06.30.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 70

i’m always on the hunt for cute pots to put my favorite plants in. i like to mix and match different styles and sizes like hanging plants, big planters and small handmade pots for the tabletop. i found a bunch of cute, affordable planters for you this week so you can go plant shopping this weekend and do a bit of gardening. happy weekend! erika

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06.29.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 196

melanie johnsson made these pretty desktop wallpapers for us this week! we’re loving these pink palms. click through below to download these desktops for your phone and computer.

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06.28.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 80

“a little age of aquarius in colors inspired by a look from msgm.” –maddy

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06.27.17

MEXICAN CORN SALAD TACOS

Mexican corn salad | designlovefest

my friend kathryn has made this corn salad for us a couple of times and it’s always a hit. i was super excited to see corn at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago because that means it is officially summer! if you have a bbq you can grill the corn, if not, you can use your broiler like we did. the recipe is fairly flexible, i like a lot of cilantro so i add almost an entire cup but you could cut down on that. we turned the salad into a meal by serving them on taco shells with avocado under but it’s almost better as a side dish, with grilled meat or fish.you could also doctor it up by adding red onion, black beans, jalapeño, etc and serve it on it’s own. enjoy! – joanie

Mexican corn salad | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• 6 ears of corn
• juice of 2 limes plus more wedges for serving
• 1 big bunch of cilantro about 3/4 cups chopped. to prep, remove the tough ends of the stem and then finely chop the rest, you don’t need to de-stem it.
• 1/4 – 1/3 cup mayo
• 1 large avocado
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• sprinkle of chili flakes for serving
• 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled (or feta if not available)
• small corn or flour tortillas (we toasted ours in avocado oil before serving to make them crispy)
• salt + pepper to taste

Mexican corn salad | designlovefest
Mexican corn salad | designlovefest

• remove husks and hairs on the corn and lay all six onto a baking sheet, brush with olive oil. set your oven to broil and roast the corn, the time will depend on you broiler strength, this look about 3-4 minutes on each side. it doesn’t all need to be brown, just some areas toasted.

• slice off the kernels from each corn into a bowl. add the cilantro, lime juice, cotija cheese, chili flakes, chili powder and mayo. mix well. season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust. i like a lot of lime juice so you may want to add more!

• heat your tortillas in a hot skillet, you can also add a little bit of olive oil/avocado oil if you would like them to be crispier. mash up a bit of avocado onto each tortilla and layer with the corn salad. enjoy!

Mexican corn salad | designlovefest
Mexican corn salad | designlovefest

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06.26.17

FAVORITE COOKING SHOWS

i’ve been cooking at least one meal almost everyday for a few months now. i find that it’s incredibly relaxing and really fun to watch myself get better the more i do it. after each meal i’m really honest with myself about what could be improved in the dish and sometimes i’ll even cook it twice to satisfy my inner perfectionist. joanie and i have been talking about how nowadays we are always trying to do at least two things at once and how bad that must be for us. playing with our phones while watching a movie (or while we do anything, really)…we are always multitasking and our brains never get a break that way. cooking has brought this new sense of focus and patience that i feel like i really needed. it has been my relief.

here are a few of the meals i’ve made lately. (i make a variation of this baked eggs recipe 3 times a week at least. and i am always making recipes from joanie and ivan’s food column. so many good ideas there!) it’s also really made me happy to document this special time in my life. living with justin and making a home together. we spend so much time in the kitchen together and i wouldn’t want it any other way.

i have to say, i enjoy plating and garnishing just as much as i love cooking the meal. my favorite recipes are very simple and require just a few great ingredients and fresh herbs. i’m sure i’ll get into the more complicated stuff later, but for now i like to keep it simple and pretty.

i also find it VERY relaxing to just zone out with cooking shows and videos. here are a few of my favorites lately and i would love love to hear more of what you love watching in the comments!

MIND OF A CHEF

while i love all of the seasons of this show, i was incredibly inspired by the second half of season 4 with david kinch. he will blow your mind and impress you with his attention to detail. (you can watch on netflix)

KITCHEN STORIES

justin showed me this app on our apple tv called kitchen stories. i don’t like the sped up fast videos as much as their newer style which is slow, relaxed and very easy to learn from. download the app and watch tons of recipes on a sunday. it’s the best. (then you can get the full recipes here when you want to make something) when i wasn’t cooking as much i used to like zoning out to those quick videos on tasty…but they don’t really teach you how to cook and are usually just really unhealthy recipes. they are more for entertainment than learning, do you agree?

NO CRUMBS LEFT

a few people recommended her to me on instagram. she’s a mom that really loves to cook and is always making something that looks good on instastories. they are informative and kind of addicting. she also puts her recipes here.

i’ve always kind of liked top chef, but it is more fun to watch with someone every week. i got really into this latest season. especially towards the end, the chefs were so fun to watch. (shirley forever)

VALLEYBRINK ROAD

she’s a sweet friend of mine that inspires me a lot. always in the kitchen making food for her family that looks good and isn’t daunting to make. her recipes are here.

is it cheesy that i really liked this movie? sometimes i feel like amy adams because i have no idea what i’m doing but really care about it. it’s a great weeknight movie, make a meal and watch it! (i think it’s on hulu)

if i am watching food network, it’s gonna be ina garten. feels very safe space for me. she’s relaxing, cooks a lot of approachable recipes, and i just like her. right!?

of course chef’s table on netflix is amazing. very much up there with mind of a chef. the passion, dedication, creativity, the stories, colors…i could go on and on. a definite must see (especially season 1)

ps…justin likes chef steps and food wishes!

now, please tell me MORE! i need all the help i can get. xo bri

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