Skipping Right to Dinner

Hi, guys! Sorry about the lack of blog posts today. I’ve had a busy day!

I started writing my BOOK this morning ( 😯 ), and then I went to NuVal for a couple of hours, and then drove an hour to the PriceChopper in Marlborough to see the NuVal scores up close and personal, which was SO COOL! :mrgreen: I mean, I’ve been living and breathing NuVal for the last couple of months, so it was really neat to see system in action!

Long story short, I didn’t snap photos of breakfast or lunch today, so I’m skipping right to dinner. I’m sure you were entertained by all of the giveaways, right? 😉


Tonight’s dinner was another wonderful recipe from Real SimplePasta With Brie, Mushrooms, and Arugula.


This brie was awesome! 😀



A big hunk of Scharffen Berger dark chocolate is for dessert! 😉

Cookie Countdown for the Troops

Allrecipes recently kicked-off its first annual Cookie Countdown for the Troops!

Allrecipes is encouraging home cooks to nominate a member of the US Armed Forces serving abroad through its Allrecipes blog, Facebook fan page or account. Each day from today through Dec. 25, the Allrecipes team will bake four dozen holiday cookies and send them to a member of the Armed Forces serving abroad.

I love this idea! :mrgreen:

Boston Happenings

Grand Opening of Red Mango

Red Mango announces the opening of its first all-natural nonfat frozen yogurt location in New England, located at 334 Massachusetts Avenue (Symphony Plaza) in Boston. To celebrate Red Mango’s arrival, everyone is invited to the store’s Grand Opening scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 2 to 5 p.m.  The event will feature free small frozen yogurt, nightclub DJ Tamer Malki, and more great giveaways. For details, visit

Thanks for the heads-up, Lauren! 😀

Barbara Lynch Book Signing

Join celebrity chef Barbara Lynch at Koo de Kir on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 2-4pm while she signs copies of her new cookbook Stir, Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition. RSVP required to 617-723-8111 or

12 Days of Giveaways Winners

I hope you guys are enjoying the 12 Days of Giveaways! It’s been fun for me too! :mrgreen:

Here are your winners:

Perfect Brownie Baking Set Giveaway

#694 Gina G
on Dec 2nd, 2009 at 9:57 pm [edit]
i love corner pieces and reading your blog every single day =)

#188 Olivia
on Dec 2nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm [edit]
I need this brownie baking set. I have 2 small children who love brownies, and this would make my job much easier!!!

MixMyGranola Giveaway

#305 kendall
on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:54 am [edit]
chocolate espresso beans! they are a great ingredient for a little kick!

We’re taking Murphy to get his stitches out at the vet and then we are getting our Christmas Tree!!! Yay! 😀


  1. I love that AllRecipes is doing the Cookie Countdown! My brother and Dad are both in the Army, and my bro is currently stationed in Germany and slated to head to the middle east next year. I love it when companies support the troops.

  2. Oh wow…I want a Red Mango!!!! Green with envy, here!

    I may have to make that pasta (GF, of course). You said my key word: arugula. 😉

  3. omg tina you were in marlborough today?! that is a few towns away from my hometown. why did you have to go there?!
    that redmango looks great! and so does your pasta for dinner!

  4. Brie makes any dish even tastier! I actually haven’t had brie in ages… I might need to pick some up during my next shopping trip.

    The cookie countdown for the troops is such a fantastic idea! I don’t personally know anyone in the Armed Forces, but I’m sure the men and women fighting for our country would LOVE homemade baked goods from the States.

    I’m looking forward to the Red Mango opening… I see they have a special pumpkin pie flavor!

  5. OK, now I want pasta for dinner … Thanks a lot! I’ve been writing my book today, too … but unlike you, I have no contract for mine. I’m just writing and then will attempt to sell it.

  6. wow, i can’t believe you drove all the way to Marlborough for that, I live down the street from that Price Chopper and I didn’t even know that was going on! Damn!

  7. That dinner looks great! i love cheesy pasta – comforting and tasty. Congrats again on your book … what an incredible opportunity!

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