A Mediterranean Feast to Remember

Last night Jeff and I (isn’t it nice to have a little help?) made a Mediterranean Feast to remember.

It’s a feast to remember because we went out on a limb and planned from start to finish a themed meal with recipes we’ve never tried before, including homemade bread, which is always iffy if I’m involved.  Yeast can be so fickle, don’t you think?

We decided on a Mediterranean theme at the request of the kids.  I’ve had a beautiful box full of La Romanella products in my pantry for a few weeks (compliments of Smart & Final) that my kids were dying to try out including pasta, pasta sauce, grated parmesan cheese, olive oil, and the best Manzanilla olives, ever.

For our main course we made Emeril’s Mediterranean-Style Chicken Paillard, and served it over penne pasta with parmesan cheese for garnish. So, so yummy.

For sides we had asparagus and a Mediterranean inspired salad with feta cheese and pomegranate seeds.  Delicious.

And lastly, the part I’m most proud of:  homemade artisan bread.  I rarely make homemade breast because, well, my bread never turns out. For our Mediterranean Feast I tried this Mediterranean Olive Bread Recipe from allrecipe.com.  I modified the recipe by adding 1 tsp. of Italian Seasoning and 1.5 tsp. of garlic powder.  The biggest deviation from the recipe I implemented was that I used La Romanella Manzanilla olives instead of black olives.   Additionally, I baked my bread for the first 15 minutes at 450 degrees rather than 500 degrees, like the recipe suggests.  I got so excited when I saw the beautiful loaf of bread exiting the oven that I forgot to take a picture of the completed perfection.  🙂  The bread was seriously so delicious.

For dessert I made Greek Rice Pudding.  My kids are HUGE rice pudding fans.

They didn’t get any last night.

The Greek Rice Pudding was a DISASTER.  A disaster.

Not only did I ruin the batch of pudding because I scorched the milk, I ruined my favorite large pot.  It’ll take more elbow grease to remove the blackened bottom than I possess.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who has been cooking for years and STILL does this?

We give the La Romanella products that we tried and big thumbs up.  We liked the flavor in the pasta sauce and the Manzanilla olives really are some of the best olives I’ve ever eaten (I’m not a huge olive fan, so that’s saying something).  You can purchase La Romanella products at Smart & Final.

And lastly,  Smart & Final is running a La Romanella Facebook Contest through March 8th that sounds pretty exciting to me.  You might want to head on over and enter to win a Sonoma Wine Tour Trip for Two.  Simply “Like” their Facebook page.  Super easy.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of La Romanella products.  However, my opinion has not been influenced.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


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    Amy @ Dealusional says:

    I’m starving over here after reading about your feast! That olive bread sounds to. die. for. Great job, when are you coming to my house to cook?!

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    How fun.

    And yes, I burn things all the time. Its not fun but it happens.

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    Twitter: cltalbert

    It sounds like you had a wonderful feast! You are welcome to cook at my house too.

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    I recently ruined a pan as well 🙁 So your not alone. LOL.
    I LOVE mediterranean food. I may have to try this out. Not too sure about the bread Haha. I have never made bread before 🙂

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    Leah - moxiethrift on etsy
    Twitter: moxiethrift

    mmm, that whole meal looks fab! yes, yeast is fickle. grrrr.

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    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    YUMMY!!! Next time I want to come over for dinner!!

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    Sounds so delicious and yes, always great to have help in the kitchen. But so sad about your pot. I hope it comes clean.

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    Ooooooooh Angie….sounds and looks absolutely delicious! What a fun dinner and experiment. I love Med food, who am I kidding, I love all food, ha ha ha! Especially something with seasoning and flavor, mmmm mmmm.

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    Elaine Lund says:

    What a nice meal you made! No, you are not the only one who scorches milk. My porblem is that I wander off somewhere to do something else and forget….

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    Twitter: lifethegreenway

    This feast looks so yummy! I love Mediterranean food.

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    kristin says:

    You went to all that work just for your kids? You ARE a good mom. I would have ordered them pizza and sent them away whilst I entertained adults!

    Try boiling a little vinegar and water in that pot. Should come right off. I have a *little* bit of experience in this. 😉

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    Twitter: amaranthian

    Looks wonderful! I love big themed meals, they are so satisying to create and to eat!