Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guest Recipe Post: Carla McDonald's Baked Pasta with Sausage and Tomato Pesto

I’m thrilled to share this recipe from Carla McDonald, founder of The Salonniere, the first and only dedicated source of entertaining inspiration and tips from party experts. (I’m delighted to have been featured on the site!) This is Carla’s go-to casual dinner party recipe because it’s delicious and easy. It can be prepared and assembled up to two days before the party. Just keep it covered in the refrigerator and remove it half an hour before baking.

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Tomato Pesto

Serves 6 to 8


1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 26-ounce boxes Pomi brand marinara sauce
6 tablespoons pesto sauce (store bought is fine)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound regular or gluten-free penne
8 ounces smoked Gouda, finely diced
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 6-ounce bag baby spinach leaves


Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the sausage and onion. Cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, for about 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring frequently to evenly cook the onion. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the marinara sauce and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in the pesto and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Cook the penne in a large pot of salted boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Oil a 9-x-13 inch baking dish and spread a thin layer of sauce over the bottom of the dish.

Combine the pasta with the remaining sauce, the Gouda, 1/3 cup of the Parmesan, and the spinach in a large bowl, mixing well. Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle the remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan over the top.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the casserole begins to bubble and the cheese is browned. Serve hot.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nate answers!

Do you want this handsome man to answer your decorating questions for you?  If the answer is yes, check out One Kings Lane right now! 

Here are few of my favorite picks from the site today:

You can lay it all out on this beautiful dining table.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fashion Forward

Even though we are just now getting in to Fall Fashions, I love ordering from my favorite Moda Operandi Trunkshows for spring.  Here are a few of my favorite fashions in the current Honor trunk.  The clothes are ladylike and lighthearted in chiffon and jacquards - gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fashion Week Favorites

There is something about all of the trends walking the runway during fashion week that makes me long for the classics. I always dream of the wardrobe that Renee Russo donned in The Thomas Crown Affair - remember that? Of course you do! She was unforgettable. That movie was made years ago (1999!!!) but the gorgeous classics she wore then could make their way down the runway of any major fashion house today and still look fresh. So, in honor of the classics, here are a few of my favorites for Fall:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Guest Recipe Post: Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls from Live Love Pop!

Hosting a playdate or friends for a screening party anytime soon?  Then you will want to try this!
I love this weeks guest recipe post for Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls from Lauren Brundage of Live Love Pop! 
It's messy and fun and delicious - perfect for any party!

2 cups of popcorn ( use Live Love Pop sea salt for the best results :))
2 Tablespoons of Nuts n' More Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter 

Melt peanut butter in microwave for about 45 seconds or until completely melted 
Toss your popcorn in the melted peanut butter and mix well, coating all popcorn 
Scoop ball like shapes onto parchment paper and freeze for 3 hours. 

Viola! You now have yourself a totally tasty and oh so healthy fall-like treat! 

Now, if you love a great popcorn snack like I do, you will also want to try her bags of Live Love Pop!  
My family is crazy about it and I know you and yours will be too.
Follow her Instagram for some fun photos too!

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