Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chicken Marsala with Pasta Recipe

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Ciao darlings!,
        Here’s my version of a favorite Italian classic dish: Chicken Marsala!  It’s flavorful and tasty and boyfriend/fiancé approved!  Try making it and let me know how it goes for you!  Enjoy! Smile
Ingredients: (I doubled this recipe when I made it in these pictures.)
4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
All-purpose flour, for dredging
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
8 ounces mushrooms, stemmed and halved
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1/2 cup chicken stock (or hot water with 2-3 chicken cubes)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 Cup Cold water with 1-2 tablespoons of flour (to thicken)
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1-2 pinches of: Oregano
                        Rosemary
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1-2 Lemons
Fresh Ginger, shredded (optional)

Directions:
1. Put some flour in a shallow dish and season with a decent amount of salt and pepper; mix together.
2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pan.  When the oil is hot, dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess.  Place the cutlets into the pan and fry for about 5 minutes on each side until golden, turning once – do this in batches if the pieces don't fit in the pan (or if you’re doubling the recipe like I did).  Remove the chicken and keep on a large platter to keep warm.
3. Lower the heat to medium and add the mushrooms and sauté until they are nicely browned and their moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper. 

4. Pour the Marsala in the pan and boil down for a few minutes to cook out the alcohol. Add the rosemary, oregano, thyme, fresh lemon juice, and shredded ginger. 
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5. Then, add the chicken stock (or hot water/chicken cube mixture) and simmer for a minute to reduce the sauce slightly.  Stir in the butter and return the chicken to the pan; simmer gently for 1 minute to heat the chicken through.  Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.
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                                                                                                   ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2 Year Anniversary with My Fiancé!

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Ciao sweeties!,

        Today, I thought I’d just write a quick little post to celebrate a special day in my life.  Today is my 2 year anniversary with my fiancé, Dominick!  It seems like we’ve been together longer somehow.  Maybe it’s because we were friends for a little while before we dated officially.  Or maybe it’s because it seems like I’ve known him forever. <3  I know I’ve written about him on here many, many times, so I won’t write too much now.  Just a short little message to my fiancé:

Hi sweetie! I know you’re going to read this because you always read my blog. Smile  I can’t wait to see you after work today to celebrate this special day in our relationship.  The dinner and dessert I’m making are going to be so delicious (I hope!).  I love you more all the time and I’m so lucky to have found my prince!  These past 2 years have been the best in my life.  I can’t wait to see how amazing the many many years we’ll spend together in the future will be.  We can and will get through anything together!  Nothing and no one will stop us from our well deserved and long awaited happily ever after!  I love you, always!  

        Feel free to find any of the other many blog posts I’ve dedicated to or have written about him on here should you be interested.  Here’s a few suggestions:

You can read about how he proposed in June: here.

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Or the post I wrote on our one year anniversary: here.

Or the post from our 6 month anniversary: here.

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Or A Valentine’s Day Post with us together.

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Or when we went to our first dance together in college.

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Or the post where I wrote about us starting to date!

 

                                                                                                       ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Grilled Chicken, Peach, Pineapple, Onion, and Pepper Kabobs Recipe!

Ciao lovelies,

        These kabobs are such a fun and tasty summer meal.  They do require a bit of prep work.  You have to cut up all of the ingredients and have them ready to put on the skewers at the same time.  It’s worth it though.  I made these last labor day and they turned out pretty great.  I think I needed to soak my skewers a bit longer so they wouldn’t have burned but it didn’t really matter.

Ingredients: (No measurements, just use as much as needed depending on how many people you’re feeding.)

  • Pineapples
  • Peaches
  • Bell Peppers
  • Red Onion
  • Salt and Ground Pepper
  • Chicken breast
  • Olive Oil
  • Wooden Skewers

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Directions:

1. If you’re using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least thirty minutes before using to prevent them from burning.

2. Make a delicious peach-pepper sauce: Place 1 roasted pepper, some olive oil,  and four large peach slices in the jar of a blender, and puree until mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.  Let your chicken marinate in the sauce for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or so in the refrigerator to absorb the flavor.

3. Slice your peaches, pineapple, peppers, and onions in somewhat evenly sized pieces so they fit together nicely on the skewer.

4. Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium heat.  Skewer the chicken, alternating it with peaches, pineapple, onions, and peppers.

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5. Grill kabobs, rotating as needed, until chicken is cooked through and everything is nicely browned, 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve immediately with remaining peach-pepper sauce on the side or on top.  Enjoy!

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                                                                                                       ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer into Fall: 7 Transitional Outfits! Casual & Professional

Ciao dears!,

        I’ve finally finished sharing all the outfit pictures from last summer!  Now, I’m moving on to the fall, September, particularly.  Here are a few teacher/professional outfits as well as some more casual ones.  Enjoy!  Tell me your favorite/s in the comments below! Smile 

1. Business Serious

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Dress: New York & Co., Blazer: Fashion Bug, Flats: Lane Bryant, Earrings: Forever 21

2. Pastel Professional!

        I love this mint comfy blazer.  It makes me look like I’m put together but it’s in a pretty color and is cotton, so It’s comfy!

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Blazer: J.C. Penny, Tank top: Fashion Bug, Skirt: It used to be my sister’s., Shoes: Lane Bryant, Flower Hair clips: I made them!

3. Fall’s Coming!

One of my favorite things to do when it’s the beginning of fall, and you’re tired of your summer clothes, but it’s still pretty hot outside, is to wear a summer dress (that’s not too summery!) and add Fall accessories like boots and a gold necklace and belt, topped off with some berry lipstick.  Tada, Fall transitional fashion!


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Dress: Ross, Belt: Downtown store?, Boots: Avenue, Earrings & Necklace: Gift from my cousin

4. Stripes & Pastels!

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Blazer: J.C. Penny, Tank Top: Fashion Bug, Skirt: Target (maybe?), Wedges: Target, Bracelet & Necklace: Forever 21

5. Wine Making Fancy!

        I wore this to go to New Jersey somewhere with my father and brother-in-law to get the grape juice to make wine.  It was a sort of fun little trip.  I just was in the mood to wear my hat and then the rest of the outfit  came together based on the hat: I was going for classy yet casual, vintage-like vixen.   Not sure how well it went…lol, but I like it.  I also went to an outdoor sidewalk sale that also had a mini vintage car show with Dominick.  

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Top: Fashion Bug, Skirt, Floppy Hat, & Belt: Forever 21, Wedges: Avenue, Necklace: Jewelry store in the Oxford Valley Mall

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6. Minnie Mouse Fabulous!

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Minnie Tank Top: Target, Black Tank Top & Skirt: Forever 21, Blazer: DEB, Earrings Kohl’s, Flats: Oxford Valley Mall shoe store

7. Deep Red Pants

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Pants: J.C. Penny, Tank Top: Forever 21, Flats: Lane Bryant, White Shirt: DEB   

                                                                                                     ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella