Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Terrific Tuesday With Recipes

(I may make this recipe for Friday. . . Sharon and baby Anastasia are coming for lunch.  Sharon loves pasta.)

Bacon-Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Shells

  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded Romano cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender.
  • In a large bowl, beat ricotta and 4 ounces cream cheese until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, bacon, 1 tablespoon parsley, garlic salt, nutmeg, pepper and mushroom mixture. Spoon into shells; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add the cream, broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in Romano cheese and the remaining cream cheese, Asiago and parsley. Pour over shells. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.



Turkey Roll



Maui-Inspired Turkey Breast Roll Recipe


  • 2 boneless turkey breast halves (2 to 2-1/2 pounds each)
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (12 ounces) unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • GRAVY:
  • 1-3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice


  • Remove skin from the turkey breasts; set aside. Flatten turkey breasts to 3/8-in. thickness. Place breasts side by side so that they are overlapping slightly. Combine 1/2 cup butter, garlic and sage; rub over turkey.
  • In a large skillet, melt remaining butter. Add celery and onion; saute until tender. Add the broth, nuts and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Stir in stuffing cubes.
  • Spread stuffing mixture over turkey to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, rolling turkey away from you; arrange skin over top of roll. Tie with kitchen string at 2-in. intervals.
  • Place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Combine pineapple juice and olive oil; set aside.
  • Bake turkey at 325° for 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting occasionally with pineapple juice mixture.
  • Remove meat to a serving platter and keep warm. For gravy, add broth to the pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and pineapple juice until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey. Yield: 12 servings.



I saw a good idea for a variation of Sloppy Jo's.  Why not make a batch of cornbread and serve the sloppy jo mix on the top of the cornbread?

((Similar to this picture?))

Sloppy Jose Supper Recipe





We don't celebrate Halloween but I saw these and thought they were a fun idea for creepy food for a cooking class for my student.  I'd use a box cake mix and not use black cup cake liners either.



Orange You Spiky Recipe


Creepy Cupcakes


  • 6 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes baked in black foil liners
  • 1 can (16 ounces) plus 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • 12 honey wheat sticks or pretzel sticks
  • 12 mini marshmallows
  • 12 brown M&M’s
  • Chocolate jimmies


  • 1. Spread the tops of the cupcakes with a small mound of vanilla frosting. Insert chow mein noodles into cupcakes to look like spikes. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.
  • 2. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the vanilla frosting into a small resealable bag and set aside.
  • 3. Tint the remaining frosting bright orange with the food coloring and spoon into a glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the frosting, stirring frequently, until it is the texture of slightly whipped cream.
  • 4. Holding the foil liner of the slightly frozen cupcake, dip the top of the cupcake up to the liner in the melted frosting to coat. Use a spoon to add more frosting if necessary. Allow the excess frosting to drip off. Invert and transfer to a cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
  • 5. Insert one end of a wheat stick into the side of a mini marshmallow. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows and wheat sticks. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe a dot of frosting on one flat side of a marshmallow. Add a brown candy as the pupil. Add a few chocolate jimmies on the top as eyelashes. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting on the brown candy as the sparkle in the eyes.
  • 6. Insert two marshmallow eyes on top of a frosted cupcake about 1 in. apart. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. 
  • Yield: 6 cupcakes



**Thank you dear Taste of Home for my inspiration this week.


  1. Those look yummy!  Love the little cupcakes.  We don't do Halloween either, but funky little creatures are good for any season!  

  2. Oh my goodness, the pasta shells sound YUMmy! I love the idea of putting sloppy joe mix on the cornbread; my guys will totally eat that up! Aaaand, I love your blue background and the photo at the top! I hope you have a great week!

  3. They could be sea urchin cakes!   They are cute.  Love the little eyeballs on top of the spikes.As for the sloppy joe over cornbread, that looks really really good.  I forgot...Now my dd is married I can eat sloppy joes again without hearing "Ewwwwww!"   Yea!  Another food to add back into my menu!

  4. Wow! Thanks a lot for sharing these recipes. Now I have a menu to cook up during our small get together this weekend. Thanks for that. I know this wold be a hit on my party. Kudos to you!