Friday, September 6, 2013

Fresh Sauce + Pasta For Two (or one with leftovers)

I've been eating a lot of fresh veggies lately and had a surplus. My friend's had given me a squash from their garden and my father had given me a gigantic tomato from his. I wanted to use them together and thought for a few days how to do it.

This is what I came up with:



Ingredients:

~ 1 cup of GF pasta (or regular pasta)
Oil
Salt
Oregano
Dried Rosemary
Basil
Red Pepper Flakes
1 Clove of Garlic
1/2 Medium Onion
1 Soft Skinned Squash
1 Chicken Breast
1 Large Heirloom Tomato (or a bunch of small cherry tomatoes)

Utensils Needed:

Cutting Board
Sharp Knife
2 Pans
1 Wooden Spoon
1 Plastic Spatula
1 Pot of Water with lid
1 Smallish bowl
1 Paper towel

Directions:

1. Heat water in pot on high. Add salt and oil (to flavor pasta and keep it from sticking). Keep your lid on for it to boil faster.
2. On medium high, heat oil in one of the pans.
3. Dice garlic and onion. Add to the heated pan.
4. Dice Squash wait until garlic has begun to turn golden brown and the onion has become translucent. Add Squash and brown, stirring occasionally using the wooden spoon. Add spices to taste.
5. Dice tomato, set aside bowl.
6. Your water should be boiling by now. Add your pasta, bring back to a boil and put on your lid.
6. On medium high, heat oil in second pan.
7. Set out paper towel on cutting board. Next to the paper towel begin dicing chicken and placing on the paper towel. Once all chicken has been diced blot it dry (this is so that it will brown nicely). Wash your hands.
8. Salt the chicken using about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
8. Place chicken in free pan, spacing out so that no pieces are touching (this will keep the chicken from steaming instead of sautéing). Wash your hands again. Add about 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary. Use the spatula to turn the chicken once it becomes brown on one side.
9. The pasta should be done by now. Drain (but do not rinse) and add to the pan with the veggies. Add the diced tomatoes. Keep on low heat. This will get your tomatoes to sweat a little and create a fresh sauce.
10. Once the chicken is brown on all sides add to the veggies and pasta. Stir with either the wooden spoon or the spatula.
11. Serve hot.

Possible Wine Pairings:
Red: Sangiovese or Aglianico
White: Pinot Grigio

Monday, March 4, 2013

Saucy.

Today I'm going to get a little saucy up in here. Yesir, I'm giving you my heart through my famous recipe for tomato sauce.

This recipe is very basic and you can easily make it your own by being adventurous or if just making this sauce is adventurous enough for you, werk it girl.

Note: You can totally make this the day you are going to serve it or you could always make a bunch and freeze it in single servings. Like most things, it gets better with age.

You will need:

Ingredients:

Oh, the possibilities. 

2-3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced (with the paper off)
2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 large yellow onion, diced
2.25 pounds of lean ground beef (optional)
0.25 pounds of hot italian sasuage  (optional)
2 gigantic cans of diced tomatoes (28 oz each)
1 gigantic can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1 small can of tomato paste (6 oz)
8 oz of sun dried tomatoes with oil (this is my secret ingredient)
4 bay leaves

Utensils:

1 large pot (mine is cast iron with enamel and make sure it can fit the volume of the liquid)
1 wooden spoon
1 small spatula or spoon to get the tomato paste out of the can

1. Heat your large pot on medium low (it will be on med-low the whole time).
2. Prep all ingredients while pot is heating up.
3. Add oil to pot and wait until oil is rippling (it's called shimmering). Add garlic, red pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir and keep an eye on it.

Step 3... Got a little burned, but it turned out okay.



4. When you can and see the garlic starting to brown add the onion. Stir and let the onion cook until slightly translucent.

Step 4.


5. Once the onion is translucent push it to the sides and add both meats. break the meat up and try to get as much surface area as possible to touch the bottom of the pan. This will make the meat brown which is what tastes good. *If you do not eat meat you can always skip this step.

You guessed it, step 5.

6. When the meat is cooked through add the cans of tomatoes, tomato paste and sun dried tomatoes.

I stopped taking photos after step 6.

7. Add the 4 bay leaves, stir and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. If you turn the heat to low and keep scraping the bottom every 20 minutes or so you could let it go for up to 4 hours. Again, it just keeps getting better.

