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03.30.18

AN EASY FRITTATA RECIPE

an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest

a recipe for the perfect weekend breakfast dish! i’ve mentioned before that a frittata is my go-to dish if i have lots of veggies, on the brink of going bad, that i’m wanting to use up. it’s so much simpler than a quiche and can all be done in one pan or you can use one frying pan and a pretty baking dish like we did if you’re serving it to guests. i feel like this is a very forgiving dish and can handle a medley of different veggies or cheese depending on what you have on hand but i have definitely made the mistake off adding too many veggies and think the less is more philosophy is probably best, like we did with this recipe. i highly recommend re-using the bacon grease to sauté your onions, it adds a much deeper level of flavor. and i do like to add a handful of spinach or kale, if i have it on hand just to bump up the nutritional value (and balance out the bacon grease)! – joanie 

an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest

Breakfast Frittata
what you’ll need:

• 8 eggs (you could do this same recipe with up to 12 eggs to serve more people!)
• 1/2 pound of bacon (about 6 strips)
• 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced.
• 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
• 1 onion sliced
• 1 cup of milk
• soft goat cheese
• watercress (optional garnish)
• dill (optional garnish)
• 1 avocado sliced

• preheat oven to 375 degrees.

• in a large pan cook the bacon on medium heat until crispy. remove bacon and set aside on paper towels. leave remaining bacon grease in the pan and add the sliced onions. cook onions down until caramelized, i like to really go for it and brown them for a solid 20 minuted but you can do 10. remove onions and set aside.

an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest

• thinly slice the zucchini and add to a strainer over a bowl. add a big pinch of salt making sure that all slices have been exposed to the salt. let the zucchini drain for about 5-10 minutes until the juice starts to loosen, then squeeze them with your hands to release the water. zucchini holds a lot of water so make sure to do this step or your frittata will be watery!

• chop the bacon into small pieces.

an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest

• in a separate bowl whisk the eggs, add the milk and salt and pepper, mix well and then add the chopped bacon, onion and zucchini. garnish with soft goat cheese and the parmesan.

an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest

• bake on 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes in either the pan that you cooked the bacon in (make sure it’s well greased!) or a baking dish with parchment. the edges should be pulling away from the sides of the pan and you want the center to be set, and slightly bounce back when you push on it. remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes before serving. garnish with watercress, dill and avocado (and hot sauce too!) 

an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest
an easy frittata recipe | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis

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06.30.16

ROSÉ SPRITZER RECIPE

rosé spritzer | designlovefest

it’s the first long weekend of summer and we’re seriously looking forward to kicking back with friends and family and relaxing. holiday weekends generally mean lots of food and drinking and as fun as it is to start drinking at noon, i definitely feel like i want to go to sleep by 6pm. that’s where the wine spritzer comes into play. a splash of wine with a little sparkling water and you feel like you always have something in hand to sip on without drinking too much, too fast. bri and i look a rosé class last week with Helen and her love for rosé inspired us to make the below! – joanie

rosé spritzer | designlovefest

we know that a wine spritzer will make some true wine aficionados turn up their noses but don’t knock it until you’ve tired it! to keep our drink colder for longer we froze some raspberries skewers to act as ice and also some whole cherries. they are a pretty addition to the cup and you can snack on them afterwards!

rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• one bottle of chilled rosé
• 3 cans of sparkling grapefruit water, we used la croix
• 2 grapefruits cut into sections
• gin if you want to make it extra boozy
• raspberries and cherries for garnish

rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest

• prep your glass but running a piece of grapefruit peel around the rim. add ice and add your rosé, the measurement on this is going to be total preference but i generally do about 4 ounces, a little less then a normal pour, add about 3 ounces of sparkling grapefruit water, 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice and as an option, a splash of gin, about .5 ounces.

