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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marzetti Simply Dressed Balsamic Vinaigrette Pasta Salad

We were excited to be selected to post about Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing because we've enjoyed many of their other products; Caramel Dip, Fruit Dip, Classic Ranch and USDA Organic Parmesan Ranch dressing.  As soon as we found out we rushed to the local grocery store to buy a bottle. Varieties include Ranch, Balsamic, Caesar, Coleslaw and Blue Cheese. We got the Simply Dressed Balsamic Vinaigrette. Amy and I were debating about what to make during the drive, at the store and on our way home. Salads, bruschetta, and marinated chicken all came to mind. Then Amy suggested that we make a Pasta Salad. All to many times pasta salad is drenched in an orange Italian dressing and figured it could use a makeover. We also picked up a bottle of their Marzetti Strawberry Chardonnay Vinaigrette dressing since we were there. That will be another post. Amy loves it. I'm starting to get jealous. 

1/4 cup - carrots
1/4 cup - celery
1/4 cup - yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup - red bell pepper
1/4 cup - zucchini
1/4 cup - broccoli
6oz - chicken breast
2 tsp - butter
1 cup - ditalini pasta

Cook chicken breast until juices run clear. Shred or 1/4" dice. Cool in refrigerator 

Saute' vegetables in 2 tsp butter until crisp. Cool in refrigerator.

Boil 1 cup ditalini pasta according to directions or to al' dente. Rinse with cold water.

Combine ingredients when cool and Cover with Marzetti Simply Dressed all natural Balsamic Vinaigrette. We used about 3/4 a 12oz bottle. Refrigerate about 3 hrs.

This post is part of the FoodBuzz TasteMaker program with Marzetti Simply Dressed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

White House Fruit Farm, Canfield, OH Yearly Fall Trip

This is White House Fruit Farm located at 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield, OH (330)533-4161 We come here every year about this time. The leaves are changing on the trees and it is just starting to cool off outside. They are making caramel apples and they have the freshest produce around. If you get there early enough, as soon as you walk in the front doors, you can catch the aroma of their fresh & delicious donuts. We are foodies that love being around other people that love what they do. Everyone at White House is very friendly, helpful and courteous. 

Amy and Dominic watching caramel apples being made.

It's Hot Apple Cider Time!

It's probably hard to tell from the picture but these cabbages are enormous.

Apple Varieties - Cortland, Ginger Gold, Gala, Sensno, McIntosh, Jonathan and 

Honeycrisp. My Brother-in-law drove all the way from Grove City for these. That's haow fast they go

Just a couple apple & fruit butters.

Fresh cup of apple cider for a dime? Good thing Amy had a pocket full of change.

Homemade apple sauces - Unsweetened Gold, Sweet Gold, McIntosh,
Ginger Gold, Melrose and Jonathan

I was impressed by this display of noodles by Mrs. Millers Pasta's from Fredericksberg, OH Whole Wheat, 9 Grain, Regular, Medium and Extra Wide Egg noodles, Spelt, Tomato and Basil, Vegetable Mix, Garlic Parsley, SPinach, No Yolk, Organic, Chili Chipotle.

Fresh Cookies

Fresh Bread - Sourdough, white, pumpernickel, Egg buns, Honey wheat, cinnamon raisin, Italian, Sesame Seed

These are all of White House Fruit Farm's Canned specialties- Apple BBQ, Jalapenos, Hot Pepper Rings, Marinated Artichokes, Habanero Garlic, Pepperrooms, Pickled Okra, Green Tomato Pickles, Dilled Green Beans, Dilled Garlic, Hot Asparagus Bullets, Spicey Chipotle Olives, Pineapple Sweet Fire, Corn Relish, Black eyed Pea Relish, Sweet Onion Peach Salsa, Habanero Salsa, Jalapeno Honey Mustard, Watermelon Rind Pickles and Tomatillo Salsa. That's not even half.

Then outside the Market is all of their Decorations, Flowers and Pumpkins.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tea Party

So on Labor Day My niece Kaelin and Amy got to thinking that a Tea Party would be fun. Amy will say that it could have been better or that it was short notice and she only had a week to plan. Whatever. I thought everything looked great for a Tea party. Kaelin & Hailey both enjoyed themselves and so did Nana T, Grandma Barb, Amy & Jodi. Dominic & I got out of there just in time to watch the browns lose their season opener.

Brownie Pops cooling

Cookies & Cupckaes

Brownies & Chocolate Chip cookies

The whole Spread


More cookies & Brownies

Friday, September 9, 2011

More of none of my Dad's recipes - Labor day edition

Mashed Potato Balls, Cheese Puffs, Mac and Cheese Balls, Chicken Balls

My Dad making Sweet Potato French Fries

Panko Breaded Deep Fried Pork Loin for sandwiches

My Brother working the grill.

Grilled Banana's topped with Caramel & cinnamon for Sundaes.