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On the Menu: Summertime Pasta

Summertime Pasta

I have been dreaming of pasta these days. Having just come back from Italy where I proved to myself I could eat pasta everyday and all day – I can’t help myself. Instead of hearty pasta with meat sauce I have been craving easy one-dish pastas that take advantage of the simple summer season and all of its fresh flavors. This summertime pasta is just that – a bowl of pasta goodness that is filled with garlic, tomatoes, basil and of course, Parmesan cheese.


I used to think that pasta needed a big heavy sauce to go with it. Something like a Bolognese or marinara (which are delicious don’t get me wrong) but after sampling pasta dishes all over Italy, I much prefer a simple flavorful pan sauce. Plus they are way easier to make.


This pasta’s pan sauce gets its flavors from sautéing shallots and garlic, then deglazing the pan with a little wine. By adding in cheese, butter and lemon zest, you have a delicious sauce that will highlight the pasta and the blistered tomatoes that top the dish. Make sure to add enough salt – the right amount of salt will take this dish from tasty to perfection.


Cheers to the last week of “unofficial” summer! ~ Amanda

Summertime Pasta

Summertime Pasta

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 cup cherry tomatoes

3 Tbs. olive oil

1 lb pasta, such as spaghetti or fettuccine

2 shallot, thinly sliced

3 gloves garlic, minced

2/3 cup white wine

2 Tbs. butter

2 tsp. lemon zest

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving

2 Tbs. basil or mint, julienned

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes, optional

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to the label instructions until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining and set aside (tossing with a little olive oil if needed to prevent sticking.)


2.) Warm 2 Tbs. olive oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the cherry tomatoes and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have started to wilt and blister about 5 minutes. Remove tomatoes and their juices from pan and set aside.


3.) In the same pot, warm remaining olive oil over medium high heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook for about 1 minute until shallot is translucent. Carefully deglaze the pan with white wine and continue cooking until the wine is reduced halfway, about 2 minutes. Add a large pinch of salt and turn the heat to low. Add lemon zest, butter, and cheese and stir until butter is melted. Add pasta and coat with pan sauce, adding reserved pasta water as needed to loosen the sauce. Fold in tomatoes, herbs and a large pinch of salt and pepper.


4.) Serve immediately with more Parmesan cheese.

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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Project: Kitchen Remodel Inspiration


A few weeks ago I wrote about a project that is near and dear to my heart – remodeling my mom’s bathroom. In addition to the bathroom, we are planning to also renovate her kitchen. We’ve been gathering ideas for several years now and can’t wait to make this dream a reality. Some things we are hoping to be able to fit into the kitchen will be a place to sit – hopefully a small table with a comfortable wing chair to sit and sip coffee at in the morning, open shelving on the upper walls, and room on other walls for her black & white photographs from our trips. We’d also like to have a balance between modern and vintage. What are your thoughts or suggestions – we’d love to hear your ideas!

Photos: 1.) Apartment Therapy | 2.) Valerie Aflalo | 3.) sfgirlbybay | 4.) unknown | 5.) Bo Bedre | 6.) Holly Mathis

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Giveaway: A Curated Bundle with Noble Carriage

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When I first started shopping for Jackson I thought about what kind of style he would have – would he be preppy, sporty or a classic little man? It’s hard to decide before you even meet them but as I began putting together his wardrobe I found that I started to think about factors I hadn’t thought about before – where was it being made? Was it organic? What exactly was he going to be wearing . . . these are all things that I kind of brushed aside until he arrived and I started to realize it was important.

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When Jackson was born, my college girlfriend Jen Hartford, who is the founder of Noble Carriage, sent us a package filled with the most beautiful baby clothes and what has become Jackson’s favorite toy – Max the Raccoon.


What I loved most was that everything inside the bundle Jen sent was high quality and organic – this is a quality company that cares about everything they sell. Each piece sold is guaranteed safe for your little one and for the world. Jen makes sure that every company she works with meets at least 3 of the site’s 5 “noble standards,” which are 100% certified organic, fair-trade, locally made, sustainable, or handmade. Watch their video here.


Since then, I have been stocking up Jacksons closet with a variety of items and each one is better than the next. He lives in his Billie Blooms and we don’t go anywhere without Max the Raccoon tagging along.

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When Jen asked me if I’d partner with her on a curated bundle of “Jackson approved” favorite items, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! This bundle is filled everything he loves – a pair of Billie Blooms, an Oeuf Kimono Onesie, Grey Label Booties, a Gray Label Cardigan Sweatshirt and of course, Max the Raccoon from Hazel Village. These Noble Carriage bundles are perfect for new mamas or moms-to-be.

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This is a giveaway that is near and dear to my heart. You can enter to win this Sacramento Street bundle filled with all Jackson’s favorite goodies OR win a $160 gift card to create your very own bundle! Head over to my instagram to enter. It’s easy and you won’t want to miss out!

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Then head over to Noble Carriage to check out the curated shop Jackson and I created with our favorite things. It’s cuteness overload!

Photos by Gary Sexton for Noble Carriage x Sacramento Street

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Motherhood: Making the Right Choice

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Having a baby last December has changed my life in a multitude of ways. The rewards of being a mom never seem to end – a first smile, a sweet hand resting on my own, or a cry in the night that ends when I enter the room – I’m one lucky mom!

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Now that I’m a mother trying to juggle work, baby, and family life – I needed to start thinking about the products in my home, using method has been a real lifesaver in more ways than one.

I find myself constantly washing my hands after diaper changes as well as before cooking meals or preparing baby food and of course washing bottles for Jackson. I find that method Nourishing Hand Wash not only moisturizes and hydrates my hands with natural botanicals but it’s also sustainable and good for the environment. I’m left with soft hands and not at the expense of the planet – now that matters to me! And since Jackson is continuously grabbing anything and everything in sight – I can rest assured that the soap in my kitchen and bathroom will not harm him. The coconut milk scent being a favorite for our family, although the almond flower and olive leaf smell amazing as well.

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My favorite is the method Nourishing Hand Wash in blue (surprise! surprise!) but the green and orange are equally beautiful and effective. It feels good to be able to use products that I find both effective as well as good for myself and my family. It’s a win-win product in my book!

This post is a partnership with method. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Image by Claire Giffen for Sacramento Street


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Scenes from the Week

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It’s been quite a busy few weeks with projects – we are about to finalize all tiles one of those projects. I am excited for to show you the end result…although it won’t be done until next year.

San Francisco

Daily walks are a ritual in our family. I’m constantly finding inspiration from the homes that surround us.

Lands End

I cherish the moments I get to spend with this guy during the week. Impromptu trips to Lands End are a must on a gorgeous day!

Freda Salvador

Let’s just say, doing a shoot with Freda Salvador really does show how obsessed I am with their shoes.

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Now I’m ready to kick back to enjoy the weekend – we’re off to Healdsburg. I haven’t been in years.

If you want to see more of what I’m up to throughout the week – follow me on Instagram.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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