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flatbreads | designlovefest

i’m sure you probably get sick of us saying,” this is so easy!” about every recipe but our focus is to create simple and delicious meals that you can easily re-create at home and this is one of them! we used flatbread as the base of our pizza which you can find at any store and assembled them with a variety of toppings and cooked them for just 10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden. you can have fun playing with the toppings, i made a sweet corn and tomato version of this last night and it was excellent. – joanie

flatbreads | designlovefest
flatbreads | designlovefest
flatbreads | designlovefest
flatbreads | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• 1 package of flatbreads
• 3 cups basil
• 1 tablespoon pinenuts
• 1/2 lemon squeezed
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
• 8 oz Italian seasoned ground pork
• 2 red skinned potatoes cooked and sliced
• dry oregano for garnish
• 8 oz mozzarella cheese slices
• salt to taste

flatbreads | designlovefest
flatbreads | designlovefest

set oven to 400 degrees. cook the ground seasoned pork on medium heat, around 5 minutes or until browned and no longer pink. set aside.

to make the pesto, in a food processor add the basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and basil. pulse on low until well blended. while blending slowly add the olive oil. salt to taste

flatbreads | designlovefest
flatbreads | designlovefest

set all the ingredients by the flatbreads to assemble. lightly brush each flatbread with olive oil, add slices of mozzarella, a few dollops of pesto, slices of red skinned potatoes, seasoned ground pork. bake for 8-10 minutes. for a crispy flatbread set the oven to broil checking every 30 seconds until the toppings are golden brown. remove from oven.

garnish flatbread pizzas with dried oregano, shredded parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves and pesto.

flatbreads | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis 



fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

it’s zucchini season and i’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my summer cooking. i’ve been making beer battered zucchini fries for years and i decided that i wanted to turn them into tacos. call it the veggie version of fish tacos! they’re great to serve to a group as zucchini is really inexpensive and the texture, once it’s fried, it really does feel like a real fish taco. just make sure to serve them hot, they do not keep well. we served ours with a spicy chipotle hot sauce, crema and lots of cabbage slaw. ivan said it was one of the best tacos he has ever had and that’s saying something! let us know if you make them and how it turns out!  – joanie

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• quarter of cabbage finely chopped
• 3 limes
• 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon oregano
• vegetable oil
• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 cup cold wheat beer
• 1 egg beaten
• 3-4 zucchinis
• top tacos with crema – 1/4 mayo, 1/4 sour cream + juice of half a lime all mixed together.
• to serve:  salsa roja, sliced avocado, queso fresco, red onion, lime wedges.

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

• finely slice the cabbage and mix with the juice of 1 lime, rice wine vinegar, oregano, and a pinch of salt. massage until well mixed and set aside.

• slice the zucchini length wise and then in half.

• to make the batter, whisk the flour, beer, and beaten egg in a large bowl until well incorporated.

• in a deep pan fill about 2 inches deep with vegetable oil. heat on medium. test the oil to make sure it’s hot by throwing in a piece of zucchini and seeing if it sizzles. you could individually drop each piece in the batter but i prefer to throw a bunch in the bowl, mix it around and take them out one by one when it’s time to fry, letting the extra batter drip off. add the zucchini into the oil and fry until golden brown.

• remove the zucchinis from the pan and lay them on drying rack with paper towel below. while they are still hot sprinkle generously with salt.

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

toast the tortillas in a slightly oiled skillet until golden brown. set out all of the bowls of your chopped toppings and allow people to assemble on their own.

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis 



hi guys, bri here. i’ve been on a baked eggs KICK lately. i can’t stop trying different variations and people are always asking me how to do it…so let’s make some!

we made 4 different kinds, but really the options are endless. you will see how easy it is! these recipes are for 1-2 people. but i would say 2 eggs per person is best. okay, first up…


prosciutto and goat cheese baked eggs:
• 2 eggs
• 3 slices of  prosciutto
•2 cubes of unsalted butter
• 2 tablespoons heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons goat cheese
• 1 cup spinach
• fresh sprigs of thyme

preheat oven to 350. in a small saucepan, sauté the prosciutto on medium to low heat for about 3 minutes. remove from heat and set aside. in the same pan with a bit of olive oil or butter sauté the spinach for 3 minutes or until it has cooked down. set aside.

butter your choice of ramekins and begin to layer the ingredients. first with the prosciutto, spinach, egg, goat cheese, garnish of thyme and one tablespoon of heavy cream per ramekin. no need to salt this dish as the meat and cheese will have plenty!

bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the ramekins half way through.






poke bowls are certainly having a moment in southern california. it feels like there is one popping up on every corner. i don’t believe in eating too much tuna but they are certainly fun to indulge in every once in awhile! they are also great to offer to a group as you can set all of the toppings out in bowls and let people assemble as they like. for the tuna, we bought ours at whole foods. when you purchase, make sure it’s sushi grade as you’ll be eating it raw. you can do a lot of different sauces on the tuna, mayo + sriracha for spicy tuna, soy sauce + ginger and soy sauce + rice vinegar + sesame oil. play around with different flavor options and decide what works best for you! – joanie

makes 3-4 servings 

what you’ll need:

• 1 pound ahi tuna (sushi grade)
• 2 cups corn
• 2 cups edamame
• 3 small persian cucumbers sliced
• pickled ginger
• 1 cup white rice
• black sesame seeds
• 2 green onions diced
• 3 teaspoons masago
• 1 avocado thinly sliced

marinade for tuna:

• 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• 2 teaspoons soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon salt

wash rice in cold water. in a rice cooker, cook the white rice with 1 cup of water. in a medium bowl, mix the rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and salt. dice the tuna into small cubes and add to the marinade.

lay out all your toppings for assembling your poke bowls. fill your bowls with a serving of white rice and begin to add the tuna and toppings. we garnished ours with black sesame seeds and green onions. enjoy!

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis 




hope you all are looking forward to the long holiday weekend as much as we all are! below are some of our favorite summer recipes that would be perfect to whip up for you and your loved ones. truly can’t believe we’re already entering into july but ready to seize the summer and enjoy all of the outdoor dining that we can. have a great holiday!

4th of July recipes | designlovefest

ceviche with paprika chips – love this recipe and how quickly it comes together. there are few things better than homemade corn chips!

strawberry orange popsicles – make these ahead of time and have something pretty to pull out of the freezer when guests arrive. and they’re dairy free!

strawberry shortcake – utilize the fleeting months of strawberry season! you could even skip the cake part and just serve sliced strawberries with a bit of sugar top with whipped cream. or serve it over angel food cake!

mango ginger fizz – embrace summer cocktail season!

peach and burrata salad – you could use peach or melon in this salad, it’s delicious both ways.

blueberry popsicles – with a bit of basil (could make with mint too!). 

salmon burgers – for that BBQ you’re going to. don’t forget to toast the buns!

blood orange margaritas – such a beautiful drink. you could sub in watermelon juice instead of blood orange.

banana “ice cream”  – a healthier take on ice cream, perfect for those avoiding dairy!

carnitas tacos – recipe by our friend victoria and they are soooo good!



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