Pet Peeve

As you know I like to feature recipes in my blog – I obtain these from various sources/sites after reading through LOTS of recipes, I choose those I think sound tasty and (semi) easy to prepare. What I don’t usually mention is HOW some of these recipes are written – enter: MY PET (recipe writing) PEEVE! Example: today I found a tasty-sounding Turkey/Stuffed Shells recipe and began typing it out. I DO NOT understand how, when someone is writing up a recipe, they can totally MISS important steps in preparing a recipe! Steps like HOW BIG a meatball is supposed to be if it’s in the recipe title that it’s supposed to be a MINI meatball? OR, for that matter, going from mixing meatball ingredients in a bowl to putting said meatballs in a pan WITHOUT listing HOW to make the meatball or WHAT SIZE the pan is supposed to be? Crazy! I try to never assume the reader knows these things – this could be the very first time they’ve ever tried making this type of recipe! I made the (dumb) mistake yesterday of commenting on Facebook about a recipe – exactly the same issue: no details about how big/how much/what size dish, etc. Got a rather snarky reply back from FACEBOOK saying I’m supposed to take up that issue with the original writer of the recipe. MY THOUGHT: don’t post it if you’re not ready to receive comments on said recipe! That’s what the COMMENT section is all about! (and I wasn’t the only person making that type comments on that recipe!). I’m NOT a beginner cook but I AM concerned about those who might be reading my recipes on my blog, therefore I try my best to make sure the recipe is clear about how something is prepared, what size pan, how long to cook, etc. That said, the stuffed shell turkey meatball recipe is ME, winging it on the size of the pan to put the meatballs in to bake AND the size of the MINI meatballs! Oh well…I’ll step off of my soapbox now….

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Spinach-stuffed Shells with Mini
Turkey Meatballs

15 jumbo pasta shells
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 1/2 C. ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. baby spinach, chopped
1/2 C. marinara sauce, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large pot of salted boiling
water, cook pasta shells to al dente.
Drain then return to pot & let
cool.

Meatballs:

In large bowl combine ground turkey,
bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic, parsley &
red pepper flakes – season with salt/pepper.
Form mixture into small 1″ balls &
place in 9 X 13″ baking dish &
bake until cooked through, 10-12 minutes.
In large bowl stir ricotta, mozzarella &
spinach – season with salt/pepper. Pour
1/4 C. marinara sauce in bottom of oven-
proof skillet or baking dish. Stuff shells
with ricotta mixture & meatballs –
arrange in dish & spoon remaining
marinara sauce over top. Bake 18-20
minutes until hot & bubbly. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cinnamon Bun Pie

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 C. chopped pecans
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 (16.3 oz) tube refrigerated
biscuits (about 8)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Melt butter in medium bowl in
microwave – spoon about 2 T.
into deep-dish ceramic pie plate
or 9″ round pan – tip plate to coat
bottom & sides. In another small
bowl stir pecans, cranberries, sugar
& cinnamon – spoon about 1 C. into
bottom of baking dish. Remove
biscuits from tube & divide each one
into 3 layers. Dip each biscuit layer
into butter & arrange 6 of them on
bottom of baking dish to cover nut
mixture. Spoon another layer of nuts,
etc. on top of the biscuits & dip
remaining 2 biscuits in melted butter &
place on top. Pour remaining nut mixture
on top layer & pour rest of melted butter
over top. Bake 25 minutes until biscuits
are completely cooked. Cool in pan on a
cooling rack 5 minutes then turn out onto
a serving plate. Scrape any nuts/sugar
remaining in bottom of pan onto rolls.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Crockpot Italian Pork Chops

6 bone-in pork chops
2 C. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 (16 oz) bottle Italian salad dressing
3 whole yellow onions, peeled/sliced
into rings

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place 1 layer of onions
in bottom. Place 2 C. bread crumbs in
shallow bowl (big enough to fit 1 pork
chop). Pour about half of Ital. dressing
into crumbs & mix until moistened –
wait 5 minutes for bread crumbs to
absorb moisture. Pour an additional
half of what’s left of dressing into
bowl & mix again. Pat each chop into
mixture, smearing on both sides of
chop & place a layer in crockpot.
Add another layer onions & another
layer breaded chops. Add another layer
of onions – if you have more chops, keep
making layers & end with onions.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.
Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Loaded Bacon/Split Pea Soup

1 lb. bacon
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt/ground black pepper
4 C. chicken broth
1 (12 oz) pkg. dried split peas,
sorted/rinsed

fresh chopped parsley, chopped –
garnish

In large stockpot over medium heat
cook bacon until crispy, about 8
minutes; transfer to paper towel-
lined plate & let cool, then crumble.
Add onion, carrot & garlic to pot –
cook until tender, 6-8 minutes.
Season generously with salt/pepper.
Add broth & peas – let simmer,
covered, until peas are tender,
35-40 minutes. Serve garnished
with parsley & bacon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Feta Shrimp Skillet

