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A Sweet Shout-Out Sunday & Ziti Michaelangelo with Roasted Chicken

It wasn’t until I finalized my last Shout-Out post, that I realized each recipe I featured from other blogs were all savory recipes. Kind of odd for me, being I happen to be the number one sugar addict I know! So today will be two tempting desserts I just couldn’t resist trying out. Both recipes I’m sharing links to are from bloggers [The Novice Gardener and Tasty Eats] who were very early supporters of my debut in the blogging world. Both of their sites have inspired me since I found them, err they found me, well, we found each other!

So on this Sweet Shout-Out Sunday I offer you a lovely Marbled Cupcake – recipe courtesy of Ronit from Tasty Eats…  Delicious [from scratch] yellow and chocolate cakes using unsweetened applesauce, dark cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips to help create this delectable cupcake. I sweetened mine up a bit more with both vanilla and chocolate frostings. I can only blame it on “that tooth”!

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…as well as Apple Crepes, brought to me by Angie of The Novice Gardener. This lovely treat starts with fresh apples, thinly sliced, sweetened with a bit of sugar and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. They’re cooked to tender perfection and wrapped in a crepe of the perfect thickness. The crepe has just a touch of sugar to pair it beautifully with the apples.

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Mmm Mmm, don’t they look delicious? I can almost guarantee that their versions look prettier, but I decided to share my photos anyways. Make sure you click on over to view the recipes as well as photos of their magnificent creations.

Ziti Michaelangelo with Roasted Chicken

My personal offering today is Ziti Michaelangelo with Roasted Chicken. A delicious pasta dish adapted from Chef Michael Chiarello. This recipe uses a rotisserie chicken, my all-time favorite dinner shortcut! Once all of your ingredients are prepped, this meal takes less than 20 minutes [yes, that’s 20 minutes!] to cook, and that’s allowing time for your pot of water to boil! Super quick, super easy and super delicious.

Ziti Michaelangelo with Roasted ChickenRecipe adapted from here.

Ziti Michaelangelo with Roasted Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ziti Michaelangelo with Roasted Chicken

7 sun-dried tomatoes
1½ teaspoons sugar
1½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
8 ounces ziti
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 cups sliced mushrooms
2 minced garlic cloves
1½ cups tomato puree
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup + 1⁄3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed [skin discarded], then chopped or torn in bite size pieces
3 cups fresh baby spinach
2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts


1. In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar, sugar, and 3 tablespoons water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the sun-dried tomatoes; let stand 10 minutes. Drain and chop tomatoes in 1/2 –inch dice; set aside.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions; reserve 1⁄2 cup cooking water and drain.


3. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms. Cook 1 minute without stirring, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes or until browned. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the reserved, diced tomatoes and cook 1 minute more. Add the tomato puree and chopped basil, bring to a simmer. Add the cooked pasta, 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan, the reserved cooking water and the chicken; toss, and remove from heat. Add the spinach; stir to incorporate and allow the spinach to wilt. Transfer to serving bowl. Add pine nuts and remaining Parmesan.

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A HUGE thank you is sent to Angie at The Novice Gardener for sharing the link-up to create this “new” recipe set-up. She included the link at the last Fiesta Friday – it’s a great little add-on to make the print option a little more printer friendly! Thanks Angie 🙂




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  2. You’ve highlighted 2 great blogs and recipes, Nancy. Those crêpes look fantastic. And then there’s that pasta! Oh, my! So quick to make and I bet so very tasty. I really enjoyed Chiarello’s program on the Food Network, while it was on. Then the network got rid of the chefs in favor of reality-style programming and it was good-by Michael and everyone else worth watching. Such a shame.

    • Thanks John! Two fantastic blogs with great recipes. There was a time the TV in our home was always tuned to the FoodNetwork… But no more. I too miss the programming from the good old days! Thank goodness I have more than my share of those original chef’s cookbooks.

    • Thanks Linda – the ziti was an explosion of flavor! So easy to switch up the ingredients too. The desserts were equally good, yet so different too. A little chocolate, a little fruit…something to make everyone happy 🙂

  3. Hi Nancy, your ziti looks sooo good! I have a friend who orders this massive order of baked ziti every time we go to her favorite Italian restaurant and yours looks way better! I will have to make it for her next time she’s over. I love your shout-out cakes and crepes, too. I will have to try both those things eventually. So many sweet recipes, so little room for all those calories! 🙂

    • Thank you Ngan – the ziti turned out really good. A great blend of ingredients! Even soaking the sundries tomatoes in balsamic vinegar added a layer of flavor. As for those desserts…you’re right….so many to try! Thank goodness I’ve had many guests to share them with – therefore less for me!

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  5. Hi Nancy,
    Your upbeat spirit in this blog is always an inspiration. I too am glad “we’ve found each other.” : )
    The pasta dish looks great, and what a great looking table! I wasn’t aware of what “shout out” really is, so thanks for the education. 🙂 And thanks for the link to my recipe! I’m glad it was successful and love the addition of the frosting. Angie’s apple crepes looks perfect. I’ll check it out soon and give it a try.

    • You are very welcome Ronit, it’s my pleasure 😀 The cupcakes were a hit…I served them at my dinner party last week. Yum! I always look forward to your posts and your inspiring ideas to keep me motivated in the kitchen!
      Thanks for your sweet comments…hope you have a wonderful Sunday…

  6. I’m eyeballing that apple crepe. I’ve never made a crepe but I’ve ordered them out loads of times when I find a place offering them. And rotisserie chickens are good for recipes like your ziti pasta. I love that all you have to do is slice it up since it’s already cooked and seasoned.

  7. Thank you for the shout out, lovely lady! I’m so glad you like my recipe enough to try it. Ronit’s cupcakes sound excellent. Will run over to get the recipe ASAP. Your ziti, on the other hand, is a godsend. No time to cook today really, so many errands. So, rotisserie chicken will be bought and Nancy’s ziti will be made double batch, for lunch and dinner. Don’t judge me, I’m a busy mom! 🙂

    • My pleasure Angie…we thoroughly enjoyed them! I hope you and your family enjoy the ziti as much as we did… I doubled it up as well 🙂 [Reheats well!]

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