Archive | January, 2012

She is perfect.

24 Jan
Leah Grace was born on Thursday, January 19th.  And on that day I became an aunt <3
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It’s amazing how quickly you can love someone you just met.  While I was waiting with my parents and my brother-in-laws parents, we received a text from my brother-in-law.  “She is perfect”.  And in that moment our lives changed forever.
When we were allowed to go see her I felt nervous.  I was about to meet my niece.  Within moments I would suddenly have unspoken expectations to live up to.  And as I saw her my heart ached.  How amazing to finally see the little beauty that we had been waiting for for so long.  As I watched her sleep I imagined all the memories we’d create and the stories we’d share.  And I hoped that whenever she needs me I will be there.   
Welcome to the world Leah Grace, you are loved so much. 

Cheesy Stuffed Portabella Mushroom

12 Jan
Have you ever pondered what to eat and really listened to your appetite?  I find myself doing this quite often.  I’ll run through a little mental list in my mind of potential things to eat and if I’m in the mood for that particular food.  Listening to what your taste buds are wanting usually prevents overeating and usually it is your body just needing particular nutrients. 
The other day I was trying to do some recipe research when I just thought, hm, I’d really like something warm, cheesy and with vegetables.  The more I thought about it the better it all sounded, until I came up with this simple recipe!
Cheesy Stuffed Portabella Mushroom
Serves 1
You will need:
1 portabella mushroom
1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
1/2 red pepper
Fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons part skim mozzarella
1.) Begin by cleaning the mushroom.  I simply use a damp paper towel to wipe it down, and then take out the stem.
2.) Pour goat cheese crumbles into the mushroom cap.  Top with rosemary.  You could chop the pieces up but it will melt into the cheese anyway.
 
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3.) Top with half of a roasted red pepper.  You can either use store bought peppers or make your own.
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4.) Next, top with bread crumbs and then mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes!  When finished the mushroom will be cooked but still firm. 

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The meaty texture and flavor of the mushroom made it hearty and a perfect meal on a cool day.  And as the cheeses melt with the breadcrumbs they create a stuffing-life filling and a crispy top!  Was it exactly what I was in the mood for?  You betcha! And I bet you’re going to want to try it too!
Have a great weekend!!

Seasons 52.

6 Jan
Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if you could go out to eat to a restaurant that served delicious, fresh food, with nothing over 475 calories?  Well folks, your dream is about to come true!
If you haven’t dined at Seasons 52, I highly suggest it.  While their locations aren’t widespread yet, if there is one near your home and you haven’t visited…what are you waiting for!?014
As you can guess, their menu is seasonal.  So four times a year, their menu changes.  And then each week, another special menu is available. 
I have dined at Seasons 52 during all seasons and I would have to say that my favorite Seasons season is summer.  But don’t get me wrong, you can find something delicious any time of year.
When I recently dined, they were featuring their fall menu.  

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One of the items they are known for is their delicious flatbreads.  We tried a spicy pork flatbread.

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My favorite thing about their flatbread is that it is served on a long board…you eat with your eyes first after all! 
Next, I had a tomato salad.

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The presentation was so beautiful!  It was topped with balsamic glaze, basil and a creamy cheese.

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Some friends had this chili relleno that was too beautiful not to share!

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For my entrée I had caramelized sea scallops with pearl pasta and a mixed variety of seasonal squash!  It actually comes with asparagus but I asked for a veggie substitution, which I felt was more fall-like anyway!  This was definitely the highlight of my meal!  The scallops were done perfectly and I loved the variety of squash that was used.
Seasons 52 is also known for their cute, decadent mini indulgences!

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They are brought out and shown to you using a little flashlight.  How could you say no!?
I had the delicious pecan pie!

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So the next time you’re debating where you should dine and there’s a Seasons 52 close to home…the decision will already be made for you.  The atmosphere is beautiful, the food is top notch and the service is excellent.  And if there isn’t one near you…well you might want to start planning your next vacation according to where one is Winking smile
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