July 7, 2015

In the Kitchen: Caprese Panzanella Salad

My husband was originally skeptical of this salad. "Peaches in a savory salad," he asked worrisomely. Thankfully he let me try it, and asked we have it again two days later. I find that peaches and tomatoes have a similar texture and flavor. In the summer when they are both ripe and delicious you cannot go wrong with pairing them together. This salad combines two of my favorite summer meals: caprese and panzanella salads. If you can always omit the peaches for more classic approach, but if you have some on hand please give them a try. 

Caprese Panzanella Salad

2 tomatoes
2 peaches
1/2 loaf french bread
3/4 cup torn fresh mozzarella
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chiffonade basil leaves
1 tablespoon mined mint leaves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Tear french bread into medium sized pieces and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper until every piece is lightly coated. Toast for 10 - 15 minutes until bread is slightly browned.

Remove the core from the tomatoes and cut into wedges. Place tomatoes in a medium sized bowl and toss with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Allow tomatoes to sit for 15 minutes, this will help remove any excess liquid so the salad does not become soggy. Drain off excess liquid once finished.

Remove pits from peaches and cut into wedges. Place in same bowl as tomatoes. Add torn mozzarella, bread, and herbs.

Whisk together garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour vinaigrette over salad until just moistened. Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.

July 6, 2015

Style: Palm Printed Shorts

I did not immediately jump on the palm print trend. It was a little loud for my style and petite frame, but when I saw these printed jogger shorts at Gap I had a change of heart. The muted coloring keeps the print from being overwhelming, and the casual style makes them great from everyday wear. They are easy to throw on when the temperature starts to rise because of their lightweight material. Plus, the tropical print makes you feel like your on vacation, even if you are just lounging around your house. 

 Gap Printed Jogger Shorts // Anthropologie Jersey Swing Tunic // J.Crew Malta Sandals (different color) // J.Crew Wide-Brimmed Straw Hat // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Messanger Bag // Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar) // Banana Republic Necklace 

July 3, 2015

Summer Steals

Who doesn't love when a sale is on sale? Now is the time to get some great deals on summer essentials like sandals, dresses, and shorts. If your 4th of July plans are getting rained out make sure to check out a few of the awesome sales going on. Anthropologie  has an additional 20% off sale, J.Crew has an additional 40-60% off sale, Madewell has an additional 20% off sale,  Rebecca Taylor is offering 40% off sale, and Tibi has an additional 20% off sale. One of my favorite dresses from Anthropologie is currently on sale. See below for my favorite picks, and let me know if you get any great deals this weekend. I hope everyone has a relaxing and fun 4th of July weekend with friends and family.




Rebecca Taylor


July 2, 2015

4th of July Playlist

Do you have any plans for this 4th of July weekend? I know I'm going to have to drag my husband out of the ocean to get to a BBQ. If you're staying in or taking a quick getaway, this playlist will fit almost any scenario. It holds a few of my favorite American themed songs. So, light up the grill, put on your SPF, and enjoy this long weekend with some good tunes.

America // Simon & Garfunkel 
Young Americans // David Bowie 
The Promised Land // Bruce Springsteen 
So American // Portugal. The Man 
North American Scum // LCD Soundsystem 
Living In America // DOM
Born in the U.S.A. // Bruce Springsteen 
A More Perfect Union // Titus Andronicus 
California Stars // Billy Bragg, Wilco 
Independence Day // Bruce Springsteen 
Fourth of July // Galaxie 500 
Ashes of American Flags // Wilco 

July 1, 2015

In the Kitchen: Summer Corn Salad

I'm finding myself slowly easing back into the kitchen. When we sublet this apartment we knew the state of the kitchen was pretty dismal. We planned on eating out and enjoying Charleston so it didn't seem to worrisome. But, we cannot eat out for every meal so I've turned to simple dishes to get us through those days. We picked up a few ears of corn at the farmer's market this past weekend with the intention of making a simple salad. This dish goes along great with grilled meat or seafood, just as it does wrapped up in a tortilla with fresh salsa. If you're headed to a 4th of July picnic this weekend this corn salad would make a great side dish. The prep time is minimal, and it can be left outside for extended periods of time without spoiling. 

Summer Corn Salad

3 ears of corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
Juice of 1/2 lime
pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place shucked corn cobs on a rimmed baking sheet and coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes until golden, flipping corn halfway. Allow to cool and then remove corn kernels from cob.

Toss corn, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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