Latest Knitting, a Recipe for Cheese Pie, and some Tidying

This week, we’ll start with the cooking. Have you ever had the toasted ravioli at Olive Garden? We’re huge fans and were hoping to recreate the dish at home. Pepper found a wonderful copycat recipe. You can access it HERE.

It’s not very difficult, but I find (after making these twice) that the whole process goes smoother if there are two people working – one to bread the ravioli and the other to man the deep fryer. Today, CPT A was on deep fryer duty.

We like these as much as the ones we’ve had at Olive Garden and recommend them highly!

Another cooking adventure – “Lemon Cheese Pie” from a recipe in my 1960’s Toll House Cook Book.

This was pretty tasty, too, but I’ll probably tweak the recipe some if I make it again. It’s like a light, fluffy cheesecake that you make with cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. If I make it again, I’ll substitute ricotta for the cottage cheese to get a creamier texture, and I might try a different graham cracker crust. Otherwise, it’s a winner and was very popular with the family.

Lemon Cheese Pie (Cheesecake)

Prepare 1 Graham Cracker Crust. 
Mix 1/2 pound cottage cheese and 3 tablespoons sugar. 
Add 3 egg yolks, one at a time, and beat thoroughly. 
Stir in 3 Tbs. flour, 1/4 tsp. salt, 3 TBs. lemon juice, 2 tsp. grated lemon rind. Mix well.
Add 1 cup light cream or rich milk.
Beat 3 egg whites until stiff. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar.

Fold egg whites into cheese mixture. Turn into lined pie plate. Sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs, and bake in 325 degree oven for 55 minutes. Serves 6.

* From Ruth Wakefield's Toll House Cook Book


On the knitting front, I completed a couple of smaller projects this week. The first was a pair of bird mittens I found in Knitting in the Nordic Tradition.

I’m really pleased with how they turned out – especially considering they were the most challenging thing I’ve done to date. I wouldn’t hesitate to make another pair of Nordic-style mittens like these, though. They were a lot of fun.

Much easier was this Head Sock hat that Ginger is modeling. She saw I’d finished it and threw it on one morning while making her toast.

My favorite part was the decreasing process. It was fascinating to see the ribs magically disappear into the “spokes” of crown.

A very pleasant knit, and a good gift option, as the hat can be made in two sizes and is stretchy enough to fit just about any head.

And, finally, the girls put in some time this week going through their belongings a la Marie Kondo’s decluttering method. Have you heard of her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or seen her Netflix series? Very inspiring stuff!

Here, you see Ginger sorting through a pile of her toys.

And, here is one of Ginger’s dresser after she did a clothing purge. So tidy!

Will it stay that way? I’m not sure. Ginger’s pretty organized by nature and loves to see things in order, so she may be able to keep it up. But, I took a picture just in case.

From the dining room table, thinking my own dresser drawers could use some attention – time to get tidying!

Mrs. Smythe

4 Comments on “Latest Knitting, a Recipe for Cheese Pie, and some Tidying

  1. love the hat and mittens. especially the hat pattern. is it available?

    • Hi Marian! If you click on the red words “Head Sock” in the blog post, it will take you to the pattern.