• garnish as desired, enjoy!

rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest

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

04.26.16

MORNING PORRIDGE RECIPE

porridge | designlovefest

on a rainy saturday i found myself at sqirl with my family. it felt like we ordered almost one of everything on the menu, including their brown rice porridge. they served it very simply but it was beautiful and incredibly satisfying. it left me thinking about creating our own “chic porridge” that could easily be made on a weekday or for a weekend brunch. -joanie

porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest

there are endless options when it comes to the best way to serve this but here is what we did and can recommend to you. for the porridge portion we simply used oatmeal. you can do half oatmeal/half quinoa or any other fancy concoction you’d like but oatmeal is inexpensive and worked just fine.

porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves: 4

• 2 cups of cooked oatmeal, we cooked ours in coconut milk with a little pinch of salt.
• almond butter
• baked apples – thinly slice, lightly coat in coconut oil and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. bake on parchment paper at 350 for about 10 minutes, until crisped.
• fresh raspberries
• hazelnuts, roasted for 15 minutes at 275, and the chopped. we left ours with the skin on.
• coconut flakes, like these.
• jam or jelly
• coconut milk
• honey

porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest

• place a big spoonful of oatmeal at the center of each bowl and pour coconut milk over it, about 1/2 cup each. mix it around, the oatmeal should be mostly covered. add the toppings as desired. we used unsweetened coconut milk so we recommend adding a little drizzle of honey on top before serving.

porridge | designlovefest

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

12.13.16

WEEKNIGHT CHILI

weeknight chili | designlovefest

i have a soft spot for family recipes. things that have been made generation after generation, passed down on food stained index cards and lovingly reminisced over. my grandmother’s homemade bread and her ginger snap cookies, my mother in-law’s jam, my own mother’s cinnamon rolls and the list goes on. i really love how the memory of someone can live on in the food they use to make for you. how smell and taste can bring back moments long passed. if you have a family dish you hope to carry on i urge you (and myself!) to watch as it’s made, learn the in’s and out’s so that some day, when it falls on you to make it, you’ll know the family secrets. today’s recipe is chili from my great-grandmother. i never knew her but my aunt passed me the recipe and i like thinking about her as i make it. it’s such a simple but satisfying recipe. easy enough for a weekday dinner! – joanie

weeknight chili | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 8

• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
• 2 medium onions sliced
• 2 teaspoons minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 can kidney beans, in its juice
• 2 stalks of celery thinly chopped
• 1 14 oz can stewed or diced tomatoes in their juice
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 2 cups of water
• optional garnishes: onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream, jalapeño, corn chips.  

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

• start by browning the meat, onions and garlic together in a pan. don’t stop until the onions are nice and caramelized! transfer to a medium size pot, add all of the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. adjust seasoning to taste and serve! can also be frozen and reheated. if you like the soup to be thinner add a bit more water.

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

garnish and serve! hope you enjoy! Xx

weeknight chili | designlovefest

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

12.08.15

DIY FLORAL TREE

this tree came from my desire to flower bomb AGAIN (remember this?!) natalie and i went through a bunch of different flower options and decided our favorite look was to wrap the flowers twirling up the tree. and while it would be amazing to have these as real flowers, then it would only last a day or two! so we decided on a wide variety of silk flowers (we got ours here) to get more bang for our buck and make it last all the way till christmas.

to make the tree, cut the stems down to about 2 or 3 inches so that the flowers can just stick right in the tree. on some of the larger flowers we wrapped them with wire so make sure they stayed secure. but it worked just great to stick them in the tree.

start with the larger flowers to determine the placement of your design and then fill in with the smaller flowers. this will help a lot! also, if you have kids or pets, you may want to wire the flowers that are in arms (or paws) length down at the bottom.

we stuck to a wide range of textures, color tones and shapes to make the tree very dynamic and have a lot of depth. i would say choose 3 or 4 colors for your color story, much more than that and the tree will start to look too busy. we set the tree up in joanie’s apartment and it looked just perfect with her neutral decor!

also, a little tip. silk flowers can be pretty pricey (luckily you can reuse them!) but to cut down on costs you don’t have to wrap the flowers all the way around the tree if it’s in the corner like this! the design gives the illusion of that, and that’s the most important. we spent about $300 on flowers and then we are going to reuse them as a permanent installation in our office during the year. you could go as lush or as sparse as you’s like though. save them in a box and decorate your tree with a different floral design next christmas!

and here’s a little note from joanie…

“we have a constant flux of guests coming over to our apartment this holiday season, so it’s nice to have some treats on hand to serve. our current rotation is Irish coffee and peanut butter kiss cookies. i wish i could say i used some famous family recipe but i didn’t. i used this one, and swapped in butter for the shortening. the trick with these cookies is to nail the ratio of dough to kiss, which is something i didn’t do very well with this batch but, they are still really delicious.”

we hope you are inspired by this floral tree and make your own this year or next! happy holidays from our little team. xo

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: natalie shriver

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