Thursday, September 30, 2010

Marx Foods Blogger Mushroom Recipe Challenge

Roasted Large Herbed Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Tossed with Red Wine Marinara, Porcinis and Chanterelles


Serves: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
2 c. water
1/4 oz. Marx Foods dried porcini mushrooms
1/4 oz. Marx Foods dried chanterelle mushrooms
Meatball:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. dried oregano
1 t. fresh sage, minced
1 T. fresh parsley, minced
1 T. capers, finely chopped
1/4 c. parmesan, freshly grated
Sauce:
1 T. olive oil
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. dry red wine
26 oz. marinara sauce
1/3 c. reserved mushroom stock
1/2 lb. spaghetti
water, for boiling
1/4 c. parmesan cheese, freshly grated
12 small fresh basil leaves (garnish)
Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  For the mushrooms bring 2 cups of water to a boil and pour over mushrooms that are placed in a microwavable safe bowl.  Let sit for 20 minutes to rehydrate then drain reserving mushrooms stock and setting aside rehydrated mushrooms. 
    For the meatballs combine ingredients in a large bowl and using your hands mix until well incorporated.  Break down the turkey into 12 large even meatballs and place onto a baking sheet lined with foil.  Roast until browned about 30 minutes turning half way through cooking. 
    In the meantime heat oil over medium in a large pot and add shallot and garlic and cook a few minutes being careful not to burn garlic.  Deglaze pot with red wine and let cook a couple minutes before stirring in marinara sauce along with reserved mushrooms stock.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer about 35 to 40 minutes.  While sauce and meatballs are simmering bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the spaghetti.
  Cook until tender about 8 to 10 minutes. 
    To plate dish place spaghetti onto center of plate, next spoon sauce across top, place three meatballs onto each plate then grate 1 tablespoon of parmesan onto each serving.  Garnish each plate with a few small fresh basil leaves. 

To order dried mushrooms from Marx Foods visit the following links:

http://www.marxfoods.com/dried-chanterelle-mushrooms
http://www.marxfoods.com/dried-porcini-mushrooms

Belated National Food Day

Happy Belated National Coffee Day! (9/29)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Foodie Blogroll Contest: Comment to Win a 10 jar set of SpicesInc Spices

Contest: Comment to Win a 10 jar set of SpicesInc Spices

Sep, 28 2010

We are really happy to announce this giveaway with our friends from SpicesInc.com. During the next 4 weeks, they will give away sets of their amazing spices to 8 lucky winners!

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Winners of the 10 jar drawings will have their choice of 7 spice sets to choose from while the 6 jar winners will get to choose from 12 selections.

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4) Spice sets will be shipped within one week of that week’s promotion end.

5) US residents only due to shipping restrictions.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

GIVEAWAY- $35 CSN Stores Gift Certificate...Enter For Your Chance To Win!

Accessorizing Life Made Easy with CSN Stores

    Introducing CSN Stores where modern day shopping takes place in over 200 stores online.  Whether you're getting the family ready for that end-of-summer camping trip choosing from their large selection of outdoor equipment or maybe your kitchen is being remodeled and you're in need of some new dining furniture?  This can be found at www.DiningRoomsDirect.com which features dining room chairs like this breakfast nook style table pictured to the right, one of my favorites!
    Simply enter your email in the comments section below and I will choose the lucky winner to receive a $35 gift certificate to use at http://www.csnstores.com/ !!!

*Note: Shipping charges may be applied if you reside in Canada.

Marx Foods Blogger Mushroom Recipe Challenge

Pan Roasted Chicken and Creamy Pesto Linguini Tossed with Porcinis, Chanterelles, Cherry Tomatoes and Patty Pan Squash


    Now when you're wanting to impress or perhaps even put together an "I'm sorry meal" for that special someone this is the one to go to, or at least for my boyfriend anyway, and he is one who knows his foods and has a specific palate. 
    I am grateful for having the opportunity to create this delicious dish using dried mushrooms from Marx Foods to participate in their Blogger Mushroom Recipe Challenge, thanks Justin!