I put this batch of sauce into baked Ziti. I didn't take photos, but basically you cook pasta add sauce and  mozzarella cheese, sprinkle parmesan on top and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes (or until the parmesan is browned and bubbly).

Relevant: you can't eat the bay leaves so remove before serving or storing.

If you make sauce what do you do differently? How old is your recipe? How do you serve it?


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kitchen Wisdom.

Hog Wild's Twirling Spaghetti Fork.

When I was growing up I was surrounded by amazing Italian food and amazing Italian people. Along with odd family quirks, a die-hard love for the San Francisco Giants and a hip-y figure I was blessed with tons of  kitchen wisdom. These are five of my favorites:


1. Be adventurous. You're never going to  figure out your signature dish without taking a risk! Go on little one, just do it!

2. Read the recipe before you start... twice. You don't want to end up burning your tripple chocolate chip cookies that you have labored over for three hours just because you didn't double check the oven temperature.

3. Never buy a tool that only does one job. My kitchen in Berkeley was so tiny and I couldn't afford the space to have a million tools lying around (except my mocha pot, one-job-per-tool coffee things are always allowed), so this became my rule since I have a weakness for gadgets.

4. Make your own tomato sauce (at least some of the time). This is the first thing I remember making at my aunts house. I asked her to teach me how to make "all of the sauces" (red, blush, white and everything in between).  My red sauce with ox tail is now my signature dish over polenta with sausage.

5. Check the expiration dates. Milk should not be chunky. Enough Said.




P.s. I want to start putting my favorite recipes up on this thing. We will see if I actually do it. Maybe I should try blogging consistently first...

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Where to Eat on Valentines Day in Sonoma County

There are so many amazing things to do for valentines day around Sonoma County. I am going to give you some amazing ideas for somewhere to go.


For Mr. And Miss. Fancy Pants:




La Gare

Found at Restaurant Website.
This is for those of you who want to go all out and stay in Santa Rosa. It's expensive, awesome and will make a great impression. Also, dress up. It's F-A-N-C-Y.

Takes Reservations

408 Wilson St
Santa Rosa, Ca
707-528-4355


For the Man Who is Going to Propose:


Madrona Manor
Found at Restaurant Website.
If you're proposing and love wine country, go here. This place is beautiful, classic and has a wonderful menu and wine selection. The attire is dressy (so fancy that you should probably get a new dress- you're welcome ladies).

Yes, they take reservations.



1001 Westside Rd
HealdsburgCA 95448
707- 433-4231



For Foodies that Love Aesthetics:



El Dorado Kitchen

Found at Restaurant Website

This place is amazing. The design, food and location are beautiful. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, you can wear your cool skinny gray suit and your vintage fedora and totally fit in. Yes, ladies break out that beautiful 1950's mink from Skirt Chaser, black skinny jeans and your Jimmy Choo's. You're going to love it here.

Yes, they take reservations.

405 1st St W
Sonoma, Ca
707-996-3030

One of the First Few Dates:

Boat House

Found photo on Yelp, they don't have a website.


Here you're going to eat something deep fried. I recommend the Fish & Chips. This place always hits the spot for me after spending the afternoon tide pooling and watching the sun set. Wear jeans and a sweatshirt.

No reservations needed.

1445 California 1
Bodega Bay, Ca


For the Couple Who are Laid back and Really Fun


Hana Japanese

Found photo on Restaurant Website.


"There is fish here" - My sister who is an engineer. That's a huge compliment. Zagat loves them too, they are one of the highest rated Sushi places in Sonoma County. This place is comfortable and there is no pressure to be fancy. You might want to learn hose to use chop sticks before eating here though...

Yes, they take reservations.

101 Golf Course Drive
Rohnert Park, Ca
707-586-0270

(They are in the building across the parking lot from Mary's Pizza)



For the Vegetarian who is with the Meat Eater:


Scopa

The Restaurant website is lacking photos so I grabbed this from the Travel and Leisure Website.
This beauty was taken by Steve Kepple.
This place is amazing. The food is great, the atmosphere is hip and the wait staff is just lovely. The wine list is crazy awesome. This place is also very exclusive. You will need to make reservations like now... well finish reading then make reservations. 

For dessert you will have to walk across the street to Moustache Baked Goods and grab an espresso (please, pronounce it properly) and a financier bar.

109 Plaza St. 
Healdsburg, Ca


For the Carnivorous Lovers:

Diavola Pizzaria & Salumeria

This is from my Instagram (@bethanyfautley).
The company I work for had our Christmas party here- SCORE!


