Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guest Post: Food Life Love's Linguini with Pancetta and Clams

Alright, let me tell you how nice it is to be friends with Rachel Hutchinson from Food Life Love
A. She is always smiling.
B. She is super sweet.
C. You eat like a Queen.
D. She agreed to share a recipe in our Guest Recipe Post series.


I met Rachel through my sister, Krystal and her presence has brought a lot of joy, laughter and full tummies to some of our best family get-aways and get-togethers.  She is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York and she shares her favorite recipes regularly on her blog, Food Life Love.  She is also a "foodie to follow" on Instagram!  I hope you enjoy her Linguini with Pancetta and Clams!

Linguini with Pancetta and Clams

Serves: 4


1 lb linguini
2-3 tablespoons EVOO
4 oz. pancetta, cut into small cubes
2 large shallots, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it
1 1/2 to 2 cups of a dry white wine, I used Pinot Grigio
1/2 cup chicken broth, you can also just use water
45 little neck clams
2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 medium baguette
parmesan cheese, optional
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped flat leaf parsley, optional


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a good handful of salt, it should taste like the sea. This is where the pasta gets all of its flavor, so don't forget to season your water! Boil the pasta according to the instructions on the package, it usually takes around 8 to 12 minutes.

Cut the baguette into crostini pieces and lay on a baking sheet. Brush the bread with EVOO and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toast the bread for 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on it though because it tends to burn easily (I've learned from past experiences!). Once done set aside to cool.

While cooking the pasta, heat a large dutch oven or pot with the EVOO on medium to high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until mostly crispy.

Then add your shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes and allow to soften, around 5 to 7 minutes. Once they are all cooked, deglaze the pan with the wine. Use a wooden spoon to get all those brown bits off the bottom of the pan, this is where a lot of flavor comes from. Once the wine has evaporated some, add in your chicken broth (or water) and then the clams. (If any of the clams are open before you put them in do NOT use them- they are dead). Put the lid on the pot and let the clams cook in the broth, shaking the pot occasionally. This usually takes 6 to 8 minutes.You will know the clams are cooked and ready when they have all opened up. If a clam does not open, throw it out! At this point you can add the lemon juice, heavy cream, and butter. Season the broth to your liking, it should be very flavorful! Toss in the pasta and get everything all combined. Serve in bowls immediately with the toasted baguette and top with parmesan cheese. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Renee!

I really do love Renee Rouleau.  
I love to try new products and play with new types of skin care.  I have been doing it for more years than I care to admit! 
But with Renee, I got religious.
About my routine, that is!

I really can't tell you what a difference this has made in my skin.  Renee's products are incredible and, once I saw the improvement, I decided to stick to the routine she recommended for me.  Even when I travel, I take her products with me.  That used to be the time that I threw all of small samples in a bag and took off but those days are over!

What is the secret?  Forgot those basic skin type categories that we have been taught we need to fit in to in the past.  Renee took it beyond dry, oily and combination and broke it into nine different categories.  You can take her test on-line to find out which products suit your skin. 

I promise you will love her products so give them a go!  You won't regret it!

This is not a sponsored post, just a little Happy 18th Birthday to one of the best skin care lines around!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and Turquoise

I'm feeling inspired by these beautiful pink and turquoise tablescapes!  Maybe it is time to plan an end of Summer Soiree!
Simon Watson for House Beautiful  Interior Design by Ruthie Sommers
House Beautiful

Heather Christo

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guest Post: Krystal Schlegel's Summer Kale Salad

My darling sister, Krystal, is always whipping up beautiful and delicious salads for this weeks guest recipe post, I asked her to share her favorite:  Summer Kale Salad.  Here is her guest post:

This is a new favorite salad recipe of mine.  I usually just throw in whatever vegetables are in my fridge at the time, but this seems to be the tastiest combination! This fresh summer salad makes the perfect lunch with filling avocado, kale, edamame, almonds and tops off with a squeeze of lemon, olive oil and fresh cracked pepper.
3 leaves kale
1/2 cup edamame
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cherry tomatoes
steamed beets
toasted almonds
one tablespoon olive oil
half lemon
salt and pepper

Photography credit:  Krystal Schlegel
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