Sunday, November 27, 2016

Garlic Romano Penne with Stella Black Pepper Romano



We will be hosting more Christmas parties this year, and I don't want to serve turkey and ham at each one.  I came up with this Garlic Romano Penne recipe for easy entertaining.  You can serve it alone or add shrimp, chicken, or even sausage.  After you read the recipe, be sure to enter to win a trip to Napa Valley sponsored by Stella Cheese!


Garlic Romano Penne Recipe 

This dish is very simple, but it's full of flavor.  I use Stella Black Pepper Romano because it has a salty, sharp flavor in the aged cheese and the peppercorns lend spice to the dish.

I will usually make a cheese board for our holiday parties, and I use Stella cheeses.  I think with a simple recipe like this penne or with a cheese board, you need to use ingredients that have a lot of flavor on their own.  With just two or three flavors of Stella cheese, crackers, olives, and some grapes, you can have a flavorful cheese board that's quite easy to put together.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Stella Black Pepper Romano
  • 1 pound penne, cooked
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and cook until brown, about 30 seconds.  Smash the garlic with a wooden spoon to release the flavor.
  2. Add parsley and stir well.
  3. Pour garlic, parsley, and olive oil mixture over cooked pasta.
  4. Top with grated Stella Black Pepper Romano

If you want to serve wine with your Garlic Romano Penne or a cheese board with romano cheese, I suggest a chardonnay or zinfandel.  Romano also pairs well with brandy or scotch.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Top 50 STEM Toys for Christmas 2016

Caleb, my 10-year-old, loves anything science or math.  He will spend hours with his Snap Circuits building their designs and creating his own.  He loves few things more than dumping his bin of LEGO bricks and having free play.  My daughter, on the other hand, has to be coaxed in to doing anything STEM related.  Once she starts playing though, she will have fun and start experimenting.  These toys look like so much fun, both my son and my daughter will love them.  If you need Christmas ideas, these 50 STEM toys will be a big hit.
stem toys christmas 2016
Magna-Tiles 12148 Clear Colors 48 pc DX set Toy


Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

ClickBlock X-Bar Magnetic Building Toy School House Set, 28 Piece

Thames & Kosmos Wind Power 2.0

ClickBlock X-Bar Magnetic Building Toy School House Set, 28 Piece

Geode Explorer Science Kit - Crack Open 7 Amazing Rocks and Find Crystals!

4M Magnet Science Kit

Math Dice Tournament Kit

KNEX Education - Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set - 178 Pieces - For Grades 3-5 - Construction Education Toy

Robot Turtles Game

Geode Explorer Science Kit - Crack Open 7 Amazing Rocks and Find Crystals!

Gravity Maze

Thames and Kosmos Rocket Science Kit

Laser Maze Logic Game

Mega Shark Tooth Science - Collect 5 Real Shark Teeth with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus

SmartLab Toys ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover

My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - MFL-06

littleBits Electronics Premium Kit

ROBOTIS PLAY 600 PETs Kit

Melissa & Doug Human Anatomy 100 pc Floor Puzzle

Uncle Milton - National Geographic - 3-in-1 Expedition Magnifier

4M Kitchen Science Kit

Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

Sumoku

Zometool Basic Creator Kit

Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion

TINKERTOY 30 Model Super Building Set - 200 Pieces - For Ages 3+ Preschool Educational Toy

Ravensburger Science X Magnetic Magic Activity Kit

MudWatt - Grow your own living fuel cell - Classic STEM Kit

fischertechnik Dynamic - Fun with Physics

4M Math Magic Puzzles and Games

Ozobot 2.0 Bit, the Educational Toy Robot that Teaches STEM and Coding, Titanium Black

Educational Insights Nancy Bs Science Club Way To Grow Hydroponics Kit & Gardening Diary

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set

Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science +70 Activities

OgoSport OgoBild Animate It Studio Kit with Webcam

Trends UK Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine

4M Weather Station Kit

Thames & Kosmos Master Detective Toolkit

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes and Explore Crystals Science Kit

Thames & Kosmos Electricity and Magnetism

Thames and Kosmos Classic Science Archaeology: Pyramid

Puzzlets Starter Pack with Free Programming Game: Cork the Volcano

Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Wonder Pack

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit

Professional Rock Tumbler by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Improved Quality Sept. 2016

Sick Science Fast Physics Kit
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