Monday, June 14, 2010

Play Sublimely...


"Your playing small does not serve the world...

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us."

~ M. Williamson

If I could be any instrument in the world, I would be a Stradivarius Violin. No doubt you can understand why. The very name personifies virtuosity.

I was about 15 years old when I first learned of Antonio Stradivari, the famous violin maker who was quoted as saying that "to make a violin less than his best would be to rob God, who could not make Antonio Stradivari's violins without Antonio." Touche.

I love how Max Lucado puts it, "In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely."

So, play sweet bellas...

Play....Showcase your luster, spill over, Shine!
Don't let the noise and distractions of this world destroy your magnificent melody -

On that note, and for those who missed it or are new to this blog, I am once again sharing the recipe that seems to be the catalyst that sparked this adventure, the chile relleno ravioli...

This fusion recipe is sure to impress family and friends and is an absolute cinch to make. Every bite awakens the senses with a combination of savory and sweet with just enough heat and spice from the chile to tickle the taste buds all the while delivering a presentation that's visually stimulating and bursting with magnificent color.

Chile Relleno Ravioli
• 1 pound(s) of Wonton Wrappers
• 2 eggs slightly beaten with water
• 7 ounce(s) of Ricotta Cheese
• 4 ounce(s) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
• 1/2 cup(s) of chopped green chile
• 1 tsp. of garlic powder
• 4 tbsp. of shredded Parmiggano Reggiano
• 4 Diced Roma Tomatoes
• 1/2 Purple Onion cut Fajita Style into slivers
• 2 Diced Mangos
• 1 handful of fresh italian flat leaf parsley
• 4 tbsp. of olive oil
• 1 diced clove of garlic
• 1 tbsp. of canola oil
• salt to taste
• black pepper to taste

1) In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, Ricotta Cheese, chopped green chile, & 1 tsp. of garlic powder.
2) In a small bowl, beat 2 eggs slightly with a splash of water to create "eggwash"
3) Lay One Wonton Wrapper onto cutting board and brush with "eggwash" in a square following the edges of the wonton wrapper.
4) Add a teaspoon of chile cheese filling in 4 spots in the corners of the wonton wrapper down just far enough to give room to seal the edges on all four sides of each filling spot.
5) Place another Wonton Wrapper on top and seal edges and seal well around each filling spot - press gently but firmly to seal well. Use a knife or ravioli cutter to cut into 4 raviolis along the sealed seams.
(Repeat steps 3-5 to create ravioli with remaining wonton wrappers and filling).
6) In a sautee pan over med to low heat, sautee 4 tbsp. of olive oil with one clove of garlic, 1/2 purple onion, the 4 roma tomatoes and salt to taste until onions become translucent,
then add the 2 diced mangos and sautee for a minute longer - turn off heat and cover to keep warm
7) Boil Raviolis in Water (with 1 tbsp. of canola oil and a small handful of salt) for 2 to 3 minutes. Lift gently on flat spatula with holes to drain water.
8) Plate Raviolis, cover with sauce on top, add italian flat leaf parsley, shredded Parmiggano Reggiano and black pepper to taste.
serve hot

AND NOW.....a gift for YOU! Mangiabella would like to thank you wonderful bellas for journeying with me on this grand adventure.
With the help of one of my uber talented BFFs, Melanie Rivera, the mastermind and craftswoman behind Huggabugbaby, LLC, we are joining together to give away one of her remarkable creations to one of you lucky winners. Talk about gifts and talents, this woman's cup is overflowing with awe inspiring creativity and absolute brilliance and by golly she beautifies everything her heart and hands can hold. She has dreamed up and brought to life the most adorable lil tutus for toddlers you have ever laid your precious eyes upon, as well as unique hair accessories, hats, AND...she is a proud representative of Moby Wraps, the most amazing baby concoction I have ever used.
One sweet bella will win one of her custom tutus as shown above, here's how to enter:
1) You must be a follower
2) Invite 10 friends to become a follower of Mangiabella
3) Share this post on Facebook/Twitter (or both)
4)leave a comment below!

What a lovely gift this will make for one tiny lil bella :)
Winner will be chosen at random and announced next week


  1. You two have the most beautiful souls and I am lucky to call you friends. Jaime,I have been so stressed and your words always find away to calm me and your recipes I so look forward to enjoying w/ my familia. Good luck fellow bella's....

  2. I agree with Kelly. I am so glad to have met you, Jaime. In a world filled with so much negativity, it is so refreshing to meet people with a pure heart...encouraging one another to become what God has created each of us to be!
    I'm always lifted up by your positive and Godly perspective. He has gifted you with the ability to calm others through your gentle spirit.

  3. I came here from SITS, but just wanted to say I really liked this post. Have a good day :)

  4. Wow does that ravioli look delicious! Im also very pleased that I came across your blog. It seems absolutely lovely, honestly, and i cant wait to read more.

  5. Wow! I read these words in your post below about your daughter:
    let me not chase after success but rather significance
    let me not pursue pleasure so much as purpose...
    let me live an authentic life
    an original life
    a meaningful life
    let me touch a life...

    I love this! From SITS!

  6. Love your blog as always..

    And my little girl loves tutus :D

    Hope all is well - and thanks again for all your help & support!

  7. Hi there - greetings from Italy! What a fun site you have. And your words about using our talents are very timely, very wise.

