Saturday, March 27, 2010

A New Giveaway and Great Easter Recipe

Teddy picked the winner for last weeks giveaway of the tea pot and jam jar and it is : Tristan!!! Send me your shipping information and I will get it right out to you.


And Teddy picked out this weeks giveaway. A cut glass divided dish and a cute pressed glass oval dish.


To enter, just leave a comment and if you are not a follower, sign up to follow.


The winner will be announced next Saturday and a new giveaway will be posted.


I know I have shown this recipe before but it is so good I thought someone might want to use it for Easter. It is a great dish to take to a family gathering. Once people taste this they will kiss and hug you though you probably won't want them to if they are like any of my relatives.

Put about 5 garlic cloves in a food processor.




Add a can of chopped tomatoes. I am using my oven roasted tomatoes instead.


Add one jar oven sun-dried tomatoes in oil. Add the oil too. There's a lot of flavor in it.



Add 3 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. I was out of it so I used apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of red wine.


Just pour it in with the rest of the ingredients.


Add 1 tsp. of salt.


And a teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper. Pulse all of this until it starts to become smooth.


Measure out 1 1/4 cup of olive oil.


With the processor running, slowly pour the oil in.


It will thicken nicely and smell wonderful. Set this aside while you prepare the additional ingredients.


Prepare a pound of rotini pasta. I wanted a bit more than a pound and had no more rotini so I used some penne as well.


Drain the pasta and run cold water over it so it stops cooking and is cool to the touch. Then dump it on top of the tomato sauce.


Using a cup and a half of Kalamata olives, slice them in half.


Slice a pint of cherry tomatoes in half and add them.


Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of grated parmesan cheese.


Slice up a bunch of fresh basil.


Mix all of this together.


Serve it at room temperature with a bit of extra grated cheese and fresh basil sprinkled on top. People go a bit crazy over this dish. It is my daughter's favorite pasta.


Teddy would like to try just a little but mama says no. It would make a puppy sick!

You may notice my new background. Though the pink blossoms were nice and very spring like, my daughter told me that I really am not a pink person. She knows me so well. She said I am more like dirt and mushrooms and moss. We settled on a weeping willow though I am not sure why. I know there is a message in there somewhere!

26 comments:

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Congratulations tp Tristan!

I was with you with the food until the olives turned up :-) I have nothing against olive oil, but I just can´t stand olives :-) :-) But I guess it won´t be to bad without thr olives either.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

I think I'm making that dish tonight! I can't resist; it looks so delish ♥

Autumnforest said...

Happy, happy! Joy, joy! I love to see "Theo" being all cute and fluffy. She's such an expressive dog! Now, you've got me wondering if I can find my mother's old Easter recipes... I might have to bribe a relative. Gorgeousg glass-you are the queen of the cool finds!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Woo Hoo - I'm so excited. Thanks so much!

The new background is nice ... a little more garden witch-y than the pretty pink, I admit. LOL

That pastas sounds wonderful! AND, any excuse to use Kalamata olives is a good excuse! I just love them.

Please scratch Teddy's ears for me to thank him for picking my name!

Pricilla said...

Yay for Tristan!
Weeping willows are my favorite tree.
I just love them
I don't think they are sad at all.
I think they are weeping with joy.

Linda in New Mexico said...

I love the new, new look. The weeping willow is very earthy feeling. I tried this recipe last time you offered it. Very tasty. A lovely treat from our regular. Thanks all over again. Hi Teddy, you're such a cutie patootie.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I do like your new background. Teddy is so sweet you just want to hug him. Made the Stuffed Grape Leaves, they are fabulous. Will be making the sauce this week because I have lots of sundried tomatoes to use.
Have a great week!

the wild magnolia said...

Congratulations to Tristan on winning Teddy's give away! :))

Sun dried tomato pasta...Yummzzz.

Teddy's nose knows...a yummy aroma. She has a Momma who knows what is good for Teddy. Momma's are like that, yeah they are. :)

Love the Willow branches, that suits you.

