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Charting the style of daily life...with the mouth of a sailor.


Make like an Italian

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Last night I made Marcella Hazan's very famous (and incredibly simple) tomato sauce - it's a Fox family favorite.

Here's the original recipe I've been using:

Combine 2 cups organic crushed (or whole peeled) tomatoes, 5 tablespoons real butter, 1 white onion, peeled and cut in half in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer then cook uncovered for 30 - 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add salt as needed. If using whole peeled tomatoes, use a wooden spoon to mash larger pieces. Discard the onion halves then toss with pasta.

After discovering my just purchased organic onion was rotting from the inside out, I got creative and mixed a few extra things in:

* a few generous splashes of red wine

* fresh chopped basil

* rosemary (crushed in my hands before adding -- smells SO good)

* a pinch of minced garlic

* a dash or two of onion powder

* fresh cracked pepper

Before tossing into the pasta, I added browned ground chicken. 

Seriously, Marcella's legendary sauce is so simple to make (and to make it your own), I can't imagine ever buying another jar of pre-made sauce ever again. Give it a whirl and let me know if you come up with some other fab additions. I might try adding mushrooms next time...

The Five | Reboot

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I used to do a little series where I'd wrap up my five (lifelong love for the number five) favorite things of the week. At some point, I stopped doing that --- I'm not sure why. It's back, b!tches.

* Barely Famous just debuted on VH1 and it's hilarious. The Foster sisters (daughters of composer/songwriter David Foster) are super cute, stylish and funny --- what more could you ask for? I don't have cable but I bought the season pass through iTunes for under $20. Score! #cheapthrills

* I'm hashtag obsessed with one of Madonna's new songs, Ghosttown. She will always be a badass, no matter what anyone says. #datass

* Open For Service is such a fab initiative, freshly started by a couple of forward thinking peeps in Indianapolis. This needs to be a worldwide movement so click here, read and share with everyone  you know --- providing  you agree with the mission. If you don't agree, I'm not sure we can be friends.... #justsaying

* These teacups are totally my vibe. Follow @trovestore on Instagram for tons of super cute merch. #cheeky

* I've always liked fennel but right now I just can't get enough. I think I'm just craving fresh, crisp salads now that the weather is not as frightful. Here's how I've been getting funky with fennel: Make a bed of baby kale, dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper and lemon juice. Add fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, segments of grapefruit, Meyer lemon and blood orange then top with shaved fennel. #nocookdinner


Cheers to the weekend!