Turtle Time

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a nice weekend. I entertained Saturday evening and I wanted to share the menu. I didn’t have a lot of time to prep so this menu was perfect and ready in about an hour and half.

  • Mini Cheese Boards for appetizers – Marcona almonds, two kinds of salami, cheese, crackers, olives, and persimmons.
  • Caprese Salad – Tomato, basil, mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Trader Joe’s Vegan pesto (adds extra flavor). You can make these ahead of time and store them in the fridge. Dress them right before serving and don’t forget to add salt & pepper.
  • Italian Chicken – I make this in the dutch oven (7 1/4 quart size), so delicious yet so simple to make.
  • Hasselback Potatoes – I used seasoned salt instead of Brabant Seasoning this time around. You can also add rosemary to go with the Italian Chicken.

Now onto today’s Turtle Time look.

  1. Nili Lotan Ralphie Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Bergdorf Goodman, $450. Look for less J. Crew.
  2. Nili Lotan Arliss Pant Shopbop, $495.
  3. Teddy Sherpa Jacket J. Crew, $248. Also like the warm brandy color way.
  4. Dolce Vita Lottie Platform Bootie Zappos, $170.
  5. Emili Kaven Crystal Embellished 14k Gold Pleated Ring Moda Operandi, $210.
  6. Machete Mini Hoop Earrings Nordstrom, $25. These make a great holiday gift! I have the classic tortoise.

Chili Tonight

I had several requests to post my slow cooker Chili recipe again. It’s such a simple and easy recipe that everyone loves. You throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and dinner is ready in the evening.

Slow Cooker Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground chicken or turkey)
  • 1 14 1/2 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 14 1/2 oz can kidney beans with liquid
  • 1 14 1/2 oz can pinto beans with liquid
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 small tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • a couple dashes of tabasco or Cholula

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, drain off fat.
  2. Place the ground beef plus all the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook the chili on low heat for at least 6-8 hours. You cannot over cook it.
  4. Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with Mexican cheese.

If you have leftovers my girls like it the next day served over pasta for something different.

Enjoy!

Food52 x Nordstrom

Nordstrom just announced cult favorite Food52 is bringing their curated selection of kitchen wear to Nordstrom. At Food52, it isn’t just about great food it’s about the elements that come into play to create the meal. To shop the whole FIVE.TWO collection at Nordstrom click here.

  1. The Ultimate Apron Nordstrom, $45.
  2. Set of Essential Knives Nordstrom, $139. Love the Rhubarb color!
  3. 5 Pack Silicone Utensils Nordstrom, $49.
  4. Set of 4 Cotton Napkins Nordstrom, $30.
  5. Set of 4 White Dinner Plates Nordstrom, $79.
  6. Set of 4 Shallow Bowls Nordstrom, $69.
  7. Set of 4 Kitchen Towels Nordstrom, $39.
  8. 11 Piece Cookware Set Nordstrom, $429.

Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice

Last night I made another Half Baked Harvest recipe that everyone loved! The Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice was amazing. I used boneless chicken thighs which works really well with this dish. The only edit I made to the recipe was cutting down the amount of honey from 1/4 cup to a little more then 1 tablespoon. I served the chicken with chili onion crunch edamame, and peanut noodles as the vegetarian entree (recipe to come). Enjoy!

Curried Quinoa Patties

When planning meals for my family I always need a vegetarian option at dinner since one of my daughters is a vegetarian. I got this recipe from my mom who has amazing vegetarian dishes. This recipe makes a lot so you can place leftovers in the freezer and pull them out as needed.

Curried Quinoa Patties

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of sweet potato puree (dice and boil potatoes until soft, drain and mash)
  • 3 cups of cooked quinoa (1 cup dry quinoa with 2 cups water cook for approx 20 mins)
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat over to 400° F.
  2. Place sweet potatoes and cooked quinoa in a bowl.
  3. Sauté your onions and garlic in a small saucepan with olive oil until tender.
  4. Add salt, paprika, cumin, and curry to the onion mixture and cook for 15 seconds.
  5. Add the onion mixture to the quinoa sweet potato mixture.
  6. Add cilantro, oregano, black pepper, and mix well.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with oil.
  8. Form the patties into burger shapes and place them on the baking sheet.
  9. Lightly spray the tops of the patties.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy, flipping them half way through cooking.
  11. Makes approximately 12-15 patties.

Enjoy!

Say Cheese

Yesterday I hosted a small gathering to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I used mini wooden bread boards (that I got from my friend) and made individual cheese boards. The boards had sharp cheddar, brie, seasoned cashews (from this week’s Thai Chicken dish), olives, apple slices, crackers, olive bread, and rosemary garnish. For lunch I served three different salads (Mediterranean Quinoa, Italian Chopped, and Nectarine Fennel & Arugula). Drinks consisted of Skinny Margaritas, Mimosa’s, and mint iced tea. I decorated with colorful Gerber Daisies and spread Turkish towels (these make a great gifts) around the yard. It was a fun way to celebrate my sister’s birthday.

Hope everyone has a nice long weekend!

XOXO

Julie

Thai Basil Sesame Chicken

Last night I made Thai Basil Sesame Cashew Chicken from Tieghan Gerard’s blog Half Baked Harvest. It was so good I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

Indian Cauliflower

Indian Cauliflower

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Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower broken into florets
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne *optional (omit if you don’t like spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place your cauliflower florets on the sheet tray.
  4. Combine all of your spices in a small ramekin.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over your cauliflower florets and toss to coat.
  6. Sprinkle your spice mixture evenly over your cauliflower.
  7. Place your sheet tray in the oven and roast until golden brown about 20 mins.
  8. Enjoy!

