Sunday, April 29, 2012

Foodbuzz: 24x24 - PASTA PARTY


It's been a while since I was chosen for Foodbuzz 24x24, and I am so happy that I got it this time so I can share my favorite, ultimate favorite dishes...Pasta! And that Foodbuzz liked my menu last week. I am truly honored to be one among 24 talented bloggers around the world who are sharing their menus with blogging community! Thank you very much!

Who doesn't like this comfort food? I mean, I don't think that I know a person who is not enjoying bowl or plate of good pasta. I had a little party and it is all about tasting my pasta dishes. I hope you will enjoy it... so kick back and prepare your napkins..and no I am not planing to open up a restaurant..or maybe I should! LOL!

Lazy Susan: 8 full dishes + 2 of spinach pasta


Olive oil, Garlic, Dry Herbs and Pocerino- Romano Cheese
Roasted Garlic & Parsley Linguine with Baby Bella Mushrooms, and Creamy Sauce-Served in Portobello Mushroom Caps
Campanelle with Steamed Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes
Spicy Asian-Style Pasta
 
Spinach Fettuccine with Baby Bella Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes
Recipe will come in the next post!


1st Pasta: Olive oil, Garlic, Dry Herbs and Pocerino- Romano Cheese
Serves 8
Prep time 5 min.
Cooking time 15min.
Ingredients:
  • 2 Pk. Spaghetti (try using WFM pasta..delish!)
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil, EVOO
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • ½ Tbs, dry Herbs, Italian Mix
  • ½ tsp. Dry Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Boil salted water (1 Tbs. Salt) and drop your Spaghetti in. Cook for about 12-15 minutes.
  2. In a meanwhile, Heat your skillet and saute garlic cloves that you cut in halves in olive oil and dry herbs.
  3. Turn down on low the heat and let it saute so the olive oil can get infused by garlic.
  4. Once the pasta is done, take the garlic halves out and drop the pasta right in.
  5. Stir or shake the sauteing pan back and forth so the pasta get nice coding.
  6. Garnish with Fresh Basil and Pocerino- Romano Cheese/or Parmigiano Cheese

Serve right away!

2nd Pasta: Roasted Garlic & Parsley Linguine with Baby Bella Mushrooms, and Creamy Sauce-Served in Portobello Mushroom Caps
Serves 8
Prep time: 5 min.
Cooking time: 5 min.
Ingredients:
  • 2 Pk. Linguine, it was handmade and packed
  • 5 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Tbs. Basil
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Heavy Whipped cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Portobello Mushroom for each serving + Pinch of Sea salt to taste
  • ½ Tbs. Flour + 3 Tbs. Water(or more)
Garnish:
  • Fresh Basil
Directions:
  1. Lightly wash Portobello mushrooms and take off the steams; Season them and place in a Preheated oven on 400 degrees Fahrenheit – Use parchment paper to line up your baking pan for easy clean up.
  2. Once they are done pat them with kitchen paper towel to absorb all the liquid that came out.
  3. In a meanwhile boil a water with salt and start with the sauce.
  4. In a sauce pan place garlic, olive oil and basil.
  5. Slightly wash baby bella mushrooms and slice them about 1/3 inch thick slices.
  6. Add mushrooms to the sauce pan with garlic, olive oil and basil.
  7. Once the Potobello mushrooms are done, place the linguine in the boiling water. (it will take about 3-5 minutes until pasta is done because it's handmade, almost fresh)
  8. To make a sauce, mix flour and water until smooth and add in the sauce pan whipped cream.
  9. Stir well and add flour and water mixture, but pour slowly and add just enough to make it thicker.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste/
  11. Stir everything together, and drop the drained pasta in.
  12. Serve in the Porobello mushroom caps and garnish with fresh basil.

Serve immediately!

3rd Pasta: Campanelle with Steamed Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes
Serves 8
Prep time:5 min.
Cooking time: 12 min.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Pk. Campanelle Pasta (in translation little bells)
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Bunch fresh Asparagus
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Wash the Vegetables, than cut the Asparagus into 2 inch thick and tomatoes in halves
  2. Boil Water for pasta with 1 Tbs. Of Salt. Once it's boiled drop the pasta in.
  3. Steam the Asparagus, or you can drop in the boiling water for minute or two (use salt to season the water)
  4. In a meanwhile combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper; stir and set aside.
  5. Once the pasta is done and asparagus is steamed, drop it in the pasta pot draining and run under cold water to cool it down faster.
  6. Place it in the salad dish, or any dish that you desire and add tomatoes.
  7. Stir well and pour lemon juice and olive oil mix.
  8. Toss lightly to code each piece of pasta, cover with clear wrapping foil and set aside until ready to be served.

