Dessert/ Dinner

Italian Evening

Hey kiddos

I’ll tell you what…I think the reason I am a hungry caterpillar again today is that all I have been doing all afternoon is sorting through all your amazing dessert recipes!!!! It has turned into *quite* the project, but I am loving doing it! I was reading a few out loud to my mom….coconut almond pound cake, maple almond butter cookies, coconut butter rum pound cake with rum glaze, coconut vanilla bean ice cream……….holy moly! =) I can’t reveal any secrets of the future e-cookbook, but let’s just say that it really is looking fabulous and I can’t wait to finish so I can make some of these goodies. I think the nice thing about an e-cookbook that I didn’t even think about is once you download it and find a recipe in the table of contents that you want to make, you just have to scroll down to that recipe and print it out individually to take to the kitchen with you!

After a solid hour and a half of cookbooking, I grabbed a very large carrot from the kitchen and took it as a snack on the go while I walked Mikan to stretch my legs—


Then I started chopping veggies for tonight’s pasta sauce. Look at all the pretty carrots, celery and bell peppers!


I dipped a few veggies in some Sabra’s Greek Olive Hummus (as well as a few unpictured Kashi crackers!).


While chopping, I enjoyed a glass of organic syrah (I had another tiny splash with dinner)—


For the veggie pasta sauce—


1 large onion

2 large carrots

4 celery stalks

1 red bell peppers

1 yellow bell pepper

4 large garlic cloves

~Saute garlic & onion in olive oil. Toss in the carrots, celery and bell peppers. Saute for 5 minutes. Add two large cans crushed tomatoes, one small can of tomato sauce, 2 bay leaves, 1/3 cup red wine (big splash), a few pinches of red pepper flakes (depending on how much spice you like).


Sprinkle a tbsp of sugar over it all and add 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives. Simmer for about an hour (at least an hour…it can go 2 hours).


While simmering, we like to take about 1/3 cup grated parmesan and romano cheese and sprinkle on top. It gets all melty and delicious 🙂


We love to freeze small plastic baggies full of sauce. That way it is easy to just grab out of the freezer for an impromptu dinner!


I added a chopped morningstar farms veggie burger to my portion of sauce for a little extra somethin’ somethin’ because I’ve been so hungry all day! We also had yummy all natural garlic bread—


Here’s my portion with whole wheat spaghetti and 1 slice garlic bread


Perfecto! I ate with my parents in front of the tv. We ordered and watched Milk tonight. Very interesting!

And I had a really fun dessert that I couldn’t wait to dive into!


A delicious cannoli from the Greenwise bakery! 🙂 This was actually quite large and I shared it with my dad. I loooove a good cannoli!

its sleepy time down South

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  • Sara
    March 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I watched Milk with my mom and my sister last night. Great movie! Sad to see how far we haven’t come.

    Your pasta sauce looks delicious! So does that cannoli. Mmmmmmm.

  • Victoria
    March 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Ooo… the cookbook sounds so good! I’m looking forward to it.

  • genesis
    March 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    hey jenna,

    i’ve been meaning tos end a recipe for the cookbook but does it really have to be an original recipe of ours or could send one in that we added our own little touches to?

  • Jaimejoy
    March 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    agree with Sara: Milk was an amazing movie, and at the same time a sad commentary on the lack of progress made in terms of gay rights in this country. on a lighter note, your dinner looks delicious, i’ve had that garlic bread before, it’s really good. What brand of the organic Syrah did you have? i’ve tried a couple different organic reds, and honestly, i wasn’t that impressed, sadly. i would love to find a really good one that is worth the extra $. and Shriaz is my fave, soooo…..
    also, i wanted to tell you that I purchsed a few of the Zoe’s energy bars you reviewed recently, and the peanut butter paradise is sooo good. have a great night!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Holy Cannoli! LOVE the italian dinner!! YUM!!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Hang in there with the cookbook project!!

    Incredible pasta sauce recipe and HOLY YUM CANNOLI FOOD PORN!!!!!!!

  • Matt
    March 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Italian food rules all. I am also excited for that cookbook!

  • Sharon
    March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Oh wow perfect!
    And I need to get my hands on that hummus!!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Beautiful dinner!! Olives are one of the few things that I don’t like in my pasta sauce… I’m a weirdo.

    I just sent you my recipe!

  • Leanne
    March 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve never made my own pasta sauce, but these are things I usually have on hand so I might try to! Thanks for the recipe, Jenna.

  • JMB
    March 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I just read your FAQ and saw you went to College of Charleston! I used to live on James Island and am moving back there this summer. What were some of your favorite places to eat in downtown Chas?

    • jenna
      March 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm


      I could go on for hours. I LOVE charleston!!!! Oh, how I miss it! Anyways, fave places to eat include:

      Hank’s Fresh Seafood
      Papa Zu-Zus
      Five Loaves (FAVORITE!!!)

  • Michelle Hisae
    March 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    That pasta sauce looks great! I can’t wait to try it.

  • Hallie
    March 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I don’t have any dessert recipes, so I’ll just have to buy the cookbook so I can get inspired 😉 I LOVE good cannolis, though. They don’t make them in San Diego like they do in New York. When my dad goes back east, he brings a cooler with him to fill to the brim with cannolis to take back and eat for the next month!

  • Moran
    March 29, 2009 at 12:01 am

    The hummus looks TO DIE FOR!
    Are these green peppers inside? You guys in the States have SO many varieties for it, and I come from the Middle East! HA!

  • Jessica
    March 29, 2009 at 12:22 am

    All your food from this post looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

  • Run Sarah
    March 29, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Your dinner looks divine!!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    March 29, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Dinner & dessert both look delicious!!!!!!!

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    March 29, 2009 at 4:57 am

    You sauce sounds really good!!

    I plan to work on my e-ccokbook submission today!

  • Tina
    March 29, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Yay for Italian night! That pasta sauce looks divine!

  • Clean Veggie
    March 29, 2009 at 5:35 am

    holy moly jenna that pasta looks awesome!!
    oh and the cannoli of course 🙂

  • Nicole
    March 29, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I absolutely loved Milk! I hope you enjoyed it!

    Dinner looks seriously delicious!

  • Shelby
    March 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

    That cookbook sounds like so much fun =) I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    I’ve never had cannoli but it looks AMAZING!

  • Meg
    March 29, 2009 at 8:51 am

    OMG, that cannoli looks soooo good!!! Espec with the choc chips!!! Delish!

  • Bec
    March 29, 2009 at 10:05 am

    sounds like a great evening with a great meal!

  • Megan
    March 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Wow that sauce sounds great! thanks for the recipe.. can’t wait to try it out 😀

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