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


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


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. Beth says:

    I love the fall! On lazy Saturdays I like to make soups and stews that slow cook and fill the house with wonderful smells! Then eat them curled up on the couch with a blanket and good tv/movie.

  2. Marcie says:

    Carving pumpkins is relaxing for me, lets me spend time with my family and the pumpkin pie and roasted pumpkin seeds is always a bonus!

  3. Carol says:

    I really like to indulge in a homemade pumpkin spice latte and take a long week and enjoy the leaves!

  4. Kath says:

    Wow, what a spread!! I savor the fall in root veggie form :) LOVE thick, pureed soups!
    .-= Kath´s last blog ..Fog Head =-.

  5. Noela says:

    I make a HUGE batch of pumpkin lasagna (I think I’ll try the alouette in it, those crumbles look great!) and have my neighbors over for a fall/back to school meal….

  6. Lucy says:

    Definitely I enjoy picking apples while sipping on hot apple cider with friends, it’s a great way to ring in the season

  7. Jennifer says:

    I love the Fall – decorating is always my favorite way to slow down and savor it. Planting mums and picking out pumpkins are my top two must-haves when decorating.

  8. Billie says:

    For me, the season is perfect with a cup of tea and a huge batch of pumpkin white chocolate blondies (I”ll share the recipe!), they are amazing and scream harvest time and fall!

  9. Julie says:

    I just tweeted!

  10. Julie says:

    I love to go on hikes through Harms Woods, taking the time to notice the changing colors of the leaves. Then go back home and snuggle up on the couch with some hot apple cider in front of the wood-burning fireplace. Ahhhh!!! :)
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..JK! =-.

  11. Lindsay says:

    I love fall! There is nothing like taking a long walk through the leaves with my dogs and then coming home and baking with pumpkin.
    .-= Lindsay ´s last blog ..Happy Friday Eve! =-.

  12. I love the fall!Like this morning it feels fall and we have a slow drizzling rain with a touch of nip in the air.I enjoy it by the fall harvesting of veggies and gourds and usng them for decorations.We laso do a lot of soups and stews ,freezing them and being able to make a quick supper and more family time.This is a great contest ,thank you
    alwaysatryin at
    .-= betty rood~starting again´s last blog ..Family pics =-.

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  14. Nicole says:

    I love pumpkin and apple picking!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..A few things that make me smile =-.

  15. Nicole says:

    Also just tweeted :)
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  16. Natalie says:

    Curling up on the couch in a blanket with a big bowl of popcorn. It used to be butter topped but I’ve switched to lime juice, hot sauce, and chili powder. Super yummy and more healthy!

  17. Gia says:

    The fall is my favorite time of year! I love to eat some pumpkin pie and drink some apple spice wine!

  18. Leigh says:

    Fall means football here at Clemson, so I love making tailgating snacks to share with my friends.

  19. Kate says:

    Ohhh this looks amazing! In the fall I love curling up on the couch and watching FOOTBALL all day Sundays! I love fall – my birthday is in October!!

  20. valerie says:

    I love everything about fall because it means football and pumpkins! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin soup! I love it all!

  21. I have never made pumpkin bread and I am so looking forward to trying it…And of course the pies, apple picking, and crunchy leaves :)
    .-= cinnamonquill´s last blog ..Madeleines Save the Day =-.

  22. FoodCents says:

    Making soup always seems to be a great way to relax and take in the fall love that is all around:)

  23. katklaw777 says:

    I love when the leaves change color, watching football(GO BEARS), slow cooking savory pots of soup, stew and chili. And pumpkins, I love growing, eating, carving and decorating with them. I am about 40 miles south of Chicago, farm country, we grow them big out here. Thanks for a great give-away!

  24. Carol says:

    Great question! I love the Fall, and slow down and savor it by turning on our gas fireplace, making two cups of Chai Tea, and sipping it by the fire with my wonderful husband.

  25. Ally says:

    My favorite way to slow down and savour in the fall is making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies :) the smell fills the house & the taste of cookies is definitely something to savour! :) great giveaway!!

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  27. Livia says:

    I haven’t even noticed that it was time to start slower cooking. But you’re right, it is definitely cool enough. So thank you for this post. I’ve been collecting onion peels and herb stems all winter for stock, and now it’s finally time to start making proper soups. And I have a small beef roast already garlic-studded and rosemary-wrapped in my freezer just waiting for me to be willing to turn on the oven. YAY!

    Meanwhile, I’ll be sitting on my back porch with a mug of tea, enjoying the cooler weather.

    That’s a lovely cheese tray, especially since I find it hard to store cheese knives that are round enough to feel good in the hand – you’d think they’d be easy since they’re so small, but not so much.
    .-= Livia´s last blog planning =-.

  28. Chez US says:

    Easy, we pop up a bottle of wonderful wine & bring out a baguette and a wedge of cheese, this is how we start almost every meal every day!!
    .-= Chez US´s last blog ..LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow 2009: Homemade Ricotta & Ravioli with Egg =-.

  29. Amanda says:

    I love fall and I just can’t wait to find the time to make some beef stew and an apple pie!

  30. Jackie W. says:

    I love to go apple picking in the fall!

  31. marie says:

    Time to make homemade apple sauce!!

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  33. Tay says:

    Awww what a pretty cheese platter! I love to enjoy all the wonderful pumpkin flavors out there! Pumpkin ice cream, cookies, lattes, coffees….
    .-= Tay´s last blog ..Make New Friends… =-.

  34. Morgan says:

    Love to make apple dishes! Lots more baking in the fall than in the summer too!
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  35. Morgan says:

    I also twittered about this amazing contest:
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  36. Jackie says:

    Fall is my favorite season!!! I love to go apple picking and then make homemade mile high apple pie!

  37. Fall is my favorite time of year. My husband will love this recipe, I will give it a try!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog ..Fulfilled. =-.

  38. Clearly I am not yet acclimated to Chicago, as I am already wearing a light jacket early in the morning and around sunset!
    .-= Stephanie (Surviving Chicago)´s last blog ..Hair and Sweat – you know, the important things =-.

  39. My favorite way is to sip a pumpkin spice latte while cooking pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

  40. Rose says:

    I like to slow down and savor fall by sitting on a bench in the park and just watching the leaves. Hope that isn’t too cliche cause it’s true! :)
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Back to the World of the Living =-.

  41. Maureen says:

    I like to slow and savour fall by cooking for people I love!

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