scallops and risotto

Valentine’s Dinner Recap: Scallops with Porcini Risotto

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and I love risotto. Scallops are Hunter’s favorite seafood. Therefore, this meal is everything.

Our Valentine’s Day tradition is simple. We stay in, I make a fabulous meal! I made this exact same meal for our anniversary dinner last year. Hunter loved it so much, he asked for it again. It was my first attempt at risotto, and my first attempt at scallops. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that neither was very difficult to prepare (yay! More time to eat!)

This year, the holiday fell on a Sunday, so I had nothing but time. I did hit a quick Zyn22 class in the morning to prepare for the Valentine’s eats. Could be my fave new cycling studio! A quick trip to the grocery store, a few minutes of prep, and lots of risotto stirring later, voila! These recipes always seem to get better the second time around.

This recipe was developed by Paul Palop and can be found on That Other Cooking Blog. I’ve adapted it just a little. An easy shortcut is to buy the arborio rice with porcinis already mixed in – I used a brand called Manitou, which I picked up at Central Market (they had no porcinis, or at least no porcinis that I could find.)

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Give your Skin Some Love this Valentine’s Day + Giveaway from Rodan + Fields

One of my favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day (or any holiday, for that matter) is treat myself.

Spending some time lounging in a facial mask and using products that make my skin feel healthy and hydrated usually does the trick. I’m also a firm believer in the fact that the foods you eat make an impact on not only how good you feel, but how good you look. Needless to say, the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday I was looking and feeling pretty rough. This Valentine’s Day, treat yo’self and spend some time taking care of number one.

My dear friend Deanne with Rodan + Fields sent me a “Glow on the Go” mini facial kit to try out, and is offering each reader who takes the Solution Tool Quiz the same thing (plus, one lucky winner will get an eye cream!) Keep reading for my feedback on the products, more info on how to get your free mini facial, AND a skin glow smoothie recipe.

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Super Bowl of Chips and Dip + Baked Jalapeño Poppers

The Super Bowl, AKA day of super snacking. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in what is sure to be a delicious day of chilling in jerseys and chowing down on sweet and savory game day treats.

The savory game day snack is my jam, so I have two easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for you:

  1. Tomatillo Avocado Dip from What’s Gaby Cooking
  2. Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers from Skinnytaste 
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Take it from an expert: this dip is the bomb.

There are few things I love more in life than a heaping bowl of chips paired with a bangin’ dip. It’s like diet Kryptonite! There is no limit to the amount of chips and dip I can consume. If you’re like me, just make sure there are a few other people around to help you out. Especially with this dip. It’s addicting AF.

As for the jalapeño poppers – enough said. Everyone loves these things. Crunchy, spicy, creamy, cheesy…you just can’t go wrong. And TBH, love football, but the Super Bowl just wouldn’t be as fun without great food. So let’s get started.

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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.

Delfina spaghetti

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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Mulled Wine + Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Checking in from my home office (AKA bed!) It’s been a fabulous couple of days here, due in part to unseasonably nice December weather, two weeks off of work, and the arrival of Christmas week.

Hunter and I celebrating a friend's birthday at Henry's Majestic, in December, on the patio. Cheers.

Hunter and I celebrating a friend’s birthday at Henry’s Majestic, in December, on the patio. Cheers.

In spite of the warm temperatures, I decided mulled wine would be a good choice to prep for my friends during our annual Secret Santa party last weekend. Wine is flowing in all forms throughout the season (and year-round TBH), so why not mix it up and try a warm, spiced version for a change? Just pretend you’re somewhere that experiences snow on Christmas and you’re good to go.

I’m also sharing one of my favorite enchilada recipes (courtesy of my sweet friend Sue! Original recipe here) Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas. Basically a health food packed with nutrients! And cheese! My family recently started the tradition of preparing a Mexican feast on Christmas. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the change. This year my mom has the enchiladas covered, so I decided to make these babies to kick off the week because you can never have enough Mexican food, am I right?

Let’s begin with the wine.

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