Nectarine & Fennel Salad

Nectarine & Fennel Salad

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 2 cup Arugula
  • 2 firm nectarines
  • 1 container burrata cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove grated on a microplane grader
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice your nectarines and fennel on a mandolin or by hand.
  2. Chop your basil.
  3. Place your fennel, nectarine, arugula, and basil in a bowl.
  4. In a small glass pyrex, whisk together your vinegar, lemon, dijon mustard, garlic, basil, and salt and pepper.
  5. In a slow steady stream, whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
  6. Toss your dressing with your salad ingredients.
  7. Taste to see if additional salt is needed.
  8. Place your salad into a small bowl and top with burrata cheese.

Teatime Pastries

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My talented pastry chef mom just started selling her amazing creations on Etsy. You can choose from an Italian Assorted Cookie Box, Chocolate Dipped Almond Horns (gluten free), Rugelach, or European Cookie Assortment Box. All the cookies are packaged in a cute pink box with grosgrain ribbon closure (makes a great gift). I have sampled them all and can attest to how delicious they are. Dolcezza!

Caprese Skewers

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Caprese Skewers

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Ingredients 

  • Mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • Basil
  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Bamboo knot picks 

Directions

  1. Wash your basil and cherry tomatoes and pat dry. 
  2. Drain your mozzarella balls and set aside. 
  3. Thread a cherry tomato on each skewer followed by, a mozzarella ball, basil leaf, another tomato, basil, and mozzarella ball. 
  4. Mix 2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the Caprese Skewers.

 

 

Sushi

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Monday night was sushi night. I picked up nori, short grain rice, cucumber, avocado, crab, and lobster meat. I used the NYT Sushi Rice Recipe, and watched a quick youtube tutorial on how to roll sushi. It’s a really simple and fun dinner activity for everyone. I didn’t have a bamboo roller and it was fine rolling without it. Enoy!

Outfit: Top Doen (similar to above), Pant Alex Mill, Heart Necklace Meredith Quill, and Chain Link Necklace Meredith Quill.

Backyard Bash

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Over the weekend we celebrated my parent’s 70th birthday with an intimate backyard dinner. As for many of us, our celebratory plans have had to change and we are coming up with new ways to commemorate special milestones.

We decided to create a memorable backyard bash. I set up a long table in our backyard and enlisted the help of my friend Dana from Serendipity Flowers LA to handle the flowers and table decor. She made it look so beautiful with florals, greenery, and candles. We had a separate seating area set up for appetizers and cocktails (FYI Joans on Third has individual cheese platters that are COVID friendly). It was a group effort with my older daughter making a gorgeous crudités platter adorned with edible flowers, my younger daughter making a two tier coconut layer cake, and my sister creating an amazing playlist. Dinner was catered by Jon & Vinny’s (we were supposed to be in Italy to celebrate so it was only appropriate we had Italian food for dinner). We dined al fresco, listened (and danced) to music, and sat by the fire to finish off a truly a magical evening!

Now onto fashion and what I wore. I picked a Christy Dawn dress. If you’re not familiar with Christy Dawn she’s a Los Angeles designer who focuses on sustainable and ethically crafted fashion. Several new dresses dropped (all cotton) the Bianca and Colette. I accessorized with with turquoise Beck Jewels hoops, and Beatrice Valenzuela slides

Regarding the table setting I used Year & Day dishes, linen napkinshurricane candlesvintage goblets (similar to mine), and a wood board for the crudités.

XX

Julie

 

Nab the Collab

IMG_6249Madewell just launched their collaboration with one of my favorite designers Banjanan. My edit below. 

  1. Mini Bird Wrap Dress Madewell, $148.
  2. Wrap Ruffle Midi Madewell, $168.
  3. Smocked Tie Ankle Pant Madewell, $85.
  4. Button Front Jumpsuit Madewell, $168.
  5. Drawstring Bird Cover-up Madewell, $98.
  6. One Piece Paisley Swimsuit Madewell, $75.
  7. Cutoff Cargo Pants Madewell, $72. Love these cargos (not part of the collab).

For all of you who asked for the Perfect Pot of Lentils recipe I posted on my Instagram story you can find it here. A couple notes, I used half vegetable stock half water for the liquid (instead of all water) for a bit more flavor. I also found that it needed a little bit more salt. It tasted really good with red leaf lettuce tossed in Miso Ginger Dressing. Bon Appétit!

Hot Stuff

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It was a HOT weekend in LA! I spent time at the beach, pool, and on the tennis court. Here are somethings that got me through the weekend along with some additional finds.

  1. French Bikini Top J. Crew, $48, Boy Short Bikini Botton J Crew, $45, & High Waisted Bikini Brief J. Crew, $54. I like to mix and match the colors. 
  2. Patagonia Synchilla Pullover Backcountry, $98 Select colors on sale. 
  3. Handwoven Java Throw Blanket Anthropologie, $78
  4. Waterproof Monogrammed Beach Bag Mark & Graham, $89.
  5. Freedom Moses Glitter Slide J. Crew, $45. An elevated flip flop. (more colors here)
  6. CRZ Yoga Running Short Amazon, $24 (just like the Lululemon Speed Short). I also ordered Athlarel Amazon, $29 (a high rise running short), & CRZ Yoga Tank Amazon, $24. It’s been too hot to walk in leggings so I switched to a running short. 
  7. Pique Collar Polo Tory Sport, $118 & Pleated Hem Tennis Skirt Tory Sport, $125. Cute tennis outfit. 
  8. Acrylic Neon Backgammon Set Mark & Graham, $160

I also wanted to share two new winner recipes I tried over the weekend. I made Masoor Daal last night (subbed vegetable stock for water) and tried a new Miso Ginger Dressing that everyone loved. Hope everyone has a great week!

XX

Julie