Mini Italian Lesson #6 & Paintballing (Recipe: Ravioli with Browned Butter Mushroom Sauce)

I believe we left off with adjectives.

It is important to note that the dictionary only has the masculine singular form of words. And there are those adjectives that are masculine and feminine such as interessante. Just keep in mind that you want all of your endings to match up in terms of gender and singular/plural.

Example: Il fiore bello e fresco.  The beautiful flower is fresh.

Another note: Italians put the adjective after the noun it is describing.

After discussing adjectives, we learned our colors!  There are three categories of colors:

1. Colors that end in -o.  These are:

nero (black)

bianco (white)

giallo (yellow)

grigio (gray)

azzurro (azure)

rosso (red)

2. Colors that end in -e. verde (green)

3. Colors that are invariable (they do not have different masculine/feminine forms):

blu (blue)

rosa (pink)

arancione (orange)

viola (purple)

marrone (brown)

And now you know the colors of l’arcobaleno (the rainbow)!

What do I mean by different masculine and feminine forms?

Il gatto nero. The black cat. – This is masculine singular.

La gatta nera. The black cat. – This is feminine singular.

I gatti neri. The black cats. – This is masculine plural.

Le gatte nere. The black cats. – This is feminine plural.

Confusing, right?

Oh, and a note on pronunciation. When you are speaking last person plural [we=loro], the emphasis is at the beginning of the verb rather than the end of the verb. I always mess that one up.

Then we learned about the time.

Che ora e? What time is it?

Most of the Italians use the 24-hour system.  19 e 48 for 7:48pm.

You always use the article “le” before the time.

Le quattro e venti. 4:20am.

Le cinque. 5 o’clock am.

There is also other terminology such as:

mezzo = half past

un quarto = a quarter

la mezzanotte = midnight

il mezzogiorno = noon

So….le quattro e trentale quattro e mezzo = 4:30

Alright. I think that’s enough Italian.

Can you imagine me paintballing? I’m usually not the type. However, as an anniversary present, I got A and I groupons to go to a local paintballing place out in Durham. K&T also bought the Groupon, so there were 4 of us. We had a blast! It took me a game or two to get into any sort of groove, but it is fun!  And expensive if you didn’t have a groupon or your own gear! I would totally do it again! This place had several different “cities” built where the games took place, so there were buildings to hide in, cars and barriers to hide behind, and even some two-story forts. And I only have two bruises from it! Not too bad!


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Of course, we had to celebrate our success afterward with a super tasty lunch that concluded with this dessert:


Food for Thought: Kumquats. These small, oval fruits have tart flesh and a thin, sweet, edible rind. The rind is rich in flavonoids that possess strong anticancer action and have the potential to be used to treat prostate and colon cancers.

1 year ago: Eat Even MORE Fruits and Veggies (Recipe: Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli)

2 years ago: Is Pre-Exercise Stretching Counterproductive? (Recipe: Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Quote of the Day:

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” -Jackie Joyner-Kersee

So…I know it’s a Paula Deen recipe which means unhealthy, but this was delicious!  (And it was made before I started counting calories!) I will be making this again for sure!

Ravioli with Browned Butter Mushroom Sauce

Ravioli with Browned Butter Mushroom Sauce


– 3/4 cup butter, divided

– 4 (8 ounce) packages baby portobello mushrooms, quartered

– 1 large onion, thinly sliced

– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

– 1 tablespoon minced garlic

– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

– 1 (25 ounce) package frozen ravioli, cooked according to package directions


– In a large skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

– Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt remaining 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add sage, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes or until butter begins to brown and has a nutty aroma. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar, salt, and pepper.

– Stir butter mixture into mushroom mixture. Add ravioli, and cook over low heat until heated through.

Courtesy of Paula Deen

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