Thursday, October 15, 2015

Beef and Tortellini Bake

This dish is a great example of what happens when you have to come up with a meal from what you already have sitting around. This casserole is just the thing for these first chilly nights of autumn. It uses pre-made frozen tortellini, a can of diced tomatoes, some soup, hamburger & sausage and a lot of imagination.

Never be afraid to trust your instincts on what tastes will work together. This Italian inspired casserole relies heavily on mid-western tastes. Add the touches you like to make it your own.

  • 1 9 ounce package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • ½ lbs sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14 ½ ounce can diced tomatoes, un-drained
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
    8 oz fresh mushrooms rinsed & broken
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)
  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)


Do your cutting. Chop the onion and garlic – keep separate. Rinse and break apart the mushrooms just so they are in large chunks.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Return to pan; cover and keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and start the ½ lbs sausage. After about 3 minutes add the ground beef. Cook for about 7-8 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl lined with paper towels. Now into that skillet dump the onion, and stir cook them for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped garlic for another 2 minutes. Stir in the mushroom chunks and cook for about 5 minutes.

In a large bowl pour the cooked tortellini, the condensed soup and diced tomatoes. Add the meats then the onion-mushroom mixture.

Stir in the cheese reserving just a handful to sprinkle over the top.

Transfer mixture to an un-greased 9 x 14 baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved mozzarella cheese.

Bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until heated through. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Slave served this with some roasted asparagus.

For our music:

So lucky to be my Master Indy's slave


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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LGBT History

Back in 1965:
Dewey's Lunch Counter was a popular hangout spot for African-American LGBT's in Philadelphia. Claiming that gay customers were driving away other business, Dewey's began refusing to serve young patrons dressed in what they called 'non-conformist' clothing.
On April 25 more than 150 kids showed up in protest and were turned away by Dewey's. Three teenagers (two male, one female) refused to leave. The Philadelphia police arrested them along with the African-American gay activist who was advising them of their legal rights. The four people were charged and found guilty of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Members of the Philadelphia African-American LGBT community and other patrons set up a picket line outside.
On May 2 another sit in was staged. Police were called once again, but this time there were no arrests. Dewey's management backed down and promised to stop denying service.
The Janus Society, one of the few LGBT advocacy groups in existence, described it this way:
All too often there is a tendency to be concerned with the rights of homosexuals as long as they somehow appear to be heterosexual, whatever that is. The masculine woman and the feminine man are looked down upon...but the Janus Society is concerned with the worth of the individual and the manner in which she or he comports himself. What is offensive today we have seen become the style of tomorrow, and even if what is offensive today remains offensive to some persons tomorrow, there is no reason to penalize non-conformist behavior unless there is direct anti-social behavior connected with it.
Not only important as having been led by African-Americans, the whole thing was studied by a man who would, four years later, make sure a demonstration would change history. His name, Craig Rodwell.

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