Choosing Teams (Giveaway Post)

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year, you've probably heard of Twilight by now. You've also probably heard of New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight series, recently made into a blockbuster movie which was released on DVD this weekend. I'm not as huge of a Twilight fan as some people (I do however, love True Blood), but my best friend Lizz certainly is! I definitely think they're a great story and fully entertaining, not to mention full of (jailbait) eye candy like this:

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Enough of that...

When Lizz and I found out that New Moon was going to be released on DVD on a Saturday, we decided right then and there that we were going to have a New Moon/Twilight themed dinner "party" so that we could watch the movie and drool enjoy the deep and thrilling plotlines. Originally, we were going to cook things that were red and/or blood-like because well, the movie is about vampires. We opted to go a little deeper, and rather than going with the obvious, we went with food that was mentioned in Twilight. Our menu? Mushroom ravioli, steak, and cobbler. Can you name those scenes? Answers to follow 🙂

We also decided that not only would we make this food, but we'd make as much of it as possible from scratch. Lizz has been so supportive of my blog endeavor and fully recognizes when there's a good post in the making, and this was definitely one of them! We went all out! After shopping our feet off at a couple department stores, we hit up two grocery stores to find all that we needed to create our themed meal. From here on out, all Twilight references will be in red no matter how cheesy they are.

First course: Homemade mushroom ravioli with shallots and goat cheese. (Gina , are you paying attention?)
The reason: In Twilight, Bella orders mushroom ravioli at the Italian restaurant she visits with Edward after he rescues her from the random riff-raff in Port Angeles (thanks Shima!).

Skylar was a HUGE help with cleaning the cremini mushrooms (a.k.a. baby Bellas, since they're tiny portabella mushrooms). After I chopped them along with the shallots, she helped me add them to the frying pan.


After the mushroom mixture had cooled a bit, I mixed it with 4 oz. Chavrie goat cheese and a touch of garlic powder. (You'll get the full recipe in a minute. Never fear!)

I'd never made pasta dough before, so I followed a simple recipe for ravioli pasta dough:
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water

Mix, allow to rest, and then roll thin. We used glasses to cut out circles and make agnolotti instead of fully round ones. We added about 1 tsp. filling to each one, sealed them, and boiled them for about 30 seconds. Ok, ok, the filling recipe:

  • 16 oz. cremini mushrooms (or other wild mushrooms) cleaned and chopped
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. white wine (or water)
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • S&P to taste

Heat a large frying pan with olive oil and butter, and once foamy, add the shallots. Cook a few minutes until the shallots have softened, then add the mushrooms. Cook until dark and soft, then add the wine. Stir until all the liquid is gone, then remove from heat. Once mixture is cooled, stir in goat cheese, garlic powder, and S&P.

The dough:

We had a lot of help with the dough as well:

There was about 1/4 c. of the filling left over, so I used that to create a mushroom sauce for the ravioli. Here they are simmering away:

In the meantime, Lizz got to work making roasted dill red potatoes with garlic, onion powder, dill and butter. They roasted, and then we had the idea to use the extra pasta dough to make a special silly dessert for Skylar. Lizz cut the remaining past dough into strips, and then we cooked them with cinnamon, sugar, and banana.

The final product just wasn't pretty, but Skylar swore it was delicious!

I began prepping the steaks we'd gotten by thoroughly drying them, then seasoning them simply with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. The reason: Bella picks on Charlie (her dad) in Twilight for always eating steak and cobbler (there's that one too!) at the local diner every day.

Lizz and I set out then to make our "cobbler". Since neither of us wanted to attempt making real cobbler with biscuits, we made a family favorite of ours with a simple crumb crust made of
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 bags frozen fruit (we used red strawberries.)

It had to bake a while at 350, so you'll see the final product in a minute. We plated our meals and poured glasses of a truly delicious Riesling.

The ravioli:


All the plates:

And mine:

We started the movie, enjoyed every bite, and soon our dessert was ready!


I have to say, those ravioli were some of the best things I've ever cooked. Ever.

Now, for the giveaway part! When we went to get Lizz's copy of New Moon, there was a special offer for something else. Lizz took the store up on the offer, then asked me if I wanted to have a giveaway on the blog for it!! (See? I told you she was supportive!) So, with the low low price of a comment below, you can win this lovely New Moon prize, courtesy of my BFF!

A lovely New Moon T-shirt complete with eye candy, and some real candy: A chocolate with Edward on it! I can almost hear all the screams of "SQUEEE!!!" from here! You can enter in the following ways:
1. Leave a comment below.
2. Tweet the giveaway then leave another comment that you've tweeted.
3. Link back on your blog (or email me if you don't have a blog) then leave another comment.
4. Leave another comment telling me: Team Edward or Team Jacob? Or, are you more a True Blood fan? Or do you just not "get" this Vampire thing?

Good luck! The contest will run until Wednesday 3/24 with the winner announced Wednesday evening.

Have a great evening, and a lovely Monday! #TGIM! It's my last Monday before Spring Break! Thank you all so much for your positive response to my BIG NEWS on Friday! I'm so excited!