4th Pasta: Spicy Asian-Style Pasta
Serves 8
Prep time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 10 min.
Ingredients:
  • 2 pk. Udon Noodles
  • 1 Tbs. Sesame Oil
  • 2 cups Shrimps
  • 1 cup Snow peas
  • 3 kind of Peppers, Red, Green, and Yellow
  • ½ cup Green Onions, chopped
  • 2 Slices Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Tbs. Soy Sauce
  • Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 pk. Bunashimeji Mushrooms (in translation Brown Beech or Brown Clamshell Mushrooms)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Vegetable stock + 2 Tbs. For mushrooms
  • Sprinkle with Black Sesame Seeds
Directions:
  1. Boil water with Salt(approximately 1 Tbs.) , drop the noodles.
  2. While that is cooking, in a pan put shrimps with sesame oil, let them saute for few minutes, than add all the other ingredients except mushrooms and sesame seeds.
  3. Stir well to combine all the flavors, and pour soy sauce + Vegetable stock.
  4. In the other pan add bit of sesame oil, 2 Tbs. Vegetable stock + bunashimeju mushrooms, and cook them for 5 minutes under the lid on a low temperature.
  5. Once the noodles are done , drain and drop them in the pan.
  6. Combine all the ingredients by coding each noodle.
  7. Cook for few minutes and serve right away.
  8. Complete everything by adding on the plate noodles, take few shrimps for each serving, add mushrooms on the side(make sure to cut the very bottom) and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  

Thank you FoodBuzz again for sponsoring my party. It was lots of fun but most of all a lots of hard work. I worked all night to get everything done and I really hope that all of YOU enjoyed my presentation and recipes. Behind the scenes was craziness, and I don't think you would want to see photos of me taking orders and working fast to satisfy everybody. Just in case you were wondering most popular pasta was Roasted Garlic & Parsley Linguine with Baby Bella Mushrooms, in a Creamy Sauce-Served in Portobello Mushroom Caps. Since I didn't rest at all, my pillow is calling my name loud and clear...until next time

Your Friend,

Sandra 





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67 comments :

  1. Fantastic job with you 24x24, Sandra! I would come eat this mean at your restaurant...err...house anytime! They all look so good that I would have to sample them all. Rest up!!

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  2. Thank you Wendy..I appreciate it!LOL! If I do open up restaurant then you got the invite!:))

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  3. WOW - what a feast and lucky guests! All of your pasta dishes look SO tasty. Congrats on being chosen for 24x24 - well deserved!!!

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  4. Whew, you were busy!! All four pastas are amazing, I love the idea of a pasta party :)

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  5. Wow, fantastic job! So many good food! The garlic bread look amazing!

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  6. Oh, I wish I would have been there! What a party! I would have been hard-pressed to pick a fave and not overdo on them all. Looks great. Congratz on a great party!

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  7. You're right - I don't know a single person who doesn't like pasta! I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like best - great job on 24x24, Sandra.

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  8. What an impressive spread! I love the simplicity of your pasta ingredients. They all look delicious!

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  9. What an amazing 24x24 Sandra! Every single pasta dish is just a delight! And love the photos as well...beautiful!

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  10. Great job Sandra! Everything looks wonderful..

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  11. O wow your plating is stunning! Congrats on your 24x24! Your pasta party idea is so fun, I can't get over your roasted garlic and parsley linguine dish!

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  12. Wow what an incredible post and a treasure trove of recipes! I love each and every one. And your photos are all gorgeous.

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  13. Wow, Sandra. I think I'm in pasta heaven right now, looking at all your beautiful creations. Super job, wow!

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  14. Amazing post Sandra, I love them all!

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  15. food and photos look to die for, especially the pasta with Olive oil, Garlic, Dry Herbs and Pocerino- Romano Cheese! Great idea for a party :)

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  16. Fabulous 24 x 24, Sandra!! I love all your pasta dishes...each one a winner :)

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  17. Super post Sandra, I love the photos so pretty and just luring me into wanting every one of those pastas.

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  18. Thank you all so much...you make me love what I am doing!

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  19. These recipes and pictures are fabulous! Great job!

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  20. Sandra, these pasta dishes look fantastic! The spinach fettucine with mushrooms & tomatoes is calling out to me.

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  21. congrats on the 24 x 24 delicious pasta dishes lovely post

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  22. YAY!!! Soooo happy to be in this 24x24 with YOU!!! <3 Great menu and FANTASTIC pictures my friend! I totally agree... it was a lot of hard work!!! <3 Enjoy your rest! Buzzed!

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  23. Oh Sandra what a fantastic job you've done here. Photos are truy stunning. All my favorites and that Lazy Susan I do belive had a work out, LOL. XOXO

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  24. A pasta party?! This is totally my kind of party! Everything looks just gorgeous and delicious! Beautiful photos as always, Sandra!

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  25. Nice work my friend well done :D
    Sorry going to add more smileys :D :D :D
    Everything looks delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  26. Looking at your photos, I want to attend your pasta party too! Every dish is so unique and looks so tempting!

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  27. Comfort food at it's best! Love the theme! I would have a hard time choosing a favorite :) Well done, Sandra!

