Thursday, November 07, 2013

Family Dinners Around the Table

There is nothing better than gathering around the dinner table, with the people you love, to enjoy a nice warm meal. This is something Joe and I implemented early on~ from the time the quads were wee little babes in boosters.

No cell phones, No TVs, No toys, No electronics~ just good old-fashioned family fun and yummy food.

Dinner time at the Steece house is filled with lots of laughs,


...funny faces (are we the only ones who go around the table trying to out do each other's funny faces?),


...and great conversation (have you talked to a six-year-old lately?...hilarity).

 


Family dinner time is the part of my day that I look forward to the most...

Well, not necessarily the cooking part. Sometimes Mama needs a break!

So when I was approached by BlogHer and Bertolli to review their frozen meals, I was ecstatic! I am always looking for high-quality, quick and easy meals for those busy days. 

I hit up the grocery with the kids and they helped me pick out some Bertolli meals to try.


I especially wanted to try Bertolli's new restaurant-inspired, multi-serve Rustico Bakes. They claim to deliver oven-baked taste from the microwave in minutes. I'm sold!

 


* Manicotti Alla Vodka
* Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli
* Stuffed Shells Bolognese
* Ziti Alforno

I also wanted to try a Bertolli Skillet Meal (Shrimp Scampi & Linguine) as well as a Meal Soup (Ricotta & Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque)


And let's not forget about dessert!

 

 


* Cappucino Strata Cake
* Triple Chocolate Strata Cake
* Tiramisu

* Lemoncello

Sweet Ben was my little helper for this evening's meal extravaganza! (Each child takes turns helping Mom with dinner~ LOVE the special one-on-one time.)

 

 
On the packaging of each food item, it gives a suggested wine pairing~ very cool!

 

 

 

...don't mind if I do!

 

 
We had rave reviews all around the table! Each child liked a different entrée.
 

 


My favorite meals: Stuffed Shells Bolognese & Ziti Alforno.

My favorite desserts: Cappucino Strata Cake & Triple Chocolate Strata Cake

Try Bertolli frozen meals for a high-quality, convenient way to dine like an Italian from the comfort of your own home!


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155 comments:

Jacey Coffee said...

I'm going to try the Skillet Meal - Shrimp Scampi & Linguine.

Janet said...

I love their chicken parmisan. I have trouble finding it in certain stores. But really good!

Janet said...

Ziti Alforno is my fav!

Sarah said...

I LOVE the Bertolli skillet meals. Been fixing those for years. My favorite is the Shrimp & Asparagus Penne. I have never tried the Rustico Bakes, so I would love to try those!

Amanda Thiel said...

We love Bertolli meals in this house! There are so many options to choose from, and they are so savory and filling. I haven't tried the new Rustico Bakes, so that would be what I would have to try next!

Elena said...

I want to try the lobster ravioli

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The Abramowski Family said...

I would love to try some of the soups! I haven't tried any of their meals yet.

Sarah said...

that manicotti looks pretty tasty! I love easy prep meals. will definitely have to check these out.

Martha Klopp said...

i would love to try the stuffed shells bolognese!

Krystal said...

Would love to try one of these. And I might just go to the store and get some for a quick meal at home with my kiddos.

Maria Diane said...

I want to try Manicotti Alla Vodka! That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing what you and your family loves!

Megan said...

I love Bertolli! My favorite is Chicken Florentine and Farfolle. (I have no idea if that's how you spell it! Ha!)

Alison M said...

Tiramisu is a staple in my freezer! I have the manicotti to try one of these nights! Thanks for the recommendations!

Jaclyn N Lil M said...

We def love bertolli and love the stuffed shells bolognese as well :) i didn't know they had desserts.. now i gotta go check out the freezer aisle again :)

April said...

Wow. Well they all really look amazing. Who doesn't love easy Italian!
But if I MUST pick, I would try the Meal Soup: Ricotta & Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque. Sounds delish!

Dani said...

Ooh. I want to try the shrimp scampi & Linguine. Might have to go out tonite and get some of those.

Sarah said...

the ravioli looks delicious..
and those cakes... YUM!

Val @ It's Always Sunny in Somerville said...

I'd like to try the Stuffed Shells with Bolognese - YUM!

Amanda D said...

I have not tried any of these meals, but the Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli looks really good!

Elaine said...

i hope to try the shrimp scampi & linguine...sounds yummy!

heather pody said...

my favorite is the shrimp scampi & linguine and my favorite dessert is also the triple chocolate strata cake!!!! I love their products and I think they are so easy

Mami2jcn said...

I'd love to try the Shrimp Scampi & Linguine.

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Amber B. said...

Yum! Would want to try the ravioli. I only ever cook "plain" pasta so anything stuffed with cheese is a treat. :)

Laura Darling said...

Mmm I think I'd like the manicotti!!

TLKOREGON said...

The ricotta and mozzerella ravioli sounds amazing!! I might go get it tonight!!!

Jessica To said...

