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Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells

1 package (12 ounce) jumbo pasta shells
4 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 Tbs chicken food base (or granulated bouillon)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbs dried basil
2 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped spinach, drained if frozen
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (in a jar, or your own)
additional mozzarella and parmesan for the topping

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool. I keep mine in cold water until ready to assemble. Mix next ten ingredients in a bowl well. Pour spaghetti sauce into large 9x 11 baking…

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Chicken Carrot Casserole

4 chicken breasts, bonein and skin removed… or 8 thighs or drumsticks
1 3/4 cup strong chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbs. dried parsley
1 Tbs. dried basil
1 1/2 cup calrose rice (the Japanese sticky variety)
1 1/2 cup shredded carrot (or substitute any vegetable, as long as it is slice or chopped finely.)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Combine broth, wine, sour cream, and spices in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Lightly grease a 9x 12 casserole pan and pour in rice and carrots. Mix them together. Add half of the liquid mixture….

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Marinade for Pork

1/2 cup fruity olive oil
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
dash Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot chili sauce
2 tbs. steak sauce
1/2 cup chopped green oinions
1/2 tsp. of each: basil, oregano, and rosemary
4 cloves of pressed garlice

Marinate 2/3 pounds of pork (I use tenderloins.) for 12-18 hours. Grill on medium heat for 30 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve.

Conversation starter: Who is someone you know who is hurting? Why? Let’s pray for him/her tonight.

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Mexi-Taco Mix

Using ground chicken or turkey keeps this healthy. Adding beans extends the mix. Use leftovers for taco salads.

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow or red onion, chopped finely
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tomato, chopped
1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
1 can kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup salsa
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. – 2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. 2 tsp. cumin
Dash of Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro (available at any supermarket, usually near the parsley.)

Saute the garlic and onion in…

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Mary’s Spaghetti Sauce

1 onion, chopped
1 Tbs. olive oil
4 cloves, garlic, pressed
1 pound Italian sausage
1 six ounce can tomato paste
2 TBS each basil, oregano, and Italian parsley
1 fourteen ounce can tomato sauce
1 fourteen ounce can chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in olive oil until caramelized.  Add garlic and sausage and cook until done.  Add meat
ingredients to crockpot.  Pour in tomato…

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Salmon cakes!


Okay, that’s a bass, but you get the idea. This is a very inexpensive dinner, and yummy too.
Salmon Cakes with Sweet Hot Sauce
2 eight ounce cans salmon
2 eggs
2/3 cup packaged bread crumbs
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Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

My daughter Julia asks for this soup nearly every day. Patrick and I first tasted tortilla soup in Puerto Vallarta on our honeymoon. For several years, I looked for a recipe, gave up, and finally developed one of my own. If you don’t have time to make the tortilla strips, you can substitute store-bought chips.

1 Tbs. Butter
1 yellow onion, chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 small can green chilies
1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained (You may also…

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Crockpot Moroccan Chicken


Our kids love this recipe, even though it’s a bit alternative!

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Stuff that Piggy!

Rolled Stuffed Pork Loin

Guests will think you worked hard on this one. Be sure to throw some flour on your face to accomplish the deception.

1 3-5 pound pork loin roast
¾ cup pitted prunes (or you can substitute ½ cup dried cranberries)
¼ cup red wine
¼ cup walnuts, pine nuts, pecans, or hazelnuts
½ apple, cored and cute into cubes
4 Tbs. Dijon mustard

To prepare roast: With a sharp knife, cut roast into…

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What I’ll miss about France

Every day we walk to school and this is what we see.
The little church with its own square.
The place (pronounced plahhhce) that we walk through every day.
The street we pass by.

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