Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs,
Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Bloody Maria
c/o Fogged in Lounge
  • 32 oz tomato juice 
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbs cacao
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground true cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
Gradually incorporate dry ingredients with a little of the tomato juice at a time until smooth enough to stir with the remaining liquid. Add lime and garlic. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

My preferred tomato juice, Knudsen, has some lemon in it to begin with, so you may want to add more lime for snap. For the cacao, it’s worth finding the dark, smoky, complex Valrhona. And I’m thinking a half teaspoon of cloves wouldn’t hurt a thing.

Reposado tequila is nice with this. But it’s a grownup drink on its own without the spirits, so if you have a Virgin Maria in your party, she won’t feel left out.

Avocado BLT Pasta Salad
c/o Emily Bites
  • 8 oz uncooked pasta (I used cavatappi)
  • 8 slices center cut bacon
  • 6 oz of avocado, mashed (for me 6 ounces was the weight of one avocado after removing the skin and pit)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise (I used Hellmann’s)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes (I sliced mine into quarters)
  • 2 cups shredded or thinly sliced romaine or green leaf lettuce
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. Rinse the pasta in a colander under cold water until the pasta is cooled and drain. Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cook the bacon according to package directions and drain and cool on paper towels. Slice or crumble the bacon into small pieces.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed avocado and the lemon juice and stir until thoroughly combined. Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and garlic powder and stir until well combined and creamy. Add this avocado dressing to the pasta in your large mixing bowl and then stir until the pasta is coated.
  4. Add the crumbled bacon, chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce to the coated pasta and toss to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Sugared Pretzel Cookies
1 large egg, hard-boiled and cooled
10 tablespoons (140 grams or 1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (this is halved from the original)
1 cup (125 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (45 grams) rye flour (medium or white will work)
1 large egg white, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water
4 teaspoons turbinado or clear sanding sugar

Place butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Crack egg and peel shell. Separate yolk from white; add white to your next sandwich or egg salad. Press yolk through fine-mesh strainer and into mixer bowl with other ingredients. Beat mixture on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl and beater with spatula as needed. Add vanilla, mix until combined. Add flours and mix at low speed until just combined. Using rubber spatula or your hands, reach into bowl and knead dough a few times into a cohesive mass.
Divide dough in half; place each half on a square of parchment paper. Form each into a log about 6 inches long (it will be about 1 3/4 inches in diameter) and wrap tightly with parchment, twisting ends to seal. Chill logs for 30 minutes, until semi-firm. (If you chill them longer, you’ll want to warm them up a bit or it’s difficult to work them into pretzel shapes.)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
Slice 1/4-inch off first chilled log and roll slice into a ball in the palm of your hands; this softens the dough. On a counter, roll ball into a 6-inch rope. Pick up each end of rope and fold turn it into the center, pressing it into a pretzel shape. Transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies one inch apart on prepared sheets.
Brush each pretzel cookie with egg white wash, then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake cookies until they have golden brown edges, about 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven but let firm up on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to cooling racks.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Petal Pushers

Friday eve, almost there lovebugs. Let's embrace this warm weather with some floral inspired pieces. I don't know about you, but my legs are looking real pale still, so I'm not wearing skirts everyday. That's why I love the cropped pant for work. They're comfortable and versatile and in floral, they're perfect for summer.

A beautiful oversized graphic that is feminine and unique.

Something a little more fitted, would look great with a blazer.

Elastic waistband and an effortlessly cool look.

For a floral that is a little less girly. Great option.

A great pant is obviously essential for work, but a unique print like these offer a great way to stand out in your 9-5 wear. 

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Into the Jungle

Feeling wild on hump day? Yeah, me too. I'm itching for the weekend and that's got me thinking about going out bags. I love a great clutch because they hold just the essentials and can really make an outfit. Today I thought we would look at a real eye catcher, the leopard clutch.

Dorothy Perkins, Leopard Structured Clutch Bag, $29
Can't beat this price for a great bag that looks expensive.

A metallic sheen makes this clutch stand out.

This bag has a disco feel to it. I love the patent leather cap.

Kate Spade, Mullins Place Pouch, $99
Pink glitter and leopard. I'll just leave this here.

So if you're feeling something small and fantastic, look no further than a classic leopard clutch. It goes with everything and is a great four season bag.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ba Da Bow

After a rainy Monday I'm in need of something pretty. Then I stumbled on some beautiful bow sandals and I was pleased. Let me explain.

Ann Taylor, Erica Suede Bow Sandal, $89
I am obsessed with this sandal. It comes in a handful of colors but I am all about this navy.

H&M, Sandals with Bow, $24
Looking for a lower option? How about a metallic flat?

Who needs one bow when you can have four?

Kate Spade, Idalah Sandals, $98
And for something vacation ready, I give you these colorful yet simple sandals!

How can you not smile wearing these summer sandals?

Be fabulous today!

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