I would like to try the Tortellini Margherita.
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Anonymous said...

I would like to try the Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli. sounds good

Anonymous said...

Stuffed shells, hands down, is our family fav!
Tracie in Florida

tarah said...

Definitely the Ricotta & Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque. Especially for a cold winter day.

Rachel said...

I would love to try the tiramasu! It's my favorite Italian dessert.

beth said...

I would love to try the lemon shrimp and scampi1

beth said...

I would love to try the lemon shrimp and scampi.

Danielle said...

Oooo I want to try the stuffed shells! And one or two desserts as well! Ok the bread looks good too!

sfennell said...

The shrimp scampi is my favorite buti would like to try the soup. Thanks for sharing!

Kim Murray said...

I would love, love to try any of the Rustico bakes. They all sound delish!

~Shelly~ said...

We like the Chicken Margherita, but I would love to try the Manicotti Alla Vodka! Yum!

M. Adams said...

I would love to try the Stuffed Shells Bolognese!

Ghales said...

My husband I love the Bertolli Tomato Soup with chicken, spinach and tortellini - yum! Really great for a cold or rainy night :)

Ghales said...

My husband and I really love the Bertolli Tomato Soup with chicken, spinach and cheese tortellini- yum! Perfect for cold or rainy nights :)

kderoll said...

I'd love to try the Shrimp Scampi.

Courtney B said...

i want lobster ravioli please!

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Courtney B said...

tweet

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SMccracken said...

The Lobster Ravioli sounds YUM! :)

Renee Meinke said...

I would love to try the shrimp scampi. It looks delicious! I hope I win! :)

Laurie Lorgeree said...

I would love to try the Stuffed Shells Bolognese. Since I found out I was pregnant, I have been craving cheese and pasta. This sounds like a perfect, fast meal! I will have to look for them when I go grocery shopping.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I would most like to try Bertolli® Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle, I have looked at these in the Grocer’s freezer and been tempted to try so I will really have to do so!
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Mary Anne said...

I would love to try * Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli!

Anonymous said...

I wild love to try Ziti Alforno. Sounds delish!
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Amanda said...

My husband, two toddlers and I Looooved the stuffed shell bolognese! I actually picked some up for dinner after reading your review. I let my two year old son select which one we tried but they all looked yummy and we can't wait to try more! A great dinner option for those super busy evenings!

cw said...

I'd like to try the tortellini margherita
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Tj and Amy said...

I would love to try out the Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

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Tracy said...

I would love to try the ravioli. And any of the desserts! :) My kids are teens now and we still enjoy family dinner time! Best part of my day.

mysweetiepiepie said...

I'd like to try the Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli and the Lemoncello dessert doesn't sound half bad either :+)

Gloria H said...

I think the Shrimp Scampi looks so tasty! Any of the desserts also look amazing! :) Makes my stomach growl!

susan1215 said...

I would like to try Bertolli® Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle

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Lisa Brown said...

I would like to try the Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni
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Lisa Brown said...

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Kaia said...

Hm, I think ravioli would be yummy!
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Julie C said...

I would like to try the Ricotta & Lobster Ravioli Bisque.

Meg said...

Love the shrimp scampi! Gonna have to try those desserts!

Allyssa said...

Just bought the Chicken Marsala with Roasted Red Potatoes. Can't wait to try it!


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Shirley ElFishawy said...

Never had the opportunity to try one, but the meal soup ith Ricotta and Lobster Ravioli in a seafood bisque made my mouth water the most!!

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Tiffany said...

All of them sound so good!

Michelle said...

I think the microwave ones sound great for those busy days!

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Michelle said...

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chambanachik said...

The Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli sounds good!

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JC said...

I would like to try Italian Sausage & Meatball Rigatoni
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JC said...

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Claudia N said...

I would love to try the meal soup for two Bertolli® Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken

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Claudia N said...

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Jennifer Bell said...

The ravioli looks yummy!!

Alex said...

um...seafood bisque!!!!

Kelly said...

The shrimp pasta one with the asparagus. Yum!

janell5 said...

I want to try the Manicotti Ala Vodka, looks delicious!

Rachel said...

Manicotti!

Ashley said...

I'd like the chicken florentine.

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Amy said...

I love the chicken parm individual serving.

Kim said...

I would like to try one of the bakers. I would love a good manicotti as a go to!

Jill said...

I've never tried any of their products but was really happy to see you review them. I then tried to narrow down what I'd want to try most and I can't narrow to just one. So I will say the Bakes look like they'd all be up my alley.

Alexis said...

I'd like to try Italian Sausage Meatball Rigatoni

aa said...

Ziti Alforno is our favorite

Anonymous said...

I would like to try shrimp.scalping. I love Red lobster and would like to find something like that

rachel said...

The Bertolli® Ricotta and Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque sounds great for fall.

thompsons said...

I love Tiramisu. I would like to try that!

Sharon said...

