Friday Favorites 1.30.15

Oh heyyyy, Friday. I feel like my posts lately have been mostly recipe related. I haven’t meant them to be, but I’ve been given a few ah-mazing opportunities lately that are in fact food related. On a side note, I’m going to be on the local news next Sunday to discuss holiday baking -ahhhh {huge thanks to Jennifer for the referral!!} – more on this next week!

So let’s kick off the weekend with something light and fun – Friday Faves, ya’ll. Linking up with Amanda

+ Gasparilla is this weekend and it is a huge deal in Tampa Bay. I’ve shared my Gasparilla stories over the years, and it is always a good time. Think Mardi Gras but with pirates in Florida. As much fun as it is, this year we’re not going. If I am remembering correctly {and it’s possible given it’s an entire day of ‘celebrating’, I am not. I digress}, we have attended the parade every year for the last seven years..but we have too much going on, and I am starting a new Whole 3o on Sunday, and don’t want to try and recover from a day like Gasparilla – plus, I’m getting too old for all that. Not really, but this year, we’re just not feelin’ it. What I am feeling is this perfect bangle from Bourbon & Boweties! I first saw it on Key Gypsy  – and I totally want it! Even if I’m not going this year…

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+ I am so late to this one, but I am obsessed with Serial! I’m actually really into podcasts in general, lately. Do you have any you would recommend? Tell me!

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+ These Thai Lettuce Cups look dee-lish! Who wants to make them for me?

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+ I have rearranged rooms in our house. I am now really into gold and wood combos for accent – Jason thinks I’m insane…but I’m digging this shelf – a lot! What do you think?

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+ This is without a doubt, Oskar. Oskar is the laziest guy you’ll ever meet, but the second he hears a bag o’ cheese, he is alllll up in your space…I love him so.

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TGIF, friends! xoxo

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Super Bowl Sunday – What to Eat


My husband decided to ahem, inform me that we’re having friends over for the Big Game, this weekend. Lucky for our guests, I have a plethora of yummy recipes to choose from this weekend. Lucky for you too, since I’m in a sharing kind of mood.

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - RECIPES ROUNDUP

I’m not going to lie, I care more about the food, commercials, and drinks than I do that actual football game on Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks to blogs, Pinterest, and the like, it seems many of you feel the same way.

I’m actually starting another round of the Whole 30 this coming Sunday – more on that later, but I still plan to eat festively if you will [hellllllo Salt and Vinegar Wings], and W30 compliant.

 SUPER BOWL SUNDAY – RECIPES:

+ Chicken Parmesan Panini

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 + Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

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 + Spinach Dip in a Pumpernickel Bread Bowl [The Foodie Patootie]

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 + Corn and Black Bean Salsa [House of Fauci’s]

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 + Chorizo and Cheese Dip

Homemade Chorizo and Cheese Dip for #SundaySupper - Perfect for game time! [Read more…]

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Locale Market – St. Petersburg, Florida #LocaleMarket

 

Locale Market in St. Petersburg, Florida

Last weekend, we decided to finally check out the Locale Market in St. Petersburg, with friends. There has been so much hype over this new spot located in the Sundial [formerly the now defunct Bay Walk], that I could not wait to go!

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Locale Market now open in St. Petersburg, FL

As a bonus, the best friend’s brother, is a lead pastry chef at Locale Market, and we were excited to visit him on the job. Turns out, Jeremy was not scheduled to work after all, so now we’ll just have another reason to visit! I think we can handle that…

Locale lives up to all the buzz, ya’ll. A market downstairs with specialty items, gourmet food bars, a coffee station, gelato, a pasta station [for the love of all that is holy – yum!], with homemade mozzarella, with fresh, organic produce and meats. Plus, I am sure other items I just know I am forgetting.

Upstairs, you’ll find a wine bar, the bakery – order a caramel sticky bun, you won’t be sorry – as well  a wine room [not sure what to call this, but you can purchase wine!], and a meat and cheese counter, where you can order a charcuterie platter. [Read more…]

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Chorizo Cheese Dip for #SundaySupper


Clean eating, homemade Chorizo Cheese Dip - never buy the jarred stuff again! Perfect for game day and #SundaySupper #GalloFamily
My husband loves a good football game. He loves a bad one, too. Basically, the man loves football, okay? I personally love a good reason to well, tailgate. The food, drinks and atmosphere with friends are what I look forward to most. And if I am being really honest, the food is what excites me more than anything! I know you agree with me or you wouldn’t be here reading this, now would you?

Last year for the Big Game, Jason and I were on our first round of the Whole 30 Diet. I thought it would be hard to enjoy the day, but I ended up making some ah-mazing, and mostly healthy chicken wings that were a hit at the party we attended.

This year however, I’m more focused on finding ways to clean up my dishes and learning to indulge in the occasional meal instead. That way, I don’t feel deprived, but also so I don’t overdo it, either. The day is really about getting together with friends, watching the commercials [for me] and enjoying the game [for husband].

Clean eating, homemade Chorizo Cheese Dip - never buy the jarred stuff again! Perfect for game day and #SundaySupper #GalloFamily

Besides my beloved wings [I was born in Buffalo, New York, after all and you cannot watch a sports game without the wings, my friends!], I also love a good queso dip for these events. Do you know what goes really well with a good cheese dip? A bit of spicy chorizo sausage; sadly, most pre-made cheese dips, as well as chorizo sausage are highly processed, and kind of greasy – so we’re making our own for today’s Sunday Supper Bowl!

Making your own chorizo is a lot easier than you may think. It’s simply ground pork and a flavorful spice blend to get it right [I found this easy spice mix for my chorizo, here]. [Read more…]

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