I usually need to remind myself not to go grocery shopping hungry – I buy everything! – but for this blog post, I’m introducing a new rule: don’t go to the movies hungry. Particularly if you go see Burnt, the new movie out with Bradley Cooper staring as a fallen top chef trying to recapture his career. The food in this movie will definitely make your stomach growl. I was invited to see it by Castello cheese who sent me the lovely prize pack below AND has one available for one of my readers!

Among other things in the prize pack, there is Castello Brie cheese, creamy and gooey especially when warmed up and a great base for a number of flavours. Today I’ve topped my brie with classic Italian flavours – pesto, tomatoes, olive oil and pine nuts. More about that below, but first, how to win your own Castello cheese prize pack.


I love it when I can give away something to a blog reader. I so appreciate your feedback and support (and passion!) for the recipes and postings I feature here. And if Castello wants to share some cheese to celebrate their featuring in the Burnt movie, well, let’s get you entered to win! Here’s what’s in the prize pack:

Movie tickets for two including one popcorn and two drinks;
Castello Brie cheese;
a bottle of olive oil;
Burnt movie inspired recipe cards; and
$2o in Castello cheese vouchers!

How to enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post (below) telling me your favourite Italian dish that includes cheese. Be sure to use your real first name and email when leaving a comment. You have until Thursday, November 19th at 12:00am. For a second entry, like or comment on An Italian Canadian Life on Facebook within the same time period.

This giveaway is open from Thursday, November 12th, 2015 until Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 12:00AM EST and is only open to Canadian addresses. The winner will be chosen randomly via, contacted via email, and have 48 hours to respond. You will need to provide a street address (not a P.O. Box) and a phone number to claim the prize.

Now what to do with that prize pack when you get it? Enjoy the cheese. While my home cooking may not be as gourmet as featured in Burnt (seriously, who can design plates like that! And I need more than one bite of cheese!), we Italians sure know how to add flavour. These small Castello Brie packages are perfect for an appetizer for two. Pop it in a ramekin for baking and top it with your favourite Italian ingredients and you are ready to go. It’s that easy. Here’s what you’ll need:

1-2 teaspoons basil pesto
2 sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon pine nuts
Olive oil
Good crusty bread, sliced and toasted

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Remove the brie from its’ packaging and, with a sharp knife, remove the rind from one flat side (this will be the top of your brie). Place it in a small ramekin, or other oven proof container, and top with the pesto, tomatoes and pine nuts. Cover the top with foil and pop it into the oven for five minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another five minutes, letting the pine nuts toast, before serving. Place on a platter, drizzle with olive oil and serve with toasted bread slices.

This short baking is how I like my brie. After 10 minutes of baking your brie won’t be a bubbling mess, but poke it with a fork or tip of a knife and you’ll find it perfectly soft and gooey for spreading.

Now get to commenting to enter to win your own brie: tell me your favourite Italian dish that includes cheese below!

Disclosure: As mentioned above, this post is sponsored by Castello cheese. An Italian Canadian Life was compensated with a prize pack, however all opinions (and recipes!) expressed are our own, 100% honest and based on the interests of the blog community, as our readers are valued.

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