Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dinner and Dessert for a Valentine's Day Girls Weekend

I put on my best Chefs/bakers hat this last weekend and whipped up a home cooked meal for my lovelies...Miss Football and Bestie. I had originally planned on making PW's fettucini Alfredo, but that went out the window when the non-dairy business showed up. Stupid non-dairy. So, with that I decided to make my favorite pasta dish from the Olive Garden, Capellini Pomodero-a light and healthy pasta. Now, for some reason the grocery store was out of fresh basil...so I had to improvise and kinda just threw in a bunch of stuff that I had in my spice rack. I also used whole wheat linguini instead of Angle hair pasta. My version probably wasn't quite like Olive Gardens. Here is the recipe for the Olive Garden version.
Photo courtsey of Miss Football, editing courtsey of picnik and myself.

Olive Garden's Capellini Pomdero

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) good quality diced tomatoes, or about 2 pounds fresh peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh chopped basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces dry angel hair pasta, cooked


Heat olive oil and add garlic; cook until garlic is tender. Add tomatoes and pepper and heat through, stirring constantly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer hot, cooked pasta to large bowl. Toss pasta gently with tomato mixture, the fresh chopped basil, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and pass remaining Parmesan.
Serves 4.

Super duper easy.

Now for dessert, I made some yummy Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes in honor of Valentines Day. My mom makes these all the time and they are seriously delicious. So moist, best Red Velvet I have ever had

Decorations courtsey of moi

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes
Adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
Makes 24 cupcakes

2 cups soy milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 ounces red food coloring
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add vinegar to soy milk, and set aside to curdle.
  • Sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add vegetable oil, food coloring, and vanilla extract to the curdled soy milk, and mix.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix.
  • Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
  • Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes or until
Now, I cheated and just bought cream cheese frosting from the store, but here is a yummy version of Vegan Cream Cheese frosting

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup margarine, room temperature
½ cup Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
  • Cream margarine, cream cheese, and vanilla extract.
  • Slowly mix the confectioner’s sugar into the creamed sugar, and then beat until smooth and fluffy.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes
I also, served this wine with dinner one of my favs...Galo wine's Moscato.



mom said...

The photo's are making me hungry already this morning. I will have to agree even if you can eat eggs and milk, these are the best cupcakes. They are really moist and very good.

Did i see cheese on the bread???? if you had some bread, you did a NO NO. LOL

Anonymous said...

Mmm, that all looks delicious! I'll have to try that pasta recipe.

Haha, speaking of basil, remember that one time with the thyme? What were we doing? Preparing for a chef event or something. Good thymes, good thymes. :)


~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

YUM!! ;)

Tiffany said...

There was no cheese on the bread, Oklahoma Mom! :)

I would KILL for one of those cupcakes right about now...

~Miss Football

Jodie said...

I LOVE cupcakes!! I will have to make these someitme!! Yummy!!