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Victory Park Victory Lap

Hunter and I lived in Downtown Dallas’ Victory Park neighborhood for three years, and have (finally) moved into our new home in North Dallas. We loved our little downtown apartment! We got engaged on its rooftop terrace, littered the floor with invitations to our wedding last September, and spent many a sunny afternoon at the pool with friends.

While I’m in love with our new home and can’t wait to post photos and progress updates, it would just be sad if I didn’t pay tribute to our Victory Park apartment beforehand! We (I) put together a list of the things we’d always wanted to do while we lived downtown, but never quite did (until last month, that is). I named it our “Victory Park Victory Lap,” as one does.

Cheese Wheel Tagliatelle

Naturally, one of the first items on the list involved going to dinner. But not just any dinner – dinner served straight from a wheel of cheese.

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut squash mac and cheese is a serious game changer. I mean, is there anything better than a healthier version of your favorite comfort food and a glass of wine on a weeknight? I really don’t think so.

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Cute cast iron skillets: Lodge!

I won’t lie to you, this is not the mac and cheese you’re used to. It’s difficult to create mac and cheese without the cheese. But, it’s a close second and it’s healthy. A combination of herbs and spices and a crispy walnut topping creates an amazing texture that you will want to keep in your weeknight meal rotation. I combined this recipe with a little inspiration from Snap Kitchen (they sell an excellent chicken butternut macaroni, which you could easily add to this recipe).

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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: 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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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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Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: My New Spicy Obsession

Oh Chrissy, how I love thee. Thank you for the spicy blessing that is CRAVINGS.

There are so many things I love about this cookbook. One being that most dishes require hot sauce, butter, or both. As you can see, I have quite a few recipes bookmarked:

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I’ve been out of town every weekend since the end of March, and was really feeling like celebrating my first relaxing weekend back home with some carbs. Pepper’s Spicy Clams and Pasta was calling to me. Seafood, pasta, herbs, crushed red pepper? Yes, yes, yes, yes. I opened one of my bottles of cab franc from Fredericksburg and…perfection.

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Seriously Delicious Spaghetti Inspired by Delfina San Francisco

You know a meal is really good when you want to recreate it right after eating it.

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Work took me to San Francisco last week, and I’m so glad because it led me to one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had in a long time (along with the opportunity to sip some of Northern California’s best wine, of course.)

I’ve been waiting for another Italian meal to sweep me off my feet since I was in NYC last year. There is truly nothing better than good Italian food. Delfina in San Francisco did not disappoint.

  • Venue: Delfina
  • Location: 3621 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Dish: Spaghetti (simple and delicious!)

When ordering pasta, spaghetti typically isn’t my first choice. However, this is not your average spaghetti. Serious care is put into creating this dish. It was brilliantly simple and unforgettable. So of course, I immediately turned to Google on the way back to the hotel to find out if the recipe was available online. When I found it on Tastebook (source listed as Madre) I decided to recreate it and share with you all. PLUS the last recipe I posted involved a healthy zucchini “pasta” so I thought I’d treat you to the real thing.

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Bon Appetit!

Bonus: this dish does not require many ingredients! Just try to use quality tomatoes. It makes a big difference!

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