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It’s Getting Hot in Here {recipe: spinach salad with sweet mustard vinaigrette}

8 Aug
From Spinach Salad

It has been over 100 for, like, the entire summer. Ok, not the entire summer, but most of it. The most exciting news on the weather channel is that each day brings us to a new record of hotness. Not good hotness, like what a nice lululemon outfit can do to any workout-woman, but bad hotness, like my-plants-are-scorched, I-pick-out-my-outfit-for-the-day-based-on-what-shows-sweat-the-least, and my-dog-refuses-to-go-outside-in-the-afternoon hotness. Bleh.

So, that being said, I offer you a cool, crisp salad in place of a hot, baked dessert item.

Oh, and spinach was on sale, $.98/bunch and blueberries $.99/pint last week at the a-maz-ing grocery store I go to each week in search of its stellar sales. More on that later.

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Here you have it:

Spinach and Blueberry (or any other fruit you have: strawberry, peach, nectarine, etc.) Salad  with Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette.

Serves 6

1 bunch (12 oz) spinach, washed and dried with stems removed

1 cup berries or other chopped fruit

Roughly cut spinach and toss with fruit.


1/2 white onion, chopped

3/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. yellow mustard

1 tsp. salt

1/3 c. white vinegar

1 c. vegetable oil

2 tsp. poppy seeds

Mix all ingredients except poppy seeds in blender or food processor until smooth, pour into serving dish and stir in poppy seeds.

Side note: We ate this dressing on everything once the salad ran out. It is delicious.

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Bistros and Babies {recipe: fresh italian pizza}

15 Jan

Not my babies, just to clear that up. 

From mandolas pizza

We often frequent the Triangle in Austin. I was in college when the Triangle was built, and all I could think was what in the world are they going to fill this development with? It was a huge mixed use space, and I was adamant that no one would ever want to go there. 

You want to know what’s there? Awesome restaurants. Farmer’s Market. Coffee

You know who wants to go there ? Me. All the time.

See, we go to this little italian bistro called Mandola’s because they have this pizza. I would say I love  Mandola’s , and I have only had one item off of their menu. This goes completely against my instincts. I always love to try new things and I roll my eyes at the thought of going somewhere and ordering the same dish as last time. Why would you even do that? You already know what it is going to taste like!

That’s it. It’s like fancy bread with salad on top. Most nights I couldn’t think of a better meal. We’ve eaten that bistro pizza with friends, and family. We split a large one six ways the night that Amber-Rose and Adam told us that they were pregnant with Matea. I ate it with Erika when she was just pregnant with baby Knox, and didn’t even know it yet. Mandolas also has wonderful chocolate cake, carrot cake, italian cream cake…and more. At least I diversify my desserts?

Anyhow, the pizza is simple. It’s a nice, thinner crust baked with proscutto, provalone, and mozzarella cheese, then they pull it out of the oven and throw on top aurgula that as been tossed in lemon and olive oil and fresh salt. 

So, naturally, we had to make it at home. At Sam’s and Whole Foods, they sell a deliciuos flatbread that you have to eat fast (or pass on to your neighbors) because it won’t fit in your freezer, so I started with that. If you want to make your own dough, go for it, but if you’re hungry NOW, grab something prepared. I also used chicken instead of proscuitto.


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Fresh Italian Pizza

serves 2

1  pizza crust

3/4 lb chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 t. oregano

2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

10 cherry tomatoes

4 cups arugula or fresh spinach

3 T. olive oil

2 T. lemon juice

salt and pepper


Turn on the broiler. Saute chicken in a skillet with a pinch of salt and pepper, and the oregano until cooked through. Put chicken on crust and sprinkle with cheese. Broil 90 seconds 4 inches below the broiler coil.

Halve tomatoes. Toss greens with olive oil and lemon juice, scatter atop pizza when it comes out of the oven. Top with tomatoes and a sprinkle of salt.

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