Monday, April 27, 2009

Contests and Sage Butter Agnolotti

So let me start with the food. As part of being a featured publisher with Foodbuzz, periodically they send us stuff to try. This time it was a package of Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti. I wanted to keep the “sauce” simple so I could actually taste the pasta, and I am glad I did. It was wonderful but a bit delicate and I think its wonderfulness would get lost in a heavy sauce. Just this girls opinion.

2 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
4 torn sage leaves
½ clove garlic grated
1 package of Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti

Put butter an olive oil in a pan. Once your butter begins to bubble add garlic and sage leaves and take off heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Toss with Agnolotti and parmesan.

So on to the contest. Luckily, a ton of you are interested. For this I am grateful and excited.

I try not to share too much on the blog. Mostly because you are here for the food, not antidotes of my sons current inch worm obsession or my little girls cute bottom. However, this is one that is shaping the contest so bare with me.

We all have them, friends we adore but just don’t see enough. Friends that we roar with when we see each other and we just think the world of. Life happens though. It does, for better or worse… it does. Joel and I have a ton of friends we think of all the time but, sadly do not call nearly enough to come over for drinks or dinner.

This new year I vowed to have one particular couple we are friends with over more. That was my one and only New Year resolution. So not wasting any time Joel and I started planning a dinner party mid-January. Ironically said couple called the very night we were planning to call to extend our invitation. Sadly it was to let us know that one had just been diagnosed with cancer. I just found out today, they have about a week left to live. We never had the dinner party.

Life happens.

So my caveat to this contest is send me your entries, send me your pictures, however, I want you to call a friend and have them over to enjoy your delicious creations. After all isn’t that what makes food so great, the sharing of it? So get on the phone and call someone you love (or at least someone you like a little). The deadline for your entry is May 25th to give everyone time.

The recipe can be anything from a drink to an appetizer, entrée to dessert. I want at least one picture. I would love a picture of you enjoying said recipe with your friend/ person you at least like a little, but that is not necessary. What is necessary is tell us about your evening. Don’t just submit a recipe, submit a post about how the evening went. I am going to have folks vote for their favorite recipe and for the evening they would have most liked to have joined in on.


Kristen said...

1st - the pasta sounds delicious
2nd - my condolances for you and your friend and their family, my heart and prayers go out to you
3rd - I think your contest idea is wonderful and a great way to celebrate life and friendship

Chef E said...

Oh you can bet I will join in! Man I was about to tell you my smudge story, but you got me with that though I feel like you might need a little of the story any way...

Take a bundle of sage, tie it up with kite string or chef string, and hang it upside down to dry. When it dry, bundle it together as tightly as you can. Light one end and walk around the room and wish away all the bad spirits that linger...I do this to bring back the good feelings when I get down, and it makes the house smell good...I will do it tonight and keep you in mind...a native american thing...

Chef E said...

I completely forgot to say the pasta with sage butter sounded great!

girlichef said...

I'm so sorry :( Life happens so fast...and I completely understand what you're saying about enjoying your friends and taking some time to devote to them...I need to do it more often. What a wonderful theme for your contest!

oh, and I smudge, too ChefE...really clears the air and my head and my mood :)

Netts Nook said...

Your pasta sounds great anything pasta works for me.

teresa said...

The pasta looks and sounds delicious. I am so sorry to hear about your friend, that is so hard. Great idea for the contest though, prayers and best wishes to your family at this time.

Chris said...

That is a great idea for a contest! What are you going to call it. Sounds like fun and we'll probably do it!

Donna-FFW said...

The pasta dish sounds wonderful. I love sage butter sauce! I am looking forward to entering your contest!

Diana said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. It's really hard to get news like that. I've lost several close friends and it's hard. I'm praying for you, thanks for sharing what you're going through.

Swestie said...

Well, I'm just now reading your post, but these moments for me revolve around having people like YOU here! Like last Friday... even though that night could've ended better... anyway.

Don't know if that counts for an entry... but just wanted you to know how much fun I have with you!