Frightfully Fun Meal Stack - October 17, 2005

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Basil leaves
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 pkg. (12 oz.) jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 jar (26 to 28 oz.) marinara tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 container (15 oz.) Ricotta cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Ripe pitted olives
  • Red bell pepper
  • Lettuce (Monster garnish)
  • Sugar snap peas (Monster garnish)
  • Green grapes (Monster garnish)
  • Green onions (Monster garnish)
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 3/4 C. onions, diced
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 C. kale leaves, but in half, then sliced
  • 2 T. chicken base
  • 1 qt. water
  • 1/3 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pkg. (1.1/4-ounce) Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 12 Taco Shells
  • 3/4 c. Salsa
  • 3/4 c. Sour Cream
  • 1 (2.1/4-ounce) can sliced pitted ripe olives
  • 40 to 50 prepared meatballs


Homemade Meatball Recipe if you prefer:
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 pounds lean ground beef


In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add the next five ingredients. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 1-in balls, about 12 dozen. Place in single layers in ungreased 15-in X 10-in X 1-in baking pans. Bake at 400ºF for 10-15 mins or until no longer pink, turning often; drain. Cool. Place about 30 meatballs each into freezer containers. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Yield: 5 batches (about 30 meatballs per batch).

Directions

Meal Stack #1: Cheesy Monster Eyes
  • 18 Jumbo Pasta Shell
  • 1 jar (26 to 28 oz.) marinara tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 t. dried basil leaves
  • ¼ t. garlic powder
  • 18 prepared meatballs
  • 4 to 6 pitted ripe olives, sliced
  • Monster Decorations: red bell pepper, lettuce, sugar snap peas, green onions


  1. Heat oven to 350°. Spray bottom only of a 13 x 9-inch (3 quart) glass
    baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain.
    Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, reserve 1 T. pasta sauce; pour remaining sauce into baking
    dish. In medium bowl, mix egg, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, the basil and garlic powder.
  3. Fill each cooked pasta shell with about 2 T. cheese mixture. Arrange
    filled shells, cheese mixture up, in dish over sauce. Press 1 meatball into cheese mixture in each sell to resemble eye.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before
    serving. Use drop of reserved pasta sauce to attach ripe olive slice to each meatball to resemble pupil of eye. To create a face, arrange eyes on each plate with red pepper mouth, grape nose, lettuce and sugar snap peas eyebrows and green onion hair.



Meal Stack #2: Icky Eyeball Soup
  • 12 prepared meatballs
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, and then cut into 1/4" slices
  • 3/4 C. onions, diced
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 C. kale leaves, but in half, then sliced
  • 2 T. chicken base
  • 1 qt. water
  • 1/3 C. heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over Medium heat
    until onions are almost clear.
  3. Remove bacon and crumble. Add garlic to the onions and cook an
    additional 1 minute.
  4. Add chicken base, water and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Add crumbled bacon, prepared meatballs, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes
    and serve.


Meal Stack #3: Spooky Eyeball Tacos

  • 12 Prepared Meatballs
  • 1 pkg. (1.1/4-ounce) Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 12 Taco Shells
  • 3/4 c. Salsa
  • 3/4 c. Sour Cream
  • 1 (2.1/4-ounce) can sliced pitted ripe olives



  1. Place prepared meatballs in skillet; Sprinkle with taco seasoning and add
    suggested amount of water. Simmer together until meatballs are well coated.
    Remove from skillet.
  2. Fill each taco shell with 1 meatball; drizzle with salsa.
  3. Top with 2 meatballs dipped in sour cream.
  4. Garnish with olives to make "eyeballs."


Family Tip - October 17, 2005

Happy Halloween Activity



BOOOOOOOO Your Neighbor

Being BOOO’d in our neighborhood is something of an honor. It lets your family know that others are thinking of them and BOOO’ing really sets the tone for the beginning of the holiday season. Follow these simple instructions and start some BOOO’ing in your neighborhood.



Leave this short note along with the BOO, paper BOO and a small bag of candy. Here is how it works…



BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Halloween



The air is cool, the season is fall

Soon Halloween will come to all.

This “BOO” is from a secret friend;

Let’s pass it on so the fun won’t end.

Hang the “BOO” on your front door and

Watch your neighbors spread some more.

The treats that came with the cryptic note are yours to keep, Enjoy them both.

The fun begins when friends like you will copy this and make it two.

We’ll all have a smile upon our face,

No one will know who “BOO’d” this place.

Just one short day to take your turn,

So that many of this game can learn.

Don’t forget a nifty treat like something cute or something sweet.

Please join the fun; let’s really share it and spread some “BOO’s” and Halloween Spirit!!!!



Directions…

1) Enjoy your treats.

2) Place “BOO” on your front door.

3) During the next twenty-four hours (or ASAP) make two “BOO’s” and deliver
them to two neighbors who do not have “BOO’s” on their doors.

4) Watch how far this spreads by Halloween.






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