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As I said last week, my family & I celebrated my birthday at Osteria in Philadelphia…one of my favorite restaurants.

The table was set really nice when we first sat down…

Shortly after we sat down, the lemons (which were real by the way) were replaced with delicious bread…

I don’t want to make this a really long post, so I am going to quickly recap most of the food we had that night…or at least try to…

Three awesome pizzas…

Marinara - crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, oregano, & garlic.

Parma - mozzarella, fontina, arugula, and prosciutto di parma.

and my personal favorite…

Polpo - Octopus, tomato, red chili flakes, and smoked mozzarella.

I loved the smoked mozzarella on this pizza.  Next time I make pizza I am definitely making one with smoked mozzarella!

Next up…I ordered this…

Fusili with fava beans, pecorino and mint.

Really good, nice and refreshing taste.  Another pasta I ordered was…

Robiola Francobolli with royal trumpet mushrooms and thyme.

This was awesome.  I ordered this the last time I went to Osteria.  I love their Raviolis…they are tiny and practically melt in your mouth.

Mozzarella in Carrozza with olive oil poached pear tomatoes and capers.

Rabbit "casalinga" with pancetta, sage, brown butter, and soft polenta.

Wild Halibut al cartoccio with olives, potatoes, and oregano.

House aged rib-eye "fiorentina" with grilled spring onions, watercress, and balsamic.

and we all ended the night with all different flavors of gelato/sorbetto…

Thanks Todd!! 🙂

I ordered Fior Di Latte (sweet milk), yogurt, and blueberry sorbetto.  All were amazing.  I was so stuffed by the end of the night but everything was absolutely delicious.

Todd & I

Hope you are having a good week so far.  Later this week I have an awesome summer recipe to share to help you use up some extra tomatoes you might have in the kitchen.


12 Weeks & Pledge to Be Veg

Well, there are officially 12 weeks until the Boston Marathon.  That also means that I begin training TODAY!  Today also marks the start of the Pledge to Be Veg 30-Day Challenge.  As I said before, for 30 days I will:

…refrain completely from the following food items:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry

…I will moderately consume:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy products  (milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc.)

Yes, I did make a slight change.  Before I said that I would not consume cow’s milk at all, but now I decided that I would moderately consume it.  I am really looking forward to this challenge to see if the change in my eating style will have a positive effect on me.  I was glad to see that some of my readers will be joining me through this 30-day challenge!  

Last night for dinner, I made homemade pizza.  Pizza is no doubt about it one of my favorite meals.  It had been a while since I had made my own pizza so I was very excited.  For the dough, I use Jenna’s recipe.  She uses part whole-wheat and part white flour.  It’s the best dough that I have tried thus far.  

For the sauce, I make my own sauce.  The recipe that I have posted  on my blog is for pasta sauce.  The only difference is that I will add Oregano for pizza sauce.

My favorite combination is Broccoli, Spinach, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, & Parmesan.  So good…and in my mind, healthy!

So here is the process of making the pizza:

  • Make the dough.
  • Make the Sauce.
  • Roll the dough out.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • Place Pizza dough onto Pizza Stone dusted with corn meal in preheated oven.
  • Cook for a few minutes & remove from oven.  
  • Place tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings of choice on dough.
  • Place back into oven and cook until crispy!  This does not take long at all…less than 10 minutes.

Along with the pizza, I made one of my favorite salads…Baby Spinach, Candied Pecans, Pink Lady Apples &  Feta Cheese tossed in a mixture of Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Salt & Pepper.

 The perfect dinner!

I will also give you the recipe for the Candied Pecans.  You can find them pre-packaged in your food store but there are so many added ingredients that you might as well just make them yourself!  They are so simple to make.  

Candied Pecans

  • Sugar
  • Pecans
  • Salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 5-10 minutes making sure not to burn them.  Put about a 1/4 of a cup of sugar in a pan and cook over medium heat stirring frequently.  When the sugar begins to melt dump the pecans into the pan and stir until melted sugar is evenly distributed.  Pour on a plate and allow to cool.

*Note:  Unfortunately, I did not take pictures (except for pecans), so these pictures are from when I made this same meal back in the summer!