Posts tagged Food
More Wine Country + Another San Francisco Weekend

We spent Tuesday through Friday morning in Healdsburg, which turns out to be one of the dreamiest places in California. We stayed in an amazing loft above the square and most of our time was spent working on La Crema Farm to Table at Home, a really fun series that I can't wait to start sharing with you all this month. Even though we were busy, we still managed to go out for a really nice meal every night, and of course there was coffee every morning!

Here are some of the places we went:

We headed back to San Francisco on Friday morning and I had lunch with my friend and colleague from Minted before spending the weekend with some friends from home. San Francisco is so wonderful anytime, but especially when you're escaping the heat of wine country and/or North Carolina in late July.

More food/drink/things we saw:

See the rest of my California travel postshere and here.

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Recipe: Paleo Salted Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not usually a big fan of Paleo treats, but dammit if this Paleo chocolate mousse isn't downright decadent. The secret to the texture is avocado, if you can believe it, and it's sweetened with some agave syrup and topped off with a pinch of salt to balance it in a truly delicious way.

My current favorite way to enjoy this is with a sliced banana on top and a cup of coffee on the side--talk about a nice change of pace from scrambled eggs. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Paleo Salted Chocolate Avocado Mousse


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup raw agave syrup (plus or minus a tablespoon, depending on your preference)
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Combine until smooth (about two minutes or less).
  3. Place the mousse into a piping bag (if you don't have one of these you can just use a plastic bag and cut a corner off) and pipe into individual dishes.
  4. Serve immediately or place into the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!
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Recipe: Summer Salad with Shrimp & Mango

I don't know about you, but when it's hot outside, I usually don't feel like spending any more time than I have to in the kitchen, which makes a big, easy salad the perfect lunch or dinner. The other day I made a really delicious and bright salad with grilled shrimp and fresh fruit that is just perfect for summer, and I'm sharing it today over on the La Crema blog

But before you head over there for salad (and candied walnuts!), I thought I'd leave you with a really easy and delicious balsamic vinaigrette recipe. I like to make a big jar of it so I'm always ready to dress a salad, but it's quick enough to whip up anytime you need it

Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine Dijon, garlic, and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Stream in the olive oil while continuously stirring.
  3. Store in a container with a spill-proof lid so you can give it a quick shake before serving.
Summer Salad with Shrimp & Mango | Freckled Italian

This post is brought to you in partnership with La Crema Winery. Visit their blog for my summer salad recipe today! And thanks as always for your support as I work with sponsors.

Photos by Sarah Gatrell for Freckled Italian.


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