If you know anything about me it’s I love a challenge. So when the pitch to “take the Cascade and Dawn Challenge” came across my desk how could I refuse?
Also…why wouldn’t I take up the challenge? It’s so simple.
The challenge: Visit the Cascade and Dawn Facebook page and cook one of the recipes demonstrated by TV chef David Rocco, clean up with Dawn Power Lift and Cascade All-in-1 ActionPacs…and write about it.
This is all to celebrate the release of Rocco’s cookbook Made in Italy, which comes out in October.
For the past two weeks I’ve read through the cookbook and can’t believe how much I have learned. And how confident I feel!
A few of my favourite parts…
- Learning about “quanto basta,” which means “use as much as you need/want.” How liberating!
- The section intros are well-written and also interesting. They help you understand now only what to do, but why certain foods/ways of cooking are special. You feel a part of the club.
- The recipes themselves are so easy to follow—and even if you don’t know how to cook Rocco says you can do it! The goal is not to perfect the recipe but to make it your own. To draw upon his recipes as inspiration for your own life.
Mostly based on what I already had on hand I opted to try a recipe called pasta con pomodorini (pasta with cherry tomatoes).
In the intro Rocco explains this is a mid-summer dish but my deck tomatoes are only just ripening so I figured I was safe.
Also I’m sorry for the photo of my ingredients. No matter how hard I try I can’t make my poor basil happy. Sad.
Anyway, this is literally all you need to make a really delicious dish and it takes as long as the pasta needs to cook (also Rocco explains how he likes to cook pasta—a revelation!).
The clean-up was pretty much no big deal. My husband pointed out there is so much olive oil in the recipes everything pretty much falls off the plates anyway.
But it also clears up an ongoing argument we’ve been having. I keep saying you don’t need to rinse (pre-wash in my opinion, silly!) dishes before they go into the dishwasher but he says you do. This was an excellent test of Cascade to prove once and for all, I am right about everything in life.
So, thank you David Rocco!