Category Archives: italian

Taste Test Tuesday: Dried Tomato and Garlic Pesto

Tastefully Simple has some really great products that you can use at any time. The versatility of each of the items makes cooking a simple yet fun and creative experience.

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Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto seasoning is one item from their Standard line that is available year round. This is great if you want to make your own pesto, season your pasta sauce or even just your everyday meats and veggies.

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We’ve tried this product on numerous occasions, it’s a staple in our house. Boil some pasta, add some Dried Tomato, and Garlic Pesto seasoning, grated parmesan, and if you want some spinach, chicken or shrimp and you have a meal.

Dinner doesn’t have to take hours to complete. Simple yet tasty dishes can go a long way. Tastefully Simple offers you many options for meals, appetizers, desserts and snacks. Feel free to check out the website and we are always here to offer support and answer questions.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

How much do you love a bowl of pasta? Especially a bowl of pasta with a great sauce. Well today we have something that will be sure to enhance your love of pasta or any food for that matter. We were contacted by Derek of Elbow Foods to review this product and after reading the history behind this pasta gravy we couldn’t refuse.

Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

This pasta gravy, and Yes, we said ‘GRAVY’ is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, herbs and honey. A spoonful right out the jar and we were hooked. A smooth rich taste, with the flavors of the peppers, onions and herbs right there for you to see and taste makes this gravy a great find.

It’s fat-free and only 38 calories per serving. This pasta gravy truly tastes like it came straight from someone’s Italian gramma’s kitchen, like she’s standing over a huge pot on the stove and poured some in a jar jut for you. We’ve tasted pasta sauces before, and some have been watered down, not this one. Glicco’s pasta gravy does not seep to the bottom of the pot.

Be sure to check out their website Elbow Foods and ‘Like’ their page on Facebook. Glicco’s Pasta  Gravy is sold in some specialty grocery stores. You can check your local retailer.  They even have some recipes on their site, that we are going to try out. Here are two for you to try.

Marinara Garlic Bread

Here’s a quick and simple idea.

Whisk Glicco’s Pasta Gravy with minced garlic and melted butter in a small bowl; brush over cut sides of bread.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil until toasted.

 

Chicken Parm Burger

  • 1 lb. Ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Glicco’s Pasta Gravy
  • 2 teaspoons Dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 Rolls
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Mix chicken, oil, sauce and seasonings together. Form the chicken mixture into balls.  The texture is gloppy. Flatten into burger patties and dip into the panko and cheese mixture.
  2. Put burgers on waxed paper and allow them to set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour a liberal amount of olive oil in a nonstick fry pan. Pan fry burgers until done and crispy. Drain them on a paper towel.
  4. Top burgers with some additional Glicco’s Pasta Gravy and shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese melts. Serve on a crispy round roll.

 

This is a sponsored post from Elbow Foods, and all opinions are 100% ours.


Taste Test Tuesday: Kraft’s Fresh Takes

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by the kitchen. Please feel free to grab a seat at the table or the counter. Fix yourself a cup of tea or coffee and grab a bite to eat. Today’s tasting comes from Kraft, it’s their Fresh Take line, great idea for your next meal.

Kraft’s Fresh Take


Photo Credit: Kraft Foods

We all know that finding time to cook dinner can be challenging. Well Kraft is making this a little easier on all of us. It’s not your ordinary shake-n-bake, there is some flavoring to this mix. A blend of Kraft cheeses, and seasoned bread crumbs brings your chicken, fish or pork to life. It only took us 5 minutes to prep the meat before we put it in the oven!

  1. Thaw your meat.
  2. Open the Kraft Fresh Take package and mix the seasonings together.
  3. Coat your meat. (Kids loved doing this part) 
  4. Bake your meat in the oven on 375 degrees.
We coated some tilapia filet’s in the Italian Parmesan mix and added a mix green salad with a raspberry vinaigrette and lunch was ready in under 20 minutes.
Kraft Fresh Takes comes in the following flavors:
  • Southwest Three Cheese
  • Rosemary  Roasted Garlic
  • Cheddar, Jack  Bacon
  • Italian Parmesan
  • Savory Four Cheese
  • Chili, Lime & Panko
You have a variety of flavors to choose from. Be sure to check the blog for a coupon. You can find Kraft Fresh Takes in the dairy aisle next to the cheeses. 
Here are a few more ideas on way to use Kraft Fresh Takes:
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Coat chicken tenders
  • Season your mashed potatoes
  • Coat your stuffed shells
  • Spice up shrimp cocktail
  • Kick up your salmon patties
  • Coat your zucchini then bake instead of fry.
  • Create a new spinach and artichoke dip. 
  • Cut up biscuit dough and make Parmesan bites
We thank you for stopping by the kitchen today.