Mediterranean Style “Get Inspired” Giveaway


Crisco is inviting home cooks to submit their favorite recipes at in the Crisco Mediterranean Inspirations Recipe and Essay Contest for the chance to win a trip for two to Italy. Recipes should include one of the three Crisco Olive Oil varieties:  Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Crisco Pure Olive Oil or Crisco Light Olive oil plus two ingredients commonly used in Mediterranean-style cooking, including tomatoes, garlic, pasta, yogurt, legumes, fresh herbs, lentils or cheese.

Crisco would like to offer one Picky Palate reader with this beautiful Mediterranean-style Gourmet Gift including:

  • William Sonoma Marche’ Pasta Bowls, set of 4
  • Crate & Barrel Bamboo 12″ Spoon
  • Herbs of Tuscany Herb Kit
  • Salt Pig with Scoop
  • Crate & Barrel Herb Scissors
  • Variety of Crisco Olive Oils and Recipe Cards

Here’s How To Enter:

1. Leave a comment here and tell us, what is your favorite Italian Style Meal?

2. For extra entries, Follow Picky Palate on Twitter, RSS Feed and Like us on Facebook. Leave 3 separate comments for this.

3. For another extra entry give me a vote in the Tyson Chicken Sandwich contest HERE on the right side you’ll see my name and sandwich, Ultimate Bacon Caprese Sandwich,  It’s for charity ๐Ÿ™‚  Leave a separate comment for this.

3. Contest ends Saturday Janurary 29th 8pm PST. Winner will be chosen by Disclosure:  Crisco provided me with these products and is providing the winner the same set.


Good Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Rebekah M.

    i just tried a bruschetta chicken pasta at my local italian eatery and it was sooo good! i’d love to recreate it!

  2. SewLindaAnn

    The old standby, Spaghetti (angel hair) and meatballs in a sauce that’s been cooking down and permeating the house all day!

  3. Right now my favorite Italian meal is my homemade spaghetti with French bread. Now if we’re talking from a good Italian restaurant, cooked by someone with more skills than me; it would have to be manacotti.

  4. Jennifer D'Arrigo

    OH MY, Italian is my favorite and there are so many delicious dishes! Being a huge eggplant fan one of my favs is the classic eggplant parmesan.

  5. wow what a great opportunity! Being Italian, my favorite meal is pasta with my grandmother’s homemade pesto. I live over 2000 miles from her so when I get to see her she always makes it for me and sends me home with a little jar to tide me over till I can come back again!

  6. itsrenee

    Pasta e fagioli with Italian style crusty bread and olive oil with a big glass of red wine . . . yummmmmmmm!!!

  7. Julie

    This may seem odd for a favorite “meal,” but my favorite is olive oil, red wine vinegar, feta cheese and herbs/spices on a plate and some good dipping bread. I can literally eat that for dinner, and do quite often. I usually supplement it with some other Italian dish, but somehow always fill up on the appetizer.

  8. Julie

    You’re already in my RSS feed (what can i say, my fiance is a picky palate himself and i need to find meals!)

  9. Deirdre

    My favorite Italian style meal starts with a nice mixed green salad, then follows with fried calamari, with an entree of shrimp scampi (extra garlic, please), and finishes with a mascarpone cannoli and some espresso. Mmm, now I am hungry.

  10. Suzanne

    My favorite italian meal is pretty simple, pasta (any will do really), diced tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, if available, top with sauteed shrimp!

  11. Torey

    Love anything with seafood, especially shrimp, love a simple butter or alfredo sauce with sauteed shrimp, and angel hair or fettucine.

  12. Torey

    Voted for your sandwich…looks amazing, and you’re also ahead right now! Love the fact your charity is Ronald McDonald House. My grandaughter just spent almost 2 months in our local children’s houspital with meningitis…Ronald McDonald House there is amazing!

  13. Tricia

    I love Chicken Parm and anything with Alfredo sauce. Yummy! Actually – I’m pretty sure I like anything Italian.

  14. Pam H

    I <3 pasta! My personal favorite is a light olive oil base with mushrooms and garlic and a good asaigio/Parm cheese, but the family likes a hearty meat sauce.

  15. Cari

    My favorite is definitely a simple red sauce with garlic and onion sauteed in lots of olive oil, a high quality canned tomato (pomi is my favorite) and fresh basil.

  16. I LOVE eggplant parm.!! It’s a new found love, I had it for the first time last year…never even had eggplant before, but it looked SO good! My family growing up wasn’t to adventurous with their veggies, although I’m learning to be :0)

  17. Amy

    Fettuccine Alfredo-from scratch. Or, chicken picatta. Ooh! Homemade lasagna. Apparently, I have a hard time choosing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Leslie S.

    My favorite Italian style meal to make is meatball sub casserole. I got the recipe at my bridal shower almost 4 years ago from my friend’s mom and it has become one of my husband’s favorite meals.

  19. B Martin

    I like chicken parmigiana and chicken alfredo and some dishes at our local italian eatery prepared with pork chops. Can’t remember the name but it’s so good.

  20. Alissa

    We at our house love Penne ala Betsy, it’s a shrimp and pasta dish in a tomato cream sauce. It is so so yummy!

  21. Rhonda

    I like plain old baked spaghetti then I add whatever I’m in the mood for that day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really like garlic bread with lots of cheese, too.

  22. Anne

    My favorite Italian dish changes depending on what mood I am in. Today I am really craving a really good lasagna.

  23. My favorite Italian Style Meal is any pasta with sauteed garlic and olive oil with a heaping portion of marinara sauce – Yum ~ Yum! A simple, easy to make, inexpensive, yet delicious dish! I am a mom to 5 kids – so our dinners are ginormous and we rarely order out – although, when hubby isn’t going to be home for dinner – pasta it is!

