The key to this simple recipe is “flash sautéing” the greens and allowing them to rest/return back to room temperature while marinating in lemon juice. The brussels lose their toughness, soak in the citrus, and enter a new level of deliciousness.
We’ve established a tradition for our wedding anniversaries in which I cook a classic on our fine wedding china (since it sits pretty 363 days of the year, on average). To mark year two, this gnocchi recipe tastes divine and is absolutely feasible to prepare after work in under an hour.
Toast has been dubbed as “#basic” by our social media feeds and sarcastic cooking conversations; but since the beginning, I have been a die-hard. For me, it’s all about the quality of the ingredients that contribute to the combination: a rustic loaf with that gorgeous dark crust and pillow-y interior that toasts tremendously; a bright, smooth layer of spread; a sharp garnish.
As I recently hinted in a cozy Valentine’s Night In post, the secret to a memorable holiday for two is not necessarily the frills, but rather the quality time. Our love languages (what’s yours?!) might dictate how we spend a holiday such as Valentine’s or an anniversary — for some, it’s gifts; for me, it’s quality time. After just 25 minutes of cook time for this main course, you’ll have extra time to savor every swirl.
I know I’m very late to the Instant Pot train. But I have arrived, and my mind is blown. When it comes to a batch of risotto, there is something quite charming about standing over the stove, stirring, and stirring, and stirring again… But when you arrive home from a full 8-5 stretch, your arms are already sore from early morning boot camp that day, and you are very, very hungry, the Instant Pot version of risotto is not just satisfying — it is miraculous.
Shifting your color palette indoors doesn’t need to be substantial; we’re talking a few accessories here and there! I encourage you to begin with a series of shelves—whether floating shelves or a bookcase—and shake it up a bit.
Believe it or not, Alex and I already already celebrating our second wedding anniversary in early March. Though I attest my passions for kitchen and home goods are not of typical fashion, I have learned (through many entertaining scenarios and years with Alex ) the necessities to get me through both a stellar party and a cozy space for two. My ongoing partnership with Bella Vita has introduced me to photogenic and functional pieces that I wish I had known about upon getting engaged three years ago.
Put the kids to bed (or close the laptop screen), kick your feet up on the coffee table, and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone in an organic, authentic way — in the comfort of your home with a pure sense of presence for the moment, for the quality time together.
I am all about a day-to-night spring look that invites flirty femininity with professional sophistication. As a young professional who balances a full-time career with a food and lifestyle blog, I rely on those investment pieces that carry from one meetings to dinner parties and conference tables to cocktails. As if timing couldn’t be more perfect, was just introduced to Pearl by Lela Rose, an affordable luxury collection and designer brand offering by Dallas-raised, New York Tribeca-based designer and entertaining expert Lela Rose.
Cheese boards are my essential to any gathering, whether for two or two dozen; and time and time again, I rely on my friends at Murray's Cheese to bring a variety of cheeses and charcuteries to brighten the table and our taste buds.
My friend Mary Conley and I recently sat down for coffee, reflecting on our fast-paced lifestyles of blogging and otherwise — in my case, working full-time at an ad agency, and in her case, working full-time as a mom of two. She has always valued healthy eating and meals, but with two boys running full-speed, it’s tough to pull it all together!
Any guest of mine can expect a cheese and charcuterie board on my buffet or coffee table, no matter the party size. The communal appetizer is standard, and its flavor profiles vary by the season. Yet with Halloween around the corner, I jokingly threw around the idea to replace goat cheese and prosciutto with white chocolate drops and pecan brittle. My classic Halloween party centerpiece was thus founded, thanks to the experts at 116-year-old Dinstuhl’s, whose brittles and barks and all things chocolate created a picturesque board display.