This is personally my favorite restaurant in Sonoma County. I haven't been everywhere, but this place always feels like home to me. It's comfortable and classic yet you have drying meat hanging from hooks and a pigs head to greet you when you walk in. It's a little weird and a lot amazing. All the meats are made in house. I HIGHLY recommend the blood sausage. It's sweet and salty and perfect. 

The Restaurant website is here.

They do not take reservations, be prepared to wait around. There are quite a few amazing wineries you can hang out in within 3 store fronts while you wait though. Including my favorite, Mercury Vineyards.

21021 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville, Ca
707-814-0111


For the Singles Night Out!

Jackson's Bar & Oven

Found this on yelp.com


This place is my go-to for a girls night or a casual dinner with friends. It would be so much fun to have a group together to just have a great time on a night where singles usually don't have much to do. I know that I love getting together with my friends and I love Jackson's so it would be a great fit! I highly recommend the fish tacos with the Lagunitas Pils.

The Restaurant website is here.

Yes, they take reservations.

135 4th St.
Santa Rosa, Ca
707-545-6900


So, tell me, what is on your menu?





Thursday, January 24, 2013

How to Use Social Media to Get an Internship.


A lot has changed in these last few months. The short of it is I moved back home, started school to get a certificate in Wine Business and Marketing, I work in the tasting room for a winery and am working for an AWESOME marketing firm as one of their interns. I don't mean to brag... but guuuuurl, my life is awesome right now.

If you're looking for an internship I want to give you some tips to make the search more fun, more memorable for your employers and make the whole process more interesting for you.


1) Follow, follow, follow.
Use social media and search for people that would influence you. Follow them.

2) Stalk 'em.
Yes, stalk these people.. online, not in real life. don't be creepy. Get to know what they do, what they like, if you will get along with them, etc.

3) Say hi.
A simple "hello" in real life and online goes a long way.

4) Stick your neck out and ask for what you want.
That's what I did. It worked. Sure, I got some "no's" but this "yes" was so worth it.


5) Be reliable, focused, be able to back up your claims. 
If you say you're going to do something, do it.

#TipsAndTricks


Friday, May 25, 2012

Learning How to Love... Again.


“In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Sin to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, If God so loved us we also ought to love one another”. 1 John 4:10-11

I am hard hearted.

I am stubborn.

I am a brat.

I am totally selfish.

I love winning and I hate losing so I just don’t play games which I tend to lose. When I do lose I feel totally defeated and turn into a sulking, sore loser.

I get jealous when people pay attention to others or so special things for others and not me. I think I deserve more than I have.

When I do not have myself in check (a.k.a. when I’m just “being me”) I am totally ungrateful.

I’ve been realizing how much of a brat that I am lately and I don’t like the ugliness that I see.

Two Thursdays ago in a bible study with some of my friends in Oakland I challenged myself to pray and read my bible consistently every morning and every night before bed. My objective: to spend quality time with God. I wanted to grow our relationship, let Him speak into my life and start listening to the Spirit rather than all the junk that I’ve got going on up in my mind.

The outcome: In my reading a few nights ago I came upon this verse. Well, this whole chapter actually. The entire chapter crept up on my heart and has made itself cozy all up in there.

I have been thinking about the case that the verse above makes for a few days now: love one another because Jesus died to be the propitiation for our sins because He loved us. I cannot argue my way out of this. I cannot make this into something that won’t change me or my heart.

Something’s already started to change and move. Jesus is doing something to make me a better lover -no, dad not like that. What I mean is that I am learning to love the way that Jesus wants me to- unselfishly with a heart motivated not by what I want to get rather by the love that He displayed for us.

As I repent I take comfort in the writings of the apostle Paul “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 3:17-18

As the Lord removes this veil of sin from my face I am excited be begin seeing Him more clearly. I am excited to re-learn how to love. I am excited to gain liberty through the Spirit.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Two weekends ago I went to the beach.


We had a picnic in the car because the wind was throwing sand into our food (we also had quite a few pop chip casualties). We took photos (well, everyone else took photos- I played). There were 30mph gusts of wind. I thought I was going to fall off of the rocks.

After Jonathan, Bethany, Joe and I had some time so we went and got salt water taffy. Yum. Then we got some fish and chips at the boathouse. If you are ever in Bodega, go here. It’s pricy ($10.75 for one huge overflowing basket of fish and chips) but it was very yummy.


 This is the only picture that I took:


Jonathan- if you give me more photos, I'll take this one down.