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  1. Thursday, February 7, 2008

    Featured Recipe: Stuffed Shells

    Last night we were spoiled big time. Our good friend Brittany brought us dinner because we had a baby…8 weeks ago. She felt bad that she didn’t get dinner to us sooner, but that’s silly. It was AWESOME getting dinner now. What a treat, and still a huge help. Just because Anna isn’t a few days old doesn’t mean we’re not tired or in need of a yummy meal. 🙂

    ANYWAY, Brit made us the BEST stuffed shells I’ve ever had. You all really must try them! (recipe is at the end of this post.) Brit also brought blueberries & whipped cream for dessert. She added a bit of hazelnut syrup to the cream in addition to sugar and vanilla. It was AWESOME. Good tip, Brit!

    BIG THANKS to Brittany and all of our friends who have brought meals over since Anna was born. I can’t tell you how GRATEFUL we are and how great all your food was!!!

    I also need to share another Brittany creation with you today. We went to her house for the Super Bowl, where we had lots of fun (despite the game) and lots of great food. What I really wanted to share with you was Brittany’s table runner: real grass! That’s right, in honor of the Super Bowl, she actually bought sod and put it on her table. It was an adorable and affordable idea for a Super Bowl party. I forgot my camera, but Brit let me borrow hers to grab a couple shots…much to everyone else’s annoyance. “Hold on! You can’t eat yet! I need to take tons of pictures of the food that’s quickly growing cold!” Yup, I think everyone was wishing Brittany didn’t have a camera for me to use. 🙂 Oh, and that’s my guacamole and chex mix!


    Featured Recipe: Stuffed Shells
    Recipe type: Main Dish
    - 1 pound jumbo shells(about 20) (cook to package directions)

    - Olive oil
    - ½ pound pancetta, ¾”³ pieces

    Cook..and add to”¦

    - 2 pounds spinach-washed and drained
    - 15 ounces whole milk ricotta
    - 1 cup asiago
    - ½ teaspoon pepper
    - ¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg

    Put a large spoonful of mix in each shell..

    - 1 tablespoon butter
    - 1 clove minced garlic

    Cook one minute in saucepan..or until fragrant..Then add”¦
    - 1 cup cream

    Turn to low”¦
    - 2 cups asiago cheese (1/2 c. at a time)
    - ¼ cup fresh parsley
    - ¼ teaspoon pepper

    Top shells with some asiago and cook 25 minutes @ 350. Drizzle some sauce on shells before cooking and more when its done!! Fits in two 8×8 pans.