Thursday, January 7, 2010

Foodie Friday: 2 Dinners

I'm writing, drinking green tea, and listening to Smashing Pumpkins on the iPod.
So Bandwidth cooked steak and mushrooms.
His procedure is simple:
sear the steaks in a non-stick pan. Sautee the mushrooms in the same pan, using a little red wine and butter.

Last night, it was my turn to cook, so I turned to another Giada De Laurentiis recipe, "Cheesy Baked Tortellini."

If you are looking for a quick, hearty meal, you can't go wrong with a Giada recipe.
Cook pre-packaged cheese tortellini according to directions. Meanwhile, whisk 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese and 2 cups marinara (homemade or, if you are time-sapped, store-bought), and season with chopped, fresh thyme, Italian parsley, and sea salt/pepper.
Drain tortellini and place in pan. Add sauce. Top with smoked mozzarella and freshly grated Parmesan. Bake (covered) 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes.

*from Giada De Laurentiis' Everyday Pasta, p 171.

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60 comments:

  1. Both meals look absolutely delicious, Michael!

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  2. Wow, I've never been first before! First comment too! Thanks for hosting, this is my second time joining your potluck. I love your blog and ordered your book, Gollum Cooks! earlier today. I can't wait to get it. Also can't wait to try these recipes. --Delores

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  3. Hi Michael and Happy Foodie Friday!

    That is one of my favorite ways of preparing steak and mushrooms. And I am definitely making Giada's Cheesy Baked Tortellini SOON, thank you for featuring it. I am very rarely disappointed with any of her recipes.

    Your photos are stunning, Darling!

    xo ~M.

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  4. Both of these have my mouth watering. I'm off downstairs to a bowl of pasta. Thanks for hosting this event each Friday. It's one of my favorites! ~ Sarah

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  5. Both meals look yummy! And you can't go wrong with a Giada recipe (nor an Ina recipe for that matter). Nothing like baked pasta and a steak -- who can say anything more!

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  6. My husband, the Southern Gentleman fixed steaks tonight too. He actually braved the chilly air to cook them on the grill (on the porch).

    We love to have mushrooms, but, alas it was a really busy day for me and I didn't get to it.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  7. Could you please how that "taking turns" system works and the best way to implement it(without ending up in jail)? Our boomerang child is just so happy to be eating home-cooked meals, I wouldn't have the heart to ask him :) Both look divine and I love that Giada! Thanks for the party!

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  8. My beloved wants me to ask is there a specific "type" of mushroom used, Michael?

    He (as you know) is the chef in this Muse's Cottage :)

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  9. Baked pasta, one of my favorites, especially the crusty edges. I'm going to try this with a bit of chicken thrown in. Delish!

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  10. All the food looks great but the mushrooms are calling my name!! I have to make them soon!!

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  11. Both meals look so good, Michael. And aren't you lucky for having help in cooking...Christine

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  12. Bandy used white button mushrooms (but any type will do). Try adding heavy cream, then pouring mushrooms onto a puff pastry sheet. Add cheese. Top with another puff pastry sheet. Do an egg wash, pop into a 400 degree oven, cook till brown. Heaven!

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  13. Yum! Those mushrooms look great! Thanks for hosting!
    ~Liz

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  14. Oh, I love Gida! These both look delicious.

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  15. Mushrooms are a favorite in our house! In most anything ...
    I seem to have issues with linking properly (I think.) Can you tell if my link tonight worked?

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  16. Oh my, your photos make everthing looks so good! I can almost smell the aroma of those mushrooms. I just finished my dinner, even so I would love a big bowl full of that pasta! How can you go wrong with pasta and cheese? Cheese on anything for that matter...I do love the cheese!!
    Thanks for hosting each week. I have tried quite a few new to me recipes, it's always fun and feels like a mini adventure in the kitchen!
    XO
    Heidi- Heart and Home

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  17. Oh, I'm trying not to drool but that looks so delicious. I will try it after we get our eating back under control again. . .We are trying to be good right now and all the recipes look so tempting! Thanks for hosting!

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  18. Steak and mushrooms, pasta and cheese, how can you go wrong with either of those?

    Thanks for the chance to link-up!

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  19. Both meals look delicious. I wish my husband would do some of the cooking. He'll fix dinner in a pinch, but it is always eggs or frozen pizza!

    Sue

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  20. Both look so yummy...how in the world do you always make your food look so good (I know it is talent in the cooking, but you're a great photographer too). I'm about an hour and a half southeast of you....did you get a lot of snow today. We have about an inch. Stay warm.

