11/14/10

Roast Bacon

Courtesy of Ina Garten

8-10 slices of bacon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cover sheet pan in tin foil and lay a cooling rack on top. Lay the bacon on rack and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the bacon is really crispy. Dry on paper towels and serve.

11/10/10

Baked French Toast with Blueberries

* Butter, for greasing
* 6 eggs
* 3 cups whole milk
* 3/4 cup maple syrup, plus extra for serving
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus 1 tablespoon
* 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
* 1 lemon, zested
* 3 (1-inch thick) slices (8 ounces) day-old challah or sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used French bread)
* 2 cups (12 ounces) fresh or frozen, thawed, and drained blueberries
* 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest. Add the bread cubes and mix until coated. Stir in the blueberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

In a small bowl, mix together the remaining cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the egg mixture in an even layer. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is golden and the filling is set.

Spoon onto serving plates and drizzle with maple syrup.

11/7/10

Slow-Cooker Spinach Dip

**I melted the mix over the stove and added to a small crock pot to save on time**

Mix 1 cup grated smoked mozzarella, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 box thawed frozen spinach, 1 jar artichoke hearts, and salt and pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high, 2 hours

Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce



Courtesy of The Food Network & Giada

* 12 ounces (1 box) jumbo pasta shells (approximately 36 shells)
* 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing baking sheet
* 6 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, diced
* 2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper flakes
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 5 cups marinara sauce
* 2 (15-ounce) containers whole milk ricotta cheese
* 1 1/3 cups grated Parmesan
* 4 large egg yolks
* 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
* 3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Lightly oil a 12 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish and set aside. Lightly oil the baking sheet and set aside.

Partially cook the pasta shells in a large pot of boiling salted water until slightly tender but still quite firm to the bite, about 4 to 6 minutes. You will continue cooking the shells in the oven after they have been stuffed. Using a slotted spoon, drain pasta shells and place on oiled baking sheet, spreading them out so that they don't stick together and allow to cool.

Heat the oil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes. Add the garlic and saute until tender, about 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring often.

In a medium bowl, stir the ricotta, Parmesan, egg yolks, basil, parsley, mint, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spoon 1 1/4 cups of the sauce over the prepared baking dish. Fill the cooked shells with the cheese mixture, about 2 tablespoons per shell. Arrange the shells in the prepared dish. Spoon the remaining sauce over the shells, then sprinkle with the mozzarella.

Bake in the lower third of your oven until the filling is heated through and the top is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.
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