Serves: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 c. water
1/4 oz. Marx Foods dried porcini mushrooms
1/4 oz. Marx Foods dried chanterelle mushrooms
2 T. olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 c. alfredo sauce
1/4 c. pesto
1/3 c. reserved dried mushroom stock
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 medium patty pan, seeded and diced
1/2 lb. linguini
water, for boiling
1/4 c. freshly grated parmesan(garnish)



Directions:
    To prepare dried mushrooms bring 2 cups of water to a boil and pour over mushrooms placed in a non-reactive bowl.  Let sit for 20 minutes then drain reserving mushroom stock.  Cut most pieces so they resemble the same size leaving some mushrooms whole and set aside. 
    For the chicken preheat oven to 350 and season both sides with salt and pepper.  In a large skillet heat oil over medium high and add chicken top side down.  Cook until golden about 5-6 minutes per side.  Transfer chicken to oven and continue to cook until no longer pink in the center about 20 minutes. 
    In the meantime combine, alfredo, pesto, 1/3 cup reserved mushroom stock, mushrooms, tomatoes and patty pan in a medium sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is done. 
    While sauce is simmering bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add linguini.  Cook until tender about 10 minutes.  Drain, return to pan and add sauce to pasta.  Toss to coat evenly.  To plate dish spoon pasta onto center of plates and place chicken breasts on top.  Garnish each plate with 1 tablespoon of freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

To order dried mushrooms from Marx Foods visit these following links:

http://www.marxfoods.com/dried-chanterelle-mushrooms
http://www.marxfoods.com/dried-porcini-mushrooms

Belated National Food Day

Happy Belated National Chocolate Milk and Corned Beef Hash Days! (Sept. 27th)

Belated National Food Days

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekends...we soaked up the end of summer by camping at Union Valley Resevoir! Belated National Food Holidays as follows:

Sept. 24-Cherries Jubilee Day

Sept. 25- Crab Meat Newburg Day and Food Service Employees Day

Sept. 26- Pancake Day

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Butterscotch Pudding!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Cream-Filled Doughnut and Eat a Hoagie Day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Peanut Day!  I celebrated by creating a delicious side dish tonight for dinner of broccoli, garlic, goat cheese and roasted peanuts...mmm!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Date Nut Bread Day!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

National Food Day

Happy National Acorn Squash Day!

Belated National Food Day

Happy Belated National Cheese Pizza Day! (9/5)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

National Food Month

Just learned it was also National Olive Month!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Foodie Blog Roll Tote Bag

Another tote bag from Foodie Blog Roll would sure come in handy for my trips to the farmers markets!
http://www.foodieblogroll.com/contests/spread-the-word-comment-to-win-a-fbr-tote-bag-september-2010#comments

No More Naked Salads Recipe Tip

    A quick recipe tip to dressing up your salads is simply to incorporate enough colors, textures and flavors for a balanced dish.  For example I always enjoy combining sweet, salty, tart and tangy utilizing a variety of fruits a lot of the time.  Pairing fruits with cheeses and nuts in a salad really brings the dish to another level...a little bacon never hurts either!  For the dressing you can never go wrong with one that's home made, all you need is some oil, vinegar, maybe some aromatics or citrus with herbs and spices...
http://www.foodieblogroll.com/contests/comment-to-win-a-mrs-cubbison-s-gourmet-variety-pack

National Food Month

It's a new month and we're celebrating biscuits, breakfast, chicken, honey, mushrooms, organic harvest, papaya, potatoes and rice.  Also the first week celebrate waffles, the second week celebrate biscuits with gravy and vegetarian awareness week...that's ironic!  Finally the fourth week finish the month by celebrating wild rice.  This is too the beginning of wine and oyster seasons!
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