Cracked Pepper Andouille Pasta and Book Giveaway

One day Robert and I were tweeting, yes I said tweeting, back and forth and he truly grabbed my attention when he mentioned gouda and pancetta in mac and cheese. I love experiencing different mac and cheese recipes; especially if they have pancetta. We also would discuss how to make blackened chicken with out burning it. Many don’t know that there is a difference. Though, I am a bit strange and like both blackened and burnt!

So, I had this brilliant idea, why not share his cookbook with one lucky winner. I quickly tweeted Mr. Medina and asked if he would be interested in a giveaway and to my enjoyment he said of course! He sent the book to me in a snap but due to finals this week I have been procrastinating. Finally, I had a few quick moments to try a recipe out of his book. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy to pick one. Roasted garlic butter! Boom! That was it, Medina gave me inspiration in the kitchen. So without further ado here is the Cracked Pepper Andouille Pasta and a chance to win Mr. Medina’s lovely book “If You Can’t Stand The Heat”. Oh and did I mention he is ex-firefighter from NOLA!

Cracked Pepper Andouille Pasta
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  1. 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  2. 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  3. peppercorns (either use a pepper mill or do like I do and buy them in one at the store; recycle the glass)
  4. salt
  5. 1 tbsp paprika
  6. 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  7. 1 lb shells or small pasta of choice
  8. 2 andouille sausages
  1. In small pan start to fry the andouille. While the sausage is cooking, put on a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once the water is ready add in your pasta; salt the water. After the andouille is cooked well, pull off the sausage to a cutting board and slice in rounds. Save the grease and leftovers in the pan; do not dispose. Add garlic and butter to pan and remove from heat. This will melt the butter and lightly roast the garlic.
  2. Meanwhile, drain the pasta. Add in salt to taste, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Pepper (cracked black pepper) well till pasta is coated. Add in sausage, butter sauce, and stir well.
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The giveaway!

Winner is Phil Terry! Congratulations!

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-This giveaway is open to USA and Canadian residents only and will run until Friday, December 16th at 11:59 pm CST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 12/12/11 to claim their cookbook or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive one autographed copy of If You Can’t Stand The Heat {$29.99 MSRP}. Product will be shipped by Mooshu Jenne.


This giveaway is provided to you by Mooshu Jenne. I was given the product free of charge to test and review it; however, I was not monetarily compensated for the review or giveaway.


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    My favorite holiday dish is my home cooked ham. I cook it using mandarin oranges, pineapples, coca-cola, and honey. I always cook a huge Christmas dinner at my house and everyone’s invited. Anyone who wants to come does come. My ham is always a big deal. I remember a few years ago my Sister in law took all that was left home with her and didn’t even leave any for me and my family to enjoy the next day because she absolutely loved it. It’s the spirit of giving though, so I didn’t say anything. I just felt blessed that she liked it that much. Last year my Sister came and I burnt my toe with the juices from the ham and I tried to dodge my nephew from running into me and getting it spilled on him. Wasn’t funny at the time, but I was known as ham toe at work for a while. lol

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    phill terry says

    I need a good cook book. I made a meat loaf once from an old cook book. It must have had a miss print. I followed the book and it was so salty we could not eat it.

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    Jennifer Peterson says

    Voted for eggnog cookies in cooking channel contest

    fave holiday dish is my grandpa’s turducken. He was scandanavian and a chef/cook. he taught me many cooking secrets, and made me a better cook.

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