What I did on my Thanksgiving week vacation!

I had a wonderful dinner with family!

I attended afternoon tea at the Peninsula Chicago in honor of my niece.

The setting was gorgeous, the minute you walk in you feel the elegance!
It was especially beautiful because of all the Christmas decorations they had up, the tree was stunning in warm colors of reds and golds.

Live music filled the air as we sipped on our teas and

ate our goodies. The service was wonderful and they were happy to replenish our plates!
A great experience and a fun thing to do if you’re in Chicago with your girlfriends.

I learned how to make Bietole from a master, my daughter -in -laws nana.
This woman is well into her 80’s and shes a spitfire in the kitchen, she puts us all to shame!
Bietole is basically swiss chard that is sauteed with lots of garlic and oil.

The sauteed chard is then placed on a pasta dough with enormous amounts of Pecorino romano, more garlic and olive oil then rolled up jelly roll style and baked. It’s so simple with just a few ingredients but the taste is out of this world!

Then to top off the week I spent a day at my house making ravioli with my cousin and sister-in-law for a party we’re having this weekend, the music was blasting, there was flour everywhere! We were even going to crack open a bottle of wine but opted for coffee instead since it was only 9:00 in the morning!

We ended up making 200 total, a combination of both meat and cheese.
I highly recommend a day of pasta making with family or friends, it’s a great way to spend a day!
Buon Appetito!

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  1. Oh my mom use to make a stuffed bread that looked just like the Bietole! To learn a recipe like that from someone of that age is priceless. And it is on a pasta dough? I always thought my mom used a bread dough but I never asked. Was it your basic pasta dough recipe?

  2. Wow, you were busy over the holiday, Marie. I’m happy to know about tea at the Peninsula. I know my daughter and granddaughter would enjoy that experience. I was in Chicago for the Thanksgiving holiday and we went to Freddy’s for takeout. I got a little carried away so we had their wonderful food for several meals. Thanks for the recommendation. I loved it!

  3. Everything looks like fun and so delicious – from the tea to the ravioli, but I have to say that the swiss chard-filled roll really captured my attention. I’ll be making that one for sure.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful time. I so love this time of year – families, friends, festivities…food!

  5. A week well spent, to be sure. I adore high tea and am sure the one at the Peninsula was awesome. I’m not familiar with Bietole; from what region does it hail? Those ravioli look terrific.

  6. Love sauteed Swiss chard with lots of garlic — wrapped in fresh pasta it must be sensational! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family. xo

  7. Your ravioli day sounds like so much fun, Marie. Making 200 ravioli is a wonderful feat!

    I love the Bietole recipe. I can’t wait to be able to eat carbs again ..but I have to wait till after my daughter’s wedding 🙂 I’ll be making that for sure!

  8. What a joyous posting, Marie! All looks merry and bright and that Swiss Chard is coming here!

  9. I too have seen the bietole recipe with bread dough but never a pasta dough which sounds very interesting. Is it a basic pasta dough recipe? Could you also give the recipe for the meat and cheese filling of your ravioli? Thank you in advance!

  10. Oh my goodness the swiss chard and the ravioli look wonderful! I’ve been to tea at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, but not the Peninsula…..lovely! It’s a 6hour drive for us to hit Chicago but we love going! I truly love your blog!!!

  11. I have never heard of this before but it looks delicious. It will be on my “to do” list and hopefully will get to it soon.

  12. Now I wish I had gone out for tea during my Thanksgiving vacation. I probably could have gotten my family to oblige!

    Your ravioli look wonderful. Do you ship? 😉

  13. Can you share the recipe for the pasta dough? Love your blog!

  14. Bietole is one of my mother frisday night recipes. She learned in Uruguuay from and old Italian granny that inmigrate in the 40 to the southamreican country. they just called spinach or swiss chard roll

  15. Now that’s what I call a vacation, Marie! Love the bietole and, of course, the homemade ravioli.

  16. It sounds to me like you had the PERFECT Thanksgiving week! Good Food, Family & Friends…what more could any of us ask for?

    Loved seeing the fully stocked freezer! YUM!


  17. Aw…sounds terrific Marie. Nothing like enjoying food…with family and friends. That beitole looks fabulous.
    P.S. Love the vibrant colors in your photos.