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black bean and mango salsa

This black bean + mango salad is a perfect side dish for a protein like chicken or fish or rolled into a burrito but could also be a quick snack on it’s own. I made this side dish with lime chicken. || Read more

One Pot Pasta

Jul
2013
30

posted by on cooking for 2, healthy, quick, Vegetarian

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one pot pasta!

Originally, the image of all the ingredients in one pot caught my eye on Pinterest – mostly because of the aesthetics. Then I started to think about it. A lot. I finally decided to try this winner from Martha Stewart Living out and honestly, I think I could live off this dish every night for months.

Vegetarian friendly and basically ready in the time it takes your pasta to soak up all the goodness from the ingredients. Try it out. Add as little or as much of the red pepper flakes as you like (or omit). Next time I’ll be using way less for my tastes. The recipe has got a good kick, so if you’re a fan leave it as-is! This recipe makes two large servings.

What you’ll need:
• pasta (linguine or spaghetti are best)
• 1 cup (approx) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
• ½ onion, thinly sliced
• 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
• ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes (more or less depending on how much heat you want)
• 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
• Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
• Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Ok! Get your veggies prepped + chopped first!

prepped and ready to go!

basil (rinsed + dried), tomatoes, onion, garlic + pasta **I break my pasta in half before boiling**

  • Ok! Next, fill a pan with about 2.5 cups of water (you won’t be draining the water so make sure you don’t over do it!)
  • Add pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil + 1 teaspoon salt
  • Bring all the ingredients to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring until the water is almost all gone (9-10 minutes)
one pot pasta cooking up!

the liquid is starting to cook down – just a little bit longer!

  • Garnish with more basil and add a bit more olive oil if needed
  • Top with freshly grated parm + serve!

Chile Verde

Jul
2013
22

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Chile Verde - Roasted Peppers

I am so excited to have another post from one of my favorite people! Diana is back with her recipe for Chile Verde. 

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Tapas

Jul
2013
19

posted by on Hors d'oeuvre, quick

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Tapas with Prosciutto

Tapas are basically appetizers or snacks that came about because you should never, ever drink on an empty stomach, right? Usually, the main ingredients are bread, cheese and meat of some kind. This book the BF got me while he was in Barcelona has a little bit more about the history but I’ll cut right to the chase! || Read more

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No Bake Granola Bar

I hunted this down from my friend Lily on Instagram and she was kind enough to share with us. Check out her guest post + recipe for these no bake goodies. I know I can’t wait to try this recipe!  || Read more

posted by on baking, Colorado, family, high altitude

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High Altitude Double Chocolate Cookies

This recipe was one of my favorites I used a lot while I lived in Denver. My sister was nice enough to take a picture of her batch she made this weekend so I could share this cake-like cookie recipe with you! Double the recipe to make a full batch. This one will be a hit with you chocolate lovers. Enjoy!

Cream together:
1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In another bowl mix:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Dark Special Edition)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt

Add 2 teaspoons of water into your flour mix and mix well.
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet.
Stir in one cup of chocolate chips + bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.

**This is for a half batch, otherwise double all ingredients**

mac + cheese heaven

Jun
2013
05

posted by on guilty pleasure, Oakland

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You hear the word homeroom and immediately think of school but visit this local joint in Oakland and that will forever leave your mind (minus the brown bag and chalk + board vibe).

I’ve been reading reviews about Homeroom since I found the place on Foursquare (two days ago, mind you!). I didn’t have to dig too deep to know this was my next stop. Just down the street off of 40th at Shafter Avenue it was an easy hit after work today.
homeroom on FoursquareI may be a mac + cheese freak but ya’ll know by now what my first decision was, right? Beer! I went straight for Oakland Brewing Company‘s IPA. Their website may not be anything to look at right now, but their IPA? I’m a huge fan!

Oakland Brewing Company IPA served in a Mason Jar of course!

the mason jar made this cold + tasty local IPA even better

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