Slow Down & Savor (Giveaway Post)

It's finally starting to really feel like fall here in Chicagoland... the leaves are starting to change, and there's a cool breeze in the evenings that almost requires a light jacket. There are quite a few dishes that will eternally remind me of fall: warm homemade applesauce, prune plum compote, Italian pot roast, and Neapolitan casserole. Most of those dishes, well, with the exception of the pot roast, were things that my mom would cook in the first few weeks of school, usually right around the Jewish High Holidays. The only thing with these recipes is that they take a long time to cook. They require patience, low heat, and generally a slow pace. There's nothing quite like any of them, and you'll see all of them here soon. But tonight, I had the insane fall craving for the Neapolitan casserole. This recipe dates back to the 1940s from a cookbook by Antoinette and Francois Pope called The Antoinette Pope School Cookbook. I wish I had a copy of it, but I do have this one recipe that I begged my mom for years ago. I've adapted it to be a bit healthier, and of course omitted mushrooms for Adam. Healthified Antoinette Pope Neapolitan Casserole Adapted from The Antoinette Pope School Cookbook IngredientsDSCN4724.JPG 1 lb. ground beef or turkey 1 lb. whole wheat pasta, cooked and kept hot 1 6 oz. can tomato paste 5-6 strips bacon, cut into small pieces 1 green pepper, diced 1 sweet onion, diced parmesan cheese 1 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. baking soda 2 c. water 1 tsp. garlic powder Directions Preheat oven to 350*. Heat a large frying pan and add the pieces of bacon. Cook until crispy, and add the onion and peppers. Cook until onions are transluscent and peppers are softened. Add the ground beef or turkey. Cook until meat is cooked through. In a casserole dish, put 1/3 of the cooked pasta, 1/2 the meat, and a generous sprinkle of parmesan. Repeat with another third of the pasta, the rest of the meat, and more parmesan. End with the pasta. In a separate vessel, mix together the tomato paste, water, and baking soda. Be careful, as it will froth up! Pour the tomato mixture on top of the meat and noodles and bake for about 25 minutes. Top each serving with parmesan cheese and enjoy! This brings back a taste of childhood and fall for me...and I was thrilled to eat it tonight! Something about the chopping and sauteeing and baking and waiting that was so comforting. Fall (or Autumn as you may call it) is really a great time to slow down, enjoy, and savor the little things. The hectic pace of the holidays hasn't kicked in yet, and everything is simply beautiful... so when the Alouette company contacted me to host one of their Slow Down & Savour giveaways, I jumped at the chance. Little did I know that it would end up being the BIGGEST giveaway I've ever done! ONE lucky winner will receive a Gourmet Fall Cheese Tasting Party worth $150 which includes:
  • This beautiful Mariposa two-toned bamboo cheese board with drawers that hold 3 cheese utensils (hard cheese knife, cheese grater, fork-tipped cheese knife) and 3 wine utensils (walter-style corkscrew, wine stopper, and drip ring)
  • Coupons for FREE Alouette spreadable cheese, brie, and crumbles
  • Cheese identification tags with marker (they're the silver rectangles)
  • Personalized cheese rating cards and pens
  • Alouette recipe cards for entertaining
  • Slow Down & Savour tips

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The cheese rating cards and pens are completely personalized for the winner, and will look like this, with whatever you choose. They take up to 2 weeks to process, and will arrive separately:


How can you win this glorious prize? That's simple! You have 3 chances to enter, and each requires its own individual comment.

  1. Comment on this post with your favorite way to "Slow Down & Savor" the fall season. (this is the easy one!).
For extra entries:
  1. Link back to this post on your blog (or if you don't have a blog, email me) and leave a comment that you've done so.
  2. Tweet about this contest and leave a comment that you've done so! Just tweet this: RT @imadedinner: Slow Down & Savour This Fall with @alouettecheese
The contest will run from Today, September 16 through Sunday evening, September 20. The winner will be chosen at random by, and will be announced at Sunday's dinner post. Good luck, and don't forget to Slow Down & Savour the little things this fall...
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191 Responses to Slow Down & Savor (Giveaway Post)

  1. michelle says:

    I like to take the time after canning season slows down by relaxing by the fire with either a glass of wine or hot chocolate, surrounding by the very dearest people i love….

  2. Molly says:

    I would kill to have this prize! I WORK in a cheese/wine store and this would be glorious. You have no idea!

    If you get the chance check out my new blog!

    Ill be sure to link back to you in my next post 🙂

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  4. Joanna says:

    I love to go for long walks and enjoy the beautiful colors of the trees!
    .-= Joanna´s last blog granola =-.

  5. Wow, I love fall! Autumn is my absolute favorite season. I love going apple picking on the weekends when it’s a little chilly, and a little warm. Perfection!
    .-= Tasty Health Food´s last blog ..Stonyfield Farm YoKids Squeezers =-.

  6. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I slow down and enjoy the fall with long hikes in the woods with my family and dogs. Its so much cooler and the dogs love getting out and going with us.

  7. Tiffany says:

    I like to sit and drink my coffee and take a few minutes of quiet before the start of my day.

  8. scottsgal says:

    I love fall in Chicago – we slow down and savor by taking nice drives in October to see all the color changes. We also visit a local farmstand for homemade apple cider donuts.

  9. Michelle says:

    I love fall because of back to school time. So I literally slow down while driving to be more alert for children in the streets. It is fun to watch them with their new bookbags and shiny new sneakers ready to start another year of learning. That is what the changing season means to me and why I must slow down.

