Pita Pizza

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I am back from London and full of food inspiration, I can just feel foodie dreams and ideas coursing thorough me! And I can’t wait to share it all with you!

So we made business into pleasure with the long weekend here in Italy and I met my husband in London, as he was already there for work. Of course we partied it up like rockstars with our 2 month old (the 2 1/2 year old stayed at home with the nonni) and our friends’ two kids (2 1/2 and 8 months) with wildly late nights (max was 1 am) and crazy (baby) parties. Yeah, and the straight talk is that really, we got to just relax, see some old friends and eat obscene amounts of Indian food. But what was so exciting about London (aside from the fact that it is London and awesome in its own right), is how diverse its people, and of course, its food are. There is any type of cuisine imaginable that you could ever want and any kind of ingredient your heart could desire (but doesn’t even know it because you didn’t even know it existed – now that’s what’s fabulous about cities and consumerism, they make you realize how much you need something when you didn’t even know it existed  or that you wanted it- how could you have possibly lived without it for all this time!).  Continue reading

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Roasted Potato, Tofu & Asparagus with Creamy Thyme Lemon Sauce

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If I were Jamie Oliver this would be on a cutting board. But I’m not, which also leads to why my rice was mushy, because Jamie told me that the rule of thumb was thirds, 1 part rice, 2 parts water. Why didn’t I stop myself on this dumb idea and realize that the ‘one finger’ rule has always worked for me and that instead I don’t need Jamie Oliver to tell me how to make rice. I don’t mean to knock Jamie too much here, I do love the little lisp-talking, (annoyingly) unorganized, cutting-board-loving, back-to-basics chef. Continue reading

One Simple Sauce Two Fabulous Ways

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I just got back into working out after the pregnancy and today was practically my first run in a year! I am so incredibly proud of myself for having done 10 km, so I have been on a bit of runner’s high all day, except the hour and half I crashed on the couch for a schnooze. To fuel my new cardio crazy body I needed some serious carbs and what better than a bowl of pasta, when in Rome do as the Romans, literally (however on a slightly smaller scale and 3 hours more north). Continue reading

Endamame and Mandarin Salad with Refreshing Asian Mint Dressing

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I say screw winter, I am having a salad despite the freezing temperatures outside and the idea of a warm steaming bowl of soup beckoning me on days like this. I want something chalked full of rich raw nutrients, regardless of what the weatherman says, yeah that’s right I refuse to let the winter hold me down. Continue reading

Winter Salad + Creamy Lemon Maple Mustard Dressing

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I am so excited about so many things to share with you all in this post that I could easily just start spewing them all out in list form- number one has to be these pictures since I just got my photo studio box in the mail the other day. It’s this cute little tent-like box that pops up with interchangeable backgrounds and two super bright lights plus a tripod. It is truly amazing! It makes every picture look so fabulously professional – at least in the eyes of this amateur. To add to this list of exciting things is the black radish I found at the market recently that I just had to try out. Oh but wait it doesn’t stop there – chestnuts, winter veggies, holiday flavors – all in one healthy feel good salad! Woo, now that is some exciting stuff, at least in my world it is :)!

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My Return to the Bella Vita + A Beautiful Fall Salad: Sesame Crusted Chickpea & Pomegranate Salad with Pomegranate Pistachio Mint Dressing

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I am finally back in my own house and best of all in my own kitchen, with all my lovely spices and fun kitchen toys to play with. What’s even more exciting is that I can now play with the cadillac of all kitchen toys, my new Vitamix! So of course I had to incorporate the use of this bad boy in my first recipe post after my little stateside hiatus. 

I am happy to be back and even more thrilled than ever to start cooking again! I had a good time back home but I realize that despite my complaining and belly aching about Italy, this is where I want to be. I realize I am happiest here and that this is the place that allows me to live in the most positive environment possible. I feel like a cloud has been lifted and I can now get back into the swing of things, doing the things and seeing the people that I love so much. Continue reading