Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

These days, it's pretty crucial to do what we can to help the earth. Here are my favorite little ways to make a difference, listed out for MyHabit. Click on over HERE to read. xo

Friday, April 19, 2013

Quinoa with Mushrooms + Arugula

I've had Gwyneth Paltrow's second cookbook pre-ordered for months so it was like Christmas when the little Amazon box finally arrived at my door. This one, called "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great," is filled with health-conscious, "clean" food that Paltrow makes for herself and her family when she needs a break from all the pasta, pizza, and other such amazingness that can ultimately leave you feeling heavy and gross (for lack of a better word) when you overindulge. Which, I totally tend to do pretty much all of the time. Self-control is not really one of my shining qualities.

This recipe was the first that I've tried in the book, and as with the majority of Paltrow's recipes, it was easy to follow and absolutely delicious. And I still felt great even after scooping up the very last mushroom. xo

Quinoa with Mushrooms + Arugula
From It's All Good, by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
Coarse sea salt
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 large handfuls arugula, roughly chopped (I subbed in baby watercress)
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over high heat. Add the garlic and thyme to the pan and cook until they just begin to bloom and get fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms to the pan along with a big pinch of salt and cook, stirring now and then, until they've softened and browned and begin to make a squeaking sound (we know that sounds ridiculous, but it's true--keep your ears open). Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large mixing bowl along with the quinoa and arugula and stir to combine. Season to taste with a bit more salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mid-Century Modern

As of June 1st, I will officially be a Brooklyn resident! Just signed the lease last week, and I'm so excited to move into a bigger, brighter, newer space near the water in Williamsburg, and as a result, I've been thinking nonstop about how to furnish and decorate. I'll finally have room for a big, long dining room table, which is maybe the best thing about this whole move.

I fell into a bit of a research black hole over the weekend and became obsessed with these mid-century modern interiors--those Scandinavians were genius. Eames, Saarinen, Jacobsen, Baughman--I heart you.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Spring Lunch with Canal House and MyHabit

Last week, I got to meet two women who I've loved and idolized from afar for the longest time. MyHabit took me to the Canal House kitchens in Lambertville, NJ, where Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirscheimer cook, work, and turn out the most beautiful cookbooks. They made a ridiculously delicious spring lunch for us while we were there composed of pickled shrimp, the first spring asparagus, roasted lamb, a lemony orzo, and pavlova for dessert. Get all the recipes and read more HERE. xo