Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category

01.10.20

COOKING IN JANUARY

january can feel like a very transitional month. fresh off the holidays, not ready to jump right into the new year. there is pressure to set goals, hit the gym, eat less sugar, drink more water, discuss your future at length, etc. which frankly can seem a bit overwhelming to me. i like to view january as a hibernation month, a time to rest and reset after the holidays with little expectation on output and achievements. cooking at home, going to bed early, reading good books, taking walks to soak in the winter sunlight and anything that feels rejuvenating. i don’t like restrictions or cleanses to start off the year but i do like cooking balanced meals. it helps to think of it less as eliminating things and more as adding things in, more leafy greens, more veggies. here are a few ideas to cook up if you’re looking…

the broccoli cheddar soup from smitten kitchen.

this kale and squash bake that is just as good reheated.

refried beans to eat with fried eggs, tortillas or with a good ole’ rice bowl (recipe is half way down the post).

chicken noodle soup, always. you can sub rice instead of noodles or leave the noodles out all together and just make it chicken and vegetables.

this veggie curry, sub in sweet potatoes, add an extra can of coconut milk and double the spices. finish with a big squeeze of lime.

lentil soup. i made this twice in december. inexpensive and comes together easily. i use curry paste instead of powder.

tortilla soup. i wait all year for soup season, i love the simplicity and versatility of a soup.

roasted carrot and avocado salad. skip the cheese and just do the carrots with avocado. the warm spices on this make it perfect for colder months and i have been finding the best avocados at trader joe’s recently.

i hope you’re january is off to a peaceful start. – joanie

 

 

12.18.19

HOLIDAY PARTY AT ROW DTLA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we capped off our year with an epic holiday party at ROW DTLA  last week and it was so much fun! this event was part of my year long partnership with them where i’m hosting events (like the Still Life Ceramics class a few weeks ago), visiting their amazing curation of shops and restaurants and overall getting to support their vision for bringing something really special to downtown LA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

they did the best job of picking out shops and restaurants that are destinations on their own and having them side by side and accessible with easy parking and car free streets adds to the experience. the murals, signage, and the layout of ROW is really well executed and makes for a fun outing.

of the flowers decked it out our dinner with tons of candles, a handmade tablecloth and the most beautiful wreaths i have ever seen (i love this shot of them in all their glory). 

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

for the guest gift, we created bags with a mix of items from some of favorite shops a gift card to go get em tiger for coffee (their almond macadamia latte is so good!), candles from Poketo, a pinch bowl from Hawkins New York, Jacobsen salt and mini bottles of liquor from flask & field. i also love Still Life Ceramics for beautiful handmade pieces, Myrtle for clothes (i bought a dress there a few weeks back that i wore to a wedding), LCD for a beautiful shopping experience, A+R for home inspiration and many more!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we hosted a tiki party this summer on one of their rooftops and for this holiday party we wanted to to utilize one of their restaurants. hosting an event at a restaurant really eliminates many of the stressors as the food, drink, table, chairs, place settings, etc are already there and we don’t have to bring in all of the elements to make it happen. the meal was family style and we did a wine pairing which made it feel laid back and fun. we all just rotated around the table and talked for hours.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

i highly recommend checking out ROW DTLA if you’re looking for a place to host an event. they have so many locations to pick from rooftops, to restaurants like M. Georgina (which is next on our list for a dinner party!) logistically it’s streamlined as there is plenty of parking and you can utilize the variety of shops inside.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we have hosted tons (100+!?) events over the years and there are so many moving pieces that go into each one. this party felt like one we could truly relax at and was really easy to plan from start to finish. and so nice to all get together before the holiday madness and fill up on pasta and champagne. i never ever regret a good friend’s dinner!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

images by: designlovefest, ivan solis, bonnie tsang, and denise bovee
location: ROW DTLA
florals by: of the flowers
gift bag items by: Poketo, Hawkins New York,  flask & field and go get em tiger

12.13.19

PIZZA PARTY!

pizza party | designlovefest

we learned how to make homemade pizza dough in cooking school this year and i was blown away by how easy it was to make. i generally worry with doughs that i’ll do something wrong with the yeast and it won’t rise correctly or i’ll let it rise too long or it will be super sticky but that isn’t the issue with this dough. it’s easy to throw together, and it’s fun to roll into individual sizes. i love how they each have a unique shape. so why not throw a pizza party this holiday season, put out a ton of toppings and let people make their own creations? since the dough is precooked, all you have to do is top the pizzas and cook in the broiler until the cheese is bubbling! we used our new dinnerware from Corelle latest collection, in their Terrazzo Rosa pattern which is super cute and chic. their plates and bowls are made from three layers of durable, yet lightweight glass which makes them great for entertaining and eating at home with young kids.

pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest

dough recipe: 
makes 6-8 individual pizzas

• 1 1/3 cup -warm water – around 100-110 degrees, not hot or it will kill the yeast!
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1 tablespoon dry yeast
• 3-4 cups all-purpose flour (start with 3 and add more as needed, if the air is super dry you may only need 3 cups as i did)
• 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon olive oil

pizza party | designlovefest

• pour the warm water into a bowl. add milk, yeast and honey. stir with a fork and let rest for 2 minutes.

