RECIPE: Varenna Marinara Italian Sauce

I’ve been in Varenna Italy for 3 weeks now on a wellness retreat, exploring new foods, new culture and inspiring restaurants.  I’m pretty sure it’s going to take more than a few weeks to instill the centuries deep culinary expertise of this country, but I’ve made an Americanized version (i.e. quick, easy, but still delicious) of marinara sauce, without stealing any secret family recipes.  It’s … Continue reading RECIPE: Varenna Marinara Italian Sauce

RANT: Study Abroad

Next month I’m headed to Italy for a Wellness Retreat. (By the way, contact me if you are interested in participating in or creating your own Wellness Retreat wellandbalanced@gmail.com) While in college, I spent my junior Fall semester “studying” abroad in Florence, Italy.  “Study Abroad” was really code for excessive travel, red wine appreciation and the ingestion of copious amounts of gelato, olive oil and pasta. … Continue reading RANT: Study Abroad

RECIPE: Fresh Pesto

I. LOVE. PESTO. Put it on Pasta. Serve it in soups. Pop it on Pizza. The smell of fresh basil is like Spring and Summer and Tuscany all in one leaf! So if you are looking for something to do with your basil plant’s offerings, or just searching for a pesto recipe, you’ve found it! INGREDIENTS: 2 cups fresh basil 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup … Continue reading RECIPE: Fresh Pesto

RECIPE: Italian Chicken Casserole

Who likes Italian food!? Who wants an Easy, Healthy, Tasty supper that doesn’t disappoint?! If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, keep reading. If you answered “no”, then, well, I just don’t know what to do with you. 1 large bag of thawed frozen chicken strips (hormone free of course) 1-2 cups chopped mushrooms (I totally cheat and get pre-washed, pre-sliced … Continue reading RECIPE: Italian Chicken Casserole

RECIPE: Pea Pesto Shrimp Linguine

One of my clients told me about a fabulous pea pesto recipe. I somehow miss placed the link, but in my usual fashion, I threw a few things together to create my own version, and holy moly this dish was good! (And my presentation gets an A+ too don’t you think? It’s amazing what a little fresh basil and parmesan shavings will do as a … Continue reading RECIPE: Pea Pesto Shrimp Linguine

RECIPE: Goat Cheese and Chard Rolls

WARNING: This dish is super Yummy.  It does have more steps and ingredients than what I’m comfortable handling, but if I can do it you can do it. A client sent me this recipe from “bite this” and I’ve made it 3 times this month, impressing my dinner guests (and myself) each time! I did have to go to 2 different grocery stores to get … Continue reading RECIPE: Goat Cheese and Chard Rolls