Kitchen Chronicles

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Since many of us are cooking a lot more then we once were I compiled a list of my must-have kitchen essentials. 

  1. Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker Amazon, $169.95. This is a good size for a family of 4. A lot of people are intimidated by the pressure cooker but once you learn how to use it it’s so easy. Dinner is ready in 20 mins!
  2. Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven Williams Sonoma, $150-$400. I have several sizes of the dutch oven. I also use the braiser and roaster (above pic) pans a lot. 
  3. All Clad 10 Piece Set Williams Sonoma, $699.95. I’ve had these pots and pans since I got married you only need to buy them once.
  4. Hamilton Slow Cooker Target, $69.99. This is a simple slow cooker with easy to use settings nothing fancy. For a more sophisticated one All Clad Gourmet Slow Cooker Williams Sonoma, $249.
  5. Magic Linen Japanese Crossback Apron Verishop, $47 & Classic Linen Apron Verishop, $36. I don’t cook without an apron on I hate to ruin my clothes.
  6. Bron Coucke Stainless Steel Mandoline Amazon, $129. I have the stainless steel french one but the plastic ones work just as well. Benriner Madoline Williams Sonoma, $59 Cute color!
  7. Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Williams Somona, $349. This is the most used appliance by the kids. 
  8. Year & Day dishes Verishop. Made in Portugal beautiful quality for the price and 25% off now. 
  9. Pink Cuisinart Mini Prep Amazon, $32.99. The pink color way is supporting Breast Cancer Research.
  10. Tortilla Molds Amazon, $11.99. Tostada Tuesday is big at our house and it’s fun to make your own shells.
  11. Microplane Grader Amazon, $11.00.
  12. Open Kitchen Lemon & Lime Squeezer Williams Sonoma, $18

Home Sweet Home

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Staying at home this past week has made me appreciate cooking even more, and sitting down and having a meal together as a family. I’ve enjoyed setting the table with nice plates (Year & Day is 25% off at Verishop also check out this), placemats, napkins, napkin rings, and simple flowers from the yard.

To keep busy we have been playing backgammon, making friendship bracelets, and I just ordered a tie-dye kit for the girls (tanktee, & sweatshirt for tie-dying).

Chicken Marsala Recipe

This is one of my classic recipes that I have been making for years. It’s simple, healthy, and delicious. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless pounded chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup white wine (doesn’t have to be marsala)
  • 1/2 cup veggie or chicken broth 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 

Preparation 

If your chicken is not already pounded place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound to about 1/2 inch thick. Spinkle both sides evenly with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour, turning to coat, and shake off excess flour. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken cooking until it’s golden brown and then flipping to brown the other side. Remove chicken from the pan. Add mushrooms, wine, broth, and lemon juice to the pan. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins until the mixture is reduced to about 2/3 cup. Return chicken to the pan, turning well to coat and cook for an additional 5 mins. Sprinkle with parley and ready to serve. 

Pan in the above picture is the Le Creuset braiser.

 

Lucky You

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We can all use some positive energy, good luck, and protection right now. One way to get it is with these beautiful boho Golden State Beauty horseshoe wall hangings. Each horseshoe is custom made by the designer herself Malibu native Krisha Garvey. You can check out her Etsy shop here or custom order them directly through her instagram account here (DM for orders). Hang them on your wall, front door, or display them on your coffee table. Made with love!

Homeward Bound

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Life this past weekend has changed for many of us. Our busy weekends have now slowed down which means a lot more time spent at home. This weekend consisted of a lot of cooking, long walks, closet organizing, and time spent with my family. I will try and share interesting things I find a long the way and please share with me as well.

  1. Shades of Pink Tablecloth Goop, $285.
  2. Manduka Yoga Block Amazon, $20. I tried a yoga class at home and realized I didn’t have a yoga block. A friend suggested I try an app called Glo which has over 4,000 workout classes on demand.
  3. Falcon Enamelware Bake Set Goop, $115.
  4. Marble Initial Coaster Wiliam Sonoma, $29.95.
  5. Pink Mini Prep Cuisinart Amazon, $32.99.
  6. PJ Salvage Tie Dye Jersey Sweatshirt Nordstrom, $62. It’s been rainy in LA and all I want to wear are cozy sweats.
  7. PJ Salvage Tie Dye Jersey Sweatpants Nordstrom, $62.
  8. Caraway Ceramic Cookware Set Goop, $395.
  9. La Double J Dessert Plates Goop, $350.
  10. Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Amazon, $96.
  11. Clare V x Anthropologie Platter Anthropologie, $58. Also love these dinner plates that just came in.
  12. Wilton Candy Melts Pot Amazon, $24. This came in handy when I made Goop’s Banana Bonbons. We dipped bananas, apricots, and pretzels.  Our toppings consisted of chia seeds, slivered almonds, cacao nibs, and sea salt. Fun project with the kids.

 

 

J’Adore

We all know I love a good collaboration! What’s not to like about one of my favorite accessories brand partnering with Anthropologie! The collection is comprised of colorful housewares, summer beach staples, cozy leisure wear, stationary, and hair accessories. To shop the whole line click here. My picks below.

