Showing posts from November, 2009

Manicotti, my way.

Well basically "my way" is 90% of the way it says on the back of the Manicotti box- Has anyone other than me noticed how ridiculously expensive Ricotta cheese has gotten? Unless I get it at a wholesale store I'm spending almost $4 on a little container...sooo...the other day when I decided that this would be dinner soon, I happened upon a "3 for $5" sale on cottage cheese (true italians might want to leave the blog at this point)- So how did I make this meal? This meal that my husband is taking for lunch tomorrow (it's a win when that happens)... Oven at 350 Cook the manicotti noodles in boiling water for about 7 minutes-take them out-they should still be VERY al dente (they'll continue cooking in the oven) pour cold water over them to cool them off. Filling: 1 container of small curd cottage cheese (I dumped this into a strainer to get excess liquid out of it) 2 eggs 1 package of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeeze the water out of it) 1 packa…

New Moon cupcakes

I have never professed to be a decorator. Ever. In fact even after this I STILL don't call myself that...but I think these did come out cute! When my Aunt got me Hello Cupcake and I saw the "wolves and moons" and with New Moon coming out just around the corner..I knew I had to make these for my standing date with my best friend! The cake part was Chocolate Almond (it was a doctored mix, but I'll be happy to post it soon) The icing was from a can. So I did something new. I loved my bestie's reaction to the cupcakes, and we had a great time at what I thought was a GREAT movie..WAY better than the first!

Orange-Almond Cupcakes

TWLOHA is why I have it written on MY arm..check out the link if you want to know more. In my a delicious cupcake! You see I'm suffering from something OTHER than just being sweet tooth is broken.'s sad, but it seems that this new kid that I'm growing just doesn't have a fondness for it like I do. But I have a cupcake rule....I have to try at least ONE of whatever new cupcake I make. If I've made it tons of times, I can skip..but new recipes require me to eat at least ONE (and I try to shoot for ONLY one)....I've stuck with the only one rule with these, but if I let myself I could probably inhale a whole dozen! Onto the recipe! Orange-Almond Cupcakes (recipe from Cupcakes! From the Cake Doctor-Anne Byrn) Almond Filling:1/2 tube (or can in my case) almond paste1 bag sliced almonds (that was kinda vauge..I didn't have a "bag" well I had a ziploc but I think I used like 2/3 of a cup)Cupcakes:1 yellow cake mi…

Twice Baked Tuna Melt Potatoes

Wait what? How many times did you read the title of the post? But that's what it is..honestly! And in my humble (and pregnant) opinion...delicious. So how did I come up with this baby? Well... back in HS my favorite lunch day of the month was the Tuna or Bologna day. No really...I never got the bologna (for the record I don't do bologna unless it's a) a certain brand-Eckrich, and b) fried..moving on...) The kicker to this day was you got a baked potato with your choice of sandwich...AND a cup of See where I'm going with this? I LOVED dunking the tuna sandwich on it's soft white bread into the hot cheese. Whatever cheese was left was put on the baked potato. Out of HS and no school lunches later my good friend Marcy (who is almost like a second Mom) started making me (I say me, I think I just happened to come over one day when she'd made them for lunch and decided from then on they were mine) Tuna Melts. Her Tuna Melts are perfect..although she do…