VRC: Cinnamon Hits Sweetnicks

by Cate on March 14, 2006

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.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara March 14, 2006 at 5:56 pm

I love the picture of the pasta! It really sounds great.


Anonymous March 14, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Is there a reason you avoid subscribing to these magazines? so much cheaper. just curious.


Alysha March 14, 2006 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for hosting! :)


Jill March 14, 2006 at 11:00 pm

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!


Alicat March 14, 2006 at 11:01 pm

yummm I am so making that pasta soon! :)


Cate March 15, 2006 at 12:53 am

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. :)


Nerissa March 15, 2006 at 2:04 am

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!


Ana March 15, 2006 at 2:30 am

Hi Sweetnicks!
How do I participate on your ARF-5 a day Tuesdays?
Take a look at my post today, does that one counts?!


Cate March 15, 2006 at 4:47 am

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!


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