Autumn Harvest Lasagna Recipe and Giveaway

In celebration of autumn, I am so pleased to introduce my readers once again to Lagostina, a renowned brand founded in Italy that specializes in tinplate cookware. Make sweet and savory dishes with their NEW Lasagnera pan that is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.com and retails for $199.99. This high quality, durable pan is perfect for creating traditional lasagna dishes and non-traditional fare for every season and occasion.

Fresh, bold ingredients are so important when it comes to creating the perfect lasagna recipe. With this particular recipe I created, you have the freedom to use as little or as much of certain spices and vegetables as you desire. The key to baking success is with a sturdy, high quality pan. Lagostina’s new Lasagnera is so ideal for baking your favorite lasagna recipe in.

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Specialty Food Friday: Fischer & Wieser

As a nod to National Peach Month, I am honored to introduce my readers to Fischer & Wieser. I discovered the company at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show and was instantly blown away with the taste and top-notch quality of each of their sauces, jellies, salsas, preserves, and so much more. The packaging itself is so refined, making each of their products so ideal for gift giving year round.

The award-winning company, which is based in Fredericksburg, Texas, has been in business for almost fifty years. It all began when a little roadside peach stand named Das Peach Haus opened its doors for the first time on June 21, 1969. Since that day, the doors have never closed, only a new name was put on the sign: Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. The company started with jams and jellies made from local, Texas Hill Country fruit.

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Specialty Food Friday: Once Again Organic Nut & Seed Butter

Recently, I had the pleasure of tasting Once Again Organic Nut Butters in various recipes from sweet and energy packed to savory, exotic dinner dishes. The company, based in Upstate Western New York, is an employee-owned company dedicated to support organic and sustainable farming practices. Their line of nut butters, including Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Sunflower Seed, are crafted with very few, simple ingredients. For example, the Almond Butter contains just one ingredient: dry roasted unblanched organic almonds.

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Swedish Meatballs + Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole Giveaway

Ever since I could remember, anytime I went out to a restaurant, if Swedish meatballs were on the menu, guaranteed that would be the entree I would order. It became such a regular dish to have at some of my favorite restaurants, that I began to take notes on what ingredients and techniques were used to create the dish. Very soon after, I sought to recreate my favorite dinner dish at home. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes and a thinner, darker gravy, I much preferred a thicker, richer sauce with fresh herbs and a plentiful amount of sliced mushrooms.

At home, we have Swedish meatballs at least twice a month. We always make enough to have for lunch the next day as well. When it comes to these delectable homemade meatballs, a pairing with Lingonberry jam is a must. You can also use red currant jam. And the sauce – so smooth and creamy with an essence of fresh rosemary, you will surely want to add a couple more tablespoons over your bed of egg noodles for an extra boost of tasty fun. Let’s get that plate dancing, shall we?

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Artichoke, Spinach, Goat Cheese & Red Pepper Quiche

Quiche has been one of my favorite brunch dishes for many years. My favorite types of quiche include quiche Lorraine, broccoli and mushroom, three cheese, and almost any quiche made with red peppers and cheddar cheese. For a healthier twist, I decided to experiment with creating my own quiche with some of the vegetables I had already in the house including leeks and artichokes.

Quiche is a breakfast and brunch dish you could easily enjoy at least three times a week. After making my own quiche at home, I would find it almost impossible to eat a store-bought quiche. This is a very fun, and easy dish to make that everyone will love. Gentleman take note! This would be a lovely breakfast surprise for Valentine’s Day! The prep time is less than ten minutes and you can experiment with a variety of vegetable, meat, and cheese combinations, just like a homemade pizza!

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