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Review: The Progress (San Francisco)

Review: The Progress (San Francisco)

A little more than a year ago, almost to the day, I wrote a review about a popular SF restaurant, State Bird Provisions. Less than a year after, State Bird’s sister restaurant The Progress opened and through friends (Thanks Christina!) I was able to get a reservation. The Progress is right next door to its sister restaurant, but employs a different menu style. All items are served family style, and each table picks 6 items for $65/person. The chefs scale up the portions based on your party size, so it ends up being just the right amount of food. I certainly left...
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“Chipotle” Sofritas

“Chipotle” Sofritas

It’s no secret that I love love love chipotle. It’s just one of those guilty pleasure foods that always hits the spot. Last year, Chipotle introduced Sofritas to their menu, a spicy vegan tofu filling for their burritos or tacos. I really enjoy the hearty the flavor of their Sofritas, but unfortunately, the Chipotle version is really high in sodium: almost 600 mg in a serving. This is my healthier home-made take on their sofritas filling, which is incredibly easy to make and flavorful. Ingredients: 1 T olive oil 1/2 bell pepper diced 3 ounces firm tofu...
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

The Super Bowl might as well be renamed “National Cheat-Day” because it’s the day everyone skips out on their healthy eating, trendy diets to eat amazing, delicious, unhealthy-but-totally-worth-it food. This recipe is absolutely no exception. Delicious? Yes! Healthy? Nope! Regardless, it does a great job of mimicking the flavor of buffalo chicken wings without the hassle and mess. Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese (at room temp) 2 T ranch dressing or blue cheese crumbles 2 C shredded cheese (I used cheddar and mozzarella blend) 1/2 C frank’s red hot...
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Feta Shakshuka

Feta Shakshuka

I first ate Shakshuka when I visited Turkey in 1997. The dish is common in the middle east, with Tunisian origin and is basically comprised of poached eggs in a slightly spicy tomato sauce. I’m not even a huge fan of eggs (except for occasional runny eggs like sunny side up and poached at brunch), but for some reason this combination of eggs and tomatoes just works well for me. So much so, that I made this dish for Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner) this weekend. Shakshuka is traditionally made in a small cast iron skillet, but I didn’t have one so I used a...
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Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays are here! I love the holiday season and think its such a fun time to be surrounded by family and friends, eating good food, drinking wine, and going a little crazy with dessert. Gift giving around the holidays can be a little stressful, I know, so I thought I’d resurrect a few ideas from my blog and the internet, of holiday gifts! Homemade gifts: 1. Holiday cookies 2. Cookies in a jar 3. Homemade pesto: here or here 4. Infused olive oils 5. Banana bread 6. Cranberry Scones     Pin...
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Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

November was a really busy month- between a work trip to DC, applications, my sister’s wedding, etc I feel like I’ve been running around nonstop. I guess I feel that way most winters though and with the holiday season approaching, the to do list is not getting any shorter! I made these scones last week to take to a Santacon pre-party. For those of you that don’t know, Santacon is basically a day where most of the 20-somethings in SF dress up in santa outfits and run around the city. I wanted to make something that people could snack on amidst the...
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Pull apart cheesy bread

Pull apart cheesy bread

It’s football season. Yes, let’s say that again. It’s football season! The best time of year ever. YAY! And with football season, comes lots of tasty tasty snacks. I’ve made a few football friendly dishes before and feel like its time to add to the list. This recipe for pull apart cheesy garlic bread is right up that alley. Enjoy! Some other easy gameday recipes: 49ers sugar cookies Corn jalapeño salsa Homemade Hummus Slow cooker veggie chili Superbowl six layer dip Ingredients: 1 loaf of sourdough bread 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced 5 T butter 1...
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Mushroom & Spinach Risotto

Mushroom & Spinach Risotto

Risotto used to be one of my go-to meals after work, but for some reason it fell off my radar for a while. Well, it’s back in full force and has made a strong resurgence in my life. I know risotto can seem intimidating, but honestly, if you are patient, it makes a wonderful fall meal. A few notes: 1. BE PATIENT: risotto takes time, and if you add stock too fast, it will get sticky and gross. Add stock one ladle at a time, and make sure to wait as long as possible before the next ladle. The first few will take a while to absorb, but as you get closer to the end, the...
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