Happy Anniversary Mama Tried: Traditional Italian Cooking for the Screwed, Crude, Vegan, and Tattooed By Cecilia Granata!!!!

It was roughly a year ago when I was introduced to Cecilia Granata ok it was actually to her cookbook, Mama Tried: Traditional Italian Cooking for the Screwed, Crude, Vegan, and Tattooed – which came out on April 12, 2016.

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I liked the book and decided to see if I could find any social media accounts that belonged to her. I did find her, so like anyone else would, I reached out to her, we started chatting and asked her if she would be interested in an interview, she said yes! . Cecilia is one of the most down to earth people I have met online. Her book reflects her personal style, which I love that she was able to combine her tattoo art with her recipes.  Check out the interview, I think you will enjoy it.

I’m able to share a recipe to celebrate the anniversary of Mama Tried, thank you Microcosm Publishing!! Cecilia has a lot of good recipes but I decided to use the one I shared before and let her show you how to  make something new out of it. I know a lot of people who hate leftovers, so she’s here to tell you that leftovers are awesome! Cecilia takes last night’s risotto and makes something new and fresh out of it. Haters won’t be able to tell, they will just be impressed that you made “more” risotto 🙂

Risotto alla Milanese


Risotto Al Salto

Crunchy Risotto Leftovers



Leftovers of saffron risotto

2 or 3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp margarine

1. Grease a plate of the margarine. Pour the cold leftovers over and press them with the back of a spoon to make a disc. Heat 2 or 3 tbsp. oil in a pan and slide the rice onto it.

2.  If the disk crumbles apart, just press it into shape again with the spoon. Let it get crunchy on one side (at least 5 minutes). To flip the rice with a plate, place plate over the rice. While  pressing down on the plate, flip the pan to drop the rice on the plate, then slide it again into the pan on the other side. Let the other side get crunchy as well, and serve hot.

Do you like leftovers?

Note* The book cover is a photo I took. The photo of the saffron risotto belong with Cecilia Granata  and is used with permission.




Happy Anniversary Kathy Patalsky

Or should I say Happy Birthday Happy Healthy Vegan Kitchen!?!? Either way, I want to give a shout out to Kathy and her book, Happy Healthy Vegan Kitchen. This book hit the shelves on April 28, 2015.


Kathy is the creator of Heathy. Happy. Life, and if you haven’t paid her site a visit, I highly recommend doing so. All her recipes look so good. She even created a vegan unicorn drink 🙂 You can also follow her on IG, like her FB page, or follow her over on twitter.

I recently asked her if I could feature one of her recipes on my blog to celebrate her book turning 2. Kathy said yes and I was stoked. It was hard to choose which one I wanted to feature as they all look easy to make. I will be making all of them and teasing you with pictures on Social Media, but I can only share one recipe. The one I chose, anyone can make if they have time to boil noodles. I swear this dish comes together in 15 mins, unless you like to eat it cold. I prefer this dish warm with shredded pieces of veggies in it. The cooked warmness with the crunchy rawness is amazing!


soba noodles

This peanutty noodle dish is delicious, craveable, and healthy. Think of
it as comfort food pasta for peanut lovers! Soba noodles are rich in the
good-for-you grain buckwheat and the creamy flavorful peanut sauce is
the perfect complement. This sauce is delicious both thick and creamy
and thin and light, it just depends on what you crave. You can also modify
the sweetness and spiciness to suite your taste buds. Add some carrots or
choose your own veggie accents to fold into this versatile recipe!
3 cups uncooked soba noodles
3 to 4 tablespoons peanut butter,
2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon grated peeled fresh
Few pinches of cayenne
¼ to ½ cup plain nondairy milk or
water (see Note)
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
2 teaspoons hemp or sesame seeds
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon crushed peanuts
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles
and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse
the noodles under cold water. For chilled noodles, transfer
the noodles to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
Otherwise, cover the noodles to keep warm.
2. For the Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce:
In a food processor or blender, combine the peanut sauce
ingredients, adding the nondairy milk last a spoonful at a
time until you reach a thickness you like, and process until
smooth. If the noodles are cold and dry, a wetter sauce may
be best, but if the noodles were just cooked and are still
steamy and slightly wet, a thinner sauce may be better. You
can also adjust the thickness by adding a spoonful more or
less of the nut butter.
3. For warm noodles and sauce, pour the sauce in a small
saucepan and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes just to warm.
Otherwise, pour the sauce directly over the chilled noodles
and place back in the fridge until ready to serve.
4. To serve, toss the dressed noodles with the carrots and
seeds (if using) over the top. Sprinkle with the cilantro and
peanuts to serve.
(per serving–180g)
Calories: 250; Fat: 8g;
Carbs: 38g; Protein:
11g; Fiber: 2g
Vitamin C 5%; Iron:
15%; Calcium: 1%;
Vitamin A: 5%
Add more or less non-dairy
milk depending on how thick you
like your sauce. Adding more will
thin out the consistency.
*Recipe and photo cred goes to Kathy Patalsky.
See? Simple, easy yet full of flavor! Great for any night of the week or breakfast for those, like me, who prefer savory over sweet first thing in the morning. If you like what you see please head over to Amazon to purchase a book for yourself. I know I need to, as this is on my wish list. Oh well your there, check out her Black Rice Peanut Kale Bowl with Protein.
Do you have this book? Let me know what your favorite recipe is. Do you like warm or cold noodles with peanut sauce?

Happy Birthday 2 Flirty Girls

Wow, where did the year go? I have no idea, but what a lot of up’s and downs, tears not only of happiness but also of frustration, creative minds butting heads- but when everything is said and done- we can look back and laugh! We’re standing tall, stronger than ever!

When Kayla and I first started the blog, we were only going to be talking about juicing, being mentally fit, and healthful eating. This was our journey we were going to share with you, and wanted you to join in on the fun. Looking back, we were (and still are) two like minded people who are still sharing a journey, but we are also on our own journey. We’re sorting things out, figuring out what we want to do: to write, to feature, to post. Kind of like parenting, we don’t always talk before we do something. Sometimes we agree to disagree on things. Don’t worry, we are sometimes mature 😉 and we won’t let anything stand in our way lol.

We’ve been lucky to have worked with some amazing people who have written cookbooks, with publishers and with some of our favorite companies. Many of them I have tried before, but some were new to Kayla, so that were exciting when she fell in love with them as well.

I don’t have any *one* favorite blog post; I have enjoyed them all for different reasons. We were able to interview a few people, write reviews and all of them are different, some just came naturally because it they were  purely fun. I remember writing one review when I was extremely stressed out but I needed to get that review up and running as I was a part of a blog tour (those are fun) and hoped like heck that my life didn’t come through in the piece- that book is simply terrific and it needed my attention like any other project I’m working on. We’ve been able to host giveaways, which let’s face it, how fun are those?

I want to figure out how to share a slideshow of the past year, it would be awesome to see everything we wrote. Kind of like a face book “take a look at what’s happened in the past year” thing. If I was a better blog parent, I would’ve had something prepared for today. But I’m not. Don’t worry something will be worked out, it’s just not going to be today.

I just wanted to thank everyone from the birth and beyond- a HUGE thank you 🙂 Stayed tuned for more reviews and giveaways, we’re not done yet. We’re going to be doing some pretty epic things.

Happy birthday 2 Flirty Girls and a Juicer, and Kayla Happy Anniversary- here’s to many more!! Luv ya to the moon and back! By the way, you owe me a tea 😉 Just because, don’t question it (I can read her mind hehe).

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