CC at Home: Hooked Up

October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hi guys! We’re currently in the air on our way home from Italy. The trip was amazing but I’m really excited to get back into our normal life (which I think is the sign of a good vacation). Before our trip I snapped a few photos of the inside of our closets to share a home organization method I’ve been really into as of late. Over a year ago, I showed you guys a photo of my “bag hook,” the hook placed on the inside door of my front closet where I store the bag I’m currently carrying. I’ve taken those interior hooks to the next level…

The Autumn Pantry

September 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Whenever it gets cold out, I suddenly remember how much I’ve missed baking all summer- which then translates into me baking for approximately everyone I know. Last week, I went to pluck a vanilla bean out of the cupboard, only to find that there were none! I’ve ordered some since then, but it got me thinking about what else is I should take account of in preparation for the months ahead. I think keeping a few key things on hand early in the season will ensure that your baking experience is a happy one.

  1. Vanilla Beans– This is my favorite source for them, and vanilla beans…

A Closet Transition

March 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

We got our first taste of spring weather this weekend, and looking ahead at the forecast it seems as if we’re due for even  more next week! After spending most of the last few weeks holed up in our apartment it’s so nice to be able to eat dinner outside, throw the windows open, and even dip into my spring wardrobe. As I start to transition out of heavy sweaters and big coats, there’s a couple things I like to do to “close out” the winter clothing season. I’m all about exfoliating and prepping! Here’s my plan: 

Get rid of worn out shoes! These boots and Toms have seen better days. The boots themselves have been sent to the shoe repair man multiple times but still look really tired, and the Toms- they were heavily dragged through Asia last summer so I can’t image what’s on them. I also got new brown boots for Christmas and have a fresher pair of Toms, so it’s time for these guys to go!

At the end of each season I like to go through my closet and pull out what I didn’t where at all. It can be tough to let go of what feels like quality clothes, but there’s really no point in having it take up space if you’re never going to wear it. Plus, it makes room for new clothes!

Lastly, dry cleaning! The NYC subway is a dirty, dirty place, and these coats have spent a lot of time there in the last few months. I get my coats dry cleaned at the end of each season and then keep them in the plastic covers so they’re fresh and ready to go for next year. Same goes for sweaters. I’ll take them to be dry cleaned throughout the winter season, but I like to give them one final clean before I stow them away for next winter.

So there you have it. How do you transition to spring clothing? I’d love to hear! And have a wonderful weekend- hope there’s great weather wherever you are!

 

A Full Fridge

March 14, 2012 § 11 Comments

{Not part of my full fridge- but nonetheless a fun purchase from the grocery store!}

Do I owe you guys a food post, or what? Forgive me, my schedule has been a little off lately! Between being away from home for most of last week and catching my (second) nasty cold of the season, I’ve had zero motivation to cook. But luckily, my health has returned and I have a fully stocked fridge and lots of recipe plans in the works.

I don’t know about you, but having a fridge filled with all our favorite foods and ingredients, is one of those pleasures that makes me feel like all is right with the world. Well, maybe just my life! But, truly, it puts me at such ease and makes the rest of my life feel so much more approachable. Earlier this fall I shared my pantry staples, and today I thought it would be fun to give a peak inside my fridge and share what a “full fridge” entails in my kitchen.  Here goes!

Ok, from the top- Greek yogurt, always a staple in my fridge. It’s used in everything from smoothies to dips, or just on its own for breakfast. I can’t live without lemon. It goes into dressings, marinades, and our tea. Next up, fresh herbs (specifically parsley and cilantro). I like having them on hand to throw in dishes throughout the week. The remaining items include hummus for snacking, half & half (leftover but will likely go in a sauce), and the remains of Indian takeout.

Below that is some wine, meat, pitas, and tortillas. The chicken and tortillas are for burritos this week. The pitas go hand in hand with the hummus, and the bacon- likely part of this weekend’s breakfast. On the lowest level we have beer, regular milk and soy milk, fruit, and kale. Pretty self explanatory, but I will say I can’t live without kale these days- it’s such an easy weeknight side dish.

Here’s a little detail of the dairy-ish drawer. I keep things like cheese, cured meats, and olives in this drawer. The veggie drawer was extra full this week, so onions are being housed here. The feta cheese is used for salads (and specifically falafel this week), parm is for pasta, soups, and salads, and the monterey jack will go in the burritos. The pancetta was used in a pasta dish last night. The onions will be used in a variety of dishes and in general are just something I like to have on hand. Not pictured, but in with the onion family, is fresh garlic. I keep a handful of cloves on my counter.

To the right is my veggie drawer, filled with tons of salad making ingredients. We eat salads most nights so I don’t worry about things going bad. We always manage to devour it!

Moving on to the freezer. I am not one of those people who has a freezer filled to the brim, so perhaps this looks a little sparse, but it feels very full to me! I keep frozen berries and fruit on hand for smoothies, pancakes, and oatmeal. The shrimp will be used for dinner some night this week, I’m thinking a roasted shrimp salad (recipe to come!).

