My cousins Charmayne and Keith came for dinner tonight. I haven't seen Keith, who lives in Virginia, in eons, so this was a special occasion for me. Of course, it's always special to see Charmayne, but she lives in Sacramento. I wanted an easy dinner to prepare, so I would be well rested and ready for the hilarity that ensued once they arrived. We talked about serious subjects too. Charmayne couldn't understand why I refuse to watch The Hills, but am a loyal viewer of The Real Housewives of Orange County. It turned out that Keith also watches the surgically enhanced and make-up spackled ladies in Orange County.
I decided to make a baked pasta dish, and my first thought was to make lasagna. Instead, I made shells stuffed with lamb, feta cheese, and spinach, because I knew it would be was easy to assemble them the night before and store them in the fridge. I don't have lamb very often, so I didn't substitute another meat for it. Frankly, lamb has such a distinctive taste, nothing can replace it successfully, in my opinion. The dish was very good, but the next time I make it, I'll add golden raisins. I think the sweetness would be great with the richness of the lamb and the tangy feta cheese.