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Easy Entertaining: Roasted Radicchio and Carrots

It always makes me so happy when someone tries one of the recipes I share here. While the recipes themselves are easy, I put a lot of effort into coming up with the ideas, testing, arranging the plate, photographing, and of course, writing about it. Which is why I was so pleased to find out that the #1 pinned photo from this blog is one of my favorite “easy entertaining” recipes for Baked Green Beans.

This week I decided to experiment with the recipe, swapping out summery green beans for radicchio and carrots. The results were a little different than I expected. Neither vegetable crisped up the way I would have hoped, so it would be difficult to serve them as an appetizer. HOWEVER, they were still delicious and would make for a perfect side dish! The colors are perfect for any fall dinner party.

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Roasted Radicchio and Carrots

What you need:

  • 1 package small carrots
  • 2 medium heads of radicchio
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Set the oven to 425. Cut the carrots and radicchio in quarters. Next, line a baking sheet with tinfoil and lightly coat the entire surface with olive oil (you can also use a mister or cooking spray). Arrange the vegetables by side and sprinkle with salt and pepper and the grated Parmesan. Put the sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Times may vary, but take them out when they are just starting to crisp. (note: the carrots probably need longer than the radicchio) Sprinkle with extra sea salt while they are still warm and serve.

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Given that this recipe is EXACTLY the same as it was for the Green Beans, I think I’ve proven to myself how versatile it is and I’m guessing I could probably repeat for even more vegetables! Which ones will you try????

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Easy Entertaining: Catalan Tomato Bread

One of the amazing things we did on our trip to Spain was take a cooking class. We made a full authentic menu including Romesco Sauce, Paella, and Catalan Crema- but by far the easiest thing we learned to make was Tomato Bread. This bread was served in EVERY restaurant around Barcelona- from the most casual tapas bar to the famed Tickets. Our chef told us that this tomato bread is served with dinner, but is often a causal meal all on its own (paired with a bottle of wine of course). Its pretty difficult to mess up, the only variable here would be over toasting your bread (which as you can see, I did- keep an eye on the toast!)

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Catalan Tomato Bread

What you need:

  • 4 thick slices of good quality rustic bread
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Medium sized Tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Toast your bread to your liking. While it is toasting, slice the tomatoes in quarters and the garlic cloves in half. When the toast is ready, immediately take the garlic clove and rub it into the slice of bread. Don’t go crazy, you are just infusing some flavor. Next rub the tomato pulp all over one side of the bread- discard the tomato skin. Finally, drizzle the bread with a little olive oil and salt.

EASY!

Its not the most beautiful to photograph- but trust me. It tastes AMAZING.


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Easy Entertaining: Yogurt Cucumber Dip

OMG Friday. This has been a looooooooooooooooooong week for me- but I’m excited for the weekend and especially the Oscars! Will you be watching?? I’ve been thinking about inviting a few friends over to watch so I tested out a few quick snacks to make. This yogurt cucumber dip is AMAZING if I do say so myself!  A little bit tangy a little bit sweet, crunchy and creamy all at the same time. Start to finish it took about 10 minutes to whip up- it is so easy!

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Yogurt Cucumber Dip

What you need:

  • 14oz Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2T chopped parsley
  • 2T chopped mint
  • Medium cucumber
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • salt and pepper

Put the yogurt in a bowl. Add lemon, parsley and mint. Peel the cucumber and scrape out the seeds using a spoon- chop to small cubes and add it to the dip. Stir everything all around and add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Serve with pita chips.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend. What movies do you think will be the big winners? My money is on Silver Linings Playbook 😉


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Easy Entertaining: Bosc Pear with Goat Cheese and Honey

Happy Friday! We made it! Any big plans for this weekend??? Nick and I have a few parties I’m looking forward to and I heard there are some big football games this weekend? just kidding. I may not be the biggest fan, but its pretty impossible to avoid football when living in New England.

Today’s “easy entertaining” I discovered on Bon Appetit as part of their Food Lover’s Cleanse. So its not only easy- its healthy too! Who said that big foodie magazines only have difficult fancy recipes???? This one is so easy you may have already figured it out from the title of this post- or the picture.

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Bosc Pear with Fresh Goat Cheese and Honey

What you need:

  • Bosc Pear
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2 T honey

Thinly slice 1 bosc pear, spread the goat cheese on each slice, drizzle with honey. Repeat. Serve.

If thats not easy peasy I don’t know what is! If you want to kick it up a notch, try adding some toasted hazlenuts or maybe a sprinkle of nutmeg. Change up the goat cheese with ricotta or blue cheese for different flavors. The pear provides a great canvas and I think the opportunities are endless!


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For: the well styled home and bar

Because a pretty home is a happy home. I hope you enjoyed yesterdays gift guide. Today I’m continuing with gifts for the home and bar in a variety of price ranges.

First up is this collection of gifts for the kitchen and table- which I think would make any cook or hostess very happy. I was especially excited about the Japanese grill. On a recent trip to New York City, Nick and I went to Takashi, and tried this method of cooking delicately sliced beef- it is so delicious and a unique culinary adventure! For the more novice cook, the Chef Set Meals are an easy foray into the kitchen- with just three ingredients you prepare deliciously inspired dinners. Or if you prefer not to cook at all- at least you know you can dress up take out by decorating the table with any of these other beautiful treasures.

For the well styled home

Rose Garden Tablecloth / Engraved Vines Copper Cocotte / Batik Olivewood Cheese Spreader | LEIF / Bodum Eileen French Press Coffee Maker 34 oz / Vela Candlesticks Rablabs / Fox Salt and Pepper Shakers / Korin Japanese Trading – Konro Charcoal BBQ Grill / Chef Set Meals / Waylande Gregory Red Bird Tray GRAMERCY CO. / Chocolate Dipped Orange Peels / Davenport English Platter, C. 1805

If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you may have guessed that I have a special place in my heart for the well crafted cocktail, and along with that comes the well styled bar! This past weekend I mixed up some Moscow Mules with my friends- but I wish I had had these copper Moscow Mule Cups- it makes the drink SO much better. I’m also in love with the tequila shot glasses- they are made from Pink Himalayan Salt!!!!! And if you need inspiration for a drink Mrs. Lilien’s cocktail swatch-book is a great visual recipe deck of some amazing libations.

for the well stocked bar

Caneel Bay Bar Cart – Turquoise / Royal Cocktail Coaster Set / Jimena Pitcher / Birch Bark Straws / RABLABS Bottle Opener / BARNES & NOBLE | Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatch Book by Kelley Lilien,… / HIMALAYAN SALT TEQUILA GLASSES- SET OF 4 / Morris-Kitchen Ginger Syrup / Art Deco Glass Decanter & Four Cordial’s by Boom at 1stdibs / Hex Champagne Bucket / Old Dutch Copper Moscow Mule Mug 428 / Best Year Wine Stopper Rabbit