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  28. I am really happy you managed to pull this through! Lovely recipes and amazing photos! B&W is a nice touch:)
    Držim ti fige, drugarice!

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  29. Good job Sandra! Your photos of the pasta are excellent. They allow the deliciousness of your food to shine through. I wish I was there to sample them.

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  30. Sandra... you are a queen of 24x24. You always have endless idea, and yes you did it again!!! I wanted to attend this party. It'll be my dream come true and I'll even try losing 2 lbs before this party! LOL. I love how you took pictures and process them. I have no idea how I can do that. EXCELLENT 24x24 post!!

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  31. Sandra,
    a great 24x24. I love all of the vaieties of noodles. Your presentations and photos are gorgeous, and over the top.

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  32. Nice work, Sandra! Love your idea of Pasta Party for 24x24!

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  33. The essence of Italian food is simplicity, and you've captured that perfectly here with quality ingredients and easy preparation! Great pasta recipes, Sandra.

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  34. Congrats Sandra! I love the different options and it looks fantastic.

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  35. Sandra, congrats on being chosen for 24 x 24, and wow do these dishes look amazing! I can't choose which one looks best, but that linguine is making me salivate.

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  36. Sandra! You are so creative with your Pasta Party! Every dish looked so delicious and so well done. Love your photos! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Sandra, beautiful, professional-quality images and recipes! One of your best posts! Wish I was there to taste all that pasta!

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  38. Beautiful Sandra!!!
    What a wonderful spread you have made...
    I am drooling over all the recipes and gorgeous pics...

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  39. What a fun party theme! Excellent pastas here!

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  40. What a fun theme, and those pastas look amazing! Especially the first one. I love a good olive oil and garlic pasta.

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  41. Congrats on being chosen again and everything looks amazing!

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  42. They all look great and with beautiful presentation!

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  43. Congrats, Sandra! These pasta photos look amazing. Pasta is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods. When I am tired and weary, I get craving for pasta. Thank you all these great options.

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  44. Look at all that pasta! What a great job you did, they all look amazing. The pictures are stunning too!

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  45. WOW everything looks amazing! I would have picked you to for the 24 x 24 gotta love good pasta. :)

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  46. Congratulations on getting chosen! I love the lazy susan idea with a pasta assortment - gives you a little something for everybody!

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  47. Congratulation Sandra you really deserves it you are a great cook =)

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  48. 4 in one? that's fantastic! :) must be really tasty

    Latest: More than BIG Breakfast

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  49. Pasta is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods! This theme is fantastic and it all looks delicious :)

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  50. I adore pasta and I am amazed at how pretty you have presented them. Kudos!

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  51. Congrats for being chosen for 24X24! When I first saw the title, I thought there is only so much cheesy saucy pasta one person can partake in. I was delighted to find that all of these dishes are light, even the italian ones. Great theme as well as entrees. I know you enjoyed preparing as well as dining! I just wish I had been in attendance to try all of these. Impressive dinner party!

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  52. And... there's something waiting for you here, dear: http://www.manusmenu.com/brioche-burger-buns

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  53. Wow Sandra, what amazing pasta recipes! They all look amazing I dont know which one I would try first. Your photos are beautiful too!

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  54. Wow, such gorgeous dishes and photos! I'm totally blown away.

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  55. Amazing pasta recipes here!! Great work: everything looks delicious :) I would like to taste especially Roasted Garlic & Parsley Linguine Served in Portobello Mushroom Caps... yum!

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  56. I LOVE pasta :) I'd eat all these pictures, the food looks delicious :)

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  57. Sandra, congratulations on being chosen for the 24x24. You did an amazing job on the pasta dishes...each and every one of them gorgeous, and delicious!
    I would love to sample each, one-by-one!
    Beautiful job, you deserve all the recognition that you can get:DDD
    Hugs,

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  58. Congrats chica! All of your dishes are absolutely beautiful!

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  59. Wonderful post, Sandra! Congrats on being chosen for 24x24. I love the looks of all of these dishes!

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  60. I love pasta. This party looks amazing, I wish I'd been there. Glad to participate in this event with you xx

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  61. Oh my goodness SO MUCH WORK! its all so beautiful! I'm probably one of the biggest pasta people on the planet. Everything looks light healthy and delicious. I love what you've done you're amazing! have a wonderful rest of the week :)

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  62. Each one of these is beautiful! And um, can I be invited to one of your parties if this is what the menu looks like??? I'm still drooling over that mushroom one (and I don't even like mushrooms!)

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  63. I am a huge lover of all things pasta--looks like you had the best party ever!

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  64. hy, What you wrote was very nice, and really helped me, thanks for sharing

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  65. That's the loveliest idea I've ever seen. Who made the photos? The photos are absolutely perfect. As I was browsing your site, the eagerness ignites my sense to make pasta delights using white terzetto mini plates....

    http://www.bambooskewers.com/terzetto-mini-plate-white-100-count-box/

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  66. Hi Susie, Thank you very much! to answer your question, I made those photos!

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