Each year before Christmas my family gathers to create our family recipe of ravioli. The recipe has been past down through the generations on my mother’s maternal side of the family. My grandmother Lucille taught us how to make ravioli many years ago. She pasted away along time ago but she is always with us on this special cooking day!
My mother is the eldest generation at our ravioli making day. We are three generations – my mom, my brother and myself, and the grandkids! And on occasion, we get help from other family members and friends! It is a good time!
Years ago, my other Italian Nana also helped us. It can get pretty exciting with two Italian grandmothers in the kitchen! But Nana was the one who helped us perfect the rolling out of the dough. She shared her secret of wrapping the dough and keeping it slightly warm. The roll out is a breeze! We roll out a pound of dough at a time with the rolling pin into a large rectangular shape.
We spread the filling on half of the dough and then lay over the other half on top.
This ravioli rolling pin was my grandmother’s, as well as the board we are using, and the ravioli cutters. God only know how many generations have touched these cooking tools.
This year we made over 500 ravioli, which we will enjoy on Christmas eve.
This is my beautiful mother. Tradition is very important to her. She insists on creating many of our family recipes and immensely enjoys passing her knowledge on to her four children and two grandchildren.
I am a fifth generation Italian American. The Italian language was last spoke by my grandmothers’ generation. But the preparation of our family recipes continues, which keeps us close to our Italian roots. It also keeps us close as a family, as cooks, as mothers, daughters, sons, and grandsons. Food is transformational and magical!
God bless you and your family this Christmas! Buon Natale!