Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

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For the past two weeks I have been writing papers for grad school. writing. writing. writing. I spent every free moment researching and writing.  I had no time to cook so I was left eating lots of take out, frozen pot stickers from Trader Joe’s, frozen pizzas and soup.  I was really craving cooking and real food.  This ravioli dish satisfied my need to cook (very quickly and easily) and for a home cooked meal.  Ravioli also happens to be my favorite food so it helped make school work a teeny tiny bit better.  But I have good news, I finally turned in my last paper on Monday and boy am I happy!

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter (serves 2)
what you need
1 lb butternut squash
1/2 stick of butter
a bunch of sage
Parmesan cheese
two pinches of nutmeg
freshly cracked pepper
french sea salt/kosher salt

what to do
Cook the ravioli according to the packing directions. Melt the butter in a small saute pan over medium heat. Once the butter is bubbly add the sage leaves. Cook the sage until it’s crisp and the butter is golden brown. Drain the pasta and pour it into the butter. Serve the ravioli with plenty of butter, sprinkle with a Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Enjoy!

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The Little Things

IMG_4607.JPG |They were as ecstatic as I was to get our tree|

I am in full fledged Christmas mode!  Last weekend and this week really got me in the Christmas spirit and super excited for the upcoming weeks.   The only problem… school.  School really gets in the way of things.  My last paper for the semester is due Monday.  The moment I finish I am celebrating.  Until then, my weekend includes a lot of writing (next to the Christmas tree with Christmas music playing and a festive cocktail in hand).  Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season!

IMG_4608.JPG |Andrew made us Finnish Pancakes while we decorated the tree & played Christmas music|

IMG_4625.JPG |Doodle giving his ornament a kiss before he hung it|

IMG_4627.JPG |Nordstrom’s Christmas Party|

IMG_4658.JPG |NBC’s Private Holiday Party at Universal Studios with free food, dessert bars, rides, games & prizes galore|

Beet and Lentil Salad

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When I studied abroad in Paris a few years back, I found the cutest little shop called Coco Cook. I would eat there often, too often. They sold to go salads and loaves I just loved. One of my favorites was this beet and lentil salad. I even would pick it up when it was snowing.

Beet & Lentil Salad
What you need:
Salad:
Cooked lentils
Arugula
Chopped grilled chicken
Cooked and chopped beets
Goat cheese
Chopped walnuts (optional)

Dressing:
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
French sea salt
Ground pepper

What to layer: layer it all in, as much or as little as you’d like. Sprinkle salt & pepper over top.

Dressing: combine all the ingredients with a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake to emulsify and place it in your to go box.

My favorite salad to go container: Martha Stewart Salad To Go

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IMG_0595 |Paris 2010|

The Little Things

IMG_4568.JPG |Christmas Cocktail Exchange with my girlfriends|

Life has been insanely busy! I’m sorry for the lack of posts but school has taken over my life. Basically every minute that I’m not at school, work or interning is spent writing… and writing… and writing. I guess that’s what’s happens when you procrastinate. I don’t think I’ll ever learn. Well I’m back to work. Here are a few things that have kept me sane the last few weeks!

IMG_4514.JPG |my friend’s sweetest little babe|

IMG_4532.JPG |lunch at my favorite cafe: Sweet Butter|

IMG_4528.JPG |the most addicting taco stand: Shredded Tacos|

IMG_4591.JPG|cold weather attire|

Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

Thanksgiving is so soon and I couldn’t be more excited.  Good food, fun with family and friends, and time off… what could be better?  Andrew and I are having three Thanksgivings this year.  This past weekend we have “Fakesgiving” (an early Thanksgiving) with Andrew’s family in San Diego.  Thursday we have real Thanksgiving with family.  Then on Friday we have a potluck “Friendsgiving” with a big group of friends.  By the end of the week we’ll probably be on turkey overload but that is a-okay in my book.  Enjoy the short week everyone!  And since I’m sure you’re not focused on work today,here are some fun links to aid in the distraction. :)

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1.  A guide to Thanksgiving leftovers. I can’t wait for the next day turkey sandwich.

2.  Cupcakes and Cashmere found the perfect pumpkin pie.

3.  One of the trickiest parts of planning a dinner party–How to plan the right amount of food for a dinner party.

4.  5 nails trends to try this fall– I plan on trying out the chocolate brown for Thanksgiving.

5. Thanksgiving cocktails to be grateful for.

6.  Holiday hostess gift ideas for Thanksgiving and all holiday season long.