Have a great weekend.

Guillaume said...

In my case, I love olives. I want to try that one a lot, as soon as I can get the hobs fixed maybe. My wife and I (re)discovered dried tomatoes recently and that would be a great recipe to use them.

Max's Mommy said...

I like the background! And that recipe looks delicious!

The glass dishes are cool.

SeeThroughGreen said...

lol! when I saw this on the dashboard it said ' A new giveaway" and right under it was teddy! I thought to myself... I want a Chow!

lol! I would settle for some olives right now though... A whole bottle of them!

SeeThroughGreen said...

haha!! loL!! I dont think Octoberfarm would be the same without Teddy! so cute!!

J.Anderson said...

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oldblackcatboo said...

I have a Weeping Willow that I planted several years ago that is now towering over the house. At night the leaves and branches sway in the wind outside my bedroom window and sometimes I see the moon glowing through...I love it!
It also covers the backyard and makes it feel so private. The opposite from my FRONT yard that EVERYONE seems to walk by for their evening walks!

Bridgett said...

Oh yes...I'm trying this recipe too! You are a wealth of good food. :)

And J..I am so not a *pink* person either. I love the willow background even more. :)

Debbie said...

Love that recipe! Teddy is adorable...what a sweet face that boy has. I will be back for the bean recipe and by the way I love the background...a lot!

greekwitch said...

Hello there. Of course i love this recipe. So mediterranean! Perfect!
My mom's most special dish is a ground beef pop roast. It is like a huge burger that is filled with tomatoes, corned beef, feta cheese and surrounded with potatoes with tomato sauce.

Suzie said...

What a wonderful photo of Teddy! But I've yet to see a bad one. She is just plain photogenic. It's a good thing that you have her best interests and health at heart, because it would be awfully hard to say "no" to that face. Hopefully you had a healthy treat for her instead.

And congratulations, Tristan! I'm sure that your tea time is going to be extra special from now on!

Those cut glass and pressed glass dishes look SO lovely, and that black background really makes the details stand out! What a lovely give-away!

In just the past couple of years, I've developed a food allergy to members of the nightshade family, which of course, include tomatoes and potatoes. That totally bums me out, but every so often, I put up with my nasal passages restricting for special dishes. My trouble now is you keep showing one delight after another! I'm going to have to ask my doctor for a larger prescription!!

I'm not a "pink" person either, and weeping willows hold a fond memory for me. We had a huge one in the backyard of the house where I grew up, and I loved listening to the leaves whisper at night when the breeze blew through them.

Your blog looks very peaceful.

Sharlene T. said...

Yum, yum! All my favorite ingredients -- except, the olives. But, will definitely try this one. Hugs to Teddy and thanks for re-sharing this great recipe. (Except for the olives...)

Garbage Cinderella said...

Oh my goodness, I just made this recipe and it is FABULOUS! Handsome just loved it! Thank you! (I've been such a blogging dud lately--wrapped up in home improvements for the past three months).

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I just had to come by and see a picture of Teddy. I heard he was a wonder. He is!
I do think its blogspot, as I'm having trouble today too.
Love your trees and garden.
xx
julie

Marie S said...

Congratulations to Tristan!
Teddy has awesome taste in giveaways. I am so glad she does it!
Please enter me in this one.
The pasta looks delicious, you should have your own show Jaz.
Have a great week.

tinypearl5758 said...

"wow" I have only just come across your site. My husband is going to love you, with all these receipts.

There will only be Hubby and I for Easter, but I think we are worth making this wonderful receipt for.

And our baby (toy poodle) (Rambo) loves pasta. heheh. xxx

carma said...

leave it to Teddy to pick out some more great giveaway gifts!! (follower)

CathyH said...

I find the best blogs :) Thanks for the recipe, looks like something we would love! Pretty dishes too!
I follow and look forward to more visits.
cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

Sugar said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway. They would go great with the candy dish and candle holders I previously won!