May 10, 2016

In the Kitchen: Braised Artichokes

Braised Artichokes

I made it a goal to cook artichokes this spring. I've eaten a lot of artichokes over the years, but if I have them at home they are usually from the olive bar. I knew they were a labor intensive vegetable, and when I saw this recipe in the latest Bon Appetite I knew I had to try it. I will say prepping artichokes is not easy. There are multiple steps and a lot of knife worked involved, but the effort is worth the reward. These artichokes were tender and savory. The braising liquid had a rich, complex flavor thanks to the garlic and anchovies. If you can find artichokes at your grocery store give this recipe a try, and put in a little extra work for your next meal. You will be rewarded. 

Braised Artichokes
Braised Artichokes


Braised Artichokes

3 artichokes
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup white wine
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup olive oil
6 anchovies
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup parsley
2 lemons

Combine tomatoes, white wine, red pepper flakes, 1 cup water, and 1/4 cup of oil to a large dutch oven. Set aside. In a food processor combine anchovies and garlic and pulse until a paste forms. Add in parsley and remaining olive oil and pulse until combined. Set aside.

Start by trimming the artichokes. Remove the tough outer leaves of the artichokes and trim any pointy tips left on. Then, cut off the top 1 1/2 inches of the artichoke leaving a flat base. Rub the entire artichoke with lemon to prevent browning. Repeat until all artichokes are cleaned. 

Then, cut the artichokes in half and remove the choke and any spiky inner parts. Rub the artichokes with the anchovy and garlic paste and place on top of the braising liquid. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 1 hour until artichokes are fork tender. Flip artichokes during cooking every 15 minutes to make sure artichokes cook evenly. Spoon a little of the braising liquid over the top of the artichokes as well. Remove artichokes and cook sauce for an additional 10 minutes until thickened. Spoon sauce over artichokes and serve with lemon and additional parsley. 

May 9, 2016

Off the Shoulder

J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top

We had a temperamental start to May. Most days were cold, rainy, or dreary which had me reaching for sweaters and jackets more than I liked. So I was pleased with the gorgeous weather that greeted us yesterday. It gave me the chance to slip into this off the shoulder top. I was hesitant about this trend at first: how does it stay on your body; can it possibly be comfortable? I will say it is not the more practical option if you have a busy day, but for a spring afternoon spent wondering around UVA's campus it felt pretty nice to get a little sun on my shoulders. This color is unfortunately sold out, but I really love this bright yellow option. 

J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top
J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top
J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top
J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top

J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top (different color) // Paige Hoxton Jeans // J.Crew Sandals (similar & similar) // J.Crew Straw Hat (similar) // Krewe Du Optic St. Louis Sunglasses // Michael Kors Clutch (similar

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April 27, 2016

Spring Picnicking

j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT

It is easy for me to spend my weekend at the computer. I know I am not alone when I say the first thing I do every morning is check my email, even on Sunday morning. So when my husband tells me I need to get outside, I know it is coming from a good place. I slipped on this denim skirt for a picnic on the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains this past weekend. It was great to get outside and enjoy a little sun on my legs. Even this city girl can enjoy a good meal by a creek on a warm spring day. 


j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT
j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT
j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT
j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT

J.Crew Denim Front-Slit Skirt // J.Crew Check Blouse (similar & similar) // J.Crew Straw Hat (similar) // Straw Market Bag // J.Crew Sandals // Karen Walker Sunglasses


April 26, 2016

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

I love a good everyday cake. A cake that does not require a mixer, and can take on almost any flavor profile. They are not intimidating, and they can be enjoyed on a weeknight that needs a little something special. This lemon yogurt cake with strawberry sauce fits those requirements. It is made with ingredients you most likely have on hand, and can be ready in under an hour. When I need a sweet fix this pound cake can make a hectic week feel a little calmer. 


Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

 Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Lemon Yogurt Cake
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. 

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Slowly add flour mixture into wet ingredients and whisk until combined (the mixture will be lumpy). Then, stir the oil into the batter until smooth. Pour batter into loaf pan. 

Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden brown and interior is set. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove from pan onto a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool completely. 

Strawberry Sauce 
1/2 cup strawberries 
3 tablespoons sugar 
1 tablespoon water 

Combine strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until strawberries have broken down and a sticky sauce has formed. Run sauce through a strainer to remove any seeds. Pour warm sauce of cake, reserving some for individual pieces. 

April 22, 2016

Style: Sweatshirt & Jeans

everlane sweatshirt

You can get a lot of mileage out of a great basic. They can take you from work, to dinner, to a casual Saturday running errands. I've been revamping some of the basics in my closet over the last few months, think sandals, jeans, and white button-downs. One piece I was missing was a  neutral sweatshirt. Thanks to it's slim fit and light color I can pair it with just about everything (see it with a pleated skirt here). But on the weekends, there is nothing better than wearing it with my favorite jeans for a casual yet collective outfit. 

everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt

 Everlane Crew Sweatshirt // J.Crew Sleeveless Button-down (similar) // Mih Marty Jeans // Kate Spade Bag (similar) // Tibi Denni Loafers (similar) // Karen Walker Sunglasses 

 

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