Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Red Gold Lasagna - Recipe and Giveaway

RG_Logo_FullColor_TomatoesThe holidays are over, and months of dreary winter weather are still stretching out ahead of us. Comfort food is definitely in order! And what says warm winter comfort better than lasagna like your Nona would have made (minus hours of slaving away)? You're in luck because Adventurous Tastes is giving away a Red Gold lasagna kit.

Family-owned, Red Gold has been around since the 1940s focused on growing local in the Midwest. You gotta feel good about that, right?

Red Gold's Origins



The kit is a gift pack of tomatoes, lasagna noodles, a Red Gold reusable tote, apron, coupon and recipes, Red Gold also will be hosting a promotion starting Jan. 13 during which twice a week they will give away a Le Creuset Lasagna Pan, a Simple Gourmet Lasagna Kit, Red Gold spatula, Garfield Toy, coupons and an apron. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/RedGold to enter on or after Jan. 13th.

Here's how to enter:


Red Gold’s basic lasagna recipe can be layered together in just minutes with Red Gold tomatoes and three cheeses…. And of course you can add all kinds of things to give it your own personal twist.

Here's their basic recipe:

Red Gold All in One Lasagna

ALL IN ONE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1/2 cup water
1 (28 ounce) can Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes, or 2 (15 ounce) cans Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt to taste
1 (16 ounce) box traditional lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 (15 ounce) carton low fat ricotta cheese
3 cups (16 ounce) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350o F. In large mixing bowl combine water, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning and salt.

Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped.  Top with ½ of ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarela cheese and 1 cup of sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

The recipe makes 12 servings, but you could divide the recipe into two 9x9 inch baking dishes and freeze one for a wintry night supper.

Variations:

Add 1 pound ground Italian sausage or lean ground beef, cooked and drained, to the tomato mixture of the basic recipe.

For added color, flavor and nutrition add 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and water removed, as another layer after the cheese layers.

Add both Italian sausage and spinach for great nutritional value and appearance.  Use each as a layer in the recipe.

Add fresh basil to sauce for added color and flavor or sprinkle fresh basil on top as a garnish.
Use fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced, as an option to shredded mozzarella cheese.

For some other variations, try Chicken Parmesan Lasagna or Eggplant Florentine Lasagna.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Quick Bites: Sweet Auburn Seafood

Downtown politicos and office jockies rejoice. You can now dine in style at Sweet Auburn Seafood. Chopped winner and easy name to remember Chef Sammy Davis Jr. is serving up crowd-pleasers like lobster mac 'n cheese, shrimp and grits and po' boys.




I checked it out at a media event recently and found the red dining room to be business lunch elegant and bustling. Cocktails are off limits for me at the moment, but the little sips I tried of some of their signature drinks proved them to be tasty and very, very sweet. We sampled several dishes including bang bang shrimp, lamb chops and whole fried snapper. Each was flavorful and enjoyable. My one caveat is that everything had a similar sticky sweetness to it, so while I'd happily order any of those dishes again, I'd probably pair them with something distinctly different and un-sauced.


All in all, a worthy entrant to the still rather sparse downtown dining scene.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Cirque de Soleil's Amaluna!

Photo courtesy of Cirque de Soleil

My fabulous, childless NYC cousin asked me recently what kind of cultural activities the Mr. and I get up to in Atlanta. My response was a blank stare and finally..."does eating out a lot count?" It's true since we moved down from NYC and added a baby to the family, our theater and concert going ways have dwindled to next to nothing. So it was a thrill to score media passes to Cirque de Soleil's Amaluna, which is playing at Atlantic Station now through Nov. 30. There's music, a love story, dance and acrobatics, how cultural can you get?

Photo courtesy of Cirque de Soleil

In many ways, Amaluna is exactly what you've come to expect from Cirque - an impressive set, ethereal music, gorgeous costumes and amazingly talented performers who combine hard-to-believe athleticism with stunning artistry. But what may surprise you is that Amaluna is Cirque's most female-driven show ever, with a cast that is 70% female, and a story that puts women at the center of the action.

Photo courtesy of Cirque de Soleil

The show finds you on a mysterious island. When a storm leads to a shipwreck, love between the princess and a handsome young sailor ensues. But of course it can't be that easy - the young couple must overcome obstacles before they can be together.

Photo courtesy of Cirque de Soleil

Of course plot is nice, but you're really there for the shocking feats the Cirque performers make look so easy. Cue the soaring, spinning, swimming and even seesawing. And did I mention the juggling lizard? Juggling as a concept typically seems lame to me, but trust when I say that this lizard actually made juggling pretty cool.

Photo courtesy of Cirque de Soleil

The show delivered with many truly beautiful and impressive moments, and we loved our big cultural night out. Every seat in the house is a good one as it's a theater in the semi-round. We got to stick around for a Q&A and learned that many of the performers came from the ranks of NCAA gymnastics, but the cast as a whole is from around the world.  

Now you can get your culture on, too. I'm giving away 2 sets of 2 tickets to the Amaluna show on Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm. To enter comment on this post and head to the link below for multiple chances to win! I'll announce a winner on 10/29. 

Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Amaluna

Looking to just buy your tickets? Bring three friends and get in for FREE! Get your tickets here.

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