November 20, 2010

The Pride of NY Harvest Fest - Albany, NY

Last Saturday my friend Theresa came to visit me and we went to The Pride of  NY Harvest Festival.  We spent a couple of hours there sampling several different wines, cheese, sauces, yogurt, cookies, candies, popcorn, etc!  It was a great time and I enjoyed talking to several people while I was there.  One company in particular that I spoke with was Open Sesame.

Prior to going to the Havest Festival I did a little research on who would be there.  One of the first places I found who interested me was Jill's Kitchen.  I sent an email to Jill to let her know I was going to be there and was looking forward to meeting her and trying out her sauce.  As many of you well know, I am a pasta fanatic and I am really a pasta with out the red sauce kind of girl.  I am also a lover of anything spicy and sweet so I could not wait to try this sauce!  There are two flavors - mild and spicy.  Both are delicious but my preference is the spicy.  I already had in my mind before I left the festival what I was going to do with this sauce!  Check out Jill's site (link above) and also check out her facebook page.  I'm sure this is a product you would love!  It is so easy and so yummy!  Not only the way I used it in my recipe below, but drizzled over popcorn too!   Thanks Jill for all the hard work you put into developing your delicious product - and here is my recipe to share with you all!

Open Sesame Noodles Tofu, Red Peppers and Cilantro 

This recipe can be modified to use shrimp or chicken,  I also chose to use a mixture of both sauces in the recipe - however you can use it to enjoy it anyway you wish!

6 oz. dry pasta (I used regular spaghetti), cooked according to package directions
1 brick extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cut into cubes
1/2 cup mild Open Sesame Sauce
1/2 cup spicy Open Sesame Sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Fry tofu in non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray until crisp on all sides.  While tofu is cooking, mix sauces and sugar.  Stir into tofu mixture along with peppers.  Toss with Pasta and sprink with cilantro.  Serve & enjoy!

****disclaimer - Jills Kitchen did not compensate me in anyway for this post.  I chose to purchase the product and try it on my own.  You are only receiving this review because I thoroughly enjoyed the product and recommend it to you, my readers****


Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Looks delicious Shelby. Bet it would be great with chicken too!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a fun festival and your meal looks delicious!

Kathleen said...

Shelby this looks really delish. I'm new to tofu but I totally love it now. This looks like the perfect dinner- tofu and pasta. What more could you ask for?!

teresa said...

what a beautiful salad! the flavors look delicious.

Elina said...

This sauce really does sounds delicious. I agree - pasta with sauce other than red is so much more exciting! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, shelby!!

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