Congrats to our winner Jaque!
Anyone who reads any of the blogs I write with any regularity knows this one thing about me… I am not a self described maven in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong you will always find me in the kitchen eating something- but there’s a pretty good chance either my husband made it- or I used my trusty index finger to dial out for it.
I grew up with a mom who cooked, but unlike my two sisters who quite literally pour their whole selves into each meal, challah or confection they concoct, like me, my mother did it because it was required- and not because she had a real passion for it. She fed us the basics and of course made sure we got lots of red meat (remember the days of eating steak five nights a week because it was good for you?!) and veggies- but ultimately we were a Duncan Hines kinda family.
Perhaps I inherited her gene, this true lack of love for whipping up a steaming bowl of anything for my kids- and if not for my husband they would likely be raised in a cold cereal I’ll feed you anything that is easy and quick, because you have to eat childhood.
Of course being married to a man- who takes a real sense of pride and satisfaction in how one should chop an onion, or saute garlic, bake bread and prepare a quiche- he is slowly but surely at the very least enticing me- to see cooking as not so utilitarian but more so as an artform, and a release of one’s stresses. A way to completely pour one’s self into an activity whose result provides the very sustenance of life for one’s family. And of course when you look at it that way- well it’s hard to say– Eh, not interested- where’s the phone so I can call out for Chinese ( mind you I ALWAYS get the steamed chicken and broccoli and brown rice for my kids- but I digress).
So when the opportunity to be a Ragu Mom Ambassador, presented itself I saw it more as a reason to perhaps familiarize myself with that thing they call an oven and find ways to prepare the one food I know how in even more scrumptious ways– PASTA.
And this week’s Mom’s the word on Dinner Ragu video is all about just that- how as a mom, do you spice up your family’s pasta ( the one food I ALWAYS know my kids will eat- no matter what or where we are, of course granted we’ve got Ragu Sauce for my daughter who is actually quite particular about the sauce she lets touch her pasta (my son not so much!)
So how do we (and by we I mean my husband, as I look on and take notes) spice up pasta up in these parts?
-We douse it with lots of fresh cheese– my kids ADORE mac n cheese so at least we try and make it healthier by spicing it up with organic cheese and yes just a PINCH of that packaged orange stuff, whole milk and even some mozzarella to give it that quite cheesy fun and stringy texture.
And a good way to get your kids to eat SALAD? ADD their favorite pasta!! All of a sudden it is no longer a bowl of veggies but rather a bowl of pasta with some veggies thrown in!
Being a Ragu Mom Ambassador I will not only have an opportunity to share tips and tricks about getting kids excited about dinner but I’ll also be offering some fantastic giveaways and today is the first of MANY!
For a chance to win a $150 AMEX gift card leave a comment here with you number one tip to spice up pasta. For a second entry you can like Married my Sugar Daddy on Facebook and for a third entry you can follow Madijack on Twitter and retweet this giveaway!
Good luck! Giveaway ends September 17th at 12 midnight EST.