• add the flour, salt and olive oil. knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. this is where i’ll add a bit more flour as i knead to keep it from being too sticky and get a nice smooth texture.

• lightly coat the inside of the bowl (can be the same bowl as before) with olive oil. place the dough in the bowl, flip it over once so both sides have oil on them. lightly cover and place in a warm area for about an hour, until the dough doubles in size.

• when the dough has risen, place it on a lightly floured surface, divide it into 6-8 parts, roll each one into a ball, and lightly cover with a towel for 20 more minutes.

pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 425, remove the towel, roll out the dough on a floured surface. place the pizza on a lightly greased baking sheet, cook for 8-9 minutes.

• remove from oven, top as desired and then place in the broiler until cheese is melted and edges are crispy, 2-3 minutes.

pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest

the dinner plates are the perfect size for stacking multiple slices of pizza. when i’m not entertaining an appetizer size plate is actually my most used size, i like the smaller size for most meals and they take up less space in the dishwasher. this dinner set comes with 6 dinner plates, 6 bowls and 6 appetizer size plates for $70.

images by: ivan solis

this post was sponsored by Corelle, thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create content for you!

11.21.19

A MODERN THANKSIGIVING

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! it’s celebratory and fun but still low key. i love creating a menu, spending the entire day in the kitchen with a glass of wine, stirring, chopping, tasting and baking. we’re hosting at our house again, which we did for the last two years and it was really fun. we teamed up with whole foods market (my favorite grocery store!) to put a modern twist on the thanksgiving meal by ordering a fully prepared turkey and making all the sides. for me, the turkey is the hardest part so having that out of the way lets me focus on the sides which i love. smashed potatoes, green beans, roasted carrots, a big salad, time consuming but worth it stuffing… yum! if you want to preorder your thanksgiving turkey go here. or see this post for details.

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

and now for some menu inspo! i love looking through the thanksgiving issue of bon appetit to get inspired. the classics, but with a bit of an update is what i love. and also a balance of flavors, thanksgiving is about a plate full of food so you don’t want any one thing to be too intense and over power the other dishes, everything should work together!

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

some recipes we love! these smashed potatoes (pictured below) are SO good. they require boiling, frying and broiling but are 100% worth the effort for the crispy outside and tender inside. these roasted carrots are deceiving because they look simple but have a ton of flavor, the fresh lemon juice at the end paired with the creamy avocado and a sprinkle of salt is addicting. and the stuffing, which really is the star of the show, right?! i made this recipe last year and i’m making it again this year because it was that good!

for dessert, how about pie but make it chocolate! this recipe is delicious, so rich but so good! we also did an entire post on pies with the best pie baker in town, Valerie, that you can check out here for tips and tricks.

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

if you have leftovers, make a simple turkey for chicken substitution and bake a pot pie. you can make a mini or full size version with this recipe. and you can’t go wrong with the tried and true post thanksgiving turkey sandwich. what are you making this year?! have fun in the kitchen, cooking for the people you love!

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
florals by: under new mgmt

08.16.19

SHRIMP SALAD!

shrimp salad | designlovefest

i have a fond memory of visiting my aunt in colorado and eating lunch on her back patio, a lavender gin cocktail and shrimp salad. i’d never had shrimp salad before then but it quickly became a favorite. i’ve only ever had the Ina Garten version but it’s so good with the orange zest and fresh dill that i’ve never felt the need to branch out. sharing her recipe below which is easy and perfect for these balmy summer afternoons. i love the month of august, when summer has settled in and everything feels a little more relaxed and the pace of life a bit slower. we just got back from NYC and it was the perfect summer trip, we had lobster rolls and strolled around the city getting caught in two afternoon rainstorms, drank rum coconuts in a bar with no AC that felt like being on a tropical island and sat on the roof of our hotel with a cocktail in hand enjoying the buzz of the city. so needless to say, i’m on a summer high and encourage everyone to make this shrimp salad and sit outside with a cold drink soaking up the sun! – joanie

shrimp salad | designlovefest

shrimp salad
recipe by Ina Garten
serves: 6

•2 1/2 pounds shrimp (12 to 15 count, this indicates the proper size of the shrimp)
• 1 tablespoon good olive oil
• salt + black pepper
• 1 cup g0od mayo
• 1 tablespoon orange zest
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
• 1/4 cup fresh dill
• 2 tablespoons capers
• 2 tablespoons small diced red onion

shrimp salad | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

• peel and devein the shrimp. place them on a sheet pan with olive oil and salt and pepper. toss to coat. spread the shrimp in a single layer and roast for 6 to 8 minutes until just pink. allow to cool slightly

shrimp salad | designlovefest
shrimp salad | designlovefest

• meanwhile, make the sauce. in a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, orange zest, juice, vinegar, salt and pepper. when the shrimp are slightly cooled, add them to the sauce and toss.

• add the dill, capers, red onion and toss well. the flavors will improve if you allow the salad to rest at room temp for 30ish minutes.

shrimp salad | designlovefest

we served our shrimp salad with butter lettuce and sliced avocado which was delicious but it would also be great on toast or served alone.

shrimp salad | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis 

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