Over the past few years, I have spent a fair amount of time pondering why I love to travel so much. Of course the obvious goal is experiencing a new place with new sights, sounds, attractions and just as importantly, new foods. But now I realize that it is not only the experience itself which is so magical, but also the memories that exist even after you return home. I certainly couldn’t tell you specific details from the weeks before or after I travel, but I remember with vivid clarity the majority of our trips. The limitless possibility for forming more of these new, vivid memories is the fire that keeps my love of travel burning.
One thing I have been continually remembering from our recent trip to Italy is an incredible dish I ate on the Amalfi coast – fresh pasta filled with whipped ricotta, roasted cherry tomatoes and roasted sea bass. It was easily one of my favorite meals of the entire trip and I think of it often. At first I was a bit put off by a homemade version, worried it wouldn’t live up to my memory. Finally my stomach got the better of me and we are all SO glad it did. This is one of the best meals I have made in the past few months, maybe this entire year! I wasn’t able to get a photo of the finished dish due to the waning autumn light (insert sobbing emoji here) but we all know what ravioli look like. I made a simple white wine butter sauce to go with this and it was a perfect pairing. My only mistake was making just one meal’s worth of ravioli. Next time I will make a double batch for sure.