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CulturePulp's first recipe column: Learn how to make delicious ravioli from scratch!

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Grey-tones for this installment by Chad Essley.

2. As is all too often the case with what was once considered “peasant food,” finding the tools to make a filled pasta from scratch — even one that used to be filled with brains, eyeballs, hearts, tongues and livers — is now a surprisingly expensive yuppie enterprise.

It took us years to build the family inventory of ravioli molds, cutting wheels, tiny rolling pins, pasta cranks, etc., that make Ravioli Day fun and efficient. And by “efficient,” I mean that Ravioli Day becomes low-maintenance enough that you’re doing what’s really important — talking to your family while you work.

These days, you can find most of these supplies through online dealers — or at one of the more expensive (of course) kitchen-gizmo places in town: Sur La Table.

3. This comic has online bonus features! It turns out that my father-in-law Mike Moran had already written and illustrated (with photos) a "Ravioli Day" how-to of his own. Here's a PDF of that document -- which goes into greater detail than I could on some of the specifics: RavioliDayIllustrated.pdf

4. If, Heaven forbid, this inspires anyone to celebrate their own “Ravioli Day,” we’d love to hear your stories. You can drop us a line at culturepulp at gmail dot com, or in the comments section below.

Lettering too small? You can download a high-rez PDF of CulturePulp 040 right here: CulturePulp40.pdf

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