Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Peach-Rhubarb-Blackberry Pie

Peach-Rhubarb-Blackberry Pie
If I had the choice between cake & pie I’d pick pie 99% of the time. I’m a pie girl. My mom always made pies & I just love fruity sweet desserts so pies satiate my sweet tooth for the majority of the time.

My mom & dad were up to visit at my sister’s apartment this past weekend. I wanted to bring something so I automatically chose to make a pie. Chris & I made a trip to  DePiero’s Farm to see what was fresh & came across sweet peaches & rhubarb. With a a nod to strawberry rhubarb pie - one of my faves I concocted a peach version of it. I had some blackberries at home so I added those too.

Overall it was a pretty tasty pie. My peaches were pretty juicy so the filling had a bit more liquid than I would have loved but we still enjoyed it all the same.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Better Home Cooking Basics: #36 Wait Until the Last Minute Before Serving to Add Fresh Herbs.

Better Home Cooking Basics.Wait Until the Last Minute Before Serving to Add Fresh Herbs.
If you're a good boy or girl scout & are preparing dishes ahead of time that call for fresh herbs, leave them out until you're ready to serve. Then chop or tear the herbs & add them to your dish. This way the flavors will be the freshest & the fragile herb leaves won't blacken or wilt.

Get more of my better home cooking basics here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Simple Herb-Roasted Tilapia + Wine Pairing

 Thirsty Thursday. Simple Herb-Roasted Tilapia. Wine Pairing.
This week we’re celebrating Thirsty Thursday with vino & Tamara from Bottle Rush! (If you’re detoxing check out this one or this one.)

When I asked Tamara to suggest a wine to pair with this Simple Herb-Roasted Talapia (get the recipe here) here answer was too good not to share verbatim, so here it is:

“I love the Mediterranean flavors you paired with the fish so I selected a wine that I would drink if I was eating it in a sleepy seaside town on the coast of Italy (A girl can dream). Gavi di Gavi.

Aside from Gavi being one of the best kept secrets of Italian white wines it's crisp acidity, almond & minerality notes make it the perfect pairing for oysters or white flaky fish.  

The wine I selected is La Scolca Gavi Di Gavi White label - it's excellent but might be hard to find.  A back up option is the Vigne di San Martino Gavi.”

Are you interested in seeing a specific dish you’ve seen here (or elsewhere) paired with the perfect wine? If so let us know by leaving a comment below.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Hair Product Picks

I’m a bit of a beauty product junkie, an occupational hazard. I’m constantly testing out the next best thing for work (& pleasure). Every summer I hunt for the perfect product to achieve beachy hair even if I’m not at the beach. My usual obstacle is most “beachy” hair products dry my hair out, but there is hope & I've found it in three products!

These three game changers, plus a cute hair scarf have become staples in my daily hair routine. None of them weigh my hair down so I can use them by themselves or layer them together. What’s even better is that they are all double duty products & really deliver.

Here are the reasons I’m loving these summer hair products:

Olivine’s Love + Salt Beach Hair & Body Mist
  • is scented like nostalgic days at the beach.
  • adds beachy tousled texture without over drying hair. can be used as a body mist too!
  • texturizes without drying thanks to the coconut oil in it (You know how much I love coconut oil.)
  • made with ingredients I can pronounce & eat (like Himalayan Salt!!)
  • 5% of each sale goes to Every Mother Counts
Acure Leave-In Conditioner Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell
  • ultra-hydrating leave-in conditioner providing weightless body & shine.
  • protects hair at the cellular level & helps to strengthen it at the root. 
  • a few spritzes helps to revitalize waves at the end of the day.
  • it can also double as a facial mist!
The lovely ladies at Lauren + Vanessa introduced me to Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction
  • use it alone or layer with other products.
  • 10 benefits in 1 easy step for perfectly polished hair.
  • worked through damp hair helps moisturize, smooth, shine, soften hair.
  • I apply this & then let my hair air dry without any worry of frizz.
  • it even provides UV protection for when you’re getting beachy waves naturally!
What are your go-to products this summer?