All-Clad Recipe Blogger Contest: Linguine with White Wine Clam Sauce

I was asked several weeks ago to participate in an All Clad Blogger Contest and now I am in the Top 5! I need YOUR help to make it to the final round. Please visit this link and vote for my dish!  I was sent a 10 inch All Clad Stainless Steel Frying Pan and I had to come up with a "one pan wonder" that would knock the socks of off the judges and my fellow followers. I thought long and hard about what to make and it did not take long for me to decide on one of my favorite foods - pasta! I have spent the winter months making hearty, comforting pasta dishes so I knew it was time to lighten things up. It was time for a seafood pasta that was sure to be a crowd pleaser. After all, how can you go wrong with a simple white wine and garlic sauce?

You Will Need

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup white wine
1 cup salted water
15 little neck clams
2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 lb linguine, cooked al dente
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
Freshly grated Parmesan for topping

    Here We Go

    Heat oil in All-Clad 10” Stainless Steel Fry Pan over high heat

    Add garlic and cook for roughly one or two minutes

    Add crushed red pepper and oregano and cook for another minute
    Add white wine and salted water and cook for about 3 minutes

      Add the clams, cover the fry pan and cook for 5-7 minutes or until clams open (be sure to discard any that do not open)

        Remove the clams with a slotted spoon and set aside

          Bring the liquid that the clams have cooked in to a boil over high heat
          Add the butter, salt, pepper, parsley and pasta to the fry pan
          Return the clams to the pasta

            Toss with tongs
            Serve in bowls and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese
              Serves 2
              Happy Feasting!


              Good Ole' Open Faced Tuna Melts

              Something about Spring makes me think of all things picnic - tuna salad, chicken salad, fresh fruit, pimento cheese and a delectable crisp white wine. What I love about this tuna salad is its simplicity. You probably have a few cans of tuna already in your pantry and the other items are most likely already in your refrigerator. You can make this tuna salad in about five minutes and you will have enough melts for your entire family!

              You Will Need:
              • 15 oz canned tuna, drained
              • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
              • 1/4 tsp pepper
              • 1/4 tsp salt
              • 1 cup sweet pickle relish
              • 1/2 cup diced celery
              • 6 slices of crusty bread
              • 6 slices of sharp cheddar cheese

              Here We Go:
              • Preheat the broiler
              • In a mixing bowl, combine sweet pickle relish, tuna, mayonnaise, celery, salt and pepper
              • Mix thoroughly with wooden spoon     
              • Arrange the bread slices on a work surface        
              • Spread tuna mixture on bread slices
              • Top the tuna salad with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese
              • Place sandwiches on a sheet tray and place under broiler
              • Cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes

              Makes 6 Tuna Melts
              Happy Feasting!


              Roasted Banana Pudding

              We had a great Easter weekend! My parents and grandmother were here for the holiday and we quickly ate and shopped our way through the town all weekend long. Some of our friends had their parents in town too, so we hosted everyone at our house last night for a North Carolina BBQ feast. Some argue that North Carolina BBQ is some of the best in the country and after moving here I, too, have started to agree with this statement. After gorging ourselves on BBQ, ribs, baked beans and slaw, we finished off the meal with banana cupcakes and this roasted banana pudding!

              Adapted from: Cooking Light August 2011

              You Will Need:
              • 5 ripe unpeeled medium bananas
              • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
              • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
              • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
              • 1/4 tsp salt
              • 2 large eggs
              • 1 Tbsp butter
              • 2 tsp vanilla extract
              • 1 (12oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
              • 45 vanilla wafers, divided

              Here We Go:
              • Preheat oven to 350°
              • Place bananas on a jelly-roll pan covered with parchment paper
              • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
              • Remove 3 bananas; cool completely
              • Peel and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
              • Bake the remaining 2 bananas at 350° for an additional 20 minutes
              • Carefully peel and place the 2 bananas in a small bowl, and mash with a fork until smooth
              • Combine milk and 1/3 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat
              • Bring to a simmer (do not boil)
              • Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and eggs in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk
              • Gradually add hot milk mixture to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk
              • Return milk mixture to pan
              • Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 3 minutes), stirring constantly
              • Remove from heat
              • Add mashed bananas, butter, and vanilla, stirring until butter melts
              • Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until mixture comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally
              • Fold half of whipped topping into pudding
              • Spread 1 cup custard evenly over the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish
              • Top with 20 vanilla wafers and half of the banana slices
              • Spoon half of remaining custard over banana
              • Repeat procedure with 20 wafers, banana slices, and custard
              • Spread remaining half of whipped topping evenly over top
              • Crush remaining 5 wafers; sprinkle over top
              • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled

              Serves 10
              Happy Feasting!