  1. Maisonette Dessert Plate Anthropologie, $18. Great hostess gift!
  2. Oui Clare V Sweatshirt Anthropologie, $125. Also like J’aime La Vie
  3. Maisonette Mug Anthropologie, $16.
  4. Bamboo Bento Box Anthropologie, $18
  5. Beach Sling Chair Anthropologie, $198.
  6. Le Plage Beach Towel Anthropologie, $54.
  7. Merci Stationary Anthropologie, $20.

 

New Year New Gear

Happy New Year! This year I hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s at my house. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and entertaining and wanted to share some of my favorite tools I use in the kitchen, and a couple of things that are on my wish list.

  1. Le Creuset Dutch Oven Williams Sonoma & Le Creuset Rectangle Dish Williams Sonoma.  So easy to clean. All Le Creuset is 20% off at Williams Sonoma check it out here.
  2.  Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mini Prep Plus Amazon A must for me in the kitchen. I have 4 in all different sizes.
  3. Kitchenaid 5 Quart Mixer Bloomingdales (love the turquoise) & Kitchenaid Handmixer Amazon.
  4. Stainless Steel Bonavita Tea Kettle Amazon. (also comes in glass) I’m a tea drinker and this is a great tea kettle.
  5. Adelina Slub Velvet Pillow Anthropologie, $58. The pillows in my front room are looking a bit tired so I’m replacing them with these.
  6. French Oilcloth Tablecloth Etsy, $95. The French Provencial oilcloth tablecloths are my favorite. So easy to clean and wipe down.
  7. Goop Blush Padova 10 Piece Set Goop. I love the pink color! It just came back in stock.
  8. Hawkins New York Glass Pitcher Verishop, $30.
  9. 100% Pure Linen Napkins Rough Linen. I am not a fan of ironing so I love the rough linen look.
  10. Pink Glass Candlesticks Goop, $80.
  11. Turquoise Mason Jars Amazon. I do all my flower arrangements in mason jars.
  12. Ceramic Dishes Year & Day. I am in the market for new everyday dishes and these are the ones I’m considering. Made in Portugal.
  13. Monogrammed Letterpress Initial Stationery Minted, $28. I ran out of my personalized stationery and picked these up the other day. Makes a great gift too.

 

 

Pink Palette

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I just spent 36 hours in San Francisco over the weekend. As soon as I landed I checked into the W Hotel and headed right over to the SFMOMA which has an incredible modern art collection (thx to the Fisher family). After that, it was a holiday party at The Phoenix Hotel. The weather was chilly so I wore my new leopard coat (love!) all weekend long with black denim jeans. Since it was wet out I choose to pack my Acne Pistol boots (on sale) and my black lace-up’s (also like these from Mango) to trot around town. On Friday we lunched at Akiko’s for sushi, (so good) and then it was time for a bit of shopping. I walked around Hayes Valley (loved Reliquary boutique) and Fillmore street where I fell in love with the pink color palette at Goop Lab. We finished the trip with a group dinner at Park Tavern and then it was up early to catch a flight back to LA.

Below are some items that can help fill the Pink Palette void in your home.

  1. Blush Padova 10 Piece Clean Green 10 Piece Set Goop, $300 Also comes in powder blue here. Frying two piece set here.
  2. Magnolia Metallic Wreath with Leaves West Elm, $89.
  3. Heather Taylor Home Tablecloth Lulu & Georgia, $200.
  4. Set of 6 Juice Glasses Goop, $68.
  5. Hedvig Apron Goop, $84. Beautiful linen blend fabric. Also found these personalized aprons that make a great gift at Minted, $38.
  6. Hawkins New York Linen Napkins set of 4 Verishop, $72. Napkins in the above picture.
  7. Aesop Aromatique Hand Soap Nordstrom, $39.
  8. 3 Piece Pink Glass Mixing Bowls Goop, $85.
  9. Matte Gold 5 Piece Place Setting Goop, $150. Look for less here.
  10. Edition 4 Scented Candle Goop, $72. They had this candle burning in the store and it smells amazing.
  11. Pink Tumble Set of 4 Goop, $52. Glasses in the above picture.
  12. Pink Glass Cake Stand Goop, $72.

Photo: Jessie Randall

 

 

Backyard Basics

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Great time to update your Backyard Basics with the July 4th sales in motion. Serena & Lily is offering 20% off the entire store along with West Elm.

  1. Sebastopol Stool Serena & Lily, $198 I just ordered two of these for my backyard. I love that it can be used as additional seating or a side/end table. I got the navy/white but I love the grey as well.
  2. Outdoor Simple Stripe Pillow West Elm, $29 I just got these and they are really nice quality for the price.
  3. Eastport Stripe Umbrella Serena & Lily, $698 Serena and Lily have the cutest outdoor umbrellas also love this one and this one.
  4. Tortola Lantern Serena & Lily, $198 also love Modern Porcelain Hurricane Lanterns West Elm, $21.
  5. Bamboo Lacquer Tray Mark and Graham, $99.
  6. Bose Speaker Nordstrom, $99 Just got this speaker love it…so easy to use.
  7. Boat and Toe Sailor Stripe L.L. Bean, $54.99.
  8. Oceana Outdoor Dinnerware Sur La Table, $8 The outdoor dinnerware is 50% off.
  9. Sydney Beach Towel Serena & Lily, $68.