• TV Dinner

    April 5, 2010

    Seriously, where did today go?!? 8-O I still can’t get over how quickly it flew by. Let’s hope the whole week goes by the same way. I want to be in Florida already! ;-)


    After such a late night last night, Mal and I have been sort of dragging today. So, not surprisingly, we both just wanted to chill on the couch and veg this evening. We kept dinner simple and ate in front of the TV while catching up with our DVR.


    I threw together some quick and easy pita pizzas with red bell pepper, onion, shredded cheddar cheese, and marinara sauce on Joseph’s pitas. On the side, I had a big salad with balsamic vinegar.



    For dessert, my generous husband shared his “Mal Only” peanut M&Ms with me. What a guy!



    I ate 2 or 3 small handfuls. So delish!


    Into the Heart of Italy Giveaway

    So, remember when I went to New York City for the Into the Heart of Italy premiere and luncheon? Well, the second episode of the series just premiered this week: The Secrets of the Fungaioli.

    The Secrets of the Fungaioli, in which Rocco Dispirito, Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese continue on their exciting quest, this time on foot through the mountains and forest of Pistoia. Watch as our trio unlocks the secrets of the Fungaioli, uncovers earthy treasures and discovers the inspiration behind Bertolli Frozen Meals’ Chicken Alfredo with Portobello Mushrooms.

    Pistioa Mushroom Forraging.jpg

    Photo credit: Lisa Leone

    To celebrate the newest episode, Bertolli has offered to give 3 winners a VIP coupon for a free Bertolli Frozen Meal.

    To Enter: Leave a comment about your favorite Italian dish or your favorite way to use mushrooms. I will randomly pick a winner* tomorrow night.

    Good luck! :mrgreen:

    *Contest is only open to US residents. Sorry international readers!

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    Gabrielle April 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love making a onion, red pepper, garlic, olive oil mushroom sauce over grilled steak!


    Lindsey April 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    My favorite Italian meal is lasagna! yummy!!!!


    Lindsay April 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Pizza all the way!


    Jennifer April 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    love mushrooms in a quesadilla or on a pizza!


    ThePony April 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    My favorite italian dish is chicken piccata. I love the lemon/caper combo!


    Chelsea April 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    My favorite italian dish is veggie lasagna. zucchini, yelloq squash, mushrooms, tomotoes. Yum!! I’ve been wanting to try the bertolli meals


    Michelle April 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I absolutely LOVE sauteed portobello mushrooms with the stems chopped, sauteed with onions, and stuffed back into the cap. Top with sprinkling of cheese and broil in the oven!! SO SO GOOD!!!


    Emily G April 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I just loveeee pasta with a spicy tomato sauce and shrimp…and of course pizza, you really can’t go wrong!


    Juliene April 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love mushrooms and could eat them everyday. I love them roasted in balsalmic vinegar but my ultimate favorite mushroom dish is balsalmic chicken and mushrooms. So good. I am not a huge pasta fan but because the hubs loves it I give in occassionaly and love some eggplant parmesan.


    runeatrepeat3 April 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Pasta with marinara and lots of parmesan cheese!


    Rebecca April 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Mmm… Italian! When I first went to Italy at the age of 12, I ate ribollita, a Tuscan peasant soup, like it was my job. I still haven’t made it myself, but I should! So easy, hearty, and pretty darn healthy! I also love mushrooms. I don’t eat meat, so they’re a great meaty alternative. I like to saute them in some olive oil (don’t have a grill), and make sandwiches with a basil aioli, spinach, tomato, and roasted red pepper. Yummy!


    Christy April 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I love sauteed mushrooms with my stir fry meals. They always add such a great earthy flavor!


    Amanda April 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    My favorite way to eat mushrooms is marinated in some balsamic, then skewered and grilled with other veggies! I have been thinking about it recently with the warmer weather, and can’t wait to get grilling :)


    Jenna April 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    You cannot beat a good spaghetti and meatballs, at least in my book. :)


    Heather April 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    My favorite Italian dish is lasagna. So yummy and satisfying. I like to have it with a Caesar salad, garlic bread, and a glass of red wine.


