Typically pasta dishes are on my “Do Not Make” list. I grew up in an Italian family so pasta is a true comfort food for me, but I don’t want to resort to it all the time. So if I can, I try to find something healthier to make. William Sonoma’s Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage recipe is an exception, though. It’s incredibly easy to make while still giving the impression of a well-prepared dinner.
I was not accustomed to using broccoli rabe until I started making this recipe. The strong taste took a little getting used to. It’s like spinach, but stronger and tougher. This makes trimming and chopping after boiling important steps as well as adding the right amount of seasoning. You get used to it the more you make it. Be sure not to skip the step of cooking the pasta in the leftover water from the broccoli rabe. It really brings out the flavor.
What’s your go to fast, but polished meal?
I was slow to the jumpsuit scene and, now, I’m not sure why it took me so long to “jump” on the bandwagon. Luckily, as a birthday gift, my boyfriend saw the potential and pushed me out of my comfort zone once again (see gold sequin pants). They are comfy, create an interesting silhouette and feel a little more fashion forward than anything else in my closet. I like that they are slim through the hip and leg area and only slightly tapered so as not to completely resemble MC Hammer pants.
I thought I could pull this look off for work considering the black and white print is a little more professional. I was a little unsure of how people would react, but I have to say most people were very complimentary of the new outfit. Considering I work with mostly 20 to 30 something women this was not surprising. Most said they wished they could pull it off, but felt that they are too short for the style. I feel for them. It is a bit of a hard silhouette to work with. Not sure if there is some variation of this look that takes that into consideration. I suppose you could always have a jumpsuit altered.
Details: Banana Republic Factory Jumpsuit (Similar) / Fergalicious Sandals / H&M Blazer/ J.Crew Factory Necklace / Francesca’s Earrings
Every year my summer reading list is something I look forward to putting together. Perhaps its the years of participating in the Book IT! Program with the promise of greasy pizza that continues to motivate me like Pavlov’s dog. I ask my friends, consult the New York Times, NPR, Amazon — any place I can find a list — and head to Half Price books. Since I love a good book recommendation, I thought I’d share with you three of the books I read/am reading this summer.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Ever since Parks and Recreation ended, I have been looking to fill that smart/irreverent comedic void in my life. Reading this book is kind of like listening to Lesley Knope talk. Its a little wordy and rambly, but the payoff is completely worth at the end of every sentence. I think this book has more jokes per square foot than any comedian’s biography I’ve read so far (Jokes per square foot is a rating system I’ve invented). It’s cool to read about Amy’s early years working on Upright Citizen’s Brigade and SNL as well as her time on Parks and Rec. I also appreciate her advice and thoughts on relationships, parenting, work and life in general.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
I was excited to read this book as it was a gift and came highly recommended. It was named either a Best or Notable Book of 2014 by a variety of outlets. The time and place is 1920s London right after Word War I. The main character Frances and her mother who once were considered part of the high class have to take in borders to make ends meet. The book goes on to take many very unexpected twists and turns and the characters become forever changed in ways they never imagined. What starts out as a story about two proper, high-bread women becomes a suspenseful page turner in the end. What I found most interesting was the undertone of how much war changes a society.
The Gatehouse by Nelson DeMille
This book is the sequel to Nelson DeMille’s book The Gold Coast. If you know anything about Nelson DeMille, you probably know that he has knack for sarcasm and suspenseful crime stories. The Gatehouse starts where John and Susan Sutter leave off after a murder, the mafia and tax evasion catch up with them. The witty banter and descriptions of incredible mansions and estates along the Gold Coast keep it a light read, while their continuous run ins with the mob and the eccentricities of this social class give it just the right amount of intrigue.
As we start yet another new month, the end of summer feels near. Now is the time to get as much out of the warm weather as possible (even though I can’t wait for fall!!!). For me this means trying to wear as many dresses as possible. Soon I will long for the days when I didn’t have to wear pants. I love to change up a maxi dress for work by throwing on a blazer. I especially love that this dress is actually backless, but because of the high-neck front can be worn in different ways. The pattern lends itself to both a bohemian flair, but also a put together look.
British Khaki Blazer / Sugar Lips Maxi Dress / Francesca’s Earrings / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Fergalicious Sandals