Angel Hair Pasta With Crab and Hazelnuts in Lemon Cream

Last night we had a wonderful cooking class in South Boston hosted by Chef Emily G. Emily is both a wine expert and chef by trade. Her choices of wine and recipes are to die for. Emily took us through step by step on how to make these wonderful crab, hazelnut and cream sauce pasta nests. They are to die for!!!! I had to share this with all of you! She also gave us tips on how to make your own garlic paste, and how to cut properly and zest a lemon or two! Just to you know, I don’t cook, but I think I want to start! I also have to thank Southie Christa for hosting us all in her kitchen in South Boston! We made a mess and we had a fantastic time!

Pasta:

1lb imported angel hair pasta or chittara

4TBS olive oil

Zest of one lemon, Microplane

2tsp. minced garlic

1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

(Boil a large pot of water with kosher salt, it should taste like the ocean, when water is boiled place pasta in the pot and cook for a few minutes until done.

Strain and add the zest of lemon, parsley, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste-don’t forget always taste your food before serving to make sure it has enough salt and pepper to bring out the flavors.

Get your oven pre-heated to 325

Bring out a casserole pan to start creating your “pasta nests” use a fork and keep twirling until desired size

Put to the side until ready to add sauce, crab and hazelnuts )

Lemon Cream:

4 1/2 cups of heavy cream

Zest of one lemon, Microplane

( On stovetop boil the heavy cream, this must be watched so it doesn’t burn or overflow. Add your lemon zest. Cook down until half of the cream has thickened)

Topping:

1TBS olive oil

1TBS minced garlic

2TBS julienne shallots

1TBS minced jalapeño , seeded

1/2 lb. fresh real crabmeat, squeezed dry if necessary and picked over

A handful of crushed hazelnuts

( In a pan on your stove top add olive oil, sauté garlic, shallots, jalapeño and hazelnuts. Then add the crab meat and stir. Taste, you may want to add a few pinches of salt to taste.

Go back to your nests in the casserole pan and pour the cream sauce over the nests, take the crab meat mixture and put on top of each nest, add some bread crumbs on top and a tsp of butter on top before sticking in the oven for 10 min.

Serve with a simple salad and a great wine!

 

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Cream sauce cooking

pouring cream

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Finished product

plated pasta

What every Man needs by age 35….

Those that know me well, know I like a man to be dressed pretty well, most of the time. Fortunately, I met someone who can do both. Dress well and also dress extremely comfortable when he feels like it. And Nick rather dress in sweats most of the day!

A few things that I personally notice in regards to fashion on men is the shoes, and the belt. Yes, I know this doesn’t matter to the majority of the world, but in Danielle’s world I take notice. I think its important and also professional to be seen clean, cut and also dressed to impress.

Here are some of my choices that I really like and that Nick wears quite often when he needs to clean up and head out into the world. Just click on the pics and they can be yours. These are things that you will have for a long time! So, making the investment is well worth it.

 


If you are looking for more casual wear I really like men in jeans that fit correctly as well as a nice button down. These Lucky jeans are super comfortable I am told. Most of the jeans for men are very tight and straight these days. These Lucky’s are more of a relaxed fit. I also like a nice flannel shirt thats bright to wear in the cold Boston months and in the freezing March we are having. Click on pic!

Great Date Night Ideas!

One of the things I am always asked is where should we go out in Boston with my husband, girlfriend, boyfriend etc! Well, being one of the few survivors out of our friends who haven’t left the city, my husband and my city living girlfriends have really made an effort to enjoy everything possible in Boston that we can. We all know that one day we will probably leave to bigger places with grass, pools and driveways. So we are all trying to enjoy it while it lasts! There are so many options I don’t know where to begin.

Here are a few of our favorite places close by:

Chestnut Hill SuperLux Cinema 

This place is fantastic! Dinner and drink service to your comfy reclined chair! It doesn’t get any better than this! SuperLux is my go to spot for a low key Friday or Saturday night.

 

Tangierino

Moraccan Chophouse and Tapas! You will always have a fun night here! The experience of the decor, belly dancers, food and drink makes for a great date night or with a big group of friends. I am not a fan of smoke, but they also have a cigar and hookah bar under the restaurant for a late night cocktail or dessert.

 

Franklin Cafe South Boston

Franklin Cafe is a great neighborhood restaurant in South Boston and in the South End. The menu is very eclectic and always changing with the seasons. We really like to go here with friends to enjoy the creative cocktails, local beers and the long list of tapas. Parking isn’t so easy, so take a cab!