    Julia April 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Favorite Italian dish…. does tiramisu with a huuuuge scoop of gelato count? :) yum yum


    Astrid April 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    My favorite Italian dish is anything with gnocchi, or just a classic lasagna. I’ve always loved Italian food, which is odd for a girl growing up in a Puerto Rican household!


    Rachel April 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    My favorite italian dish is either chicken parmesan, or antipasto. Thanks for the giveaway!


    Jessica April 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    My favorite italian dish is whole wheat pasta with roasted butternut squash and onions topped with a little bit of goat cheese…so yummy :) For my go to mushrooms I roast baby bellas with a little chopped garlic and rosemary, perfect topping for steak, chicken, or tossing in an egg white omelet.


    Tara April 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    My favorite Italian dish- my grandmother’s eggplant parm!! Nothing can beat it. I won’t even order it at a restaurant because hers is so good!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


    Jill E. April 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    my favorite Italian dish is homemade gnocchi. so rich and so yum.


    Lindsey April 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    My favorite Italian appetizer is beef carpaccio with finely shredded parmesan on top with arugula salad followed by gnocchi in a mushroom cream sauce. Great giveaway!


    Manda April 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    First of all, I love your blog! I found it over on SparkPeople a week or two ago, and I’ve been lurking ever since! My favorite Italian dish is my fiance’s pizza! He makes the best pizza! Actually, I guess that’s not really a dish, so um.. I’ll go with Chicken Parm! :) Love that stuff. We’re having it for dinner tonight, actually.


    Tammy April 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Favorite italian would be spaghetti and meatballs (with garlic bread, of course) Mushrooms I like them chopped up and included in my Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.


    jodi April 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I love them in homemade beef stroganoff


    Rachel Lauren April 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I guess pizza, thin crust though…and no cheese. If pasta, I like the fancy long macaroni noodles with a simple sauce and lots of veggies.

    and I love mushrooms in all forms. I eat a lot of white mushrooms and I love grilled portobellas.


    Jperonto April 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Mmmm I love to sauté mushrooms and then put them in some sort of noodle dish. The texture with the noodles and the mushrooms is so good to me!!! Yummmm! Thanks for the giveaway!


    Leila April 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    My favorite Italian Dish is Eggplant Parmesan… yummm!!!


    Courtney April 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Even though it’s not truly Italian, but Italian-American, chicken parm is on my mind since I just had leftovers for lunch! I made a healthy baked version with whole-wheat bread crumbs, low-fat ricotta cheese, and delicious Puttanesca sauce! And speaking of mushrooms…I added a HUGE handful of marinated mushrooms to the top before baking. Delicious!


    Tasha April 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Italian is my favorite food period. But I love lasagna. Or any pasta with seafood.


    Shawn April 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    My favourite mushroom dish is definitely grilled portobellas marinated in balasmic vinegar. Easy and delicious. Its got such a wonderful meaty texture!


    Courtney April 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I love ANY Italian food, however, my favorite would have to be Nonna’s homemade ravioli…nothing is better :)


    ann April 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite mushroom dish is portabello mushroom salad with balsamic vinagerette and endive.



    Sara April 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    My favorite Italian dish would have to be…Mom’s famous lasagna recipe!
    mmm, I’ve got a craving!!


    tangie April 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    i guess this is really a desert, but my favorite is ricotta cheesecake!


    Kelly April 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love eggplant parmesean! =)


    Marie R April 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I love homemade manicotti with tomato sauce. Yummm!


    Diana April 7, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Haven’t ad tem but in omelette for a while- still good though!


    Jerilynne April 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Does pizza count? And wine, Italian red wines are fantastic, lol. I love veggie lasagna too =).


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