On the other side of the freezer I store bread- generally two loaves of whole wheat and a handful of baguettes (which are somewhat buried). I like to buy mini baguettes since they’re perfect for two. Next to the bread we have some quick weeknight meal options- butternut squash ravioli and veggies burgers (I love this masala version from Trader Joes).

It wouldn’t feel like a complete fridge without an ample supply of butter! I like having unsalted on hand at all times for baking, and salted is used in everything from toast to scrambled eggs, sauces, mac and cheese, etc.

These foods technically remain outside the fridge, but our food inventory wouldn’t feel complete without a slew of avocados and bananas for Brandon.

I thought of taking you into my cupboards, but I think you’ve seen enough for now! So, anything look familiar? What are must haves to make your fridge feel full?

Eating in Season

March 8, 2012 § 6 Comments

Are you good about only eating produce that’s in season? I do my best, but I’m not always the greatest at it. A few weeks back I discovered this awesome tool on Real Simple that tells you what’s in season in your state. I knew, generally, what was in season from month to month, but not the specifics between early April vs late April, and so on.

At first the tool was a little depressing. I scrolled down for New York and saw that only carrots, potatoes, and onions are in season right now. I sort of knew that in the back of my mind, but it’s different when it’s right there, staring you in the face! But instead of feeling frustrated that I still have to wait months for berries, asparagus, corn, and tomatoes to be in season, I decided to take full advantage of carrots, potatoes, and onions while they’re in their full glory.

Here’s my plan below. With these recipes, I can’t wait to indulge in these ingredients!

1. Carrots- Creamy Carrot Soup

2. Potatoes- Potato Latkes

3. Onions- Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola and Brie (Yum!)

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Spring (Wedding) Fever

February 3, 2012 § 5 Comments

Do you have weddings to go to this summer? Or better yet, are you getting married??  I’m actually going to be in my first wedding in July, and I’m the maid of honor no less! I couldn’t be more excited.

One of the things I was thrilled to give my friend a few pointers on during her wedding planning, was choosing kitchen items for her registry. It can be easy to go over the top when selecting your registry, choosing things you think you want but won’t necessarily need. And after planning a wedding, getting married, and going on your honeymoon, do you really want to come home to a bunch of pointless stuff? I’m going to say no. Because of that, I decided to pull together a list of my top twenty registry picks. You can access the full list over at Houzz this month. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to kitchen items, so I had to include your KitchenAid Stand Mixer and full size Cuisinart. But I also made some incredible finds- like this metallic rimmed dinnerware for entertaining and holidays, or this awesome stemware set from Riedel to fully complete your wine ware set in one gift!

I’d love to add a few more pieces to make this an even better resource for brides and grooms to be, so I’d love to hear your thoughts! Are you getting married and have any must have items that I’m missing?  Have you found the perfect gift for your friend’s upcoming wedding?  Leave a comment here and I’ll gladly at it to my  list!

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It’s the Little Things

January 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

There are a few little things we do in our kitchen.  Things that make prepping meals, eating better, and ensuring fresh ingredients don’t go to waste a lot easier. They’re so incredibly simple, I had to share. Here’s what they are:

Washing Our Veggies All at Once:  Recently Brandon adopted this WONDERFUL habit of prepping and cleaning all of our veggies for the week. This includes washing all the lettuce/greens at once, and washing and chopping celery and carrots so we can grab them straight from the fridge for snacking or cooking. I’m much more inclined to dip carrots in our hummus instead of crackers when there’s already one peeled and chopped. And it may seem small, but being able to just throw clean lettuce in a bowl makes it so much easier to make a salad.  (Btw Brandon- there’s a bag of unpeeled carrots waiting for you in the fridge).

Chopping All the Fresh Herbs: Often when I buy fresh herbs for a recipe, the recipe calls for only a fraction of what I buy. Nonetheless, instead of cleaning and chopping only the amount needed for the dish, I’ll prep the whole bushel. Whatever I don’t need for the recipe I’ll store in tupperware and throw into other dishes throughout the week.  I’m always surprised how easily I can use up the herbs and incorporate them into dishes, simply because they’re already prepped. For instance the dill and chives from this recipe, I threw it into tuna salad for lunch yesterday.

Incorporating Ground Flaxseed: This one has less to do with prep, or more to do with sneaking in nutrients. Do you guys eat flaxseed? It is crazy good for you and chock full of Omega-3s, fiber, and cancer fighting lignans.  I am no nutrition expert, but when I can incorporate something this good for you so easily into my diet, I’m all over it.I grind up the seeds (you can buy pre-ground) and throw it into oatmeal, yogurt and granola, breads, and baked goods. It has a nutty flavor but you can barely taste it once mixed in. You could even put it in cookies!

What kinds of little things do you guys do around your kitchen? Do you have any tricks for sneaking in nutrients or get yourself to at more vegetables?  I’d love to hear!

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