When Alysha from The Savory Notebook asked me to host a Virtual Recipe Club, I knew exactly what theme I would choose: Cinnamon. Back in November, my old Supper Club had a Something with Cinnamon theme, and I remember all the great dishes that came out of that night … tons of savory things that I never would have thought to make myself. I instantly knew what I was making for tonight, Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara. Now stop wrinkling your nose like that; I can even hear you saying, “ewwww…;” my mom did the same thing when I mentioned the dish to her today. I promise you it’s THAT good, definitely ranked as an OMG for us, and a perfect dish for company. You can taste a hint of cinnamon in the pasta, but it’s very subtle. The only thing I changed in the recipe was that I didn’t use fresh pasta. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $10 for fresh pasta. If we were having company, maybe, but it was fine with the regular boxed stuff, never fear. As a side, I made Stuffed Garlic Bread. So not exactly a low-cal night here at the Sweetnicks’ house, but it’s not how we eat every day, of course. For Nicholas, I made Homemade Crispy Chicken Strips.
How gorgeously divine does this look?
I put all the recipes from yesterday onto my sidebar, Sweetnicks’ Fruit Salad, the No Peek Casserole, Grandma’s Secret Salad and lastly, Caramel Pound Cake.
OK, on with the round-up of Cinnamon Contributors…
Chef Michele kickstarts the round-up with something I know The Husband will love, her Cinnamon Rolls. We can’t go past a Cinnabon without him leaving with a few to take home. Can’t wait to try this one!
Our resident Veggie Evangelist, Alanna from A Veggie Venture shares Hearty Heart-Loving Muffins – they look great!
Next up is the VRC creator herself, Alysha from The Savory Notebook with her Cinnamon Rice She challenged herself to make a savory dish with cinnamon, and it looks like she picked a winner.
La Mia Cucina a brand spankin’, days-old blogger leaps into the food blogging event world with both feet, sharing her take on Martha Stewart’s Cinnamon Cookies, and then finishes us off with a batch of homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream. I keep debating about whether or not I need an ice cream machine; perhaps it’s time to put one on my birthday list. ;)
And that, folks, is it for tonight. If I accidentally overlooked someone, drop me a line and I’ll get you added. Don’t forget to send in your ARF/5-A-Day contribution to be included in tomorrow’s round-up. Until then…
A year ago today… it was Indian cooking.
I love the picture of the pasta! It really sounds great.
Is there a reason you avoid subscribing to these magazines? so much cheaper. just curious.
Thanks for hosting! :)
I totally spaced this VRC. My husband and I did make a rice krispy treat variation over the weekend though. We used Kashi 7-grain puffed cereal, sprinkled it with cinnamon and toasted it in a 425° oven for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Then we made the marshamallow mixture like usual, but added some cinnamon, stirred in the cereal, pressed into a pan and voila! Not an exact “recipe” or anything, but it was cinnamon-y, tasty and easy to make in my kitchen that is still under construction!
yummm I am so making that pasta soon! :)
Sara – thanks! I hope you try it.
Anonymous – LOL, I subscribe to 70+ magazines, so believe me, I’m not afraid of subscriptions. The imports are cheaper to buy in the store with a discount, as opposed to overseas shipping.
Alysha – my pleasure. :)
Jill – sounds like a nice twist. There’s always next time. ;)
Ali – I hope you do, you won’t be disappointed. :)
The pasta looks really great. I’d love to try it. I just can’t mention the cinnamon to the other half or he’d head for the hills screaming. Dang frog and his “sweet and savour do NOT go together” Ha!
How do I participate on your ARF-5 a day Tuesdays?
Take a look at my post today, does that one counts?!
Ana – you’re all set. I also left a comment on your site with more info.
The Dining Dica – I was surprised that The Husband could pick out the cinnamon. I’d make it and not say a word and see what happens. Just call it Pancetta Carbonara. ;) Fingers crossed!