It has been said that 'Maultaschen' were originally invented in order to allow Swabians to keep eating meat during Lent by concealing it beneath the pasta shell and amidst the spinach filling from the eye of the parish priest (if not the omniscient Deity Himself). The following recipe is typical but far from definitive, especially where the ingredients for the filling are concerned. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand or whatever your fancy (or your conscience) dictates. Certainly if anyone were to insist that 'Maultaschen' were the most delicious of all Swabian specialties, I[rst Scharfenberg] would hardly be prepared to deny it. In fact, as indicated earlier, I suspect that 'Maultaschen' would have very good chances in a four-way international competition with ravioli, won tons, and pirogi for the champion- ship of the Roughly Rectangular Pasta with Meat (plus Miscellaneous) Filling division.