Saturday, May 22, 2010

Variegated Pink Lemons

Aren't these precious?
You can find them on here

I have seen Melissa's products in some of the local stores
so I emailed to find out which store in my area might carries
these pretty little things...

and apparently,
they cannot be found in my area
something about the state of Texas
not allowing citrus in from other states

I'm like...



Friday, May 21, 2010

Sublime Swingline

If you've seen the movie "Office Space"
you should recognize this awesome stapler

If you haven't seen the movie, go here

A guy I work with bought this at Costco

I coveted admired it






"I pity the fool that touches my red stapler"

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Honey Baked Brie with Praline Pecans

This is super easy & fabulous-0!

Take a wedge of your favorite brie
Drizzle with your favorite honey
Top with Austinuts Praline Pecans
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes or until melted through
Serve with crusty french bread

Monday, May 17, 2010

Chorizo Stuffed Pasta Shells

Here is the recipe as promised from last week's Mother's Day Celebration

Chorizo Stuffed Pasta Shells


1 box large pasta shells
1 32 ounce jar pasta sauce
1 lb ground chorizo
1 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
4 cups mozzarella cheese (grated)
2 cups parmigiano reggiano
1 cup italian bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta per directions on the package. Drain & set aside.
Cook chorizo in skillet until cook through.  Drain & set aside.
In a bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, 1 cup parm reg, & 1/2 cup bread crumbs
Add the chorizo to the cream cheese mixture
Pour some pasta sauce on the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish - just enough to cover the bottom
Spoon chorizo & cream cheese filling into cooked pasta shells, then place seam down in the baking dish
Cover with the remaining pasta sauce
Top with remaining bread crumbs,  mozzarella and parm reg cheeses.
Bake until cheese is bubbly, about 25-30 minutes.

Note: This is a very versatile dish.  My family doesn't care for ricotta, so I replaced it with cream cheese.  Italian sausage, ground beef or ground turkey can be replaced for the chorizo.
Also, for a vegetarian version, you can replace the meat with more cheese, some fresh basil, and more breadcrumbs.

This dish also freezes very well.

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