 

Fairmont Hotel Battery Wharf/Aragosta Bar & Bistro

This place is the perfect place for a great night! Not only do I go here frequently for “tea” but we also go here for dinner and to roast marshmallow s’mores outside at the fire pits. You must call for reservations for Fridays and Saturdays to roast marshmallows! The burger is probably one of then best in the city and the pasta bolognese is unbelievable.

 

This week:

Stop by Blo Blow Dry Bar its opening at the Seaport and they have deals for $25 blow outs!

Also on Wednesdays at District Hall Starting April 9th a Pop Up Shopping Event with South Boston Retailers from 530-7 pm. Free tickets on Eventbrite.

 

Stay Warm Boston! Enjoy the day!

A Wonderful Weekend of fun!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I definitely had a great weekend that was quite busy! I have so much to share! This weekend I really made an effort to start getting up earlier and enjoying the day. I love to sleep but, it’s really great to get up early on a Saturday and get things done. So, to start my Saturday morning I went to a new gym called Barry’s Bootcamp. And, my goodness it was a wake up call. It’s a class that will definitely whip you into shape! This class is treadmill to weights, treadmill to weights. It’s wild!  Stop in for a class! It will definitely wake you up any morning. Men and women welcome! You will sweat any food sins out within seconds!

After the gym I headed out to fill these wonderful Marc Hall Objekt wall vases with some fresh flowers. Aren’t they amazing! I also, decided to share a selfie with you of my date night outfit with my husband. I am really into the boyfriend jeans now a days.  These Current/Elliott ‘The Traveler’ Boyfriend Jeans (Tallahassee)are the best! They are super comfy! The embellished collar on my Milly sweater isn’t to outrageous and over the top. This sweater goes with anything, its a great transition piece into Spring. If we ever see spring here in Boston…its freeing today. I also am loving the metallics this year. I wear these BCBGeneration ‘Zahara’ Pump quite frequently with dresses, jeans, black pants, really anything.

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outfit

Date night was to a really good Mexican Restaurant, Casa Romera right off of Newbury Street. It was quite a busy spot, right down an ally.

mexican

To end the weekend! Guilty Bakery and Boston Cake Pops made amazing treats to celebrate my father’s birthday!

guilty bakery

Spring Babies!

Spring Babies!

There are so many babies that are arriving this spring, including my sister’s first bundle of joy. We can’t wait! I have been doing some shopping around and I have found some of the cutest baby attire ever! I am very new to this, only having fur babies which we love…and my goodness there are so many cute things out there for babies. Here are a few of my picks! Click on pics to get! xoxo

A great Spring Cocktail!

I must admit, I really am not a big drinker. But, I am always fascinated by the new flavors of vodka that seem to be coming out all the time. So, I was curious about Smirnoff’s Marshmallow Vodka, what could I do with this? Emily, a friend of mine and a drink connoisseur always has fabulous and healthy cocktail ideas. I borrowed a few of her ideas and came out with a fresh strawberry cake martini! You must try it out.

1oz of Marshmallow Vodka

A handful of Wyman’s of Maine frozen strawberry’s ( you can put these in whole or muddle them once thawed)

A splash of soda water

Shake and there you go! You have a Strawberry Cake Martini just in time for spring

You can add a fresh strawberry on the side to top it off or a Pink Bunny Peep for Easter to top it off!

Enjoy!

 

 

marshmello vodka

All about Men!

All about Men!

So I had coffee with a great friend of mine and he always asks me what are men wearing today? Well, I do almost all of the shopping and dressing in our house. My husband goes along with it, and always loves when he gets compliments on what he is wearing! That’s how I keep my credibility with him! So here are a few things for the MEN! If you are looking for a great gift or even if you are looking for a really nice men’s skin set, check out Jack Black. If you click on the picture, you will find out where to get it. This Jack Black set is great for travel and everyday use. Give it try! My husband is addicted to the products. I also love Burberry for men. This Burberry sweater is on sale now in a few colors and it’s a great transition piece from spring to summer. I really like the Burberry print detail down to the zipper. It’s also a great yearlong quality piece. Click on the picture and get it soon, they tend to sell out fast when on sale. To top it off, check out the sleek Gucci 63mm Aviators. They are great for the summer days on the beach or boat! Very fashionable! Lastly, Valentino just came out with an amazing spicy smelling Italian bergamot fragrance. The bottle is amazing and so is the smell. I just purchased a bottle today for the husband! Click on pic to get yours to! More men things soon!