Pea, Prosciutto, and Pistachio Pesto Pizza

pea, prosciutto, and pistachio pesto pizza // my bacon-wrapped life

…with Parsley! But I’ll spare you the final P.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I know we tend to associate this 3 day weekend with the start of summer produce, but bear with me – it’s still technically spring for a few more weeks! Apparently something about seeing all the green vegetables pop up at the market this time of year makes me want to throw them on carbs with prosciutto, which I think is generally a good strategy for pretty much anything, right?

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Review: CourseHorse and Chef Joe’s Culinary Salon

coursehorse and chef joe's culinary salon // my bacon-wrapped life

Happy Sunday, friends!

Just popping in today to share some photos from an awesome cooking class we took a few weekends ago at Chef Joe’s Culinary Salon in San Francisco. We had the absolute best time (despite a finger-slicing injury on my part…) and I am very excited to share the love!

I heard about Chef Joe’s Culinary Salon from CourseHorse, which is a discovery and booking tool for local classes that operates in a TON of cities (although it is still in beta in SF). You can search for pretty much any type of class, from art to tech to life skills to cooking, and find tons of local classes aggregated to choose from. For me, it was an awesome way to find small local cooking classes in San Francisco that I may not have found otherwise, and the ability to book right through the site makes it so easy!

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Sqirl’s Pesto Brown Rice Bowl

sqirl's pesto brown rice bowl // my bacon-wrapped life

Despite growing up in Los Angeles and going back 4-5 times per year to visit family and friends, I never seem to really make a dent in my list of restaurants I’m dying to try. Every trip we’ll maybe squeeze one new stop in, but the vast majority of the time, we end up defaulting to our family faves over and over again. Not a terrible problem to have, but when I saw that Jessica Koslow of Sqirl (maybe #1 on my must-try LA restaurant list) published a cookbook full of recipes from her restaurant, I decided to finally take matters into my own hands and bring a little LA to the Bay myself!

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Guinness Chocolate Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

guinness chocolate cake with toasted coconut cream cheese frosting // my bacon-wrapped life

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

As an ex-Chicagoan, I feel very strongly about this fun, festive holiday. Some of my favorite memories from my years in Chicago are St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with friends – going to see the green river, starting the day off with some beer pong at 10am, and walking down the streets surrounded by people absolutely spilling out of every bar. The first year we spent in the Bay Area, I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day weekend expecting everyone to be out and partying – instead, everything was totally silent! I realized quickly that I’d have to make my own St. Patrick’s Day fun out here – which is perfectly fine with me (I’m a little too old to be doing it up with a day full of green beer and Irish car bombs, anyways). I never miss the chance to celebrate with chocolate and booze – two of my very favorite things!

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