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Mushroom Ravioli w/Hot Garlic Sausage

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My sister and I made a trip to an Italian market in our hometown. It’s called Claros Italian Market and it was AMAZING! The food there was very authentic and I could definitely taste the difference. We ended up buying pretty much the whole store. I love mushroom ravioli so we got that with like 5lbs of hot garlic sausage. My dad grows cherry tomatoes so we didn’t have to buy any! 🙂

Mushroom Ravioli w/Hot Garlic Sausage
1lb of frozen or homemade mushroom ravioli
5 links of hot garlic sausage (I used smoked beef sausage as well as it just didn’t taste the same)
15 cherry tomatoes halved
evoo for tossing
grated parmesan cheese for garnish

– cook ravioli in a medium pan and set aside
– cook sausages and then cut into pieces
– throw ravioli back into pan and toss with evoo
– add sausage and toss again
– add tomatoes last and stir until just combined
– garnish with grated parmesan cheese

I used flavorful ingredients from the Italian market so I really didn’t have to season it at all. The ravioli was frozen and seasoned very well. The hot garlic sausage was also seasoned very well.
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I highly suggest using just Italian sausage. The smoked sausage taste weird with it.
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Prepping for the pasta 🙂
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Blood orange gelato! It’s freakin delicious!! I LOVE blood orange so it was the perfect treat for me.
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Delicious frozen mushroom ravioli
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Box of deliciousness!
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Slice of grand marnier cake and a bavarian creme eclair
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Yummy syrups for my coffee.

We also bought spinach pasta salad, smoked gouda, jarred pesto, homemade chunky meat red sauce, amaretto syrup, 3 kinds of coffee, zabaione syrup, spaghetti pasta, angel hair pasta, a cookbook, greek cucumber salad, and I think that’s it. But seriously…we bought the whole store. Overall it was great! The workers were very friendly and helpful in helping us decide what to get. When we couldn’t decide we got everything. I know, I know, it’s horrible.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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Catalina Island Part 4 – Bluewater Avalon

When we first arrived on Catalina, it was super humid and gross. We went to our room to wash up and change and were starving by that time! We walked along Crescent Ave and found the Bluewater Avalon and thought the menu looked pretty good. They make stiff drinks too. What a great way to start a vacation 🙂
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I ordered the Avalon iced tea. Somehow I missed the description below the name. Iced tea just sounded so great at the time. It turns out this drink has rum, vodka, gin, AND tequila. Oh and a splash of lemon iced tea. So I was pretty tipsy all throughout dinner. My sister ordered this strawberry drink. I think it’s called a strawberry splash or something. It was super weak and kind of tasted like a cross between vodka and water. Apparently I’m the one who orders the stiff drinks every time we’re out at dinner.
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We got lots of bread and I ordered the jumbo prawn linguini. It was delish! 🙂 I LOVE shrimp. Shrimp, scallops, and lobster are my deal.
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My sister ordered the seafood paella. It came with shrimp, scallops, calms, and mussels. She said it was alright.
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This is me super intoxicated (in case you can’t tell) right after we walked out of the restaurant.
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This is Catalina at night. It’s so beautiful. Catalina really doesn’t have nightlife unless you go bar hopping. We wanted to try Luau Larry’s but there were SOOOO many people in there. El Galleon was packed too. I guess I’ll just have to try them another time. Overall, the food was okay. Nothing all that special. We got to sit by the water so that was a plus. The service is decent and we didn’t have to wait to be seated. And they make stiff drinks. Next up is the Avalon Scenic Drive Tour.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Maggiano’s Little Italy

My friend had her wedding at the Albertson Wedding Chapel in Los Angeles on Tuesday. It was a small cozy ceremony with friends and family. The floral arrangements were beautiful and my friend was glowing. She is now officially a military wife (joining the Air Force family). Her reception was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy at The Grove in Beverly Hills. Maggiano’s is awesome, good food and stiff drinks.
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Here we are together 🙂 We went shopping for my dress and she picked it out. I really love that dress. Lacy and flowy at the same time. I hate dresses that make me feel bloated and restricted. She looks gorgeous as usual!
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Shirley Temple with drowning cherries. It was delish
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I rarely drink. Sometimes once a year sometimes twice. Usually it’s for holidays like New Years or special occasions like weddings. If I do drink, my preference is good ole Jack and Coke. You can’t beat it! 🙂 Maggiano’s makes a crazy Jack and Coke. It was the strongest Jack and Coke I’ve ever ordered. From the taste of it I would say it’s about 1/8 Coke, 1/8 ice, and 3/4 whiskey. Good thing I had all those carbs to balance it out.
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This was the tilapia. I didn’t try it because I found it weird to eat fish at an Italian restaurant. Pasta please!
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Caesar salad, to die for fried calamari, and fried mozzarella
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The placement 🙂
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Her wedding cake with Disney toppers. Top layer is carrot cake and bottom layer is white cake with raspberry filling. I didn’t have a chance to eat the cake because I already had toasted pound cake (it was amazing) and cheesecake.
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This is the menu for the reception.
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Country style pasta 🙂 It was so good!
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Parmesan chicken! It was also delicious 🙂
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Champagne for the toasting! 🙂

The gnocchi was also delicious. It was my favorite of the night. There isn’t a picture of it because we inhaled it within seconds of the waiter putting it down on the table. Overall, it was a great night. I’ve been giving my friend a hard time because she’s moving to Nebraska. Some of you may ask, so what? WELL, the two of us are California girls born and bred. We’ve lived here our whole lives and our families are here. It’s going to be interesting to see what she copes in Nebraska. She already told me if I receive a plane ticket in the mail I better come visit. I can’t imagine myself in Nebraska. I told her I’d send her Asian goodies if she sent me sorghum. Have any of you ever had sorghum covered apples? It’s soooo good. It’s pretty much like a caramel apple country style. I made delicious orange creamsicle cookies for the vets tomorrow. Toodles!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Fettucine Alfredo w/Chicken & Mushrooms

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I’m a huge pasta junkie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE carbs. Since I usually like to take the easy way out this recipe is one of my go to’s from my college days. I like it because I can use leftover ingredients and still make a great meal.

