Looking for something to do in San Diego next weekend? On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the 10th Annual Chula Vista Rotary Wine & Food Festival will be happening.  The event is located at the Otay Ranch Town Center, at Olympic Parkway and Eastlake Parkway, and brought to you by the Chula Vista Rotary Club. It’s scheduled from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Guests will get to taste and drink from local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Tickets for the event can be purchased here (or you can win tickets on my blog, information below). Participating places include:

Recently I was contacted by Michael Angelo‘s Gourmet Foods, which claims to have the best frozen lasagna. To prove it, they offered to provide me with a gift card to purchase one of Michael Angelo’s lasagnas and test it against one of their competitors.

My family eats a lot of frozen lasagna. My siblings love it and they can devour one of those large family-size pans in one sitting. So I was definitely curious to check out Michael Angelo’s lasagna and thought it would be a lot of fun too.

Michael Angelo’s is a family owned company. Michael Angelo is a third generation Italian, and founded the company along with his mother, Sara.

One of the reasons Michael Angelo’s believes their lasagna is so good is that it’s made in small batches. I picked up one of these small batches, and then also a Marie Callender’s one which seemed to resemble it in terms of ingredients, method (small batch), etc. I also picked up a family-size Safeway brand lasagna because that is actually the one my brothers love the most and usually buy.

I invited all the kids over along with their significant others and we had ourselves a frozen lasagna dinner party.

Michael Angelo’s


Marie Callender’s

So I have some good news and some bad news about this recipe. I got this idea to make homemade avocado chips. I’ve made homemade potato chips and I’ve seen homemade chips made from other fruits and vegetables.

The good news: They actually crisped up; I was afraid they would be too moist and buttery to turn into chips, but they do. They also kept their bright green. And I even managed to avoid turning on the oven for hours by using the microwave as a shortcut.

Now for the bad.