Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Blackberry Basil Tequila Cobbler
c/o Bit By a Fox
2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry
7 fresh basil leaves + more for garnish
3/4 fresh lime juice
6 ripe blackberries (1/2 for garnish)
1/2 ounce agave syrup
soda water

Muddle blackberries, basil, lime juice and agave in a mixing glass. Add tequila and sherry, gently stir. Add ice and stir again. Fill rocks glass with crushed ice and strain cocktail into glass. Top with a splash of soda water and stir. Add more crushed ice, basil and blackberries for garnish.
Dina's Tossed Mushrooms

  • 1 pound white button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1⁄4 cup dried Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dried)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil to drizzle
  • olive oil spray

  • Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice off the bottom of the stems; then, use a moist paper towel to gently remove any dirt from mushrooms.
  • Quarter or halve the mushrooms, depending on the size.
  • Sprinkle water in the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish then place mushrooms in a single layer on top of the water.
  • In a small bowl combine next six ingredients: breadcrumbs through salt/pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly on top of the mushrooms.
  • Drizzle evenly with olive oil then spray the top with olive oil spray so it's evenly coated. Bake uncovered until the mushrooms are golden, about 20 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

  • Peach Cobbler
    • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
    • 3 ripe peaches (1 pound whole peaches)
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (divided use)
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 cup half and half
    1. Preheat the oven to 350.
    2. While the oven is preheating, place 1 tablespoon of the butter in each of two 10-ounce ramekins. (You can also bake this in a dish that holds 2 cups of liquid).
    3. Place the ramekins in the oven while it preheats, but keep an eye on it--don't let the butter brown.
    4. Meanwhile, peel, halve, and pit the peaches.
    5. Stir together the peaches, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the lemon juice, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl, and set aside while you make the rest.
    6. Whisk together the flour, the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the baking powder. Lightly stir in the half-and-half---small lumps are okay.
    7. Spoon the batter over the melted butter in each baking dish, and DO NOT STIR.
    8. Evenly pour the fruit mixture on top in each ramekin.
    9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Old Faithful

    Sometimes its about staples. Not the bold print, the cutting hemline, its about the perfect base that fits beautifully, and never lets you down. Today that is the black ankle pant. Not a legging, not a jean, a fitted, structured, black ankle pant.

    It's not shocking that Vince Camuto makes a stunning pair of black pants. This pair is simple perfection.

    Look at these great long lines. Clean and simple.

    You don't have to spend a bundle to get a great pair of pants. I love Old Navy pixie pants.

    A little bit of ponte adds the perfect amount of stretch with structure.

    While I love talking about dots, stripes, florals, and color blocking, sometimes you just need a great pair of black pants. These four won't do you wrong.

    Be fabulous today!

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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Pumped Up Kicks

    A great casual sneaker is a must this season. They allow you to go all day with comfort and style. I really love some low top lace ups because they come in every color and style.

    Simple slip ons that also come in white, black, or charcoal.

    September (important) baseball is upon us, so I love to show my pride with these Keds! Even though they don't have Nationals sneakers...

    We have unicorns, I repeat, we have unicorns.

    Forever 21, Inkkas Slate Low Tops, $72
    This colorful pattern is hand-sewn in South Africa. Beautiful and casual.

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Jumpin' Jumpin'

    Yesterday we talked summer sales on shorts and today we're doing the same with jumpsuits. If you haven't gotten on the bandwagon yet, now is the time because they're on major sale. I prefer a printed jumpsuit because I think they look a little less pajama-y. So let's look at some eye-catching jumpsuits you can snag and wear before summer is over.

    If you look up fancy pants in the dictionary, this is what you will find. Half off right now.

    A great allover geometric print with an exposed gold zipper for a little bling.

    This is not a dress. This is a ridiculously flowy jumpsuit is perfect for an end of summer wedding.

    Ok, so is this one on major sale? No. But I saw it and I loved it and I had to tell you about. Sorry I'm not sorry.

    Jumpsuits are the new dresses. The throw on and go look that is beautiful and playful. Try some on end of season sale before we bundle up for sweater weather, which still seems ages away.

    Be fabulous today!

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