Cook – Zucchini Boat Pizza’s

I go through phases with some foods… one of my current phases *read: obsessions* is zucchini. I’ve made it into bread, noodles, and now pizza. If you hang out with my husband he will likely tell you about how much zucchini he has been eating… yes it is that extreme over here. Ha!

These zucchini boats are a great healthy substitution for the usual thick crusted, high calorie pizza one might order from Dominos. These are also great because how easy and fast they are to make!

Now for the instructions…

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 f
  2. Wash and cut zucchini’s… cut off the ends and slice in half length wise
  3. Use a spoon and scoop out middle of each zucchini half
  4. Spread sauce (I used spaghetti because thats what I had) but actual pizza sauce would be really good too.
  5. Next add any toppings (cheese and pepperoni for me) and any spices to add some flavor (I used Italian spice and garlic salt)
  6. Place on baking sheet (I lined mine with foil for extra easy clean up)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender
  8. Can easily be saved for leftovers and reheated in the oven

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Happy healthy pizza night!

 

Dine – Maria’s Pastry Shop

img_6905Boston’s North End is notoriously Italian, to the point where walking down the street you hear conversations in Italian and the smells coming from every other restaurant and ally are very Italian as well (read: garlic).
A traditionally Italian dessert is a cannoli, which is essentially a tube of fried pastry dough filled with a sweet cream filling that most often has a ricotta base. In Boston there are two notorious cannoli places, Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry Shop. Any day of the week you can spot these two establishments because of the INSANE lines winding down the block!

Before our recent adventure to the North End, I did some Yelp and Trip Advisor research to see if a cannoli from each was really worth the wait and brain damage. After a bit of digging I found Maria’s Pastry Shop, who happen to have slyly won the award for Best Cannoli in Boston in 2014 (beating out Mike’s and Modern). Since it was a chilly day we decided that waiting in the line wasn’t worth it for Mike’s or Modern and tried Maria’s instead.

So since I have not had a cannoli from the other two places I can not compare, but I can tell you how AMAZING the cannoli from Maria’s was! The shells were crispy and flaky, no soggy pre filled shells here! And the filling was deliciously creamy and rich without being too sweet!

If your in the area and looking to avoid lines I defiantly recommend Maria’s. Maybe next time I will test my patience and try Mike’s or Modern’s for comparison?

 

Dine – Italian in Boston’s North End – La Famiglia Giorgio’s

Because I’m alway working from home, my husband knows how much I like to get out of the house for even the smallest of adventures. This past Saturday he suggested an adventurefront to Boston’s North End for some Italian food. We have been talking about such an adventure for a long time, so I was excited that it was finally happening.
I did a bit of Yelp-ing and Trip Advisor-ing (I’m going to pretend that these are real words) and found “La Famiglia Giorgio’s” to be open for lunch, which not all are, and something more than just a pizza stand, which many are. We showed up around 12:30 and were greeted by a hostess in a breeze way / stair case landing who told us the wait was 20 minutes and took our number so we could walk around until our table was ready. A little odd I thought for lunch, but it didn’t turn me off because the North End is adorably cute and great for people watching!

Once we got out table I understood why there was a wait… the place in TINY! There is a grand total of maybe 10 tables… and that is if all of them are separated into 4 tops or 2 tops… which many were not as it is defiantly a family style restaurant.

As soon as we were seated our waiter came by with menus, water and fresh bread to dip in their delicious cheese garlic spice mix that they combined with olive oil. After combing through the menu and peeking around at everyone else’s food, we decided to each get our own dish and leave with lots of leftovers, as their portions looked huge!

I decided to order the Chicken Romano, which was essentially baked chicken with broccoli on top of pasta with some sort of garlic sauce. The hubby was more adventurous and chose the Littleneck Clam Pasta with the same garlic sauce.

The pasta on both dishes was amazing, so fresh and cooked perfectly. And the sauce while very simple was equally amazing! I can only speak for my broccoli and chicken when I say they were perfectly cooked and delicious. The hubby said the clams were delicious as well, but I’m too much of a chicken to try anything too slimy, so I’ll take his word for it. The portions were huge as you can see, and we had left overs for two more meals each! Such a deal when you get 3 full meals out of each dish!

Needless to say, with the great food, cozy atmosphere, and good service we would not hesitate to come back here for more amazing Italian food!

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