Month: October 2009

Maple Roasted Parsnips

This is fast becoming my new favorite side dish.  Amazing things happen when the maple syrup cooks down… it becomes sticky and almost candy like.  I urge you to try this dish tonight!  Parsnips are very inexpensive and who doesn’t have some maple syrup on hand?  […]

Cordon Who?

Sort of like a Cordon Bleu, only minus the cheese, and made with Italian ingredients instead of French.  Okay, so it’s nothing like a Cordon Bleu but it’s definitely delicious! 1 lb of scallopini style chicken breast (or, you can pound your own) 4 slices […]

Amrita Singh

Amrita plays with different metals and textures, incorporating gold, silver, wood, plastic and stones into her designs.   Her work includes a variety of beautiful rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets but bangles are what she’s really known for.

There is something so satisfying about layering on tons and tons of bangles.  It sort of reminds me of being a kid and playing dress up.  The addition of 30 – 40 clinking bangles adorning your wrists is glamorous, over the top, fun!

Being a person who has freakishly small wrists, I often have a difficult time finding bracelets that aren’t too big for me.  Amrita, realizing not all wrists are created equal, offers 3 size options.

Allie Bangle Set

Carved Metal Bangle Set

Thick Square Resin Bangle

Wood with Metal Bangle

Celeb fans include Mischa Barton, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson.

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Apple Cauliflower Puree with Chevre

The secret here is the Honeycrisp apple.  The sweet, tartness of the apple combined with the earthiness of the caulfilower and the tangy goat cheese makes for one winning combination! 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets 1 Honeycrisp apple, chopped into 2″ chunks salt […]

90's Revival

Ah the 90’s …. Many a day was spent in my room, fueling my teenage angst by listening to bands like Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails or Rage Against the Machine and pouring over the latest issue of Sassy magazine (R.I.P.) My fashion choices mainly consisted of gross […]

Halibut with Pea Pesto

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I recently acquired a lovely piece of Halibut (my favorite!)  from a dear friend’s Uncle.  He was sharing a story with James about how he caught a 98 lb – yes, you read that right – Halibut.  James jokingly said, “Don’t tell her (pointing to me) that’s her favorite”  Well, being the generous man that he was, he sent us home with a large piece of fish (just look at that picture!) that would’ve easily run us $35 in the store.   So many thanks to Sara’s Uncle Roger!

  • 1 large piece of Halibut
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • big handful of fresh basil

Preheat oven to 375.

Start by removing any excess water from your fish by blotting with a paper towel.  Next, season with salt and pepper.  Place fish in a baking dish and cook for about 15 minutes depending on the thickness or until internal temperature reaches 140.

While fish is cooking, make pesto by combining peas, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in food processor.  Pulse to combine and scrape down the sides if need be.  Place lid back, turn on processor and stream in olive oil.  Transfer pesto to a bowl and mix in Parmesan cheese.

Serve fish with a generous dollop of pesto.

Lace

While I”m loving all the menswear inspired pieces that are so hot right now, there’s just something so uniquely feminine about the look of lace.  This timeless material evokes glamour and elegance.  You don’t have to channel Madonna circa Like a Virgin, just add little […]

Potato Crusted Chicken with Portobello Red Wine Reduction

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 cup instant mashed potatoes 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder salt and pepper 2 eggs 2 tbs butter 1 pack of baby bellas 1/2 white onion, sliced 1/2 cup Merlot (or your favorite red wine) 1 […]

Trend: Mixed Media

mixedmedia mixed’-me’di·a (mĭkst’mē’dē-ə) adj.

A technique involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition.

I like to think of this trend as the fashion equivalent of playing with your food.

The mixing of different materials is very much akin to mixing your peas in with your mashed potatoes. It feels a little naughty but the end result is so worth it!

Incorporating one mixed media piece into your Fall wardrobe should be super easy because it’s popping up everywhere from handbags to shoes and all things in between.   It may sound complicated but trust me, it’s not.  For the accessory challenged, the designers have already done the work for you!  For necklaces, think chain link mixed with pearls, for handbags, think metallic meets patent.

Now, without further adieu, I give you mixed media!

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Siwy Sophie Jean

La Mer Watch

Lace Ruffle Belt

Motorcycle Jeans

Every season, the denim gods figure out yet another way to breathe new life into the same old duds.  I myself never tire of jeans (I’m an addict in the worst way!) but this trend really has my motor runnin’…. It only seems fitting that I get my […]