Posted by: inyomouth | March 4, 2010

Inyomouth Field Trip

Tuesday evening, we traveled to the kitchen of our dear friend Lauren to throw a dinner party for a mid-week pick me up. I decided to make my, as maleesa calls it, “womanicotti”, and garlic bread. Lauren made a wonderful salad which consisted of fresh greens, avocado, walnuts, goat cheese, tomatoes, and the mysteriously delicious “goddess” dressing from Trader Joes. For desert, a secretly easy creation of semi-homemade maple glazed doughnuts. What a fantastic evening to celebrate good friends, good food, and some really great news (Maleesa, Kayla, and Brita ALL got into their desired study abroad programs next fall. YAY)!

– E


2 boxes manicotti noodles


2 8 oz packages light cream cheese

16 oz ricotta cheese

2lbs ground italian sausage, browned and drained of the fat

4 gloves garlic, chopped fine

Handful of mozzarella and parmesan cheese

Handful of chopped basil


2 cans crushed tomatoes

2 onions

3-4 gloves of garlic

Handful of basil

Salt, pepper, sugar seasoning

To make sauce, sautee onions in olive oil, add garlic after a minute or two, then add basil. Add the canned tomatoes, bring to a boil, season to taste. To make an extra smooth sauce, I used the hand held blender I got for Christmas. It worked like magic!

Cook manicotti noodles according to the directions on the box. Mix all filling ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Once, the noodles are done, I split them down one side and hand place the filling into them like tortillas. Cover the bottom of a large baking dish with sauce and place the stuffed manicotti in the dish. Cover with more sauce and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes covered and then remove the foil and broil for 3-5 minutes to make the cheese brown and bubbly. Serves a lot of people and then some. I look forward to the leftovers.

Semi-homemade Maple Glazed Donuts

2 bags of pizza dough from trader joes

1 container of canola oil

For the glaze:

2/3 cup real maple syrup

2 T melted butter

1-11/2 cups powdered sugar

Roll out the dough to about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Cookie-cutterless, I improvised using a peanut jar cap to cut the dough into even rounds. Mix up the glaze. Heat oil to 375 degrees and fry the dough balls till both sides are golden brown. Let cool for a minute on a paper towel and then dip them in the glaze. Serve warm to receive the most praises and thank you’s.

Documentation by Ken the awesome dinner guest

I frequently cook with a backpack on.

So small.

Salad by Lauren.



  1. How did you post this in the future?



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