What Would You Say?



Around early June I usually share a college graduation speech with you.

Instead this June I am sharing a lovely and short video titled:

If You Could Say ONE Thing To a Young Person What Would That Be?




I would tell a young person: Live life with gusto!

So I now ask you, what would you say to a young person?


Featured Recipe    Ravioli with Pan Roasted Tomatoes



This dish is absolutely, positively divine.

This dish proves my belief that the best recipes are often the most simple.

This dish proves my manta that the best diners are often the quickest and easiest to make.

It is also great for hot summer evenings when you do not want to slave over a hot stove.

It is also just as delicious cold as it is hot off the stove.

What’s not to like here?

I found this recipe on the Go Bold With Butter website. Well worth the visit!

I made a few slight changes. One I used both red and yellow tomatoes. Much prettier that way, don’t you think?

I also added a sad looking shallot cause it was getting old and shriveled and had to be used up before it became garbage bound.

I also used more butter. No surprise there for regular readers here.

NOTE: You will notice that I used the small leafs of basil in my dish/picture. I copied the original picture at the web site to make the picture prettier. Use as much basil as you wish when eating

This is what you need for 4 people:

1 pound fresh or frozen cheese ravioli

3 – 5 tablespoons butter

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic

1 large shallot diced

¼ cup fresh basil

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Wash the tomatoes.

Press the garlic, dice the shallot, and………



…. tear the basil into small pieces. Keep the smaller leaves of basil too.


Smaller basil leaves

Smaller basil leaves

Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook ravioli according to package instructions. Drain.


While ravioli are cooking, melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced shallots and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.




Cook the tomatoes until their skins split, about 4-6 minutes, shaking pan, or gently stirring every few minutes to rotate tomatoes.


Tomato beginning to split.

Tomato beginning to split.

Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.


Add the drained ravioli and gently toss until combined with tomatoes and butter.


Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. I add the basil on individual plates rather than the entire dish in the skillet.


Bon Appétite

1 lb fresh cheese ravioli       $4.59

3 – 5 tablespoons butter      $0.47

1 pint cherry tomatoes         $4.80

3 cloves of garlic                 $0.27

1 large shallot diced            $0.20

¼ cup fresh basil                $1.50

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese    $1.71

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $13.54
Cost per person $3.39

Quote of the Day

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley


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4 comments to What Would You Say?

  • I would say – you’re not fat! Love the recipe! So fresh. Love the video too!

  • I would (and frequently do) say that life is not fair, get used to it. It’s not what happens to you in life, it’s what you do about it that counts.You don’t have to look far to find someone, poorer, uglier, shorter, fatter or whatever ….er than yourself.

    So get on with it, use the skills and talents God gave you and take charge of your life.

    Choose to be a survivor and an achiever, not a victim.

  • My advice would be to think for yourself. Your inner guidance is always right so don’t be influenced by those with a different agenda.

    Your ravioli dish looks awesome and I love tomatoes cooked just until the begin to burst open. Delicious dish!