Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving thoughts

Image: Style Notes
Hermes orange makes me think of thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

dinner tonight!

If you are looking for something delish to make for dinner this evening I have the recipes for you! Sorry for the sick uncooked chicken pics but I had to show the ingredients.

These are 3 of my standard dishes and for my first food post I though it was fitting to include the staples. Arugula and endive salad, wild mushroom risotto and goat cheese & sage stuffed chicken.

Arugula & Endive Salad


For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad:
  • 4 ounces arugula
  • 2 heads of endive, chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts

Mix the wine, lemon juice, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired.

For the salad:

In a large bowl combine the arugula,endive, and walnuts. Toss with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette to coat and adding more vinaigrette, if desired. Serve immediately. Any remaining vinaigrette can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days and should be brought up to room temperature before using.

Recipe courtesy of

Wild Mushroom Risotto

  • 9 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh wild mushrooms
  • (such as cèpe [porcini], hen of the woods, chanterelle, or stemmed shiitake); large mushrooms sliced, small mushrooms halved or quartered
  • 7 cups (about) low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped leek (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1 1/4 cups arborio rice (8 to 9 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup dry white vermouth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving (optional)

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 of mushrooms and sprinkle with salt. Sauté mushrooms until tender and beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to medium bowl. Working in 3 more batches, repeat with 6 tablespoons butter, remaining mushrooms, and salt and pepper.

Bring 7 cups chicken broth to simmer in medium saucepan; keep warm. Melt remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add leek, sprinkle with salt, and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add rice and increase heat to medium. Stir until edges of rice begin to look translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add white wine and vermouth and stir until liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup warm chicken broth; stir until almost all broth is absorbed, about 1 minute. Continue adding broth by 3/4 cupfuls, stirring until almost all broth is absorbed before adding more, until rice is halfway cooked, about 10 minutes. Stir in sautéed mushrooms. Continue adding broth by 3/4 cupfuls, stirring until almost all broth is absorbed before adding more, until rice is tender but still firm to bite and risotto is creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, if using. Transfer risotto to serving bowl. Pass additional Parmesan cheese alongside, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2oz goat cheese
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Use a boning knife to cut a horizontal incision into each breast, without cutting the breast in half, creating a pocket for stuffing.

Stuff each pocket with about 1 1/2 tbsp of the goat cheese, spread evenly, then follow 2 sage leaves.

Arrange 1 bowl with beaten eggs and a plate with the breadcrumbs. Dip into the beaten egg, then dredge in the bread crumbs.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins.

from williams sonoma bride and groom cookbook...but make it healthier.

the new digs

The living room: I think this room is coming together well, we are getting the drapes made soon and we just had that large white cabinet made for more kitchen storage.
Sofa: My friend moved and it didn't work with her new house.
Sofa Pillows: Target & Chiang Mai Dragan Fabric, Etsy
Mirrored Coffee table: West Elm
Stools tucked under the coffee table: Restoration Hardware
2 Chairs: Antique store in Dallas, getting recovered, thoughts?!
Pillows: Williams Sonoma Home

If you can't tell from the window, we live in the woods!

My lovey bar cart that my bf found me at an antique store in Dallas, thanks!!!
The mirror was a steal from NM last call.

Guest room: The bed is really too large for this tiny room so it and the nightstand will be shipped out as soon as I can find a replacement.
Ikat sheets: Anthropologie
Pillows: Dransfield & Ross

Oh and we need a close-of the deer antler I stole from my DAD! Thanks!

Shelving that displays my shoes ;)

Close-up of the beauties!

Bathroom that needs a major face lift...goodbye green tile...I am thinking white tiles with some black detail.

Cabinets that are completely full...

My new Juliska glasses, love!

It is a work in progress, still working on the master bedroom and the rest of the house, the outside needs a major overhaul. Let you in on all that when we get to it. Cheers!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

jonathan adler happy chic home

Images: Because I'm Addicted
Bold pops of color especially orange, love! I am going to give some sneak peaks into my new Austin home tomorrow! It is still a work in progress but orange and other bold prints are what I am feeling right now.

Jonathan Adler's new how-to-books, Happy Chic Colors and Happy Chic Accessorizing are full of tips, idea and inspiration as well as never before seen interior design projects. Maybe they will give me tips to finish my bedroom!

Calypso RUGS!

We all know Calypso as a great resort-wear line but who would have thought they would have these gorgeous rugs. Well, at least I just came across them...check out the fab RUGS here! Some are by John Robshaw Textiles and some are made for Calypso Home. The bold patterns and fresh color palettes are right up my alley. I just wish I needed one!