Fettucine Alfredo w/Chicken & Mushrooms
1lb fettucine, cooked according to package instructions
2 jars (11oz) of fettucine alfredo sauce (I used Bertolli)
2 cups shredded rotiserrie chicken
12 mushrooms, washed and sliced
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)

– sautee mushromms in a little EVOO
– once mushrooms get some color, add in the alfredo sauce and stir
– when the mushrooms and sauce are thoroughly combined, add the chicken
– stir the chicken into the sauce and let it come to a light boil
– add salt and pepper to taste
– add red pepper flakes if desired (it makes the pasta so much better!!)
– give it one last stir and spoon over noodles
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This is literally a 30 minute meal if you cook the noodles at the same time! 🙂 College day recipes are the best.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

pepperoni pizza pasta

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After my cupcake indulgence yesterday I had a bad craving for pepperoni pizza. I didn’t feel like ordering pizza nor did I feel like making any so I opted for a pasta instead. I love my carbs 🙂

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
1 14oz jar of marinara sauce (I made my own)
1lb shredded mozzarella cheese
1lb mini shell pasta cooked according to package instructions
1/2lb sliced pepperoni

– using a 13x9in pan, pour the pasta on the bottom
– sprinkle most of the cheese on top, reserve about 3/4 cup for the top
– layer the pepperoni on top of the cheese
– pour the warm sauce on top of the pepperoni and stir to combine
– sprinkle the leftover cheese on top
– bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese melts

It taste like pizza! I love red pasta sauces and the one I made with my sister was bomb.com. We don’t really measure when we make pasta sauce. It’s more of a little of this and a bit of that and than we taste test and add more stuff. Oh and DON’T ADD SALT. The jarred sauce should be salty enough and the pepperoni is definitely salty so don’t go overboard. You’ll regret it later. Happy eating 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

fettucine alfredo w/chicken & broccoli

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I love fettucine alfredo but I believe my version is such a cheat sheet. As I’ve said many times before, college students make due with the ingredients they have. I was also a carbs lover and lazy butt in college..still am actually 🙂

Fettucine Alfredo w/Chicken & Broccoli
1 14oz jar of alfredo sauce (I used the Bertolli kind)
4 chicken breasts
2 cups broccoli (You can use the frozen kind if you like. Just make sure to thaw it first. I used fresh)
3/4 cup water
1 lb fettucine cooked
salt & pepper to taste

1. In a medium bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. You could also add additional seasoning if you like. Cook chicken breast for about 2-3 minutes per side. I pounded mine to uniform so if yours are slightly uneven than your cook time will vary.
2. Cut chicken into strips and set aside.
3. Pour broccoli into a medium pan and add just enough water to cover the entire bottom. About 3/4 cup. Put the lid on and steam for about 3 minutes.
4. Add cooked fettucine to a large pan and pour sauce on top.
5. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, add chicken and broccoli and stir to combine.

It’s a pretty simple recipe. Like most of my college recipes, I kind of winged it and used jarred sauce because I knew it would taste good. If you like homemade sauce than feel free to make it. I’m way to lazy for that 😀 lol Thanks for reading!

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leftover pasta

I’ve been looking up recipes that I’ve written and saved since my college days and found some super easy and lazy pasta recipes. I had a load of classes every quarter and I tried my best to make dishes that tasted good and were relatively easy. Occasionally if I had time, I’d make recipes that require more effort. I call this recipe leftover pasta because I was short on cash and had these ingredients on hand for this pasta dish.
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Leftover Pasta
1 box farfalle pasta cooked
1 11 oz jar of Bertollis Italian sausage and romano sauce
6 breakfast sausage links cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

– in a large pan or pot, dump in the minced garlic
– cook garlic on medium high heat for about 30 secs (do NOT use high or over cook or you’ll have burnt garlic in your pasta)
– pour in the jar of pasta sauce until it’s warmed to your liking
– add pepper and stir (add more to your taste)
– stir in the chopped sausage links and mix to combine
– last pour in the farfalle pasta and mix again

Enjoy! 🙂 You can use a wide variety of red pasta sauces. I happen to be a fan of the italian sausage and romano sauce. You can serve it with some garlic bread and a salad and it’s an easy dinner. I usually never add salt to this recipe because I find the sauce is salty enough. After you add the pepper, try it first! Only add salt if you really like it salty. You could also add some mozzarella cheese or substitute the sausage links for italian sausage. It’s delicious for a 30 minute meal. It’s all about leftover ingredients. Somehow I realized that the dishes I make when I have leftovers generally taste better than the meals I plan..strange…:P What can I say? I love carbs.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina