Portabella Parmesan Pasta


This little gem was something I made up when I really wanted some portabella mushrooms. It’s simple and involves few ingredients, per my usual style. Serves 4.

1 pound sliced baby portabella mushrooms
8 oz. balsamic vinaigrette
1 pound linguini
4 oz. parmesan cheese

1. Marinate the shrooms in the balsamic vinaigrette (I use a standard plastic freezer bag) in the refrigerator for 1 hour to two days.

2. Cook pasta according to pasta instructions. Meanwhile, saute mushrooms in a skillet until almost cooked through.
3. Add cooked, drained pasta to skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes; create some charcoal if desired.
4. Top with freshly shaved parmesan and serve.


Dinner Party


A few weeks ago, I hosted my very first “adult” dinner party for my family. Guests were my mother, two of my brothers, my sister-in-law (who is a phenomenal chef and foodie), my “adopted” sister Katie and my boyfriend. I wanted to make as many of my specialties as possible and serve them tapas-style in a casual environment. While I did overdo it (you never want anyone to be hungry), everyone benefited from leftovers and not having to worry about cooking for a few days. Links are included for the recipes of all things made by me below. For my entire arsenal of recipes, click here.

My menu:

Cheese plate: Brie, Goat, Comte, Pont-l’Évêque
Roasted red peppers
Seeded flatbreads & French bread
Assorted olives
Prosciutto-wrapped figs
Cranberry walnut salad (made by Piers)
Magnificent Meatballs
Mushroom Parmesan pizzetta; Tomato Gruyere pizzetta
Seafood & Sausage Jambalaya
Garlic-Parmesan Asparagus
Peach-Apricot Chicken
Homemade chocolate chip cookies (Rindy brought these)

The Questions Game

testI love this game and have tried to get peeps to play, but it requires an android and my bf is the only other person in my circle that has one. I make up for this by secretly recreating with randoms using the app. Although Test For Friends seems like it’s for dating, upon closer inspection, it serves as a great self-assessment tool.

Here’s a sampling of questions. The only frustrating part is that this program hails from Denmark, so the wording can be off. It’s multiple choice and sometimes doesn’t offer the option you would choose. For example, the first question below. Beyond the duds, though, it can be eye-opening. I’m going to make this into a cocktail party card game and you are all invited!

♦Which do you prefer more? Skirts or pants? (Confusion: Does that mean on me or you? I certainly prefer skirts, but not on a guy…although kilts do have a certain appeal.)

♦Could you show a friend your last five text messages without checking them first?

♦You’re stuck in an elevator with an extremely attractive person. What is your first reaction?: (a) delight (b) panic

♦Your best friend is in love with someone you can’t stand. What do you do? (a) try to talk her out of it (b) try to understand him

♦If you could choose a period of life for a month, which would it be? (a) child (b) teenager (c) adult…Awkward wording, but you know what they mean.

♦You think your partner cheats on you. Would you secretly read his/her text messages if s/he forgot his/her phone?

♦You have to go to the toilet urgently, but there is a a long queue. The one for the other sex, however, is free. Do you use that one? [My answer is:  Of course!]

♦Which luxury would you most likely get for your home? (a)  gym and pool (b) cinema (c) butler and chef

♦How eclectic is your group of friends?

♦When was the last time you shared a bed with someone? Options are: (a) recently (b) a while ago (c) a shut mouth catches no flies (HA!)

♦Do you smoke? (Are they referring to pot or cigarettes?) Answer choices are “yes” “no” & “only at parties”

♦Do you consider kissing cheating? (This is super complicated as a yes or no when you, a straight girl, loves to give your gay boy love a peck on the lips)

♦A friend has a new partner. Now, they only spend time together. Can you understand them? (a) of course (b) they’re exaggerating a bit

♦Does a nude photo of you exist?

If you like this, I’ll post a second installment, as there are way too many questions to list. It’s fun with friends, and if you are in the dating scene, you can figure out what guys are playboys because they always try to say the right thing rather than the real thing. Weed out the bad ones and have fun at the same time, RAD.

TEST FOR FRIENDS (click to check it out and download)

The Importance of Being Honest

The importance of being honest in relationships doesn’t get the press coverage that it deserves. Honesty is a tricky thing. How honest is too honest? Sometimes, you don’t want to be honest because it will hurt your girlfriend’s feelings. Her makeup seems over-the-top, let’s say. But there is a huge difference between little white lies and humongous lies like cheating, stealing, invading one’s privacy, or covering up your spotty past or financial state. Some lies have huge repercussions. Hence, the importance of being honest.

Let’s get one thing straight: If you feel the need to lie to your partner about big-deal things, then you should not be in relationship. Moving on…

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Just Do It #3

You should constantly update your playlist (whether it’s men or music). As I do every month, I’m sharing the beats racing my laces at the moment. Right now, it’s an upbeat list for spring training.

Just Do It #3 2013

“Alive” ♦ Krewella
“Wings” ♦ Little Mix
“All Around The World” ♦ Mindless Behavior
“Crazy B*tch” ♦ Buckcherry
“Do The Panic” ♦ Phantom Planet
“Another Girl, Another Planet” ♦ The Only Ones
“Bad Girl” ♦ Pussycat Dolls
“Bulletproof” ♦ La Roux
“So What” ♦ Ciara
“Greyhound” ♦ Swedish House Mafia
“Get Busy” ♦ Sean Paul
“Gymnopédies: No. 2: Lent Et Triste” ♦ Erik Satie



Click below to see previous playlists…

All playlists are linked in the article below.

#1 2013