Pillows of creamy homemade ricotta has been lightly scented with fresh herbs, with a small hidden surprise, is nestled between layers of fresh homemade semolina pasta and then gently cooked before being sprinkled with fresh black truffles.

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I imagine everyone has been touched at least once in their lives by cancer.  I knew people who were dealing with it, when I was growing up, but it really did not hit me until a few years ago, when my friend Dawn, was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  I was devastated.  This was not suppose to happen to someone so  young, let alone someone you love!  Then a few years back, almost at the same time I started this site, I met Barbara of Winos and Foodies and through her I met Jen of Use Real Butter, two more amazing women who were battling cancer.  Each of their stories touched me in so many different ways, I wept with each word, I smiled at how strong they were and I shared with Lenny, daily, how amazing I thought each of them was.  During this time I was dealing with something that we were not sure what it was and cancer was definitely an option during the 6 month testing process.  Always in the back of my mind, I told myself, that Dawn, Barbara and Jen were survivors and that if they had the courage, I could battle anything and that this was only going to be a bump in the road.  I was lucky as the outcome was not cancer but rather premature menopause;  but it was these three amazing women that helped build the strength in me, during a time when I needed it.  I thank you each for being who you are and how extraordinary you make every day!  Since this time we have had a few more friends who have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer and each time we are left speechless and saddened.  But, each person fights it and ends up being a stronger person for the courage and strength they used during this battle, we admire you for this and want you to know we are there for each of you!

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In honor of the LiveSTRONG event, Barbara sent us an email asking us to participate, of course we said yes.  I am always honored when she asks us to be part of her events.  I knew that I was going to make one of our favorite dishes homemade Raviolis with egg;  but, I did not know until Sunday morning that I would include homemade ricotta. I sent out a tweet asking if anyone had a recipe for ricotta and Holly of Holly Hadsell-El Hajji was the first to respond with her recipe.  It is so easy, so easy in fact, I will never buy ricotta again.  It was the icing on the cake for this ravioli recipe.   I seasoned the ricotta with fresh thyme and oregano as well it had  a slight floral taste to the cheese, due to the fresh Meyer lemon juice I used to make it.  We made our own semolina pasta, using the newest addition to our KitchenAid family, the pasta roller.  It made life so much simpler and we were able to make a thinner pasta, which was perfect for this ravioli.  Inside each little pillow of ricotta, we put a raw egg yolk and then we gently cooked them just until the pasta was al dente and the yolk still runny.  Topped off with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh black truffle!    An amazing meal for an amazing cause – Thank You Barbara!

Recipe:  Homemade Ricotta

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