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Happy weekend, and welcome to Friday Finds! Today it's all about holiday hostess gifts. It about the time when you may have several seasonal parties and functions to attend, and you should never show up empty-handed. The best hostess gift should be something just for the hostess that he or she can use at a later time, either for entertaining or just for themselves. Just because you may have been assigned a side dish or drinks, you should still being along a special hostess gift.

A hostess gift doesn't need to cost a lot. They can range anywhere from $10-$25, and really should be on average $20. There are so many appropriate options in this price range - anything from a set of tea towels to a cookbook, or something gourmet, or even a little bath and body gift. If you need a hostess gift for a party or dinner this holiday season, you can't go wrong with one of the picks below.


This first one is my favorite, because it's a versatile multi-use item, and it's so chic. …

Meatless Monday: Pantry Pasta with Garlic and Green Olives


This meatless recipe is the basic version of a dish I make all the time. I'm not a huge fan of tomato-based pasta sauce, so I frequently toss fresh-cooked pasta with butter or olive oil and go from there by adding anything I want like olives, artichoke hearts, cheese, and seafood or grilled chicken breast.

I named it Pantry Pasta because I literally use whatever I have in my pantry that could go well with pasta. This dish is so easy to make, it really doesn't require a recipe. Simply boil your pasta as usual, drain and return to the pot, then toss in the oil (or butter if you prefer) and stir in the toppings. I love using stuffed green olives simply because I always have them on hand.

If you want to make this meatless dish healthier, use a veggie pasta and toss with fresh garden veggies or cooked greens. Add in kale or spinach to the boiling pasta water for the last minute or two. To make it a meaty pasta dish, add cubed chicken breast or shrimp by pan searing them in a skillet and cooking thoroughly before adding them to the noodles. Enjoy!



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Comments

  1. All of which make for good eating!

    I do like tomato sauce with pasta, so I'd be inclined to add it in.

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