spicy Italian sausage

Announcing The Grand Prize Winner Of The “2017 Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner:  “Spicy Sausage-Stuffed Baked Pasta Shells In Creamy Tomato Sauce “

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Ok,  ok, – just kidding.
Its only day 2 of 2017, and there is no  2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”, so I made it up 🙂
However, if there were such a thing as the “2017 Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”, I would like to believe that this dish would have won in the following categories:
“Taste”, “Presentation”, “Texture” and “Comfort Food” 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

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Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

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Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

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Movie Time – Pizza Roll Time

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Yesterday  evening, looking  forward to binge-watch the final four episodes of season one of “The Crown” on  Netflix, I got settled into my favorite chair, with a bucket of peach iced tea on ice next to me and a dish of pizza-rolls in the oven.
Twenty minutes into the first episode, the rolls were ready. Another fifteen minutes of cool-down time and  voilà , a large tray of great snacks, nurturing me for the rest of the evening through episode 10, until the end of season one.
Great evening, happy as a lark, tired, relaxed, full and content.
I probably gained five lbs, but, such is the price of indulgence 🙂
(To be repeated next year for season two of “The Crown”).
2.30 am – time to take Bella for a one-hour walk around the lake………..
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Pizza Dough Recipe:

Ingredients :

A/P flour,   2 cups (plus more for kneading)
Water,   3/4 cup, warm
Active dry yeast,   1 envelope
Sugar,   1 teaspoon
Olive oil,   3 table spoon
Kosher salt,

Method :

Pour  water into small bowl, mix in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil, knead until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Dust with flour as you work the dough. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with moist towel. Let dough rise until doubled in volume.Punch down dough. Pull dough until desired thickness and shape is achieved. If this is too difficult, roll the dough with a rolling-pin. However, in my opinion, the pizza will turn out superior if the dough is pulled.

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Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

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Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

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Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

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Preparation :
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 54 – Cheese Polenta With Spicy Italian Sausage And Poached Egg

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When  I got up early today, the plan was to do some cleaning and shopping and otherwise just hang and enjoy a quiet Easter Sunday, having a couple of sandwiches and some fruit.
I opened the fridge with the sole intention to get two apples as breakfast and wait for lunch to have a sandwich or something else which does not require more than five minutes in the kitchen. Well, such was the plan – until I saw the spicy Italian sausage and figured that it would help me to a more enjoyable start of the day.  The sausage was quickly joined by some eggs and – what the heck – cheese polenta.
Looking at the pictures now and remembering this tasty dish, I must say it was a wise decision to over-rule the two apple-breakfast and go with this beauty instead.
(Later on, there was a great lunch and even greater dinner; – so much for good intentions and not spending much time in the kitchen)
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 54 – Cheese Polenta With Spicy Italian Sausage And Poached Egg

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 54 – Cheese Polenta With Spicy Italian Sausage And Poached Egg

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 54 – Cheese Polenta With Spicy Italian Sausage And Poached Egg

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 54 – Cheese Polenta With Spicy Italian Sausage And Poached Egg

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Preparation :
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Faux Lasagna

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A good Lasagna is a wonderful dish. Ideally it is very flavorful and dripping with the goodness of rich ingredients. It is a sumptuous and satisfying dish that usually leaves nothing to be desired – unless you are looking for texture. After all, besides the crispy corners of the baked marvel, there is just one texture in lasagna – SOFT.
Now, while there is nothing wrong with soft, as a singular texture of a meal it can be a bit boring. So I decided to try something a bit different today for lunch and boy! was I happy I did.
Although not real meatballs (I used spicy Italian sausage) nor real lasagna (which by definition contains sheets of pasta) nor ricotta (I used cheddar instead), this dish knocked it out of the park and although I am a certified pasta lover, I would substitute this one for a real lasagna at any time, hands down 🙂
While the taste ranked with the best I ever had, the texture and taste of the potatoes was something else again and made this the very best “(Faux) Lasagna” I ever had 🙂
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Potato And Meatballs "Lasagna"

Faux Lasagna

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Faux Lasagna

Faux Lasagna

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Preparation :
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