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Old 03-04-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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Italian This Weekend, Anyone Up For It?

I'm new to this dine with us thing, but I'm doing Italian this weekend if anyone would like to join in, great.

I'll be going with Spaghetti with homemade sauce, Homemade garlic bread, veggies, and ceasar salad.

I'm doing this on Sunday and will share recipes and pictures.
Hope to get a few others to join in.

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Old 03-04-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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I am always ready for Italian. Maybe, I will make some ravioli this weekend. It all depends on DH's schedule.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:03 PM   #3
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Yummy, you can't go wrong with raviolis. That was actually my first choice but my kids like spaghetti more.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:18 PM   #4
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I don't know if you have access to it. There is a pork sausage mixture that was created in the middle of Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Cudighee Sausage. I can purchase it locally do to where I live. There are also several recipes that can be found with a quick Google search if you want want to try making your own. It's similar to a pork, bulk-sausage. The reason I bring it up, is that when you mix 2 parts ground beef to 1 part Cudaghee Sausage, add an egg, a little bread crumbs, and a bit of granulated garlic, and chopped onions, an a splash of milk to the mixture, it makes an incredible meatball or meatloaf. I'll try to put amounts of ingredients down here. Just keep in mind that when I make my own, I eyball everything and so use your best judgement as to how much of each flavor you want.

Ingredients:
3/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. Cudaghee Sausage
1 onion, finely diced
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
14 cup milk
1 extra-large egg
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. granulated garlic powder

After everything is well combined, take a spoonful of the mixture and flatten it into a patty. Fry it and taste. Correct the seasonings.

Roll into 3/4 inch balls and place in a lightly oiled SS or seasoned cast-iron pan and fry over medium heat, turning every couple of minutes, until lightly browned all over. Place the meatballs into your prepared pasta sauce and enjoy.

For a meat loaf, simply place the meat mixture into a loaf pan and bake at 350' F. until a meat thermometer placed into the middle center reads 165'F.

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Old 03-04-2009, 06:20 PM   #5
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I'm in! Not sure if it would be Saturday or Sunday but Italian it is!
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I'm always up for some Italian.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:27 PM   #7
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Well this should be fun. I may even get brave and try to make some polenta.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:34 PM   #8
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We had polenta served on a big board covered with meat sauce a couple of weeks ago. Some dear Italian friends invited us for this wonderful feast. We sat across from each other and ate from our section of the board. It may sound strange, but it was so good and a lot of fun.
This was followed by another complete meal which was also spectacular.
They really know how to enjoy food!!!!
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:51 PM   #9
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That's interesting...I've been craving Italian too. We're having our weekly lunch date tomorrow, and we're going to try a restaurant down the road a bit called Fratelli's (I think).
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:49 AM   #10
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We had polenta served on a big board covered with meat sauce a couple of weeks ago. Some dear Italian friends invited us for this wonderful feast. We sat across from each other and ate from our section of the board. It may sound strange, but it was so good and a lot of fun.
This was followed by another complete meal which was also spectacular.
They really know how to enjoy food!!!!
Eating across a board it such good fun...very rustic, we do it with ploughmans & Italian, & less washing up I'm glad to hear other people do it too!
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