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clam linguine at home



clam linguine has got to be one of the easiest and equally satisfying dishes i have made.  and the variants are endless.  this dish is legit when you want to look like a champ.  rings of summer

this is my favorite way to bust this out:

– enough clams to feed your peeps (1lb per person?)

– enough linguine to feed your posse

– 3 strips of bacon chopped

– 3 cloves garlic or 1 shallot

– 4 T salted butter

– 1/2 c white wine you’d want to chug (or you know drink casually) later

– 2 T lemon juice

– 3 T parsley

1.  start the water boiling and cook pasta till al dente, or even a little less.  wash clams and let them sit in a bowl of water with some corn starch.  we don’t need no stinkin sand.

2.  throw the chopped bacon in a pan with high sides and a cover.  render fat out of the bacon and fish out with a slotted spoon or a fork or your fingers…..

3.  toss in the butter, shallots or garlic, soften.

4.  deglaze with wine and lemon juice.  add in all clams.  cover.

5.  after a few minutes the clams will start to open.  fish out the ones that are open with that slotted spoon and put aside in a bowl.  chuck the clams that don’t open.  they didn’t want to join the party and you don’t want them to either.

6.  add the cooked pasta to your pan and toss until fully coated.  make sure not to forget to add the liquid that has accumulated with the clams that are in that other bowl.  tong some pasta, twirl on a plate add some some clams, bacon, and parsley.  TAH DAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

7.  look like a baller.



thanksgiving on a bun


yes, this is a pinterest inspired meal…..and oh so freaking good.  and all ingredients located easily at my local TJ’s.


Thanksgiving Sliders – adapted from this recipe

1 package ground turkey – (i added meatloaf-like things:  yogurt, panko bread crumbs, sage, thyme, s & p, cayenne pepper, garlic)

cranberry sauce – in the jar from TJ’s (probably a seasonal thing, but damn it’s good)

1 package goat cheese

baby spinach

slider buns

1.  mix meatloaf-like things with ground turkey.  form into sliders (golf ball sized)

2.  pan fry, grill, bake, however you like to eat your sliders

3.  heat up your buns a bit, slather some goat cheese on one side, cranberry sauce on the other

4.  place slider on bun, add spinach, and eat the damn thing.  savor.

new year’s eve day breakfast



where there’s bacon there’s breakfast.  here was a pretty valiant effort to prepare for the battle i was about to put my stomach through on our new years eve festivities.  though a meal of eggs, potatoes, and bacon would seem to be hearty, the thing that really got me was that glass over there on the right…….mimosas:1  megan:0.  seriously.

i also wasn’t able to make a viable dent in my meal because i had been on a vacation bender for the past two days……what i really needed was some water and a nap.  cheers to 2013!

a well rounded dinner


sooo, when you don’t know what to eat for dinner…..make everything:  spanakopita, bruschetta, shrimp steam buns, hearts of palm salad, coconut milk chocolate ice cream, circus animal cookies, wine……….

thanksgiving – monterey, ca



a belated thanksgiving post.  what can i say, it was an unbelievably satisfying dinner.  it was somehow perfectly timed (which never happens).  everyone had a hand in preparing the meal (also unusual).  and it was happy compilation of what everyone always wants at thanksgiving:  TURKEY (but not just one, TWO!  one bbq’d, and one oven roasted – both equally delicious), stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and oh the gravy.

we spent our thanksgiving in monterey for the first time, which was also very satisfying.  a lovely change.  and the weather decided to grace us with her beautiful presence, sun and a cool breeze.  i was endlessly thankful.

quick dinner


there are two ways i like my dinners:  long, elaborate, and insanely decadent.  OR.  quick and easy.  this particular dinner was the latter:  orzo, peas, roasted red peppers, and a fried salmon patty all with a dollop of greek yogurt and a little cayenne on top.  all thanks to trader joe’s.  tj, i love you.