Pasta alla Vodka with Salmon!

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I begin studying for the Bar today! After a week long vacation of doing absolutely nothing productive besides making good food, and eating good food around San Diego, the day has dawned and I will embark on this loner journey called studying for the bar. I already envision many anxious sleepless nights freaking out, tons of coffee/caffeine in whatever forms, lots of memorization, a painful right hand as I review and memorize on paper, sore eyes, dark circles. LOL I totally envision aging during this process. Any recommendations of anti-aging cream? I hope to still update this blog of my sanity throughout this process, and I don’t want ya’ll to forget about me when I become MIA!

Italian food is still my favorite food. I LOVE pasta and sauces and anything with tomatoes and basil in it. I have had salmon pasta alla vodka at several Italian places, but the one I remember the most is the creamy, awesome one at Arrivederci in Hillcrest. It is a super cute Italian place – I absolutely LOVE their bread (I get like 5 baskets when I am there) with their awesome tomato sauce dip that leaves you craving for more. Go check it out if you can! It really is so awesome.

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Simple Tomato Pasta Sauce

This is the simplest and most delicious and addicting pasta sauce ever. I don’t know if I can go back to regular jarred sauces anymore! It truly is simple- only 3 ingredients- canned whole tomatoes (San Marzano if you are feeling rich), butter, and onion. It tastes like those fresh pasta sauces at Italian restaurants. It is tangy and sweet and buttery. I love it so much. I dare you to love it. And I know you will succeed.

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Spicy Italian Sausage Orzo with Tomatoes and Spinach

Oh dear. It’s freezing outside! I am staying home, stressed out from school, missing a bday party, and watching Great Gatsby instead of studying. WHAT IS MY LIFE?! I loved Great Gatsby when I read it in high school – I love opulence, rich stuff, fancy clothes, and character. I loved every bit of the story. Of course the book is a tragedy and all the stuff in the book all seemed so frivolous in the end. But whatever, I love drama and tragedy and opulence. Anyway, the movie we watched in class way back when featured the actors on screen who looked very orange and greasy. I always wished they would do a remake with actors portrayed with better skin. I love Leo so I am hoping he brings it.
Anyway, my dinner tonight was a simple orzo pasta dish. I wanted something soft, creamy, and full of flavor. It really is a simple recipe with very few ingredients! It is perfect for a cold night!

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Baked Spaghetti Squash with Crispy Kale!

I have got quite a few cheers and inquiries on the spaghetti squash ‘pasta’ I made last week!!! Roasted spaghetti squash is a great substitute for carby pasta and to get your daily veggie intake. One squash is about 4 servings, which is quite a lot for about $2.29! You can also throw it into chicken soup if you would like! It really is versatile and so good – get them while they are in season!!!

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Pad Thai!!!

Delicious delicious pad thai! My favorite thai dish!!! Despite my love for food, I don’t eat coconut and eat things if coconut milk is used sparingly. However, that all changed when I went to Portland!!! Portland has such delicious food and for so cheap. There are food carts all over the city, and cute little restaurants line each district. It is truly amazing how small town it feels, no matter where in Portland you go. Most businesses are family owned, with unique offerings from food to houseware. They have so many of these local businesses that its really hard to find a chain store around Portland. I LOVED IT. I highly recommend anyone to go- I am already thinking about my next trip to Portland! Here are some lovely fall pics from Portland!

 
So how did I begin to accept coconut milk? Well, everywhere I went, there were a bunch of restaurants that served exotic Asian cuisine. For example, Pok Pok serves bougie Thai fusion cuisine. 3-4 Thai food carts were on every block. I also craved something creamy that night my friend and I went to get Thai food at E-sam Thai in downtown. Pad thai is my usual go-to, but I opted for the Red Curry and ended up LOVING it. I think it was also because Portland people make hella good food. Their curry was exceptional and their Pad Kee Mao was phenomenal. I was blown away. We loved the thai food so much that the next day we went to the food carts and got the same thing! Hahah! Anyway, after all that curry and randomness, I really just wanted to eat thai food when I got home. Pad thai was not an exception! So here we go!

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Chicken Alfredo with Bowties

I was carbo-loading for my big run yesterday all last week! I had pasta everyday and welp I think it helped with my energy levels on race day. I have no idea if there is any scientific truth to it, but I mean I felt good running and had the best race and mileage time in my life! So exciting! Here is a lovely, hearty chicken alfredo recipe I wanted to share. I am SO addicted to the creamy sauce and I know you will too! It is actually super simple!

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Vegan Parmesan Cheese!

I don’t like 99% of cheeses out there. I only like the ones with extremely mild in taste like cheddar, mozz, muenster, and occasionally gouda. Not a brie fan or feta fan. And the other numerous stinky cheeses out there! Lately I have been interested in the vegan diet, and vegan recipes. I like to eat healthy, with lots of veggies incorporated in my diet, so naturally I was curious of vegan-ism. I have absolutely no intentions to become vegan, but some of the stuff that they create are astounding and delicious. Vegans don’t eat cheese, so I’m curious to try vegan cheeses because I know the cheeses they make have the look and feel of it, but it may not taste exactly like regular cheese. This intrigues me because I can add substance and aesthetics to things that require cheese, but the dish doesn’t have to taste like it. I ran across this Vegan Parmesan Cheese on the blog Oh She Glows and decided to give it a try. It definitely doesn’t come close to tasting or smelling like parmesan cheese, but it gives my pasta (or anything) the added fluff and great nutrition. Plus, I don’t have to feel guilty eating it!!! Vegan cheeses, and vegan dishes that require a cheesy flavor, use this thing called nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast contains B12 vitamins (which plant foods do not have) that a lot of vegans lack if they don’t take supplements for it. I buy it at the OB People’s Market where they have bins of it- I use the regular nutritional yeast and isn’t expensive.

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