Entries Tagged 'Food' ↓
July 10th, 2015 — Colors, Concepts, Events, Food, Inspiration, Tips
Chef Jared Nash gives us a bright Zucchini Ribbon Salad to bring to a Summer dinner party or BBQ. It is fresh, light, and most importantly for anyone who is a dud in the kitchen like myself- easy to make! See recipe below.
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This bright color by Dunn Edwards, screams fun! Use hints of orange as accents throughout a space like this feminine office by The Bright Idea.
March 11th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Details, Events, Food, Inspiration, Tips
It’s been almost a year since I was in Paris, and lately I’ve been reminiscing my time there – going to the local market to buy fresh flowers or local produce, picking up freshly made baguettes and pain au chocolate at the nearby bakery, and sharing good wine and cheese with friends while bathing under the setting sun. As there are more sunny days to come, and the days are getting longer, here are some tips to help dress your table for an indoor or outdoor setting, with a French inspired flare that is both chic and effortless.
French Toile (#CSP-595) has neutral grey tones, that is a great color to use in a Kitchen space with fresh white cabinets, brushed nickel hardware and a marble countertop. This beautiful Kitchen done by Cameo Homes Inc nicely portrays this classic color, making it the perfect setting to entertain and host guests all year around.
March 4th, 2015 — Colors, Food, Inspiration, Tips
As we transition from winter to spring, I’m starting to see the beginning of early spring produce pop up in the markets. During a recent trip to the market, on a sunny California day (sorry East Coast friends), I spotted some asparagus from Dirty Girl Produce that was calling out to be grilled. Asparagus is so easy to prepare, but is often over cooked. Timing is what it is all about in this great recipe. If you are grilling just about any meat, you want to let it rest for about 5 minutes after you pull it off the grill. That is when you want to start cooking your asparagus. The asparagus will be coming right off the grill as the meat is ready to slice and serve.
Asparagus (410D-4) by Behr is a soft but vibrant green that captures the essence of springtime. Add new life to a piece of furniture by adding a coat of green, as seen in this photo from Pinterest.
December 17th, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Events, Food, Holidays, Shopping, Tips
One of the most important parts of entertaining this holiday season is having your home bar in order. With a little help from my local West Elm
, I was able to get my bar cart party-ready just in time for Christmas.
The easiest way to keep the party flowing and keep your guests entertained is to create an easy-to-serve signature drink. Using festive champagne as a base, I came up with a simple cranberry cocktail using only limoncello, cranberry nectar, muddled cranberries.
Mix 3 parts limoncello with 1 part cranberry nectar in a separate container to keep on hand. In your champagne glass, drop a few muddled cranberries, and pour a splash of the mixture to taste. Top with champagne, and you’re ready to go!
Add a little festive flare to your bar cart to keep the holiday spirit afloat. I went simple with a felt mistletoe hung on the wall, and some decorative objects accented with live greenery.
Besides the signature cocktail, I decked my bar out with a few staple bottles in case the signature cocktail runs out. A vintage cocktail shaker adds a decorative touch, along with a festive antler taper candle.
straws, champagne coupes, faceted vessel available in store at West Elm
Benjamin Moore’s Cranberry Cocktail (#2083-20) is a rich berry tone that adds vibrance to any space. See how the sofa pops against the neutral tones in this room, spotted on Chateau and Bungalow
November 26th, 2014 — Colors, Events, Food, Holidays, Tips
This great, quick winter dessert is an instant classic. Cut the recipe in half for a small gathering, or make a full batch to enjoy the leftovers with your morning coffee! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I love making an unexpected dessert to share with friends and family on such a special day.
Benjamin Moore’s Glazed Pear (#1092) is a timeless and elegant hue that can bring warmth to any space. Bunny Williams uses a similarly-shaded wallpaper to create a luxe backdrop for this bedroom, complemented by bright pops of white.
November 19th, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Food, Holidays, Inspiration, Shopping
Autumn is upon us so it’s time to cozy up next to the fire and have a piece of pumpkin pie. This holiday season the urge has been stronger than ever and I have indulged in everything-pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice might not be for everyone but you can definitely find its influence in candles, paint color, accessories and many treats. Here are some of my favorite sights and delights that have inspired me this upcoming holiday season.
layer cake / bow headband / candle / dessert bars
cupcakes / latte syrup / hot chocolate
Benjamin Moore’s Pumpkin Spice (#126) is just the right color to add to your home this harvest season. Renowned architect Gill Schafer used this beautiful pumpkin color tone to bring warmth into the space while accenting all of the beautiful architectural details.
September 10th, 2014 — Events, Food, Tips
The farmers market is amazing this time of year. As summer ends and fall approaches, you can find the best of what both seasons have to offer. End of summer Tomatoes, Eggplants, and Peppers are all looking great. Grapes are coming into season, fall figs are delicious and fresh pomegranates are just hitting the stands. Fresh pomegranates are delicious and extremely good for you! This recipe utilizes both fresh seeds and pomegranate juice.
Caramelized Cauliflower with Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Pomegranate Seeds and Hazelnuts
- 4 cups Pomegranate Juice
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1. Put all the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan (you want extra room as it will bubble up as it reduces).