1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 C. white wine (optional)
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined
2 T. minced fresh parsley
3/4 C. feta cheese, crumbled

In large nonstick skillet heat oil
over medium-high heat. Add onion;
cook/stir 4-6 minutes until tender.
Add garlic & seasonings – cook 1
minute longer. Stir in tomatoes &
wine, if desired. Bring to boil; reduce
heat & simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes
until sauce is slightly thickened. Add
shrimp & parsley – cook 5-6 minutes
until shrimp turns pink, stirring
ocassionally. Remove from heat;
sprinkle top with cheese & let stand,
covered, until cheese is softened.
Serves 4

NOTE: if desired, you can add 1/4 C.
chopped kalamata olives with the
tomatoes. Dish is great served over
rice or pasta, zucchini noodles or
spaghetti squash.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Cabbage Casserole

4 C. shredded cabbage
1 C. grated carrot
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 egg
1 C. milk
6 T. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. minced fresh parsley
2 T. shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 qt. (or 9 X 13″) baking
dish with nonstick spray. In
large skillet sprayed with nonstick
cooking spray, saute cabbage,
carrot & onions until crisp-tender.
Transfer mixture to prepared dish.
In a bowl combine egg, milk, Swiss
cheese & salt – pour over vegetables.
Sprinkle top with parsley & Parm.
cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-35
minutes until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean.

(recipe: facebook)
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Crockpot Ham/Tomato/Egg

Casserole

2 T. butter, melted
10 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. grape tomatoes, cut in half
4 oz. deli ham, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

Melt butter in 6  qt. crockpot. In a bowl
combine beaten eggs with heavy cream &
season with salt/pepper – pour into crockpot
& evenly add ham, tomatoes & cream cheese.
Cover & cook on High 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours
until eggs are set. Serves 8

NOTE: If you do not like cream cheese you can
either omit it or substitute a shredded cheese
for it (like mozzarella).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Creamy Lemon Squares

Crust:
4 T. unsalted butter, melted/cooled,
plus more for greasing pan
1 1/2 C. C. (about 24 squares) crushed
graham crackers
1/4 C. sugar

Filling
2 large egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1/2 C. fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brush an 8 X 8″ baking pan with
melted butter. Line bottom with parchment
paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two
sides. Using a food processor, finely grind
graham crackers. Add in sugar & butter;
blend to mix. Press mixture into bottom of
pan & 1 inch up the sides. Bake 8-12
minutes until lightly browned. Cool crust
30 minuets

Filling:
In large bowl whisk egg yolks & condensed
milk. Add lemon juice & whisk until smooth-
pour into cooled crust & carefully spread to
edges of pan. Bake about 15 minutes until
set. Cool in pan on rack then chill at least
1 hour before serving. Using the parchment
paper overhang, lift out of pan & transfer to
a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut
into 16 squares, wiping knife with a damp
kitchen towel between each cut. Makes 16
squares.

(recipe: cakerecipesblog.com)

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Well, it’s March First – it’s 34 degrees F &
gloomy/rainy outside (AND we’re supposed
to get rainthat later turns into 1-4 inches of
SNOW!) UGH! Looking at the Natioal Weather
site we will have a Winter Storm Warning
late tonight until 4 a.m. tomorrow. “Total
daytime accumulation of snow around 4 inches”
then TONIGHT: “new snow accumulation of
around 3 inches” . . . oh, goody! 7 inches???
Friday-Sunday temps around 35-40 degrees;
that’s not really enough to melt all that snow!
(I guess if there’s an UP side to all of this, almost
ALL of the old snow is totally gone-roads, sidewalks,
ground all snow free).  I’m grateful that I don’t
really have any pressing engagements to go to;
grocery shopping all done/errands run earlier
in the week. I’m looking forward to just reading
the 3 books I checked out in the library, knitting
on several projects and making homemade pizza
for dinner tonight. Ah, the life of luxury, right?
(hehehe)

Oh – I should add that sometimes I make mistakes
in typing up the featured recipes. I remember
several years ago a friend of  mine was following
my blog & she emailed me with a ‘slight’ error.
Apparently my big fat fingers hit the “0” instead
of the “-” (as in 3540 minutes) instead of 340
minutes! Oh well – at least you know I’m HUMAN!!!

Hope you have a GREAT day and are able to do
something relaxing at some point in your day!
Spring is coming! We’re hearing BIRDS singing!
YAY! My FAVORITE season is quickly coming!

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. I’m hearing birds too (new hearing aids.). As to the snow I hate it!!!!


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