On the Menu: Italian Chopped Salad & Garlic Knots

Italian Chopped Salad

A successful gathering all comes down to the food you serve. Yesterday we shared how you can pull together a simple and effortless meal for any group (friends, family, you name it!). Thanks to Amanda we are able to share two dishes you can easily make that will wow your guests and leave them wanting the recipes details. Both can be made in advance so that you can enjoy every minute your guests. 


Italian Chopped Salad

Ingredients| Sacramento Street
2 bunches romaine lettuce, chopped
1 head of radicchio, quartered and chopped
1 6 oz jar artichoke hearts, quartered
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup assorted olives, pits removed and halved
6 oz fresh mozzarella
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbs. pine nuts, toasted
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. dried oregano
salt and pepper

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) In a large bowl combine the romaine lettuce, radicchio, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, red onion, Parmesan and pine nuts.

2.) In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, oregano and large pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.

Garlic Knots
Garlic Knots

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 package store-bought pizza dough

2 sticks butter

3 Tbs. minced garlic

2 tsp. thyme, chopped

Coarse sea salt

Directions | Sacramento Street

Pre-heat oven to 375F.

1.) In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook over low heat until the garlic is fragrant about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

2.) Cut the pizza dough into two halves.  Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out into a large rectangle, about 12 by 8 inches. Brush the dough with the garlic butter mixture. Cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into strips about 1 1/4 inches wide. Tie each strip loosely into a knot, stretching gently if necessary, and place on a parchment lined sheet tray.

3.) Sprinkle the tops of the knots with thyme and a pinch of salt. Repeat with remaining dough.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 30 minutes.

4.) Bake garlic knots until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Brush with any remaining garlic butter, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.
Recipe by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street | Photos by Suzanna Scott

Keeping it Simple in the New Year

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Now that I’m a mother, I understand that life can get busy and sometimes we need to remember to keep it simple so we can enjoy what’s most important in our lives – connecting with family and friends. You don’t need to make getting together with those you love a complicated event – create a simple meal and give yourself the opportunity to appreciate your guests with good food, good conversation, and lots of laughs.

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Recently, when having friends and family over for an authentic Italian dinner, I kept it very simple. I set a simple table – reminiscent of a meal in Tuscany with a huge cutting board as my centerpiece, branches from an olive tree and the simple beauty of candlesticks to set the mood. Instead of spending the better part of the day preparing for the meal, I decided to make a salad, some simple garlic rolls, and a Bertolli Italian Sausage Entrée. Anyone with a skillet and a few minutes to spare can create a warm and delicious meal for their friends and family.

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This year I’m toasting to spending more time with friends and family. I’d rather be less formal and spend more time with those I love. Thinking outside the box for ways to make this time happen on a more regular basis is a great idea. I only have to look as far as my freezer to have a delicious Italian meal ready in no time. Pop open a bottle of wine, and you’re ready to go!

For more inspiration check out our virtual table over on Pinterest to create your own Mangia moment.

Photos by Suzanna Scott for Sacramento Street

This post is brought to you by Bertolli. Don’t just eat, Mangia!

Real Talk/Real Moms: Life as a Working Mom and Childcare

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Four years before having Jackson, I made the bold decision to quit my day job to work full-time on Caitlin Flemming Design and Sacramento Street. I have never looked back. I love being able to determine my own destiny and use my creativity in a variety of ways each and everyday. That being said, when Jackson was born, my priorities completely changed. I knew there would be a shift but not this big. I was now responsible for the well-being of this perfect angel, and that has taken precedence ever since he was born.

I was able to take three months off from work when Jackson was born. Now this wasn’t a normal maternity leave where I dropped everything. I promised myself I would take a month off from it all – work, emails, you name it. After that I slowly came out of the 5 – 6 week new motherhood haze and worked on small tasks – keeping up on emailing clients, working on scheduling fun partnerships for when I fully went back to work in March. This gave me three months with Jackson.

Being able to spend that time with him is something I will always cherish. I was also able to adjust to the lack of sleep and figure out how we were going to do this thing called parenthood. One thing I’m grateful I did during this time was bond with other mothers that were going through the same dilemmas about going back to work. I realized that in the end it was all going to be about trial and error. That’s kind of what this parenting gig is all about.

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When I knew it was time to return to work I felt apprehensive and nervous about someone else taking care of my son. I quickly realized that for me, having a nanny was going to work better than daycare. Since I work out of my home, I thought that being able to see Jackson throughout the day would make the transition easier and we wanted to bring him up in a house where we spoke two languages. As it’s turned out, it was the perfect decision. I get to see him all of the time, but my nanny (whom we love as a member of our family) keeps him busy with trips to museums, music classes, messy play and constant visits to the park. She’s a saint and I can tell you that without her I’m not sure what I would do. She’s enabled me to go into my workday worry-free because I know that they are going to have a blast doing their own thing.

Now, there is always going to be a part of me that would love to be a stay at home mom and enjoy every single moment with him, but that’s just not feasible financially. And at the end of the day, I have found I’m much more productive in my work because I know I have less time to devote to it than before having a baby. I work hard and when I’m finished I can feel free to play with him as much as I want. It’s not easy, but I wouldn’t trade any single part of it!

Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Real Talk, Real Moms posts. I’m headed over now to take in all of their knowledge – I’ve linked to them below.

Apartment 34The Effortless Chic | A Daily Something | Could I Have That | Parker Etc

Sarah Sherman SamuelOur Style Stories | Ave Styles | The Refined Woman

Photos by Delbarr Moradi from our family holiday shoot

Getaway: The Vintage Hotel

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Before the holiday we took a trip to Portland, Oregon for Jackson’s baptism and to visit our family. We usually stay with family members but because there were so many friends and family coming for the occasion, we stayed at a hotel downtown.

Being my hometown, I had never actually stayed in hotel there. We chose The Vintage Hotel for its location.  Centrally located, you can walk just about anywhere!  I had stayed at Kimpton Hotels before, and the hotel and our room did not disappoint.  We were on the top floor and the minute I walked in I was blown away by the view we had of the city. The windows wrapped up into the ceiling and we could see the city scape from every angle. In addition to our sleeping area, there was a calm and comfortable sitting area that we would hang out in while Jackson took his naps.  The adjacent restaurant – Pazzo Restaurante – was delicious. Breakfast was perfect and the evening meals were savory Italian.  

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If you are planning a visit to Portland, consider a stay at The Vintage Hotel – you’ll love it.  Here are a few of my other places to be sure not to miss:

Alder & Co. has long been a favorite home store for me. Stunning candlesticks, dinnerware, jewelry, and clothing await you here.  I always find a multitude of things to buy.  This time I bought bells, a cookbook, and handmade dishes.  

This was a first visit to Paadee, a delicious Thai restaurant in Laurelhurst. Everything was so fresh and mouthwatering!

Oven & Shaker had one of the best kale salads I’ve ever had.  They also have croquets and pizza that won’t disappoint.

Blue Star Donut on 23rd Street is worth the wait in the long line. They bring donuts to a new level.

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I hope you have a chance to visit and enjoy Portland soon.  It is a city full of wonder.

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