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Deluca Trattoria

restaurant

My only relationship to El Segundo is the Tribe Called Quest song; this past weekend, we drove an hour to the charming little beach city, for a hosted dinner at Deluca Trattoria

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…I’ll be shooting a very body-conscious project for the next few months (<—sorry, can’t say what!) and brought some extra stomachs to help check out their newly-launched menu.

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Phil, Joanna, and Abe enjoyed wine…

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…fresh bread with spiced olive oil…

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…and a couple appetizers.  Baked Mozzarella Meatballs…

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…Acorn Squash Croquettes, with Taharti Cheese + Garlic-Avocado Aioli…

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…and Bruschetta.

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Next up, the trio dug into a veggie pizza…

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…followed by several pastas – Alla Checca (Tomato, Garlic, Basil, Mozzarella) with linguine…

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…Alla Carbonara (Bacon, Egg Yolks, Pecorino/Parm)  with Penne…

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…and Alla Arrabbiata (Spicy Garlic Pomarola Sauce) with Spaghetti. (The vegetarian ones got the best reviews; Abe said his leftovers were even better.)

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The kitchen was very accommodating to my diet and grilled a delicious, simple piece of salmon…

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…with steamed veggies…
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…and two types of dipping sauces – Pesto with Sundried Tomatoes + Pomarola with Artichokes.

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Finally, the desserts – Berry Creme Brûlée…

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…Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Gelato…

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…and Triple Chocolate Mousse.

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I didn’t touch the other sweets at the restaurant, but I devoured these leftovers as an afternoon snack.

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Dolce Isola

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - blogger meetup

That’s my new blogging buddy Caroline!  She was my date while touring B&K Sugar Arts Lab; afterwards we sauntered down the street to Dolce Isola
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…a.k.a. The Ivy Bakery.  I’ve eaten at The Ivy once, long before blogging, with Poom – she was in town visiting and wanted to spot a celebrity.  (We saw Hulk Hogan.)

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This cafe is a lot more manageable; we went the day before Thanksgiving, so there were lots of pies on the counter…

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…I was also intrigued by the gelato…

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…but we wound up with flakey, buttery croissants.  There was a pumpkin cookie, too – didn’t snap a photo, but it was perfection.
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Stuffing Soup

recipe - soup/stew - vegetarian

Who has leftover Stuffing Mix?

When you google “Stuffing Soup” – you’ll find plenty of recipes using leftover stuffing…

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…but none “from scratch!”  This soup was the result of a craving for stuffing, but also a desire to not have an entire pan of it sitting in my fridge.

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Soup, though, I can handle soup.

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The best part of this – you can use extra stuffing bits as “croutons!”  It tastes even better the next day, too.

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(Gluten-Free and Martha-Approved, this is not.)

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Stuffing Soup (serves 6)

Ingredients

  • 1 TB Coconut Oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 oz white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 4 cups kale
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large pot, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and cook til wilted, then add mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium high heat, until browned.

Pour in stuffing mix, veggie stock, and water. Stir. Add Kale, seasoning with salt and pepper. Wilt the greens down, then bring to a boil and serve with extra stuffing bits on top as “croutons.”

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