It’s 2:00 AM and I have an intense urge to make pasta sauce…

I’m a little hopped up on caffeine and sugar from a few too many Ice Teas… and as I work on updating our Olive Garden interactive page, I am having a tough time controlling the urge to start creating an Italian masterpiece in my kitchen.

Now you must understand, I am NOT a cook.

In fact, I so rarely cook it’s a little embarrassing.

But for the last couple weeks as I’ve been learning the secrets of Italian cooking, I am becoming more and more excited about the concept of cooking.

And it’s taking some restraint to keep me from creating layers of flavor at this very moment.

You see, neither Susan nor I are really all that domestically gifted. We tend to do better at the business of blogging than the business of homemaking.

But between the two of us, Susan is actually more likely to cook than I.

Susan's Italian Mother In-Law with JuliaNine years ago, after Susan married an Italian, she became excited about cooking. And when she went to Italy to visit her in-laws, she went with notebook in hand and had her Italian mother in-law teach her step by step how to create the family recipes.

Well, would you believe that when Susan read the step by step instructions on our Olive Garden Interactive Page describing how to make Italian pasta sauce by layering the flavors, she screamed out, “That is EXACTLY how my mother-in-law makes her sauce! EXACTLY. Step by Step.”

So it turns out while Susan had to marry an Italian and travel across the world to learn to layer flavors, you and I can simply follow the steps written out right here.

Susan's In-Laws Home in Italy

Susan's Daughter Julia with her Nonno in Italy

What’s that? Ohhhhh… you WANT to go to Italy? It would be good to learn and practice with Italian chefs, you say? Ahhhh… I suppose.

Okay… well do this… you can enter this contest EVERY DAY, and maybe you’ll win your way to Italy. Go for it!

(But if you don’t win, don’t worry… we’ve got the steps covered right here.)

Olive Garden Win a trip to Italy

And you don’t want to cook every night… a girl needs a night off, right?
So, enter to win a $100 gift certificate to the Olive Garden here.

This week you have TWO chances to win.

  1. Answer a poll question and comment on the page.
  2. Email the answer to a quiz question.

Good luck. I hope you win a $100 gift certificate AND a trip to Italy!


  1. says

    I would so enter but scared I just may win something like a trip to Italy knowing I won’t fly! LOL So For now I am just commenting to tell you this post was funny and interesting. I can relate – I do not cook – my sister is more apt to cook than me! LOL

  2. says

    I really want to go! Brandy, I’ll take your slot if you win.. LOL. I’ve never used the Kirtsy thing, so I’ll do it. I have entered a few times.. not every day though. Yeah!!

  3. says

    Susan here…

    It is soooo true!!!

    I could not believe how the layering flavors steps were exactly how my mother-in-law showed me how to make her sauce.

    I also am so inspired to cook now after all this Olive Garden talk lately. And we’ve got such a fantastic resource now right here on our site:

  4. says

    I love Italian food and can’t wait to try out the layering steps…it really does seem soooo easy. In fact, my stomach is growling right now just thinking about it.


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