Baked Ziti and My Brother’s New Baby!!!

Hi everyone and thanks for all the comments. We reached our Shoprite Partners in Caring Goal! You all made it happen so THANK YOU!!

Also, please remember to attend our Take Back the Kitchen outing this Friday, August 14th. We are starting at Egan’s on Walnut Street at 7:30 and heading over to the Bellevue and Valley Cinema for a 9:45 showing of Julie and Julia. There will be a free French inspired workshop for all those who RSVP at, scheduled for the Fall. Join us!

So….my weekend in a a nutshell:

Cook for and visit adorable new niece in Brooklyn on Friday (see video below)

Take Back the Kitchen demo at Farmer’s market on Saturday morning-hi all you new blog subscribers and thanks for signing up 🙂

15 nine year old girls for a sleepover for daughter’s birthday on Saturday night

5 hour ER visit to rule out a concussion on Sunday (it was for me and I am fine)

Before I go to bed, however, I will suggest that you please watch my video below to see how I was still able to make a quick, healthy and helpful meal for my brother and his wife who just had a new baby-she is soooooooo cute! Enjoy her and a baked ziti….:P.S. The marinated chicken dish in the video is the Indonesian Chicken dish found on this blog.

New Baby Baked Ziti:

1 13.5 oz box Barilla multigrain ziti noodles
2 cups Ricotta cheese (full or part skim
1 ib grated mozzarella cheese full or part skim
2-3 cups preferred prepared pasta sauce (I used Trader Joe’s brand -Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce)

Cook noodles until tender. Put in an 8″ square baking dish. Add dollops of the ricotta, sprinkle most of the cheese but not all, and the pasta sauce and stir until all of pasta is coated. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbling on top, about 1/2 hour, or cover in wax paper and then foil and give to recipient unbaked. They can then bake it when they are ready to eat it. It freezes well and is a great gift for hungry, new parents….


3 Responses

  1. Isabelle looks so beautiful! Congrats everyone on a job well done, including individually packaged marinated chicken (what a great idea!). I can't even imagine how you were in a state of "near concussion" so I'll have to call to hear all about it!

  2. just tried the shake using frozen spinach, worked great & i have so much in the freezer. ziti looks too easy to pass up, even i'll try it. glad you're ok. we need you!

  3. Just ate some of the ziti tonight when visiting Andrew, Isabelle and fabulous baby Mia, and it was wonderful! Following in Alma's footsteps to feed the new parents, I brought a bunch of homemade waffles to be frozen and then reheated in the toaster oven, along with some homemade strawberry butter. Oh, and before I left, I made a green shake for my daughter (spinach, strawberry, banana, and blueberry). Thanks Alma!

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