Thursday, February 28, 2013

Let's Get Baked...Alaska that is!

Josi Kilpack's new book Baked Alaska is out and I have an author's signed copy to give away!

As usual, it'll cost you a recipe to earn it!

For Tres Leches I had a cookie contest. Baked Alaska takes place on an Alaskan cruise. Reason says I should run an ice cream recipe contest as the dessert Baked Alaska is after all a baked ice cream dessert. Unfortunately, I don't own an ice cream maker.

So, I thought perhaps it should be a baked contest given the title. But I'm going to take it one step further. My favorite recipe in this book is the pasta one. So we're going to do a mash up.

Send your favorite baked pasta recipe to the e-mail address above, or in the comments below, or via Authors Incognito, or FB (I'll accept them all. See how easy I'm making this for you?) by midnight Wed. March 6th. (I tend to do my shopping on Thursdays so I need to be able to make the list of ingredients.)

Avoid the following: all seafood (we have allergies here, yes even to the canned tuna), mushrooms, and peas. Other than that, I think we're good.

I'll take two weeks to make the entries and announce the winner here on my blog on Thu. March 21st. As well as my review of Baked Alaska. The book will go in the mail the next day before I head out for spring break. (Then you'll have a great read for your spring break.)

Here's the blurb for Baked Alaska and let the baking begin!

An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.


  1. My visiting teachers brought me this after I had my twins, and I loved it so much I had to ask for the recipe. It's one of my favorite dishes now!

    Chicken Tortellini

    5 TB butter
    6 TB flour
    3 cups of chicken broth, (sometimes they have Italian chicken broth which makes it delicious, otherwise you can throw in some basil if you want)
    1 cup cream (I've used half and half and even milk but cream makes it better)
    1 tsp salt/pepper to taste
    7 cups tortellini (or any other kind of noodle)
    1 cup of grilled, sauteed, broiled (whatever is your poison) chicken
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    1 cup mozzarella cheese

    As you are cooking your noodles start making your cream sauce. Melt butter in big sauce pan on stove, stir in flour, add broth, cream, and spices ( salt, pepper, garlic, basil, or whatever you want). Bring to boil, simmer a couple of minutes. Pour cooked noodles in a greased 9x13 pan, pour cream sauce over, sprinkle chicken over top, sprinkle cheeses over top and bake 350, 12-20 min until cheese is melted.

    Hope you and your family enjoy it! :)

  2. My FAVE baked pasta recipe is seriously comfort food that I can't have anymore--and haven't had in years. I think my big sister perfected this in high school--brings back wonderful memories.

    Tuna Casserole
    4 cups egg noodles, cooked, drained
    2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna, drained, flaked
    1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
    1/3 cup milk
    3/4lb. (12 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    2 pieces torn up sandwich bread

    HEAT oven to 400ºF. Combine all ingredients except bread in 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with foil.

    BAKE 30 min. or until heated through; stir.

    TOP with bread, bake uncovered 15 minutes more to toast.

    This is an EASY go-to dinner recipe that naturally my children view as poison even though it is cheesy and yummy and feels like a warm hug!