Who knew?  I had tons of sage in my garden this year and it’s been drying out in my basement.  I love to put it in everything!  I am definitely going to have something with sage before my next French exam!

I’ve included a great recipe for a simple and delicious use of sage … bon appetite!

 

Sage Strengthens Memory

A single dose of sage can instantly sharpen your memory skills, helping you recall names, places and other facts more quickly and accurately for at least three hours straight, say researchers at Britain’s University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

How? Plant compounds called phenols block the breakdown of acetylcholine – a brain compound that’s essential for clear-headed thinking and the formation of new memories, the study authors say. MSN

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Butter and Sage

  • Purchase fresh Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli at La Bottega on George Street in the Byward Market
  • Purchase or pick two handfuls of fresh sage leaves and chop into small pieces
  • Boil your water and drop in your ravioli for approx. 10 min.

In the meantime …..

  • Melt enough butter to cover the quantity of ravioli that you have and add in the fresh sage
  • Sauté the sage for 1 min. on med. heat – do not burn butter!
  • Drain your ravioli when tender and throw into the pan containing your butter and sage and sauté for 1 min. or until all the ravioli are covered and the aroma has your mouth watering …
  • Grate fresh Parmigiano Reggiano – which you can also purchase from La Bottega – add some fresh ground pepper and serve with a nice mixed herb or arugula salad and an Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic dressing

So simple … yet so delicious!