  8. Thanks for stopping by Cook Clean Craft and helping me find your blog! Beautiful photography, and that pasta looks so colourful and tasty. I'm following you now too!

  9. Wow... does that look delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours.

  10. This is a great combination of flavors :) Love it!

  11. Looks absolutely delish!! Beautiful site!

    Art by Karena

  12. Thanks for your kind comments on your blog! I'm now your latest follower too! Great post, but I always thought that quote in the beginning of the post was Nelson Mandela's. Definitely a great sentiment!

  13. thank you all for the encouraging comments! Cheryl I believe Nelson Mandela was quoting M. Williamson from her book, "A Return to Love" - you know what's funny, I remember seeing that quote posted on a wall in Laurence Fishbourne's office from that movie "Akeelah and the Bee" and it showed her name as the author...what a great movie that was! so inspirational!!! I'm so thrilled you joined me here at mangiabella, will talk to you more soon!

  14. Your blog is beautiful! And I'm definitely trying that recipe :) it sounds so good! Thank you so much for visiting me today and for following :) I'm your new follower as well! Hope you'll visit again!

  15. Yum! I want that ravioli now. Gotta get all the ingredients first. I can't wait. New follower here. I want more of that!

  16. Thank you for following my blog! I am now following you :o)

    That raviolli looks DELICIOUS! Those pictures are amazing! That tutu is TOO cute!

    You have such a peaceful atmosphere on this blog...i LOVE it! <3

  17. Thanks for stopping by and following me! I love your blog and your recipes look awesome! I might have to try a few. Looking forward to reading more - Happy Weekend! ;)

  18. Your blog is absolutely beautiful!! I agree with the previous posts that the ravioli looks delicious!

  19. The Ravioli recipe looks wonderful. I usually don't have time to cook, but this one I'm going to try! Found your blog through MBC! God Bless.
    Big Fat Mama

  20. Good morning! Found you through the Tea Party and now following along ... :)

  21. Stopping by from the LBS tea party...what a lovely site you have! I may have to try that ravioli recipe! Have a great day!

  22. Following back! That dish looks soo good! Is it to early for dinner yet?

  23. Definitely going to make those ravioli's. Yum! Beautiful post. Thanks again for coming by and becoming a "Flocker" and for your kind words. Have a lovely weekend!

  24. What an excellent quote! And yummy! I am here from Blogflow! You have a new follower! Come and vist Mama's Little Chick.

    Mama Hen

  25. You were follower number 500! I think there should be balloons or something! :) Thank you for visiting Mama's Little Chick! You will see me around! Hope to see you at the Hen House!

    Mama Hen

  26. This looks AMAZING! Gotta try it!

    Thanks for your kind words at GodsyGirl.Com.

    I'm following back and will subscribe.

    Blessings and hugs,


  27. I wanted to thank you for stopping by- love your blog and can't wait to try the ravioli- very different but looks awesome.

    I am following you now.

  28. You have a great blog! I'm following you from MBC:)

    I am assuming this enters me into the tutu contest as well?

  29. hey nice blog. I loved reading ur posts. intresting. I am ur newest follower & I hope u follow back too

  30. Hi there-
    I clicked over from the LBS tea party. Thank you for your comment this morning on my blog.
    My littles are too big for the little tutu, no need to enter me. More chances for the others.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  31. I can't wait to try your ravioli recipe! It looks and sounds soooo good!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. I am now following you back!

    I look forward to reading more from you!

    -Jessica a.k.a Nya's mom

  32. I love the positive vibe that I received through your post. The Chile Relleno Ravioli looks absolutely delicious and alive with all those splendid colors. I will most definitely be coming back to write this receipe down :)

  33. I love the idea of using wonton wrappers for the ravioli! your pics are great too! Thanks for sharing

  34. What a beautiful quote to have started off your post with!

    I saw your comment on another blog so I thought I would stop on by and see this new blog of yours...glad I did!

    That ravioli dish looks soooo yummy! I'm going to be trying that recipe. It doesn't look like it takes too much time either - bonus! :-)

    My Google account isn't connected to my blog so if you want to stop by for a visit (and some tips, networking and more!) you can find me at or! Hope to see you around!!!

  35. Man that dinner looked good! I'm hungry at 11:29 pm and that only made me hungrier!

    Thanks for stopping by my post (I answered you regarding the teen books at

    I really appreciate your comment and if you have any suggestions to give that reader who started up the blog about what Teens are reading - she would like more YA Christian books.

    Thanks - I'm following you now. You are very good writer and will only improve as you continue writing. I'm rather new myself and make it a goal to at least write once a week. Be sure to register for my giveaway for the Storytimes Fun Felts - your kids will love it!

  36. I still can't wait to cook up that ravioli looks amazing. I've posted an award on my site for your blog. Come by and pick it up when you get a chance.
    Big Fat Mama

  37. Following back .

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Help spread the word!

    Come and grab my button :)


  38. The tutu is so sweet. Is it too late to enter this giveaway? I am following!

    Beautiful, heartfelt blog you have here. Keep up the good work.

  39. That looks delicious!! I LOVE raviolis!! Following you back!

  40. Stopping by from SITS... can't wait to try the chile relleno ravioli.. yum!!! (Love your blog - I'm a new follower)

  41. My daughter prefers taekwondo to tutus so wouldn't wear this (if for any strange reason I do win, please pass on me for another), but your post touched the soul of a fellow Christ follower so I just wanted to say thank you. I love the dish too. Yum! Cheers!!



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