Thursday, July 24, 2014

A new twist on Mac and Cheese

My foodie buddies are going to hate this post. Why? Because I didn't even attempt to take the beautiful picture of the truly yummy food. I chose instead to show you the true reality of the home cook.. and it always pretty, folks. But.. boy.. is it good. I made the Tuscan Herb Sauce Mac and Cheese from the great folks at #Barilla. And it was.. incredible...

Yep, no beautiful dishes, no pretty lighting. Just the food in all its raw glory AFTER we ate. Gotta keep it real, you know? This was a true hit. Barilla Tuscan Herb sauce simmered with heavy cream (calorie fiends, read no more). Then tossed with elbow pasta, parm cheese and topped with shredded fontina. Heaven!!!

Food doesn't always have to have the superb lighting of a stage set. Sometimes, it is just as well to show the real side and say it was good just as is.  Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quick and Easy Lasagna.. thanks to Barilla Pasta!

Lasagna is almost a sacred word in my house. My own personal lasagna takes hours to make and it is a labor of love well worth the time. However, I cannot do this dish on a regular weeknight. I'm a mom, I have teens and they would probably eat the paint off the walls by the time it was out of the oven- not to mention it would probably be close to midnight.

Thank goodness for the wonderful folks at Barilla Pasta! #Barilla.   As an Allrecipes Allstar, I was given the great opportunity to work with these folks in June and July, testing out some wonderful pasta recipes and giving my thoughts on them.

I made the Wavy Lasagna with Meat sauce tonight and it was a hit. Low work, low prep but huge on flavor.

The time it takes to boil the lasagna noodles is about the time it takes to make the filling. Check out the recipe here:

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and keep on cooking!! More pasta recipes to come!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ziti, Oh, you crazy Ziti!

Anyone who knows me knows I love pasta. Stuffed manicotti, lasagna, marinara, spaghetti.. it all sings to me.

Tonight, I made a Soprano worth dish of Baked Ziti. I cannot claim the recipe as my own as my own ziti is only red sauce based. This recipe came from the great folks at Barilla Pasta, one of the best pasta makers around.

It starts out by making a bechamel sauce which, for some, may sound tricky. Bechamel is not hard but it does take babysitting.  In its simplest form, it is melted butter that has flour added to it and whisked constantly until the flour light browns.  Boiled milk is added in a cup at a time and gently whisked until a sauce is formed. From there,  cheeses and spices are added to make an unbelievable cheese sauce of which there is no comparison.

The recipe follows and the end result was delicious.  Thank you to the great folks at #Barilla for letting me be part of their campaign this June!

#Allstars- recipe to follow..

Happy Eating!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mmmmmm Mazola and Carnitas!

This was no typical dinner. My recipe assignment this month was with Mazola Corn Oil and we were making Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce (recipe to follow). Now, Mazola has been a part of my family since I was a young girl. I can still hear the Mazola commercial song running through my head- the boom boom of the drumming across the plains and the image of the lovely young woman lifting corn kernels to the sky.

Mazola's recipe for Pork Carnitas was absolutely delicious- and that is saying alot coming from my hubby!! He is a carnitas-loving guy and would be the first to say "Bleeeech" to a recipe to pass his personal review.

 Overall, this was a really fantastic meal. Mazola Corn Oil is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle and I was thrilled they gave us the opportunity to try such a great dish. I stepped out of my comfort zone to work on roasting products-so I was thrilled with the results! I hope your family will be as well!

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