My life is busy. I don’t wear ‘busy’ as a badge of honour, it is just the way our lives have evolved. Our children, pets, home, farm and careers take a lion’s share of our day. Once in a while my husband and I stop and reconnect.
My husband loves nothing more than being at the cottage, sitting on the dock and enjoying the silence, but in the middle of winter that is impossible. I asked my best friend to take the kids for a couple of hours while I prepared a simple, healthy meal, with our favourite ingredients. I found a recipe on Appehtite.ca and decided to modify it to suit our tastes.
Sherrie-Mae’s Chicken & Bacon Brown Butter Sacchetti
1 600g package of Olivieri Chicken & Bacon Sacchetti
6 slices Maple Leaf pre cooked bacon (chopped)
1 medium sized orange bell pepper
1/3 cup of unsalted butter
pinch of sea salt
dash of roasted garlic powder 4re4
sprigs of fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
The fresh Olivieri Sacchetti pasta took only three minutes to prepare. I browned the butter, cooked bacon and slices of orange bell pepper in a large saute pan for 4 minutes, just until the peppers began to soften. I drained the pasta and tossed 1/2 of the cooked pasta into the the saute pan. Gently, with a wooden spoon I sautéed the pasta with the brown butter mixture. I then sprinkled roasted garlic powder and sea salt over the pasta while maintain a low heat for 2 minutes. I finished the dish with a sprig of cilantro and shredded mozzarella. In less than 15 minutes I created a romantic dinner with my husband.
We enjoyed the dish sitting by the fire place warming our feet and reconnecting.
The good people Olivieri Pasta are running a Valentine’s Day contest. The grand prize is a luxurious spa trip for two, a fabulous gift for the most romantic day of the year.
You can find more recipes and healthy ideas on Olivieri Pasta’s Pinterest page. I personally use the the Amazing Appetizers board weekly, for quick meals on the go.
I also follow Olivieri Pasta on Instagram, they post inspirational dishes daily. You should really check them out.
I am also giving away 6 FPC from Olivieri. Each coupon is good for a package of fresh Olivieri Pasta, flavorful Olivieri Sauce or Olivieri Garlic Bread. Use the entry form below for quick and easy entry. Winners will be notified on February 7th, 2014.
Not long ago I hosted my first twitter party, launched a Canada wide contest and picked up some amazing “naming” tips from the fantastic Candace Alper.
During the contest there were more than 60, 000 name entries submitted. And drum roll please…Here are the top three finalists for the Starbucks Canada #NameYourBlend contest:
True North, Kanosak and Aurora Borealis!
Each entry has an interesting and cool background story that you can check out at Starbucks.ca/blonde.
Best of all Canadians can cast their votes at Starbucks.ca/Blonde starting TODAY. Voting ends on February 28, 2013.
The winning name of the #NameYourBlend contest will be announced in March and awarded a trip for two to meet a friend(s) for coffee at a Starbucks location anywhere in Canada as well as a $500 CAD Starbucks eGift card and $400 spending money.
Runners-up will each receive coffee for a year in the form of a $1,000 Starbucks eGift card.
Now that the contest entry period is over I can share my entry….are you ready? Beaver Blend..come on it is snappy, fun and very Canadian sounding. Maybe next time right?
So vote, make your voice heard !