  24. Liza

    well – I don’t know if it’s really italian or not but I like italian beef sandwiches, of course lasagna and bruschetta is always good too ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I voted for your sandwich! It looks great! Also, your choice of charity is dear to my heart. I stayed there while my newborn was in the hospital for five weeks. Thank you!

  26. Laurie

    I have liked on facebook, and tweeted and now I will share with you my very favorite Italian style meal, I could eat Penne` Alla` Arrabiata.

  27. jules p

    Sorry my goof…(about the “like post”) I was looking at all my likes on facebook and typed the wrong one in! Sorry Jenny! My mind is not working well.
    Hope your sandwich wins. How neat for your charity.

  28. Katherine

    Favorite Italian meal is my nona’s meatballs with marinara sauce and spaghetti. She never had a recipe written down for it but would just recall what all was in it, so after she passed my aunt made a recipe very similar that is absolutely amazing, but not quite as good as nona’s. The meatballs are fried, which gives them amazing juiciness. Gah, they are absolutely wonderful, my mouth is watering.

  29. TracyLea

    Some may consider it boring but I love Spaghetti with Meatballs. It is simple, delicious, and filling. I make it at least once every other week, and I always make enough for leftovers. I think I like it best the second day.

  30. TracyLea

    Some may consider it boring but I love Spaghetti with Meatballs. It is simple, delicious, and filling. I make it at least once every other week, and I always make enough for leftovers. I think I like it best the second day.

    I follow you on my RSS feed via my Gmail account.

  31. TracyLea

    Some may consider it boring but I love Spaghetti with Meatballs. It is simple, delicious, and filling. I make it at least once every other week, and I always make enough for leftovers. I think I like it best the second day.

    I now follow you on Twitter.

  32. TracyLea

    Some may consider it boring but I love Spaghetti with Meatballs. It is simple, delicious, and filling. I make it at least once every other week, and I always make enough for leftovers. I think I like it best the second day.

    I like you on Facebook.

  33. Courtney O.

    I love to sear chicken drumsticks in olive oil with garlic and rosemary, then finish baking on top of thinly sliced potatoes and mushrooms drizzled with extra oil and garlic and rosemary. Super yummy! My son’s hands-down favorite meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. TracyLea

    Some may consider it boring but I love Spaghetti with Meatballs. It is simple, delicious, and filling. I make it at least once every other week, and I always make enough for leftovers. I think I like it best the second day.

    Add my vote to your already solid lead in the Tyson Chicken contest and your Ultimate Bacon Caprese Sandwich.

  35. My favorite will always be pasta with a tomato based sauce. The different variations of the sauce don’t really matter, as long as its made right and seasoned well. I could eat pasta for every meal for the rest of my life and feel satisfied.

  36. Leslie M.P.

    Hmmm…that is a hard one. I love lasagna, but I think my all-time favorite is spaghetti with a spicy arrabiata sauce (with some garlic bread–of course).

  37. Melissa

    I love just about anything Italian. However, both my husband and myself are now on weight watchers, so our favorite meal right now is some low-fat spinach lasagna bundles I found a recipe for. They have great flavor and make it easy to determine a real serving.

  38. Dani S.

    My favorite foods are pasta and bread, I could eat both for every meal of the day. One of my favorite ways to have it is leftover spaghetti friti, my favorite breakfast. Leftover spaghetti fried with olive oil and butter with garlic, parsely, and Parmesan cheese. Seriously the breakfast of champions.

  39. My favorite recipe is my husband’s grandmother’s gravy recipe. I have her original, in her own handwriting. (yes, in italian) and , of course, her pizelle recipe. I even have her old pizelle makers.

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  40. I love anything with alfredo sauce! When I went to Italy, though, I discovered that the country truly does have the best pizza in the world. If only I had the recipe for the pizza I ate there!

  41. Amanda

    Not sure if my first post went through (had captcha issues!) but my favorite Italian meal to make is bruschetta chicken pasta ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. kristin m.

    my favorite italian meal is pretty much anything that incorporates fresh ingredients – tomatoes, eggplant, herbs… that narrows it down, right? kristinmik at gmail

  43. Mandi H.

    My favorite Italian meal is Chicken Marsala. I love to make my own and always wind up ordering it if I see it on a menu somewhere!

  44. This is the hardest question…italian is my favorite. But I would have to say, good pasta, from Italy, simply sauteed with a little olive oil, minced garlic, starchy pasta water & lots of Parmesan Reggiano!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Fun giveaway! My favorite Italian dish is orrecceti (that might be spelled wrong) with chicken and broccoli in a white wine garlic sauce… it’s so good

  46. Suzanne

    My favorite Italian dish is any that I can put in my mouth! Spaghetti, lasagna, alfredo, you name it and I love it

  47. Danielle S

    I voted for your sandwich and it looks delicious! What a good idea to marinate the tomatoes. I will be trying it soon. And your winning so far! Good Luck.

  48. moonsword

    Growing up my favorite was always spedini, arancini and my grandma’s Italian cookies. Now I’m a vegan so it’s thick rich chunks of saucy vegan lasagna…yummm!

  49. samantha

    my favorite Italian meal would have to be cheese filled tortellini. I love it. Haven’t had it in a really long time.

  50. Tricia

    We are lucky, we live in the are of Sam’s Deli. This 80 year old dynamo has been making his own sausage forever (that’s his story). Anything I make with his sausage is wonderful. I love it in soup with a parm rind and lots of vegetables and pasta.

  51. Melanie

    At my house, we love all food Italian! My favorite, at the moment would be baked manicotti. In fact, I’m making it tonight because of this! Thanks!