Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boardwalk Empire Style Challenge for Ladies & Gents

earrings | necklace | dress | hair pins | snake arm bangle | gold arm bangle | purse | t-strap heels

find all styles above at Paul Fredrick: fedora | dress shirt
suspenders | tie | pants | socks | shoes

I love American 1920s styles, I think it stems from my tap dancing days & my flapper-esque recital costume with fringe & everything. It was perfection.

When the folks over at Paul Fredrick asked if I’d celebrate Boardwalk Empire’s season premiere with a style challenge inspired by the show I was both flattered & excited & started my search for my interpretation of the style.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Easy Cheesy Broccoli Soup with Spicy Homemade Croutons

If we have broccoli in the fridge I usually make this pasta dish. It’s a house favorite & is super easy to make from memory - no recipe needed if you make it as much as I do.  Every now & then I do like to change up even favorites which is always risky, but this time my friends it was a win - a big fat win. In fact, Chris calls this soup “the best soup I’ve ever had.”  I don’t mean to brag but I’ll take it.  It has all the same flavors of our favorite pasta dish with all the comfort of a soup. Plus, I added some spicy homemade croutons for a bit of crunch on top.

Besides being super tasty this soup is EASY! Give it a try & let me know if you like it as much as we did.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Better Home Cooking Basics: #42 When Roasting Veggies Create Space between Pieces, Don’t Overlap them.

I've definitely mentioned this time in recipes past but I thought I'd call it out again since the temperatures in the North East have begun to drop & cranking the oven on is starting to sound like a great idea.  Roasting veggies is a great (not to mention easy!!) way to cook your veggies. Cut your veggies up into equal sized pieces. Toss them with olive oil & season with salt & pepper. Then lay them out on baking sheets without overlapping or creating layers. You want just one layer so that the outsides crisp up & the insides are soft & tender.  If you run out of space on your baking sheet, use another one. If you don't & you opt to over lap you veggies might not cook at the same rate & they'll be missing that caramelized crunch on the outside.

Get more of my better home cooking basics here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remember & Celebrate

Today is always a particularly heavy day in NYC where I work.  We all find a way to honor & cherish those lives lost in the horrific tragedy that struck 13 years ago but it is always such a somber day.

I find comfort & look to the brighter side of today by celebrating those who were born on this day in my family: my grandpa (that smiling face above this post) who is 89 years young today & my nieces Ellen & (my new niece born today!!) DemiLynn. Happy Birthday to you all!

I feel extremely blessed to live in this country & to love & be loved by my family & friends. God Bless.