Sunday Night Bolognese

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Growing up in an a large Italian family, Sunday night was all about the pasta. There is honestly nothing better than a big bowl of comfort food to end the weekend. To keep the tradition alive, Alec and I try to cook various types of pasta dishes on Sundays. From Tortellini Alfredo to Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - we love it all. That being said, we don’t think anything holds a candle to The Sunday Night Bolognese.

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Shake Shack Dipping Sauce

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Shake Shack has been a favorite ours since 2007 when we were both living in NYC.

While there are a number of reasons they stand above the rest, their special sauce is a famous staple. Many recipe blogs have shared their versions and through much trial and error, we have created what we think is the best version!

Of course we didn’t forget about the onion rings. With only 4 ingredients , these circles of deep fried perfection are so much easier to make than you think! Did we mention they are beer battered?

Dumpling Time

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard of Dumpling Time. Located in the Design District, it is hard to pass up! Even when the line is out the door, we have a hard time saying no (yes, it’s that tasty). They offer a huge range of items from pan-seared bao, to a king dum soup dumpling that is so big you need a straw! From waygu beef gyoza, to shrimp toast, we promise there’s something for everyone! AND as if they couldn’t get any better, they recently got their liquor license and are finally serving cocktails as well as sake, wine, and beer.

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Winter Charcuterie Board

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve been known to make a mean charcuterie board. While Alec creates 90% of the recipes we share, this is the one thing I am going to take 100% credit for. Mayyyybe it has something to do with the fact that I don’t have to actually cook anything and it’s really all about the styling (and of course the cheese).

Charcuterie boards are the staple to any gathering year round. My favorite part about them is that the possibilities are endless!

Recipe: Shakshuka

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Shakshuka has quickly become a Saturday brunch staple in our house. Often times I find myself falling asleep on Friday nights thinking “YES, tomorrow is Shakshuka day!” Trust me, it’s that good.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Shakshuka is a dish made with poached eggs in a spicy tomato base that was popularized in the Middle East and North Africa. It is perfect for any meal and super quick and easy to whip up.

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PAN SEARED SCALLOPS WITH PARMESAN RISOTTO & LOBSTER SAUCE

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Happy Summer Friends! We apologize for our lack of new recipes. We have been traveling a TON (which is great) but we are so happy to be home and back in the kitchen!

We are thrilled to share one of our favorite summer recipes with you on National Lobster Day!  Pan Seared Scallops with Parmesan Risotto and Lobster Sauce. We have to warn you, it might be a bit tricky to make but it is SO worth it. 

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Sonoma Series: WALT Wines Tasting Room

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CALLING ALL PINOT NOIR FANS! Located just a few steps off the Sonoma Plaza, WALT Wines is the hidden gem you won't want to miss.  

Our recommendation: Take part in the Root 101 Tasting where you will sip, taste, and compare the flavors of their vast portfolio of Pinots as well as delicious customized small bites. 

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Sonoma Series: Valley of the Moon Winery

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Valley of the Moon Winery (at the Madrone Estate) is one of the oldest operating vineyards in Glen Ellen.  Located just 5 miles above the Sonoma Plaza, Valley of the Moon Winery makes incredible Pinot Blancs, Pinot Noirs and an unoaked Chardonnay that is not to be missed.  Now, with a new chef and one of the best food pairings in the area, it is an ideal spot for wine country newbies and locals alike. 

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Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels

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STANLEY WAKE UP! IT'S PRETZEL DAY! Pardon our Office reference but we are always excited to celebrate National Pretzel Day! 

 Growing up in Philadelphia, soft pretzels were a must at any gathering or celebration. Nowadays, tons restaurants have caught on and are adding these fan favorites to the menu.  Whether served with spicy mustard or warm cheese dip, soft pretzels are always the answer. 

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Sonoma Series: Hanzell Vineyards

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Spring has officially sprung and there is no better place to celebrate the season than Sonoma. With so much to see and do, we are here to help you plan your wine country visit by sharing some of our favorite go-to spots. 

Hanzell Vineyards is perfectly situated on a hilltop at the toe of the Mayacamas Mountain Range and just 3 miles above the Sonoma Plaza.  With cool breezes from the Petaluma wind gap, grazing sheep, and unique views of the Valley, Hanzell is the spring oasis you won't want to miss.

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Sonoma Series: Viansa Sonoma Outlook Tasting

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Springtime is quickly approaching and there is no better way to start off the season than to plan a trip to wine country!  Located only 35 mins from the Golden Gate Bridge at the southern gateway to Sonoma Valley, Viansa is the ideal first stop.

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Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Nachos

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Growing up in the Philly suburbs, Sunday's were for the birds. The Philadelphia Eagles that is! So what better way to root on team green in the SUPERBOWL than to make a massive mound of Philly Cheesesteak Nachos!

Loaded with steak, peppers, onions, and melty cheese this will be the only game day recipe you need! 

LET'S GO BIRDS!

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Recipe: Toasted Ravioli

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Toasted Ravioli is a dish that was made famous in St. Louis.  As a STL native, this is one of Alec's favorite treats! Every time we visit we aren't in town 24 hours before devouring a batch. 

These squares of perfection are typically made using meat filled ravioli. Despite it's name, "toasted" raviolis are actually breaded and deep fried  :) For this recipe we used mini meat filled ravioli to create the perfect party appetizer. 

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