Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I Live For Pasta

It's been a few months since I have posted and I figured I would start back up again eventually...it just took a darn good recipe to do the trick. Tonight I made pasta puttanesca for the first time. It was incredibly easy and very tasty. Give it a whirl!

  • 8 ounces pasta (any variety you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted spanish or greek olives
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (i added more because i like a kick)
  • 1 14oz can diced tomato
  • 3/4 cup arugula, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan 
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta and cook accordingly
  • While the water is heating up, heat the oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat
  • Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute
  • Add the parsley, olives, capers, anchovy paste, oregano and red peppers. Saute for about 2 minutes
  • Add the tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in the arugula and simmer for 1 minute more, until the greens wilt slightly.
  • When the pasta is done, drain and toss with the sauce. 
  • Top with grated cheese
I ate mine with buttered bread
If you've never tried these olives, they are delicious!


Friday, November 7, 2014

I don't condone violence in any way but when I saw this video I literally laughed out loud several times because I watched it like 10x in a row. We have all been there...we patiently wait for a parking spot even with our blinkers on and some jerk swoops right in a steals it. It gets my blood boiling just thinking of it. I better watch this video again.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tuscan "Wine" Tour

During our stay in Florence we signed ourselves up for a "wine tour." Just an fyi, it's not really a wine tour, it's a bus tour that takes you to 3 small towns and 1 wine tasting at the very end. Regardless it was fun and relaxing. We were mixed in with a tour bus full of tourists from everywhere and our tour guide gave the whole thing in 3 languages. She was a riot! There were at least a handful to times that we all giggled at her because she was extremely loud, theatrical and just a real character.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Florence Part 3

Here's the last installment of Florence!

 One of Brian's favorite sculptures

 Unwinding back at the hotel
 Playing with light at Santa Croce

 My favorite sculpture at Santa Croce

 Can I move in here???

 I took a photo of these little feet because I want to find some for my house
Drinking my aperol spritz...delicious

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Florence Part 2

 For all you Room With A View Fans!!
 Uffizi by night
 Random sighting
 Gazing at the Arno every night
 Ponte Vecchio...only time you can actually get through without being bombarded by tourists

 Uffizi by day
 the amazing David
 Part way up the bell tower

 We survived the steps up to the top of the bell tower...sweaty

 Bar below our hotel where we frequently got coffee

 Map room in palazzo vecchio