tartine | san francisco, california

tartine cafe, san francisco, ca | playswellwithbutter

tartine bakery is a seriously legit bakery in the heart of san francisco’s uber cool & artsy mission district.  led up by CIA trained chef-owners who also happen to be a hubby & wife duo, tartine bakery serves up top-notch breads, classic french pastries, & american-influenced baked treats alike.  tartine does baked goods so well that locals & tourists alike will wait over 30 minutes in a long line that winds down past the side of…

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friday favorites | 09.23.2016

friday favorites 09.23.2016 via playswellwithbutter

last week was a big one for me & chris.  we celebrated our one year anniversary!  (& in case you missed it, the milestone put me right back into complete wedding-brain mode & i did a mini wedding series.  check it out! i shared our favorite wedding photos (courtesy of the fabulously talented ren of studio 29) here. here are the seven ways we threw tradition out the window to make sure we did our wedding day our…

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best-ever weeknight eggplant lasagna

best ever eggplant lasagna via playswellwithbutter | with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight. with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.

with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight.  with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.  so…i totally have a confession to make.  when i told you a few weeks back about all why september is the best month ever, i left out one very, very important reason: …

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pasta bolognese with bucatini

pasta bolognese with bucatini via playswellwithbutter | classic italian comfort food lightened up as a "fauxlognese" by using ground turkey & tons of veggies without compromising any of the flavor! bring an authentic taste of italy into your home with zero guilt!

bolognese, a traditional meat sauce hailing from the bologna region of northern italy, is quintessential italian comfort food.  both rustic & elegant at the same time, it is so, so easy to make at home, requiring nothing more than a high-quality flavorful meat, pantry staples, aromatics, vino & some tlc.  i lighten up my bolognese up as a “fauxlognese” by using ground turkey & amping up the veggies with extra carrots & onions.  served with…

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no longer newlyweds: the five best things we learned in our first year of marriage

our milwaukee wedding via playswellwithbutter

the wedding may be over & the dreams of your honeymoon may be long gone.  the time has come:  you’re married.  every day.  from now on.  marriage is hard enough that you don’t need to figure it out with your husband or wife all on your own once the honeymoon high is over.  here are a couple of the best tidbits of marital advice we received on our wedding day, plus a couple that we’ve…

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seven ways we threw tradition out the window to do our wedding our way

seven ways we threw tradition out the window to do our wedding our way via playswellwithbutter

earlier this week my hubby, chris, & i celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  this milestone has had me in a pretty emotional, grateful, & reflective headspace for quite some time.  we enjoyed every single moment of our wedding day & life has blessed us in more ways than one in the year since.  chris & i both very actively planned our wedding weekend together – from the rehearsal dinner to the playlist we handed over…

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09.12.2015…one year later.

our milwaukee wedding via playswellwithbutter

i’m changing things up a little bit this week as monday marked an important milestone in both my life & my relationship with my husband: our one year wedding anniversary.   the most common thing you’ll hear from any bride is just how quickly the wedding day will fly by.  you spend months & months planning & preparing for every second of the big day & once it finally arrives it’s like you blink & it’s…

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red wagon pizza co. | mpls

red wagon pizza company in sw minneapolis via playswellwithbutter.com

red wagon pizza company is a family-run neighborhood pizza joint in southwest minneapolis.  offering a variety of brick-oven pizzas that span far beyond your traditional pepperoni, red wagon pizza is the perfect spot for a sunday night date. great casual ambiance for couples & families alike, expansive beer & wine selections, delicious pizzas, & top-notch service.  what more could you want?  happiness is truly served here. a little over a year ago my husband (then-fiancé) chris…

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caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato

caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato via playswellwithbutter

caprese turkey burgers are the perfect ode to summer.  ground turkey is mixed with farmer’s market kale pesto & grilled to perfection, topped with gooey fresh mozzarella & a beautifully ripened slice of heirloom tomato, these crowd-pleasing caprese turkey burgers definitely need to make their way into your labor day weekend itinerary.  so.  not only do i have a freakish obsession for september, i totally have a thing for holiday weekends. i know what you’re…

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grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli

grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli via playswellwithbutter.com

crispy grilled fries tossed in an abundance of fresh herbs & served with a made from scratch lemon pesto aioli.  there is no better or easier snack to watch  a football game with this season, especially since you most likely have all of the necessary ingredients your pantry already & both the grilled fries & the aioli come together in under 15 minutes total.  score! guys.  tomorrow, it is SEPTEMBER!!! september is my all-time favorite month…

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