We just tried the Mozerella and Ricotta Ravioli, it was delicious, my husband and my twin 5-year-old boys all loved it. I like the past skillet meals also, favorite one is probably the Chicken Flourentine.

Amy Judge said...

Ricotta ravioli or any of the desserts. Yum!

natalie said...

We love these but I have never tried the shrimp scampi linguine!! Yum!

One Frugal Girl said...

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One Frugal Girl said...

I've never tried them before but the chicken florentine alfredo sounds delicious.
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LStewart said...

Maybe the ricotta and mozzarella ravioli. I've never tried the Bertolli meal but I've wanted to, several times. Unfortunately I am the only one in my family who is inclined to try new pasta dishes so I don't give in too often. :)

Jennifer said...

Alright, where did you find them? I've hit up my local stores and have yet to find Bertolli. I've really wanted to try the manicotti. For now I wait. =/

Ashley said...

I Love the stuffed shells bolognese!
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Kari L said...

I'd love to try the shrimp scampi and linguini... Sounds yummy!

Mandi said...

I think the Ziti Alforno sounds (and looks) yummy! I will definitely try it.

Tina said...

i want to try the Manicotti Alla Vodka
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Tina said...

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Nitapita said...

We love the chicken parmesean at our house!

Wanda McHenry said...

We like the Stuffed Shells Bolognese

Wanda McHenry said...

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Barbara Manatee said...

Love me some lobster ravioli!

Erica Best said...

i would love the try the * Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli

Erica Best said...

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Nicole Larsen said...

I'd really like to try the Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli

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MCantu1019 said...

I would like to try the chicken parmigiana and penne.
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Madeline B said...

I’d love to try the Bertolli® Lobster Ravioli!
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Madeline B said...

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Gianna said...

Bertolli Tuscan Style Braised Beef with Gold Potatoes.

BarbP said...

The Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli looks and sounds delicious.

I had no idea Bertolli is making desserts now either. YUMMMMMYYYY!!!

ms-texas said...

i’ve tried the Chicken Parmigiana & Penne and it was very good!

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i posted a tweet:

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Rebecca Graham said...

The first one I would try is the Chicken Florentine Alfredo.

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LAMusing said...

I tried the Chocken Parm and it was great - love to try the Bertolli Shrimp Scampi & Linguine!
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Norma said...

I'd like the Rustica Stuffed Shells Bolognese.
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Gina Wildorchid said...

I would love to try the Chicken Portabella Ravioli
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Gina Wildorchid said...

I would love to try the Chicken Portabella Ravioli
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Gina Wildorchid said...

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Nancy Hall said...

I am looking forward to trying the Stuffed Shells Bolognese.

Julie said...

I would like to try : Italian Sausage & Meatball Rigatoni thanks
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Amy said...

they all sound wonderful and I can't wait to try Bertolli® Lobster Ravioli! Love seafood.

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Amy said...

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Kerry said...

I really want to try the Tortellini Margherita!
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Kerry said...

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Jessica said...

I'd like to try the Shrimp Scampi and Linguini! It looks delicious!

Betty C said...

I haven't tried these yet. What have I been waiting for. Early in the day I'm not thinking about dinner so when it rolls around I need to find something quick. I'd really like to try the Chicken Portabella Ravioli and the Lobster Ravioli sounds good too.

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Betty C said...

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Karin said...

I'd love to try the Italian Sausage & Meatball Rigatoni.

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ewhatley said...

I've tried several but would love to try the Creamy Spinach Rollatini

Ruth Williams said...

Shrimp Scampi all the way!

Julie Webb said...

Jason would love the shrimp scampi!

Lindsey said...

I really like the chicken Florentine and farfalle...The rustico dishes look yummy and want to try them next.

Kristen Stehli said...

Oooh I would try the shrimp scampi and linguini!

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Ashley P said...

My favorite is the Chicken Florentine and Farfalle :)
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Charity Donovan said...

Ziti Alforno!
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shellie said...

Stuffed Shells fo sho!

Nicole Weatherford said...

We LOVE soups, didn't know they had one. Would love to try the "Ricotta & Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque". Sounds yummy!
-Nicole Weatherford
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Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

Id like to try the Chicken Florentine Alfredo
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angie lilly said...

I could not find an ingredient list anywhere, but if the Ziti Alforno is vegetarian then I would love to try it!
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/408310189100515328
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Thomas Murphy said...

I want to try the Italian Sausage and Meatball Rigatoni.

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Mari said...

I like the stuffed shells bolognese.

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Mari said...

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Tabathia said...

I would like to try the Bertolli® Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle

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Tabathia said...

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debi9kids said...

They all sound so delicious! And desserts! You did say desserts, right?
I fear I would have to spend a fortune to feed my whole family but net it would be great for date night.
I think that bisque you sampled sounds delicious.
Oh!
And pick me! Pick me! Apparently you and I have the same luck. I JUST had both furnaces replaced. Ugh. Merry Christmas to me. Not.

Mary D said...

The Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle looks yummy!

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Mary D said...

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