Monday, January 11, 2010

Pride, Prejudice and Pace Picante Sauce


First, this really is a blog about Pace Picante sauce. Truly. As a member of the Tastemaker Program in Foodbuzz, I do occasionally get some delectables in the mail. I then devise a recipe.
And the sauce does look enticing, does it not?
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But then there's some other news.

Pride and Prejudice has been published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals and is on their website! Why the excitement? It took me three years to adapt it. Six months to fix it and then three months to edit it. You'd think since Jane Austen already wrote the book, adapting it would be a cinch. Well, no. There's the matter of fifty locales which a film can do - but theatre does not look kindly on constant set changes. Producers much prefer a set of three walls, a table and two chairs. If they're feeling charitable, they may allow a couch. Info on the play is here.
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But it's done! Adapted! Published! And my dream of making this wonderful accessible for high schools to do is a reality. Of course, now I need to wait and see if any high schools actually do it.... so back to Pace Picante Sauce - and how does one make it Italian?


There's my stand-by - good old Mascarpone cheese. Spray a 9-inch pie plate and shmear Mascarpone (or cream cheese) on the bottom.

Empty your jar of Pace Picante Sauce on top of it.
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Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1-1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese or a blend of shredded Italian cheeses.

Cover with sliced black olives...

or sliced scallions ....



... or both.
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Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes.

Don't burn yourself as you unwrap the dip.



And dig in. Just a touch Italian and more than a touch hearty enough for the football fans in your home.

Mangiamo!

43 comments:

ARLENE said...

OMG, an oldie, but goodie. I remember how much we used to like this dip. A variation was a brick of neufchatel cheese, softened, onto which you dumped some imitation crabmeat which you then covered with cocktail sauce. Easy peasy and amazing how people raved about these simple dips. Kudos on adapting P&P; an interesting line of work.

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! This sounds perfect to go with chips for the superbowl! Congratulations on Pride and Prejudice!

janet said...

Oh my gosh Claudia, congratulations on your adaptation, that is so amazing and exciting!!! That is one of my daughters favorite books, it's too bad this is her last year in high school. I bet a lot of schools will want to do it once they know about it!

Velva said...

Claudia, that is awesome about finally finishing up Pride and Prejudice. I know that is so exciting. I have no doubt that a high school will pick it up. The high school does not have to be local right? It can be anywhere in the country?

Your salsa dip looks pretty good too. I thought the addition of marscapone (sp?) was pretty creative.

OysterCulture said...

Cripes you're a genius, that looks so good. I just finished dinner and you made me hungry again.

justjoycee said...

OMG this looks so good, and my kind of food.

theUngourmet said...

Oh I'd love to see this play!

Fantastic way to use your Pace. Yummy! I'll definitely take mine with olives!

Caveman Cooking said...

This looks great! Super Bowl party at your house??? ;)

Katy ~ said...

Do you know I have never made this! And yet I LUV it. Def going on the must make list very soon. Good to see the recipe posted as it's one that should be enjoyed.

Katy ~ said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your play. I can only imagine how much work goes into it. An achievement to be proud of. No prejudice here.

pegasuslegend said...

Great dip Idea, have never seen this one...will have to try for Superbowl its on the list!!!

Wanda said...

Claudia I'm proud for you, your ability to turn Pride and Prejudice into a play is such an accomphishment.
Your Pace recipe is similar to a Tex Mex dip we make...I always have a large container of Pace Picante Sauce from Costco in the fridge. Use it for everything!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Congrats on another published work! You are a machine!
Dip looks WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing your news and your recipe!

Talita said...

How many delicious ingredients! I can imagine how tasty it is.

Drick said...

cannot tell you how many times I have eaten this type of dip - but yours is to die for ... great adaption...

Vrinda said...

Colorful sauce..looks gr8

Katherine Aucoin said...

First, congrastulations on getting your play edited and published. i can only imagine what a daunting task that was...but then you're so talented.

Now for this dip....oh my gosh, this is incredible. On my list for the play off games and Super Bowl...i can't wait!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Congratulations on finishing that play for high schoolers. I wish I could see a production of yours. And congrats on producing a drool-worthy dip just in time for the playoffs.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

That is the best news Claudia! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

Your dip is mouth-watering! Ooey, gooey and delicious!

Sortachef said...

Wow, I can only imagine what it took you to adapt Jane Austin. Congratulazioni! And thanks for the recipe - it'll give my son a new to make for the Superbowl. (We never watch football except for the Superbowl, when we rate the ads together!)

Barbara said...

Congratulations on Pride and Prejudice! I am really impressed!

Your sauce will be perfect for Super Bowl dipping!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow your play will be wonderful cool what you did with the sauce

rebecca

Mary said...

I am so thrilled for you. Your recipe is great but stands in the shadow of your accomplishment. Congratulations! Hugs and blessings...Mary

Barbara GF said...

I readily admit to using Pace salsa, Claudia. There are two bottles in my cupboard right now. Easy-peasy dip; one that truly satisfies.

And congratulations on such a literary achievement! I know at least one high school here in the valley that could rise to the challenge of producing "Pride & Prejudice."

Donna-FFW said...

Perfect post just in time for superbowl. Sounds delicious!!

So happy for you, congrats on the play!!

Bridgett said...

Oh this just sounds so decadently delicious. I am in love, lol! Congratulations on Price and Prejudice. I am a huge Jane Austen fan as well.

Ruth said...

Mangiamo indeed! this looks great and I would definitely have both the scallions and the olives. Huge congats on the play! You should be so proud, a lot of love and hard work has gone into it. I will read it too when I have more time. Would love to know how you adapted it!

Darius T. Williams said...

I was sooo wondering where u were going w/that Pace and marscapone idea...but whew weee - I totally get the idea. This looks simply amazing.

bonnie said...

Congrats, on your project I love Pride and Prejudice, I love jane austen- this recipe is meant for the superbowl!!

joe@italyville said...

it's made with Italian hands Claudia! and a great post for this time of year. Congrats on P&P.

Juliana said...

Claudia, what a great dip, and sure it is nice to dig the chip in it! Yummie :-)

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

Great news Claudia! Congrats to you! And with all these delights… mangiamo right now...I'm hungry!

Cheers,

Gera

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That is such wonderful news Claudia! I'm sure it will be a favorite play to perform in many high schools.

I love dips like this! Perfect for all the upcoming football playoffs and super bowl day!

Miranda said...

mmh...I must admit, I am a dipper. I love dips....
This looks awesome!
My husband and I came up with a great idea for Pace Contest, but he is in FL with the salsa and I am stuck in MI

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a clever way to use the Pace Picante sauce. I'll have the slice with the black olives please.

Congratulations on P & P. How thrilling. I hope you'll keep us current on how it goes.
Sam

creampuff said...

First of all, I love Pace sauce! Love it! Secondly, congrats on the play. Sounds like a lot of hard work finally rewarded. Good for you!

Sophie said...

Congratulations, Claudia on getting your play edited & published!!
A grand job well done, dear friend!

The suace looks so inviting too,....mmmmmm!!!!

Victor said...

I always thought that cream cheese is usually the main ingredient for this dip, but never thought of using mascapone cheese. I should give this a try.

Claudia said...

Cream Cheese is the main ingredient! Just trying to Italianize it....

CAHİDE said...

Super image!I love it!

comfycook said...

Nice tangy taste. So good.

s said...

My fav meal!!! Yummy!

comfycook said...

This has to be the best. All that good tasty stuff. Has the "wow factor".