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Old 09-25-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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Dinner Tuesday, Sept. 25

Hi, all. Seafood is on the menu for us tonight - my Tuesday night dinner group is heading to Virginia Beach for some boating and a stop at a seafood restaurant, dinner served on the boat. Can't wait

What's cookin' at your house tonight?
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:09 PM   #2
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If it doesn't rain, I am grilling hot Itl. sausage patties, on onion buns w/onion and cheese, sweet corn and salad.
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:00 PM   #3
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just had early dinner at Spaghetti Factory in Portland Oregon.
very good as I remember it always is.
now it's time to rest
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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Baked pork chops and roasted potatoes, with grape tomatoes, scallions, and mushroom roasted with the potatoes.
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:26 PM   #5
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Cheese-stuffed jumbo shells with tomato sauce and side of green beans. At least this casserole fits in my toaster oven.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:16 PM   #6
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katie those stuffed shells sound awesome!

I'm having a salad w/carmalized shallots, cherry tomatoes and carrots, some leftover rice - It's a biryani recipe (indian rice made with veggies, cinnamon, raisins, cashews, lots of other goodies), and a side of zucchini. Right after I get back from the gym......
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:32 PM   #7
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Cheese-stuffed jumbo shells with tomato sauce and side of green beans. At least this casserole fits in my toaster oven.
Katie, I'm embarrassed to ask but are they the frozen stuffed shells? That's what we have regularly and they taste great to us. But since I've never made any "from scratch", maybe we're really missing something.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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They're homemade. I didn't even know they are sold frozen. They're not difficult to make and, most of the time, I made a double batch so I can have some in the freezer. Imagine that.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:40 PM   #9
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Salad greens with sweet corn topped with Chipotle chicken strips seared in EVOO topped with buttermilk ranch dressing and a side of cream of broccoli and cheddar soup.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:42 PM   #10
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Katie E, have you ever posted the recipe for making them here? I don't think I've ever seen the jumbo shells at the grocery store. Oh crap - do you make the pasta shells from scratch, too???? (You're my hero, you know!)
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:52 PM   #11
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I don't think I've ever posted a recipe for stuffed jumbo shells. I have several ways I prepare them. Tonight I'm going to stuff the shells with ricotta, Parmesan, chopped spinach, onions, nutmeg, garlic, and an egg. I'll boil the shells until al dente, stuff them and put them in a casserole that has some marinara sauce in the bottom of the pan. Spoon a little more sauce over and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake until hot and cheese melts.

Yes, the shells can be found in the pasta section of the market. I don't make pasta shells, but I do make a lot of our pasta. I especially like spinach linguine.

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I don't think I've ever posted a recipe for stuffed jumbo shells. I have several ways I prepare them. Tonight I'm going to stuff the shells with ricotta, Parmesan, chopped spinach, onions, nutmeg, garlic, and an egg. I'll boil the shells until al dente, stuff them and put them in a casserole that has some marinara sauce in the bottom of the pan. Spoon a little more sauce over and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake until hot and cheese melts.

Yes, the shells can be found in the pasta section of the market. I don't make pasta shells, but I do make a lot of our pasta. I especially like spinach linguine.

Ah, shucks, m'aam. Your hero. I'm honored.
OK, this might be attainable for me. It sounds like the same kind of stuffing that is in the frozen ones (although I'm sure 1000 times better) and that's the way I bake them, except for longer since they're frozen. Is the egg raw and mixed in as a binder or cooked and chopped up? Sorry to be asking such basic questions.
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:34 PM   #13
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I did stuffed rigatoni with a vodka sauce not to long ago. Good lord what was I thinking?!?!?!?! That is a PAIN to do. I didn’t have a piping bag, and I figured the Ziploc bag trick wouldn’t work for such a labor intensive job, so I modified a turkey injector. I’ve got 4 or more laying around, so one of them took one for the team. I cut the spout of and made a 1/4 inch hole in the end cap and used it to stuff the rigatoni.

At first, I had some spurts and splashes and a few shots to the face! But I got used to the modified tool and soon it worked pretty well, but man that was a LOT of work. A piping bag would help a whole lot with this…….and even though it was a great dish, I don’t know that I’ll ever do it again! I hope stuffing jumbo shells is easier!
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OK, this might be attainable for me. It sounds like the same kind of stuffing that is in the frozen ones (although I'm sure 1000 times better) and that's the way I bake them, except for longer since they're frozen. Is the egg raw and mixed in as a binder or cooked and chopped up? Sorry to be asking such basic questions.
No, the egg is raw and, as you mentioned, used as a binder.
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:04 PM   #15
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quick ham...potatoe...and corn casserole in the crock pot. just cut up and cubed potatoes...already cooked ham....corn and cheesy brocoli soup.
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No, the egg is raw and, as you mentioned, used as a binder.
Thanks so much Katie. I'll let you know how I make out!
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:32 PM   #17
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I roasted a chicken, sauteed baby bella shrooms, couscous with baby peas and some green beans. It was good, but I was starving!
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:18 PM   #18
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Made a veal stew for the family with baby yukons, sweet peas, baby carotts, celery,onions,garlic, artichoke hearts, white zucchini, and sweet red bells and mushrooms. Home made french bread,green salad with apple slices,toasted walnuts and some gorgonzola crumbles..Me, toast and tea, no appy at all, injections did me in this week..YUK
did make some baked apples for the gang that smell so good.
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In honor of the Spam thread, I made Spam Fried Rice

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Last night I served fresh (as in Buitoni fresh - lol) whole-wheat tortellini tossed with a tomato cream-cheese sauce. Fast & delicious.
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