2. Heat to dissolve the Sugar, then turn heat to medium-low and reduce liquid to about 1 cup. This will take about an one hour. You will only need a few tablespoons of Molasses for this recipe, but you can keep the rest in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. It’s also great on all sorts of winter squash or even roasted sweet potatoes.
1. Slice the Pomegranate in half, hold the fruit over a bowl with the seed side facing your hand and hit the skin of the fruit with a wooden spoon. It is a little messy but the seeds will fall right out.
2. Once the seeds are in the bowl fill it with water to rinse the seeds, any pieces of the inside that fell off of the Pomegranate with float to the top and you can skim it out. Drain the seeds well and they will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.
1. Toast the nuts in an oven at 350, about 10 minutes.
2. Let cool, chop and set aside
- 1 head Cauliflower
- 2 taplespoons Olive Oil
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Chop up the Cauliflower into large bite-sized pieces. I like to use the core/stem as it is edible and just as delicious.
3. Coat the Cauliflower with the Oil and generously season with Salt and Pepper.
4. Roast in the oven of about 25-30 minutes, or until it starts to get dark brown.
5. Toss the Cauliflower in a bowl with the Pomegranate Seeds and Hazelnuts, and drizzle some of the Molasses on top.
(images via the kindred kitchen, the fruit company)
Benjamin Moore’s Pomegranate (#AF-295) is a rich shade of red with orange undertones. Used on this front door (via Benjamin Moore
), it feels inviting and adds vibrancy to the house’s porch.
August 20th, 2014 — Accessories, Concepts, Fashion, Food, Inspiration, Shopping, Travel
It’s vacation season and I’m planning a trip of my own for September, so I thought I’d share my favorite travel tips and goodies with you all!
In addition to the obvious essentials (cozy scarf, comfortable shoes, chic carryall…), there are three apps I can’t travel without! I’m a bit of a tech geek, and these tools are incredibly helpful.
This brilliant website & app are by far my favorite tool for planning trips! It’s like yelp for travel: reviews on everything from hotels to guided tours, and tons of forums with advice and input from other travelers! Whenever I’m planning a trip I start here for help deciding when to go, where to stay, what to do, and how to get around. There is also an app with downloadable city guides for all major cities worldwide – especially handy for international travel because you can access everything offline, including maps with navigation!
: This note-taking app is another handy way to organize your vacation plan. You can create multiple notebooks for different destinations, and tag notes with subcategories. I clip all my flight and hotel confirmations into this app, as well as other tips and ideas for my trip. Also available offline, this is the perfect way to have everything I need in one place without needing internet access!
: This app has all the magazines you could want, all in one place and under one monthly subscription! I never buy paper magazines or books anymore, and was subscribing to dozens of e-magazines on my iPad separately until I read about Next Issue. I load the new issues of Travel & Leisure, Elle Decor, and Harper’s Bazaar before my flight and have reading material to last me till touch-down!
Now that you’re ready to plan your trip like an expert, here are some of my favorite fashionable essentials to take with you! Safe travels!
Portable Charger / Bag / Tripadvisor / Watch / Scarf
Passport Cover / Kimono / NextIssue / Journal / Shoes
Benjamin Moore’s Wild Blue Yonder is a gorgeous, dusty blue which looks stunning as the backdrop to this luxurious bedroom. Paired with black velvet and creamy neutrals, the look is soothing and rich! (image via Pinterest)
July 23rd, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Fashion, Food, Inspiration, Shopping
Lately I’ve been reminiscing about the trip I took last year to Marrakech, Morocco. Everything there is so vibrant: the color, the people, the food… It was an incredible experience. We spent our days wandering through the Medina, exploring awe-inspiring palaces and majestic gardens, and feasting on Chicken Tagine.
To satisfy my craving for Morocco, I visited the wonderful Oaktown Spice Shop
down the street from my house in Oakland, and recreated the fabulous, tangy chicken we had in Marrakech to the best of my abilities. It was delicious! Here is the Bon Appétit recipe I worked from
. Keep scrolling for some photos from our trip, sure to incite wanderlust. Enjoy!
Spice Market (#CSP-925) by Benjamin Moore is a mustardy yellow that looks like it was pulled straight from my Moroccan Chicken dish! Angela Dechard Design makes a statement in this bedroom by tempering the yellow wall with crisp white, black, and organic elements.
July 2nd, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Fashion, Food, Holidays, Inspiration, Tips
Summer is in full swing, and the weather we’ve been experiencing here in California has been beautiful. What better way to spend the 4th of July than poolside? If you’re hosting an Independence Day bash, think about adding a fresh dose of minty blue to your traditional red, white and blue decor. Putting a twist on this classic color combination is a great way to add modern flair while letting your party props last all summer long. Cool off your guests with fresh fruit and ice cream floats, and go wireless with acoustic music speakers – no electricity needed! If you need to exercise your green thumb, individually potted succulents do double duty as table centerpieces and unique party favors.
Beach Towel / Paper Lantern / Enamel Serveware / Paper Napkins / Pool Tote / Swim Shorts
Melamine Dinnerware / Ice Bucket / Acoustic Speakers / Raspberry Float / Hand-painted Pots
Benjamin Moore’s Tropical Pool (#2038-60) is a saturated blue-green color that awakens any color palette. This room, spotted in House Beautiful, is a perfect example where the designer used tone-on-tone accessories that work together to create a fresh and vibrant look.