Monday, April 30, 2012

Mint Julep Recipe


Are you hosting a Kentucky Derby Party on May 5th? If you are or if you aren't Mint Juleps are a classy drink that can be served at any spring or summer party.

Start with the simple syrup the day before:
Boil 2 cups of sugar in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Place the mixture in an airtight container with 6 to 8 sprigs of mint; refrigerate overnight.

On the day of your party, fill a cup (silver julep if you have one or a glass if you don't) with crushed ice, then add 2 tablespoons of mint syrup and 4 tablespoons of whiskey. Stir well and garnish with mint. Enjoy -- preferably while sporting a fancy wide-brimmed hat.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

BCD Tofu House

I went to BCD Tofu House with my friend Christine last week -- super fun and yummy authentic Korean food. Here's a little about BCD's story and some pictures of our dinner.

Inspired by a passion for spreading Korea's wonderful cuisine around the globe, BCD continues to focus on taste, health benefits, quality food  and so much more.
The BCD story starts with Hee Sook Lee, a first-generation Korean immigrant who loves to create in the kitchen and to share her cooking with family. Her mother in-law owned a restaurant in "Buk-Chang-Dong" (the city in Korea after which the restaurant is named), where Hee Sook Lee gained early training in the food industry. After immigrating to the United States, Mrs. Lee chose to focus on tofu soup due to its superb taste and beneficial health properties. She had a vision for success in America, and is building her restaurant enterprise one bowl at a time!



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Baby Shower For Lyssa

My friend Lyssa (also one of my beautiful bridesmaids this August) is expecting her first child with her husband Chase next month! Here are some fun pictures of the baby shower we threw her last week. The girls and I decided to do a tea party theme with scones and devonshire cream, jam, cookies, brownies, sandwiches, salads and strawberries with whipped cream etc. Shanny brought her mothers tea cup collection and Lyssa's sister brought a bunch of great stuff, including honey crystals for our tea. It was a cute get together.

We are all so excited for Lyssa and Chase! Praying for a save delivery and a healthy wee one. Three more weeks Lyssa! You are going to be fabulous parents! What a lucky kid.


Scones, devonshire cream and jam with "wishes for baby" cards.

Meyer lemonade, mango iced tea and cucumber water
with pictures of Chase and Lyssa when they were young.

Baby boy clothes line

Yummmm!

Mo's awesome cupcakes.

Are You My Mommy Game: Match the animal names to their baby names. It's harder than you would think...

Lyssa's party favors -- Fresh sprinkled doughnuts and a personalized earl grey tea bag.


Lyssa, Mo, Kelsey, Me and Shanny.



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Birthday Dinner: The Boiling Crab

This was by far the MESSIEST and YUMMIEST birthday dinner I've ever had. Last Friday Danny and I went to the Boiling Crab with my Mom n Dad and Mo and Shanny to celebrate my birthday. Too much fun! We got dungeness crab, lobster, crawfish, smoked sausage, shrimp and raw oysters smothered in lemon pepper, garlic butter and cajun spices. I do believe this was the first time I've worn a bib while eating since I was 2 years old!


Look...they're friends

Danny and Me looking stylish in our bibs


Mo's first raw oyster...
(notice my Mom laughing in the background)



My Papa-do

Shanny and Mo. Best picture ever.


Monday, April 23, 2012

A Lovely Art Show and Dinner in Long Beach

Last week I went to my friend Christina's art show. I am so proud of you Christinyyyy. You are an amazing artist and extremely talented. You have a gift my dear.

P.S. Christina designed our "Save the Dates" too! She is so great!

Christina is graduationg next month with her BFA in illustration and plans on pursuing biomedical illusration. Wooowza.

Check out her amazing art at:
www.wix.com/cpecora/artwork












After the art show we drove to 2nd Street and put our name in at La Crêperie Café for dinner. We conveniently had the hostess wave to us from across the street when our table was ready.





Mmmmm...Dan and I split a
Crepe Carbonara Chicken breast slices, mozzarella and smoked bacon in a creamy garlic parmesan sauce with pesto
and a
Poire Belle Helene Pear, chocolate, toasted almonds and Frangelico in a crepe with French vanilla ice cream
for dessert.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me


Feeling loved today. So grateful for all my lovies.

A Healthy Savory Meal


Baked sweet potato drizzled with coconut oil and Himalayan salt with some steamed kale and quinoa on the side.

To bake the sweet potato:
Heat your oven to 400ºF.  Prick the sweet potato in several places with a fork, and place on a rack in the oven. Put a baking tray at the bottom of the oven to catch any juices that ooze out.  Cook for 40 minutes. Slice it open, pull the skin down and drizzle with oil and salt to serve.

Recipe Repost By Goop

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Funny Picture

What!? This is too cool.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Plum + Thyme Iced Tea


Serves 4                                    

Ingredients

  • 2 tea bags (black or herbal)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 plums, sliced
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, and let steep for 10 minutes. Discard the bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir in the honey, plums, and thyme. Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cool, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve over ice.
  3. For an instant cocktail: Stir in 1/2 cup bourbon before serving.

photo by Yunhee Kim, recipe by Sara Quessenberry for Real Simple

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Williams Sonoma Secret: Vanilla, Lemon & Rosemary Simmer


 Here is a fabulous recipe that comes to you from Morgan Moore of One More Moore. She let us in on a Williams Sonoma SECRET! This concoction has been attracting customers for years! If you want your house to smell like spring...and Williams Sonoma, look no further. Awww heaven!

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You'll need a small stockpot filled about 2/3 full with water
1 lemon (sliced)
A few sprigs of rosemary
2 teaspoons of vanilla

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Let it simmer all day long, adding water as needed. It's a wonderful scent of citrus with warm vanilla and rosemary...the rosemary just ties it all together. Your home will smell marvelous!


Pictures: One More Moore