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  21. Both meals looks so delicious! The steak looks like something special was done other than just searing it. And the mushrooms = YUM!
    Everything you post about looks fabulous! Including these dishes. Giada is full of wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing this one!:)

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  22. Both meals are mouth watering. Both hubby and I love mushrooms and I always look for different ways to prepare them. Thank you for hosting and sharing.

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  23. Mmmm, that steak looks divine! I'm not a fan of mushrooms, but my mom loves them and she would rather eat that than the steal. I love Giada!

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  24. I'll swan...that Bandy does know how to cook. How wonderful that he can help you out with the cooking like that. Both of your dishes look yummy.

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  25. oH Michelle,what a delcious foodie friday for the new year-the mushrooms are a must try and i will link 'em rite here when i do...
    wishing ya a rocking here of fantastically elicious foodie fridays....
    and ur pic rock as usual-may i wonder aloud what cam u shoot all the gorgeous pics with...

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  26. Steak with mushrooms AND The Smashing Pumpkins! It doesn't get much better than that!

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  27. I have made that Ziti dish and it is DELICIOUS and so simple and quick! I like that!
    And I also like/love your blog. Girl, you have such a beautiful and appealing way of photographing! Love the header. I want to take a seat! So grand!

    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

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  28. Oh,my,gosh! Just read your book website....I am sooo going to get that book, Mermaids in the Basement. We own a place in Perdido Key. And I love southern/beachy reads! Cant wait!

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  29. Can I take both to go Michael & Bandy, enough for two please :-). oh and could you pop in some of those white frosted cup cakes. Happy FF, Kathy.

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  30. O, my...both these meals are to die for delicious looking!
    Ya'll sure eat good at your house!!
    xo bj

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  31. I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^

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  32. These look delicious - I really like Giada's recipes too! Thanks for hosting, and Happy New Year!

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  33. Delicious!!! Cheesy Baked Tortellini is more than a meal...it's a dream come true! Wonderful recipe! Thanks so much!

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  34. Both meals look delicious and hearty enough for a cold winter night... YUM!

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  35. Sometimes the simpliest recipes are really the best like the steak and mushrooms. I'll bet it tasted as good as it looks!

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  36. Michael,
    Your tortellini recipe is the perfect quick dinner - it's just the thing to serve after an early movie. We love Giada too!

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  37. Hi, I linked up. I need to work on my photography skills! :)

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  38. Those mushrooms look really amazing!

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  39. The tortellini looks beautiful. I loved tortellini and artichoke hearts together, so I think I'll make this and add some in. Mmmmm…can't wait for dinner!

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  40. Your food looks absolutely delicous and so inviting. Great photo's. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  41. My daughter and SIL just love all of her recipes. This looks delicious and now I will have to try this and I like that it is easy too for a midweek meal and for company on the weekend. You can never go wrong with Italian just ask my Italian family:) Thanks for hosting FF last year as I had so much fun and will continue to join in this year unless of course I gain too much weight:)
    Joyce

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  42. Everthing looks delicious - especially the steak and mushrooms. I have not had steak in while, so need to treat myself soon.

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  43. The steak and mushrooms look divine, and the Italian pasta dish looks absolutely heavenly!! Thanks for hosting this event. Blessings.

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  44. Both look absolutely delish!

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  45. oh how fun! Thrilled to participate! I'm linking up with my post on a so-simple-it's-embarassing recipe for manicotti!
    thanks for the opportunity to play along!


    Freezer Foods

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  46. This looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!

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  47. Michael, Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I swear I can smell it! Heaven!

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  48. They both look wonderful..I am working up an appetite hauling all the bins of decorations down to the basement. I think I need a dumb waiter..or even a smart one..anyone! help!

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  49. I don't know whose dinner looks better. Between the two of you, all the bases are covered. Have a wonderful day.

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  50. My husband went Oh I want to try that! Both dishes are great and sound wonderful. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my lamb on FB. He doing great, I going to go and check on him in a little bit.

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  51. Both meals look very inviting!! Have a great weekend:)

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  52. These both look super, Gollum!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  53. Everything looks wonderful. Hearty enough to ward off this terrible cold snap! Hope you're staying warm. Looks like lots of Foodie Friday folks have been staying in to warm up their kitchens...Nancy

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  54. Yumm! No Foodie post for me this Friday, but will join next week. How did you stack the mushrooms so neatly?

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  55. Hi Micheal,Both meals look absolutely delicious...And Smashing Pumpkins are big at my home also...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  56. Just sent the hubby to the store to get the items needed for the tortellini dish-my guys will love it! I liknked up late as I had picture troubles! My dinner was easier to prepare than my post!!!
    ~Nancy

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  57. I'm about ready to offer Bandwith a bed at my house! Both of these meals look so good. laurie

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  58. Thank you for the Post. Your pictures are always so amazing and the food looks Delish!

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