Have you ever had a meal or bought something from the store and thought to yourself, “I should learn how to make that”.
A few months ago, I was shopping and found a new frozen meal that became a fave – Spinach and ricotta “meatballs” with linguine. It was so tasty! And since it’s meatless, I was surprised and happy to know it was just as filling, with lots of flavor. So good, I knew I needed to find an easy recipe to make this on my own.
It’s been a while since I tried a new recipe, so I went to the store, bought the ingredients, and gave it a go.
Does your city / area host a Restaurant Week? It’s a great way to visit new places or try out popular restaurants for a cool price of $35 (3-course dinner) or $22 (lunch)! Found an article about the history.
Tuesday night, I met up with my friend (who just moved into the area), and walked over to The Wharf, the new, vibrant section in Southwest DC (only a few blocks away from the Waterfront metro station). We didn’t have a set location to eat dinner and catch up, but we found out Officina was participating in DC Restaurant Week, so that’s where we ended up.
According to its’ website, Officina is an Italian-inspired culinary collective. I liked the ambiance. By the time we left, it was full of patrons, visiting over dinner and drinks.
Since we didn’t have a reservation, we sat in the cafe / bar section, which was fine.
Happy Friday! How are you doing? Ready to kick off the weekend?
Every year, I decide to buy something and do something fun for my birthday. Most of the time, it’s around my birthday that a bulk of my workload is complete. Think of it as a pat on the back for pushing through the busy part of the year. I wanted to get an espresso machine or an item similar so I can make fancier drinks at home. Mind you, I’m the only person who drinks coffee, so getting a carafe-style machine would be pointless.
Looked online and found a coffee maker that worked with what I wanted…
Happy New Year! Hope your first week of 2018 has been going well. Did you know yesterday was National Spaghetti Day? Let me tell ya, spaghetti and meatballs is my favorite meal – comfort food at its best! So this made sense to celebrate. But check this out – I didn’t know what to have for dinner last night. It was too cold to go outside and buy anything; but wising up, I remembered what I had in stock. After googling some cool recipes that used meat and spinach, I decided to make a meat sauce to use with pasta that my mom cooked up earlier.
Here’s what I did:
Growing up, whenever my Dad made calzones, it was a real treat. It didn’t happen as often as having pizza for dinner. There was more of a process; creating individual mini pockets of warm bread, cheese, and sauce — probably 8-12 in one setting. Who really had time for all of that on a consistent basis? But it tasted so good. Sometimes my sister Melissa would ask for them for birthday dinners. Incredibly yummy.
Every once in a while, when I have a taste for it, I’ll make a few calzones to eat for now and then save for rainy days. Yesterday, I had a 2-hour window between admin work and teaching my tap class, that I could make everything. So I got on it…