Monday, November 23, 2015

Domestic Divas Holiday Giveaway: Win A Hammer Stahl 4 Quart Saute Pot ($229 Value)!

Hammer Stahl Saute Pot

Domestic Divas wishes you a happy holiday...with a great giveaway!

This cooking blog features healthy farm-to-table recipes, and the most important tool in your kitchen is a great set of cookware. That brings me to Hammer Stahl

Designed for flavorful, low-fat cooking, their cookware is top-notch, made with stainless steels and titanium surfaces that disperse the heat safely and evenly. Their products are manufactured in the U.S. at a facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. For the first time at retail Hammer Stahl is introducing its new 4-quart deep sauté pot. Here's a little more about it:
The interior layer of steel of the pan has been changed, so that the cooking surface is the least reactive to salts and acids. This stainless steel is significantly more resistant to corrosion and reduces the reaction between food and the cooking surface to ensure that meals have exceptional flavor.
A great sauté pot should be your best friend in the kitchen. You can use it to cook almost anything, from a great vegetable sauté to fish and meat, and this one is top of the line.


I'm giving one of these amazing sauté pots and cover (a $229 dollar value) to one lucky reader! Also so everyone can benefit, Hammer Stahl is offering its new 4-quart deep pan with cover at the special price of $99.00 (regularly $229) only through December 31, 2015.

To check out this special promotion and locate a retailer, visit

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  • Tell me your favorite holiday dish that you cook on the stovetop
  • Make sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner by either 1) following me on Twitter @JenniferBrody; or 2) sending your contact info to domesticdivasblog [at] gmail [dot] com
  • You can enter as many times as you want. More entries = more chances to win!
  • The winner's name will be chosen in a random drawing
  • Hammer Stahl will ship this giveaway within the USA 
  • This giveaway will close on Friday, December 4th at noon PST
  • The sooner you start entering, the sooner you can start cooking!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Baked Vegetable Penne (Gluten Free)

Domestic Divas Blog "Baked Vegetable Penne"

I realize it's been a little while since I posted here, but I've had so much going on lately!

My debut novel The 13th Continuum publishes on April 19, 2016. How cool is that? That and everything that goes along with it has been taking up a ton of my time. BUT...I've been getting back to the farmers market lately and cooking up some fun dishes, so I thought I'd share a recent one. 

I'll warn you—this is comfort food.

Yup. No doubt about it.

It's a classic Baked Penne with vegetables and gluten-free pasta. I used a brown rice based penne, but almost any sort of pasta would work here. I filled in the layers with fresh ricotta and summer heirloom squash, purple bell peppers, and spinach, but almost any sort of veggie combo would work. It's topped with organic mozzarella cheese for lots of yum factor. 

Any questions?

This dish can be made a day ahead and then baked when the time comes. It also keeps great leftover (it may even be better a day later). Enjoy!

Domestic Divas Blog "Baked Vegetable Penne"

Baked Vegetable Penne (Gluten Free)
Baking time: 40 minutes
Serves 6 to 8 people
Gluten free; vegetarian

1 pound gluten free penne (or other pasta)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
1 egg
pinch of nutmeg
2 cups zucchini, sliced
4 cups fresh baby spinach
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
24-ounce jar of tomato sauce
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Heat the olive oil over medium, then add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add the zucchini and bell peppers and saute until becoming tender (about 5 minutes). Add the spinach and stir, letting it cook down. Fold in the fresh basil if desired. Season the vegetable mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente (about 7 minutes). Drain and return to the pot. Toss the pasta with the jar of tomato sauce. 

4. To make the ricotta mixture, beat the egg in a mixing bowl. Add the ricotta and 1 cup of the mozzarella and stir together until smooth. 

5. Spray a baking pan (8x12 in.) with nonstick cooking spray (or any oil will work). Spoon half of the pasta and sauce mixture into the bottom. Spread the vegetables on top of the pasta, and then spoon the ricotta mixture over the vegetables in an even layer. Top with the rest of the pasta and sauce, and then finish by sprinkling the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top. 

6. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until the it's heated and the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!