Today's blog is a little different. Every once in a while I think I have a fabulous idea for a recipe, and I go ahead and attempt it. That was the case the other night. I wanted to take a healthier spin on stuffed shells so I used whole wheat mini shells and conjured up a sauce made with fat-free ricotta, spinach, grated parmesean and a little bit of low-fat milk. It looked really great and even smelled pretty tasty. In retrospect, the dish was a complete failure (one look at my fiance's face as he tried a bite at dinnertime and I knew it was a goner).
The low fat substitutions did not lend themselves well to the overall taste of the dish that I was hoping to recreate. It needed way more salt and just that "something else" that was clearly missing. I think that "something else", in this case, was nutmeg. I know nutmeg and spinach work really well together and because I didn't have any, I tried to make a combination spice using a little curry powder and cinnamon. When I tasted the two spices together before adding it to the dish, it actually worked. It was by no means a substitution for the nutmeg but I thought it would be better than nothing. It wasn't. It was pretty awful. Like, eating potpouri awful.