New Whole Grain Pasta and A Food Gal Giveaway

New 100% Whole Grain Pasta. (Image courtesy of Golden Grain)

We all know we should be including more whole grains in our diet for added fiber and nutrients.

Golden Grain just made that easier to do with the launch of its new 100% Whole Grain Pasta. This is one case where you won’t need a science degree to figure out the ingredients list on the back of each box, either. There’s just one ingredient: durum whole wheat flour.

The Whole Grain Pasta comes in four varieties: angel hair, spaghetti, penne and elbow macaroni.

Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader not only will win four boxes of the 100% Whole Grain Pasta (one of each type), but also a Cuisinart Chef’s Classic stainless steel four-piece, 12-quart pasta/steamer set.

Win samples of the new Whole Grain Pasta, plus this nifty pasta/steamer cooking set.

Entries for the contest, open only to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST June 4. Winner will be announced June 6.

How to win?

Just tell me about a time when you really used your noodle, so to speak, to solve a problem or sticky situation. Best answer wins.

Here’s my own answer to that question:

“OK, this is really an example of my husband using his noodle, since he’s much more clever than I am. Years ago, when he and a colleague were on a business trip in Charlotte, NC, Hurricane Hugo hit. Power was lost, and folks were raiding the stores for supplies. My husband and his colleague ventured out to try to buy candles, since all the flashlights and lanterns already had been snapped up. The only thing they could find — believe it or not — were birthday candles. So, they snapped up those big numeral candles, thinking they had saved the day.  Only when they got back to their hotel did they realize that the wicks in these candles were nearly non-existent. After all, they’re meant to burn only long enough for the ‘Happy Birthday’ song to be sung.  So, using a lighter, they ended up melting down the birthday candles to make their own candles with some string they turned into much more workable wicks. I think McGyver would have been proud, don’t you?”

Fresh Loch Duart salmon and other seafood from Anderson Seafoods.

Winner of Last Week’s Contest: In the previous Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me about a food, which when you see it, you just can’t resist — and why. The winner will receive a $125 gift card for Anderson Seafoods, Inc.

A huge congrats to:

Kay T, who wrote, “Big, blue succulent crabs from the bayous of Louisiana. As a kid my father and I would head for the bayous-he with a fishing pole and me with my crab bait and net, along with my 5 yrs. old niece who really just wanted to sit in the lawn chair and eat Ding Dongs and chips – a care package prepared by my mother. We would spend hours catching crabs and putting them in a big cooler, then once home my dad would clean the crabs and my mother would make the most amazing, spicy Cajun crab stew which she served over steaming white rice. Heaven on earth and a family affair. First you catch and clean the crabs, then as we say in Louisiana – you make a roux. Tres bien.”

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  • I was stuck in the woods without cell phone reception or ANY maps/compasses, and I have the worst sense of direction ever. After about 20 minutes, I was able to “use my noodle” to get myself back to civilization by focusing on where sounds were coming from, how strong the sunlight was, and size of trees. Eventually (and after being traumatized), I found my friends and family, and vowed to never go back in the words. Thank goodness I used some sense though in the end to get back.

  • Baking at times can be fun, specially when everything you bake turns out gorgeous! But…when your desserts leave you with the sinking feeling of disaster, you vow to never bake a cookie in the rest of your life! This happened to me last week when making chocolate cake. I was excited for an amazing cake and it turned out to be horrible! It had what looked like worm holes all around the cake (no idea what happened!) and I couldn’t serve it like that. I used my noodle and threw the cake pieces in the mixer with a cup of Nutella, a shot of brandy and mixed it. Made into cake balls and rolled in cocoa powder! Dessert Saved!

  • I met my husband on our first day of law school, when he moved in across the hall from me in the law school dormitory. Unfortunately for both of us, his birthday landed smack in the middle of our first set of finals. I couldn’t ignore the day, but I had neither the time nor the kitchen space to put together a big birthday dinner.
    I spent a lot of time trying to think of how I could make his birthday special despite the stress we were both feeling. Using my noodle, I decided that if I could get access to an on-campus kitchen, I could bake a cake. I asked one of the chefs at the nearest cafeteria if I could use a bit of kitchen space to bake a cake from scratch (my first cake ever not from a mix!) On my now husband’s birthday I snuck out of the dorms, used the kitchen to bake him a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, all from scratch. It was a little lopsided, but I knew he appreciated the effort. On the day he proposed to me, he said that he knew I was “The One” the day I presented him with that birthday cake. Now, every birthday is celebrated with a version of that chocolate cake. And yes, we both still managed to pass all of our classes.

  • This is probably kind of a silly one but a few weeks ago, I was planning on baking a rubix cube shaped cake for my roommate’s birthday. When I went to turn the cake layers out of their pans, they all broke! I immediately panicked but decided to make mini cake pop-esque rubix cubes out of them!

  • My family has always made homemade sauce for pasta, and the sauce is flavored with an assortment of meats–pork chops, sausages, meatballs, and braciola. I was pounding out thin strips of beef for the braciola when I realized that I was out of raisins (traditional for our Southern Italian recipe). Since the dish is so simple, they’re really integral to the dish. Luckily, we had a box of a nut-covered raisin cereal in the cupboard, and I picked through for enough raisins to complete the braciola rolls. It made the rolls a bit sweeter than usual, but it was a darn tasty substitution!

  • Contest is now closed. Come back Monday to see who won.

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