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I threw a Favorite Things party recently for a girls night in.   The concept makes for a fun a night: get together with friends and gift them one of your favorite things.  There seem to be several variations but here’s how it worked (and this is exactly what I put on the invitations): Please choose one of your favorite things costing no more than $6.  Bring 5 of those to share with the group. You will also go home with 5 new favorite things.

It’s fun to discover what your friends like and find new things.  I also asked everyone to bring their favorite appetizer or dessert.  This makes it even easier to host because you don’t have to stress about providing everything yourself.   For the non-wine drinkers (more for me!), I made a festive punch.   Here’s the recipe so you can give it a try!

2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup banana flavored rum
1 cup vodka
5 cups ginger ale

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl, stir well, and enjoy over ice.  Let me know if you give it a try!


This meal is seriously the best.   It’s quick and easy to make and it’s delicious.   You can make this in 20 minutes and save yourself from takeout.

Penne Rosa is basically a pasta dish with a spicy red sauce.   I adapted this recipe in a few ways.   The sauce has a little creaminess to it but I didn’t use cream or yogurt.  I used Tofutti Better than Sour Cream.  It’s soy based and a dairy free replacement for regular sour cream but the sauce still tastes amazingly yummy. I also added in a little red wine.   Instead of whole wheat pasta, I used gluten free pasta and this brand really does taste like ‘normal’ pasta.   Many gluten free things taste like cardboard but rest assured, this dish is not ruined by the GF pasta.

1 box Ronzoni’s GF pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 medium fresh tomatoes, diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup marinara sauce
1/3 cup Tofutti Better than Sour Cream (you could also use cream or yogurt)
1/3 cup red wine
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil
1. Cook the penne pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and the red pepper flakes. Saute for a few minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp are slightly pink, about 5 minutes.
5. Add the spinach. Stir until it’s wilted.
6. Add the pasta, marinara sauce, wine, and cream to the skillet and stir until all of the pasta is well-coated with the sauce.
7. Serve pasta mixture topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Will you give it a try? Bon Appetit!
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