli  
Frozen Ravioli - thawed (we had cheese but can use any). We let it sit out on the counter then finish in the fridge as it started to soften.
1 Egg beaten
1 Tbsp Water
1 C All purpose flour
1 C Yellow Cornmeal
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/3 C grated parmesan cheese
Salt - to taste
Pepper - to taste
Oil - enough for frying, we used Wesson oil in a cast iron skillet (about 1/2" worth)

Heat oil to frying temp.
Beat eat and add 1 Tbsp water
Combine and mix flour, cornmeal, italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
Take thawed ravioli, dip into egg and place into flour mixture. (I did about 8 at a time since that was the size of the container I used.) Once your oil is ready for frying (test with a small pinch of flour, if it bubbles, its ready. If it doesn't, it's not.... that simple). Retrieve your coated ravioli shaking off excess back into the flour. Slowly place into the hot oil with tongs or a slotted spoon. Allow them to fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. (NOTE: As they cook, they will "puff up") Once they have reached a light golden color and have "puffed" some. Remove from oil and place on plate that has been lined with a paper towel. Cover with tinfoil until ready to serve. Serve as as you can.


Heat some marinara for a dipping sauce. You can also use ranch dressing for a dip.

Hope you and yours enjoy!
As always, thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nuclear Stress Test

Nuclear stress test... Yeah me! I did survive the full 14 minutes on the treadmill but the lungs were pretty depleted. Ticker kept on ticking so that's a good thing. Still waiting on the "official" results, but I hope no acute news in sorta good news. Will have a follow up with the MD in the next few days/weeks. 

So the elephant in the room should be I'm too young for this right? Well I had some shortness of breath and some fluttering in my chest up to my throat. That accompanied with a bout of light-headed-ness got me thinking I should get it looked at. I plan on being around for my daughter and wife for a long time.  Why post this? Well consider it just a friendly reminder for everyone to keep a check on themselves. If you have something going on, it's better to ease your mind or catch it early. Hope everyone is well. Will continue to post some tid-bits more as the holidays rapidly approach this year!  

Stress Test summary

Sign in
Insurance cards and info given 
Triage weight, height, complaints.
Insert IV and Radioactive particles/isotopes to show an image once they have time to circulate.
Sit for 45 minutes - Twitter, Facebook
Sit in a fancy recliner like chair with Left arm on L shaped imaging machine for 9 minutes to get images of heart at work.
Hit the treadmill room and get base line blood pressure and get hooked up to EKG machine to read what your heart is doing. 
Start walking on the treadmill as the pace and incline increases over the next 14 minutes. The nurse/tech takes BP measures about every 2 minutes. 
Test ends and recover sitting on the table as BP is taking once more. 
Head back to the fancy reclining chair for more images while the heart is still recovering from exertion. This should take 2 minutes but takes me 4 since I had to retest because I coughed. 
Finished... Total ~ 2 and 1/2 hours. 

If anyone has questions about what happens in the test, feel free to ask. 

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