October 5th, 2014

Cooking with Cookbook – Tavola Calda

by Lauren

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Gregorio and Filippo are the “new” guys on the Little Italy block, sharing amazing Italian dishes in a very unique way. Cookbook Tavola Calda, offers the perfect variety of meals that are already cooked, prepared and ready for hungry customers to pick what they want for a quick lunch to go, or a pleasant, leisurely dining experience.

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We were invited to come help cook a few dishes and see what Cookbook Tavola Calda is all about. Chef Gregorio planned … Read more...

August 25th, 2014

Cantaloupe & Mint Popsicles

by Lauren

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We went backpacking a few weekends ago. My pack was bigger than I am and I was exhausted by the end of it.

Chris pushed me out of my comfort zone with this adventure and I thanked him. While it was a little rough climbing at that altitude with no cardio training, I don’t regret it. Thank goodness for barre classes that build up my muscles!

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The views were spectacular and now I can officially say I’ve gone without a … Read more...

July 30th, 2014

Coconut & Oat Banana Bread {nut and dairy-free}

by Chrissy

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Recently, I have been finding myself scouring the kitchen for a little snack that didn’t involve ice cream. I found some all-too-ripe-bananas, so naturally, banana bread was calling. Coincidentally, my man had been asking for some of that homemade goodness for over a few weeks now, but it was just too darn hot to bring myself to turn the oven on to bake bread.

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Well, after my voracious snack hunt went down, I caved and used the mushy bananas … Read more...

July 22nd, 2014

Open-Face Tomato Sandwich {with creamy feta spread}

by Lauren

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I’m still thinking about Italian tomatoes. I could eat them all day, every day…and I did for 2 weeks.

The tomatoes in Italy are so flavorful and sweet that even the seemingly unripe, green-ish tomatoes are better than any tomato I’ve had in America. Their tomatoes taste how a tomato should taste yet that flavor is still beyond your imagination unless you’ve had one.

I’ve had canned San Marzano tomatoes and I know those will greatly alter the flavor of … Read more...

July 15th, 2014

Simple Balsamic Peach Summer Salad

by Chrissy

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Hi friends… WE ARE  BACK! 

Over the past couple of months and weeks, Lauren and I have each had huge job transitions and busy schedules. Then came our two week Italian Vacation!

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We celebrated the marriage of Marianne & Gio, with many friends, halfway around the world and it was amazing! Let me tell you, those Italians know how to throw  a wedding party. 5 course dinner with a ridiculously huge buffet of appetizers beforehand, complete with a prosciutto tree … Read more...