ARF/5-A-Day #25

by Cate on June 21, 2006

Now I know how to get your attention … just give away some free Pampered Chef stuff! Thanks to all who responded yesterday – The Husband will be tickled pink to know that everyone knows his background so well! ;) I did find one other thing in my starter pack up to put for grabs … first person in the comments section to tell me what my favorite type of pasta is gets a Pampered Chef garlic press. Have at it! Tomorrow, we’ll talk Tupperware.

Now onto our ARF/5-A-Day events. Inspired by Julie’s recent interview with Sara Moulton, I decided to head for my copy of Sara Moulton Cooks at Home to find a quick recipe for tonight (just a quick note – if you’re interested in this cookbook, Amazon has used copies for under $2!). With a carton of very-ripe tomatoes to use up, her recipe for Penne with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese was a perfect choice. Only thing I did differently was to cut the tomato-roasting time down from 2 hours to one. The dish was very simple to make, perfect for a weeknight meal and deeeeelish! Will definitely make this one again, and it was even more perfect since it made use of ingredients I already had on hand.

Without further ado, onto your round-up.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago todaymmmm, one of The Husband’s favorite desserts.

Stacey from Just Braise is back from a recent whirlwind adventure and starts us off with a two-fer, Macerated Strawberries and Blueberry-Jalapeno Mojitos:

The Chocolate Lady from New York keeps it simple with cool, crisp, raw kohlrabi:

Ramya from Cascading Flavours serves up a new twist on rice, gooseberry style:

Manpasand – From My Kitchen to Yours contributes our first ever banana blossom recipe:

I already have plans for Urban Drivel’s Couscouse with Artichoke Hearts, Shrimp and Scallops – does that ever look good!

Kalyn sent in her own original recipe for Sauteed Spinach with Parmesan and Pine Nuts – I’m a sucker for sauteed spinach:

And lastly, Meeta from What’s for Lunch, Honey? sends us off with a delicious Strawberry Jam:

Penne with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
This dish is best eaten right away. You can make all the parts — except for the pasta — way ahead of time and just throw it together at the last minute. (The slow-roasted tomatoes are also great in other roles — as part of an antipasto in the summertime, as an omelet filling, or as a topping on grilled bread.)
2 pounds red and yellow cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
6 ounces fresh goat cheese
1 pound penne
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
Additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 250°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Halve each tomato and place cut side up in one flat layer on the baking sheets. Drizzle the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sprinkle on the salt. Roast until the tomatoes are dried around the edges but still moist, about 2 hours.
Crumble the goat cheese into large chunks and refrigerate until ready to serve the pasta.

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to the package directions. Remove 1 cup of the cooking liquid and reserve. Drain the pasta well and return to the pot. Add the tomatoes, goat cheese, basil, reserved cooking liquid, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss well and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Joan June 21, 2006 at 2:03 am

I think I remember you saying once that you LOVED tortellini. I will go with tortellini; however, I have the PC garlic press (and love it) so if I happen to win, please give it to the next person and I will try for the tupperware tomorrow.


Danii June 21, 2006 at 2:12 am

I love Tupperware, so I’ll be checking your Blog tomorrow night for sure ;-)


Crafty P June 21, 2006 at 2:53 am

well, nothing to do with today’s post, but I finally made the Lemon Spaghetti and it is FAB-U-LOUS! Oh my did I love that recipe. Maybe I should get Giada’s book? Well, thanks to you posting it here, I tried it and we loved it. THanks Cate!

I’m posting that recipe and PC’s Cool ‘n Creamy chocolate fondue recipe tonight! (that’s from their ALL the BEST cookbook) My friend went through a phase of giving me a bunch of PC’s cookbooks- that’s one of my favorite recipes- involving chocolate, of course!


Helene June 21, 2006 at 3:46 am

I am a Pampered Chef and a lot of their tools have made my pastry life easier. Their tart pan and mini muffin pans are incredible.
Thank you for including Tippy in your Weekend Dog Blogging! He’s hooked and keeps posing for next weekend!


Bonnie June 21, 2006 at 10:18 am

My guess is tortellini. I read a post from last year that said your two stand alone dishes were avocado and tortellini, so I hope that’s it! Good luck with Pampered Chef. I love their stuff.


PatL June 21, 2006 at 3:21 pm

Not sure if you’re asking about type or brand of pasta, but if it’s brand, is the answer Dreamfields?

Not many ARFers this week! My kitchen’s being torn up for new countertops, so I won’t be contributing for the next few weeks, but after that I expect to be back in the swing!

Your pasta recipes sounds awesome! In the file it goes …


Helene June 21, 2006 at 10:02 pm

what I meant to say was I am a Pampered Chef lover too…my brain was going faster than my fingers…


Cate June 23, 2006 at 12:50 am

Joan was the first correct guess, but since she graciously gave up the prize, Bonnie was second in. Bonnie – drop me a line with your address. Congrats!

Danii – glad to know I have another Tupperware fan – now you know where to come. ;)

Crafty P – thanks for dropping by! Lemon Spaghetti is a great go-to dish for weeknights, isn’t it?

Helene – loved Tippy’s picture, looking forward to many more. :)

PatL — ahh, Kalyn is the Dreamfields Queen. ;)


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