  10. Amy Muenchrath says:

    When fall comes, my favorite way to slow down is to ban the TV, turn on some music, build the first fire of the season in our fireplace, and let the kids roast marshmallows over the flames while I sip a glass of wine. It’s almost time!

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  12. Kelsey says:

    going apple picking is my favorite fall activity and it really makes me appreciate the seasons.

  13. Kat says:

    I love to relax with a mug of hot cocoa around a fire with friends & family — it’s a great way to enjoy fall and take a breather before the holidays!

  14. I love sitting on the porch with a glass of red wine. I am a seasonal wine drinker so fall is when I transition to red wine!
    .-= Meg @ Be Fit Be Full´s last blog ..And the Winner is… =-.

  15. Sara says:

    just discovered your blog and love it!!

  16. Ryane says:

    oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun.
    i heart wine tastings and whatnot and have been wanting to hold one of my own with cheese pairings of course.
    which brings me back… i had my first fall moment the other night. little night in with the boyfriend where i roasted acorn squash, carrots and brussel sprouts… he had never had acorn squash or b.sprouts before! that dinner made me excited for apple picking and carving pumpkins.
    .-= Ryane´s last blog ..They’re gonna be Legen…. wait for it…. dary! =-.

  17. Erin says:

    I like to slow down and enjoy fall by taking a long walk in the woods and then warming up with a mug of hot cider. Fall is definitely my favorite season!
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..New Brooklyn Route! =-.

  18. Kristen says:

    I slow down and savor fall by watching football and cooking healthy gameday eats!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Wild bars and an Italian evening =-.

  19. I slow down and enjoy fall by taking a walk with my girls through the woods. It magical when leaves are falling down all around!
    .-= Laura @ Virginia Mom´s last blog ..Nourishing Breakfasts =-.

  20. Jane Brda says:

    Love the blog Mara! I’m going to have to try this recipe! Thanks!
    .-= Jane Brda´s last blog ..The following is rated pg-13 for adult language =-.

  21. Katie says:

    AH great giveaway!!! I am a total cheesehead, and pretty much everyone I know will reap the fruits of this contest if I win!

    I my favorite way to “slow down and savor” in the fall is to cook up seasonal squash and root vegetables. These typically take longer to cook, but make the tastiest soups, casseroles and baked goods!

  22. Kathleen says:

    To slow down and savor the fall, I like to take long walks outside in the cool weather so I can see the leaves changing, smell the woodsmoke and enjoy the lukewarm breezes that refresh me after the smothering heat of summer. I also like to go apple picking in local orchards and then make apple pies to send to friends and family as more fall fun!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..The Roots =-.

  23. Kathleen says:

    U linked back on my blog! This is such a cool giveaway! Amazing!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Amazing Giveaway =-.

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  25. Brandi says:

    My favorite way to slow down and savor the fall is by taking a bike ride. I love the giveaway! I love having parties at my house and this cheese would be a great excuse to have one! I tweeted about your contest and added it to my own blog!
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..I’m alive, Promise! =-.

  26. Katherine says:

    Taking a walk with my dog is a great way to unwind after a long day at work and enjoy the beautiful weather. I also love using my crockpot so that I don’t have to think about dinner when I get home. It makes the most delicious roasts and soups.

  27. Laura says:

    Apple picking, carving pumpkins, baking anything pumpkin related..yum!

  28. mel harjono says:

    i’ve RT the contest… @imadedinner: Slow Down & Savour This Fall with @alouettecheese

  29. mel harjono says:

    fall… the air becomes crisper, colder. it’s time to crank up the oven. that’s the ultimate slow down move. cooking with oven takes time, and warms the kitchen. perfect combo for fall…

    i also RT the contest… @imadedinner: Slow Down & Savour This Fall with @alouettecheese

  30. Gina says:

    To slow down and savor the fall season, I make chili or soup for dinner most nights and bake cookies, breads, and muffins with pumpkin!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..RSS Links Widget =-.

  31. Katie says:

    Definitely pumpkin spice soy lattes;)

  32. Hi Mara! My fave way to slow down and savor the fall is to literally slow and down and smell it! 😀 (i’m so creative!). But really, fall has some of the most amazing sights, sounds and smells from leaf-covered sidewalks, the wind whistling through the trees and the smell of pumpkin loaves baking all over, it’s sensory overload in the best way!

    <3, Annabel
    .-= Annabel @´s last blog ..Stream of Consciousness Friday =-.

  33. I love sitting outside in the park with a warm soy milk with a squirt of pumpkin looking at the leaves. SOOOO quintessential fall, but I love to take a Saturday afternoon and do it!

  34. Brynn says:

    Fall means the rain is back where I live. I like to lay in bed on the weekends with the window open and listen to the rain before I close up for winter.

  35. Allison says:

    WOW! This is one amazing giveaway! I would love to win this for my brother and SIL who always have people over! My favorite way to slow down and savor fall is by taking a nice morning/evening walk with my dog. There are tons of trees in my neighborhood that turn the beautful orange/red colors of fall. There’s nothing better than being outdoors during my favorite season! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Love Muffins. =-.

  36. Donna says:

    Fall is the most amazing time of year! I love the chilly mornings, the frost on my nose as I run, and the feeling of life as my breath is seen. The colors are amazing during Fall, reds and oranges. Fluffly scarves and fuzzy socks. A giant cup of hot cocoa with the kids, with whipped cream on their nose. The smell of pumpkin soup in the crock pot and seeing my little one knead dough with her tiny hands. Fall also marks my anniversary, 11 years this year. It reminds me of all the love we still have and how hard it is nowadays to keep a marriage alive…and the fact we work twice as hard because we are a military family. Fall is wonderul 🙂

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