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Pistachio Pesto + Caprese Salad

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve had a pretty strong pasta theme going since we came back from the honeymoon. It’s become a Friday night tradition. And, I’ve had some requests for easier recipes…so allow me to introduce a delicious, easy to execute pesto pasta dish that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes. It also requires VERY little grocery shopping. You’re welcome!

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Hello, lover!

Bonus: I’m throwing in a caprese salad as an appetizer. This blog post is all about major flavor and minimal effort. Ask and you shall receive!

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Bowls

Bowls, so hot right now. This recipe is a healthier take on one of my favorite bowls: the burrito bowl (the poké bowl is not far behind). The green rice recipe alone is a keeper, but add in perfectly seasoned black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, and pepitas, and you’ve got one seriously delicious bowl on your hands.

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Green rice will be your new favorite rice!

 

This recipe was adapted from Cookie and Kate’s Sweet potato green rice burrito bowls. You can find the full, original recipe here! Yes, the ingredient list is long, but the recipe is not difficult…I promise. I also love this bowl because it incorporates one of my all-time favorite fall veggies – sweet potatoes! You could also add bell peppers and onions to this, or sub the rice for farro.

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Cacio e Pepe

In my Rome recap post, I shared that I completely fell in love with Cacio e Pepe on our honeymoon – I mean, what’s not to love about a pasta dish centered around cheese (and pepper)? Luckily for me, my Cravings cookbook has a pretty good recipe (no I don’t get paid to promote this cookbook I’m just THAT obsessed with it). So what better way to spend a Friday night than recreating one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had?

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Extra pepe, please.

Really went hard with the cheese the first time around. Not mad about it. Feel free to switch it up by mixing different cheeses, or adding pancetta. Also, to truly recreate the pasta we had in Italy I had to attempt homemade spaghetti. I discovered that it’s actually pretty simple to make and roll out pasta dough, however operating the pasta maker is definitely a two person job. See: Hunter. I use the Atlas 150 pasta maker from Crate & Barrel (thanks LL!).

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Honeymoon Recap: Venice

The last city in the honeymoon recap series, Venice, completely lived up to its reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but there’s not a car in sight. Quite the change after Rome and Florence!

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Gondola views.

In Venice, we became regulars at a neighborhood wine bar, ate everything from grilled octopus to zucchini lasagna, and stopped at all the necessary tourist destinations. Of course, on our last night in Venice, we had to take the quintessential gondola ride! So fun.

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Shopping List: Olive

PSA: olive just might be the new navy, you guys. While I love my neutrals, I’m serious when I say I am really feeling this color for fall. If you’re not so much, don’t worry. Adeline also carries the top I’m featuring in this post in blue! AND it’s under $50. Score!

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Location: Stirr in Deep Ellum.

G and I decided to use Stirr as a backdrop for this installment of Shopping List. Talk about gorgeous views of downtown!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Fall brings many of my favorite things with its arrival…cooler weather, a holiday that makes it acceptable to wear cat ears to the office, celebrations with friends and family, and most importantly, all of the pumpkin things. 

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Chocolate chips make pumpkin bread that much better.

I’ve seen all kinds of amazing new pumpkin recipes this year, from mac and cheese baked IN a pumpkin to a pumpkin that dispenses wine. Love that the pumpkins themselves are getting more involved…revolutionary things are happening here, people. But, I’m a fan of the classics, which is why every fall I make several batches of the same pumpkin treat: chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

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Honeymoon Recap: Florence

I’m beyond excited to share my Florence recap with you! We completely fell in love with this city and its Tuscan wine. In fact, we just received our first shipment Brunello and I’m not sure I can wait until this weekend to open a bottle.

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Visiting La Fornace in Montalcino for some delicious Brunello! Dress: Anthropologie.

Also, the Italian food continued to impress…and I didn’t even capture all of the amazing dishes we tried! One of our favorite lunches is missing from the recap photos. It was just THAT good, you guys. I miss the Italian countryside so much just looking at our photos!

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Turmeric Detox Soup

Wondering why this is not a pasta post? Don’t worry. That’s coming. But first, let’s talk detox. Because after all of the delicious pasta, wine, gelato, panini, and more…I was CRAVING this soup when we got home. Turmeric is one of my favorite antioxidant ingredients.  And, it’s October, so from here on out I’m all about cooking things in pots.

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Let the detoxing begin!

This soup is pretty hearty with farro and red lentils. It’s completely vegetarian, and is topped with toasted breadcrumbs, because carbs. Bonus: the leftovers make perfect weekday lunches!

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Honeymoon Recap: Rome

Guess who’s back…back again…

The honeymoon (AKA #Huntymoon) was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to fill you all in! So I’m doing a series of three blog posts for you highlighting our adventures in Rome, Florence, and Venice. First up, Rome!

Rome was the first stop on our honeymoon itinerary and we filled it with sightseeing, eating, and drinking, naturally. So without further ado…let the food photos (peppered with some fabulous photos of the city and my outfits) begin!

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As Hunter put it: “They see me Roman, they hatin”

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