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If you’ve been reading along, you might remember that back in November I went to Roanoke and competed in the 2013 Frugal Food Lion Cook Off. I was partnered with Elizabeth from E, Myself and I, and we totally kicked butt and won! Woot Woot!
I was SO nervous about the whole thing, so the night before the event BigBear and I went to Food Lion and I did a little “trial run”. I knew that we had a budget of about $15 but that was all I knew. I figured we would be using the Food Lion ” My Essential” brands too, which is perfect because that’s what I normally buy anyways. 🙂
So off we went to our local Food Lion. I grabbed a bunch of things with a small idea in my head and we went home to practice my dish. I set everything out on the counter started a timer for “30 minutes” and just went at it in my kitchen. I felt like I was on “Chopped” haha. I think I finished with 4 minutes left on the clock and I wasn’t really “running around” too much.
So 30 minutes later, this is what I presented to BigBear as my final dish haha. It turned out to be some of the best darn pasta that I’ve ever made. It was so good and we just couldn’t stop eating it!
I thought “YES, if they have some of these items then I’ve got this”! Well they did end up having some of the things I used at home for practice but I had made one dish…..at the competition we had to make 3 parts to the meal so… my “practice dish” didn’t make it’s full appearance at the Cook-Off but it gave me some great ideas to incorporate into my winning dish (that I’ll be posting on the blog soon)!
But that didn’t mean that I wanted to just sweep this one under the rug and not tell you about it! No way! It’s too good for that! We had it for dinner last night and BigBear just loves it so much that I had to limit him on how many bowls of it he could eat! I think it’s the brown butter on the pasta; it’s just addictive. I also absolutely love the pops of color that the spinach and tomatoes give to the pasta dish!
Oh and by the way…. GUESS WHAT I just did!! I just bought my ticket for BlogHerFOOD 2014 in Miami! Ahhhhhhhh I am literally jumping for joy right now! I’ve never been to BlogHer Food and I’ve never been to Miami so double ahhh! Are you going? I’d love to see you there!