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32 Responses to Choosing Teams (Giveaway Post)

  1. Yasmin says:

    I am a Team Jacob all the way. Edward is too creepy and possessive. To each their own though 😉

  2. Diana says:

    I really really like your meal and I think having friends do the work with you makes it more fun.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Sunny Fruit Smoothie – Great for an Early Spring Day =-.

  3. Lauren says:

    OMG MARA!!!!! What an incredible dinner!!!!! Homemade pasta is out of this world. So much work, but worth every effort.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Beautiful 5k Kind Of Day =-.

  4. Shelly says:

    I just watched New Moon day on the airplane back from Mexico! I am def team Edward! The ravioli looks amazing.
    .-= Shelly´s last blog ..Back to Reality =-.

  5. glidingcalm says:

    haha im not a huge new moon fan, so I’m not entering the giveaway, but i did want to tell you how I think this post is so fun and awesome!!! homemade pasta?! wow Mara!!

    love you!
    .-= glidingcalm´s last blog ..A KIND-a fruity KIND-a nutty REVIEW =-.

  6. OMG this makes my life. Not even the giveaway (that’s a bonus) — the fact that you cooked this Twilight-inspired meal just is so amazing!!

    Off to leave another bunch of comments 🙂 Woohoo!
    .-= Jenn (eating bender)´s last blog ..What’s New + Guest Bender: Lindsay from Designer Wife =-.

  7. MaryZ says:

    That cobbler looks so yummy! My daughter and I were at the midnight showing when New Moon opened…so much fun!

  8. MaryZ says:

    Team Jacob…Edward is hot, but seems so possesive. Jacob is way hotter!

  9. And I’m definitely Team Edward 🙂
    .-= Jenn (eating bender)´s last blog ..What’s New + Guest Bender: Lindsay from Designer Wife =-.

  10. Christine says:

    Team Edward! What a fun dinner! The ravioli look awesome. 🙂

  11. linda says:

    I am definitely on Team RPatz, oops, I mean Edward.

  12. linda says:

    Just tweeted…

    @lindaole Check out Twilight swag giveaway RT @imadedinner: Homemade menu inspired by Twilight:
    .-= linda´s last blog ..Cake & Coffee for Breakfast =-.

  13. Also…am I allowed to comment one more time to say THANKS for the #TGIM shout out?! 🙂
    .-= Jenn (eating bender)´s last blog ..What’s New + Guest Bender: Lindsay from Designer Wife =-.

  14. Erica says:

    What a great dinner party theme, great looking ravioli. and I would sooo love to win this giveaway.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Three Things Thursday- Post It Note Edition =-.

  15. Erica says:

    I am team jacob, but if there was a team jasper I would so be team jasper.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Three Things Thursday- Post It Note Edition =-.

  16. Team Edward for sure! 😀 Tall, pale and cold? Yes, please.

    This was a great idea, I love it!! The mushroom ravioli sounded so good when I read that part in the first book. LOL

    We bought the DVD this weekend, too. I’ve already seen it but it’s worth seeing again (and again and again…) lol.

    .-= Jenn (´s last blog ..St. Patrick’s Day =-.

  17. Laurie says:

    Team Eric the Viking! 😉
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..…….are we there yet?, are we there yet?, are we there yet? =-.

  18. Andrea says:

    Team Edward!

    Your pasta looks delish btw!

  19. tiffany says:

    I think I am team Jacob? But I know someone who would really love it if I won! I really prefer Ann Rice to these new vampire books/movies/tv shows.

  20. katklaw777 says:

    I have not seen or read these yet, but my daughter got me the first book for Xmas. I knew I liked the werewolf guy so I googled wiki and read all about them. What a storyline!
    So all that aside I am definitely Team Jacob, such a cutie!
    What a marvelous diner, I may not make the homemade pasta, but that mushroom sauce could go on practically anything…even an omelet, yum!
    Thanks for the giveaway, my daughter would go nutso.

  21. WendyF says:

    You cannot deny true love …Team Edward all the way !

    I watched the movie, then read the book.

  22. Katie says:

    HAHAHA best dinner party EVER. I would love to have attended! Baby “Bella”… very cute.

  23. Katie says:

    Team Edward for sure!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..NYC Half Marathon Race Re-cap =-.

  24. kristen says:

    Great giveaway!! The whole meal looked awesome!!

  25. Hilary says:

    I was Team Jacob in New Moon (book and movie), but ultimately Team Edward overall. What a fun idea for a theme night?!

  26. VeggieGirl says:

    Team Edward, all the way!!
    .-= VeggieGirl´s last blog ..Spring in Five =-.

  27. Barb Vahey says:

    Team Jacob all the way! I work in a High School Library and we have many Twilight fans here. Last year we had a Twilight themed Cappuccino Day, and the Librarians and I decorated our own Tshirts.

  28. Karla says:

    Love this giveaway! I just bought New Moon yesterday!

  29. Karla says:

    I’m definitely team Edward, but I do LOOOOOVE True Blood! Eric Northman rocks my socks (in both the books and the show!)

  30. Erin says:

    Team Edward/Team Eric!!!!

    I am a huge fan of both series… I went on a reading binge last winter when New Moon came out. I reread all the Twilight Saga (which I have never done with another book series before) and read all 9 True Blood books… I am totally hooked…

    I just finished reading them all about 2 weeks ago then I started reading your blog at night…I have gone through it from start to finish! LOL

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