September 8, 2012 by Emily Pergament
First up, I made the stuffed shells. I arbitrarily chose to make these first. I’m sure I a skilled chef could have made the dishes simultaneously. But I only have so many pots, pans, burners, etc. One day I hope to have a badass kitchen with skills to go with it.
This is what my mixture of the filling looked like:
After the alarm finally rang and the shells were done, I scooped them out with a ladle into the colander because the pot was too big and too hot for me to lift and pour upside down.
I bought the only foil 9×13″ I could find at the grocery store. It said “cake pan,” and I hoped that wouldn’t later cause any issues. Well, it kind of did. When I picked it up, the middle started sinking a little, so I had to put my arm underneath to steady it.
Here’s the finished product from the original recipe post:
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Obviously I am neither a food photographer nor professional cook (nor professional food blogger…), but I guess I expected it to look more like the picture. Maybe it’s because I didn’t sprinkle extra parsley on top.
Modifications I made:
I used a 9×13″ pan because I didn’t read the directions thoroughly.
I used the hot sauce I had in my fridge instead of buying the kind they recommend.
I didn’t count out the number of shells, but it’s probably more than 16.
I put extra blue cheese and hot sauce on top before putting it in the oven.
I used the parsley in my cabinet instead of fresh parsley.
We’ll see how it tastes when I’m ready for my full meal!
To my readers who are good at cooking, are there any glaring errors in my process from what you’ve seen and read?