green chile mac n' cheese



oh. my. God. This was so good I ate two HUGE helpings and so did my husband. I have posted this mac n' cheese recipe before and I have always claimed that it is, hands down, the best mac n' cheese recipe in the world but I may have just made it even better. 
This recipe calls for chipolte peppers, which are divine, but I decided to try substituting about a cup of roasted, peeled, and diced New Mexico green chile instead and it was out of this world. 
If you don't have access to green chile please make this mac n' cheese just as the recipe says. It really is that good. Oh, also you must make your own breadcrumbs because it makes a world of difference. Just take the end of a left over french loaf throw it in the cuisinart and voila, you have homemade breadcrumbs.

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tuesday's farmers market


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22 weeks

Well, here it is folks, my big ole' belly! I can't believe I'm almost in my third trimester. When I was pregnant with little Milton it seemed like an eternity. It was like all day everyday everything was about the pregnancy. How was I feeling? What did I want to eat? Was I tired? Did I need a nap or a milkshake or a grilled cheese? Now, honestly,  I spend every waking moment chasing little M around, cleaning and cooking everything in sight. Most of the time I forget that I'm even pregnant until she starts kicking me and then 5 seconds later it's back to playtime with Milton. I'm enjoying how vastly different my experiences are. I can't wait to see her shining little face.

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love organic reusable sandwich bags

I absolutely L*O*V*E these little sandwich bags (originally seen via little lovely). I can't wait till I can pack little M's lunch in something like this. Adorable!Find these here.


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sweet lulu

I came across this little shop a few days ago and just can't get over how absolutely adorable every single thing is. I just ordered some of these blue candy striped paper straws for little M's birthday party(originally seen via You Are My Fave). If you enter the code "FAVE" at checkout, you can get 15% off. You can check out their site here.



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basil pesto linguine

Pesto has always been one of my favorites but this dish in particular was inspired by a meal my husband and I had in Genova, Italy on our honeymoon. We sadly only spent one night in Genova, we used it as a stop over on our way to the Italian Riviera and ended up being so sorry that we didn't just stay and finish our honeymoon there. It really was a wonderful little city.

The restaurant that we had this meal in was more of a house. It was one of those wonderful places where the only staff members were immediate family and there was no menu. You just ate whatever they were cooking that night. 

I had never thought of putting potatoes or green beans into pasta before but it was one of the best meals of my life. I've been making this ever since. Try it, you'll be surprised at how wonderful it is.
  
Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2-3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups fresh basil leaves 
  • 4 yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1-2 cups green beans, cleaned
  • 1 pound linguine
First boil the potatoes and green beans together in a pot until tender, about 15-20 minuets. Set aside. Start a pot of boiling , salted water for your linguine while you make the pesto. 
For the pesto combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor.  Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
 Add the olive oil. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 
Simply cook the linguine, drain, and put back in the pot adding the pesto and the potatoes and beans. Toss together gently and serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. 

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que viva las fiestas

Fiestas is such a fun time here in Santa Fe. Our little town square is jam packed with people, food booths, toys, and crafts. I think this is one of the few downtown Santa Fe events that draws a huge local following. I cam remember coming to fiestas every year as a child and walking in the pet parade. It's such a great tradition for the kids. Little M and I went this morning for the pet parade and we stayed to eat a Navajo taco and buy a couple goodies. 

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makeover

I am sure you all have notice that bouffe e bambini got a little makeover recently. I wanted to thank Katie over at Fancy Pants Design Studio.  She did a great job for a very reasonable price. You can check her out here.


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