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Ragu And Molly Ringwald Team Up To Promote The ‘Recipe For A Good Start’ Contest


Earlier in the week, I was invited to attend an event hosted by Molly Ringwald and Ragu. The pair have teamed up to promote the ‘Recipe for a Good Start’ contest — a nationwide search for moms and their recipe for giving their kids a good start in life. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for his/her child!! If that isn’t a reason to enter, I don’t know what would be.

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During the event, several mommy bloggers got to hear Molly talk about why she decided to join Ragu for this initative.

“I might be known for my roles in movies and on TV, but my most important role is being a mom. I am so proud to partner with Ragu to recognize all the special things that parents do to give their kids a good start — like helping them with their homework, encouraging them to play outside and making sure their kids eat their veggies.

Thanks to Ragu, my family gets a delicious, nutritious meal and I get extra time to do the things I know will give my children a good start — like finger painting and family reading time.”

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(Role Mommy)

After her presentation, we got to make lasagna using no boil noodles (I LOVE THOSE) and Ragu sauce. Here’s the recipe.


Then naturally we were able to sit down and taste our creation. Leading the conversation around the dinner table was Food Network chef Marcela Valladolid. Her show, which films in San Diego, revolves around Mexican cuisine and has been picked up for a second season. Congrats to Marcela!

Are you looking for a few easy to make recipes using Ragu sauce? No problem! They have an entire section dedicated to sharing tips on their website. Click here to check it out.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. capturinglife : March 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    First, I am a Ragu freak. When we don't make our own sauce – that's what I use. I'm totally obsessive about it.

    Second – how cool that you got to meet Molly! AND Marcela – my husband & I watch her show.

  2. yeah we had fun. it was a quick meet with molly. there was other press there like access hollywood or something. the ragu people are awesome!

  3. anotherdirtymartini : March 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Ahhh! That lasagna looks yummy. And you and Molly look great! Like BFF's…very cool.

    Hope you're feeling better today, Vera!

  4. OMG You and Molly could be sisters! So funny! Looks like a fun event.

  5. feeling 70% better. i worked this morning and got through my inbox for the rest of the day. was in slow motion – that's for sure.

    tomorrow i should be feeling 100%

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