Monday, February 1, 2016

Salmon Poke with Jasmine Rice

First of all, what is Poke!?  Hawaiian Poke (pronounced "poh-kay", like "okay") traditionally means any meat that has been cubed -particularly fish- usually served with sesame oil, soy sauce, sea salt, etc. Ahi tuna is a classic but we're seeing so many variations on Poke and Poke Salads these days that as long as the main ingredient is fresh and has been cubed, anything goes!  Here's my take on Poke Salad over rice. Made with the freshest ingredients, it's a mild and bright mid-winter "pick-me-up" meal.

Salmon Poke with Jasmin Rice

4 cup (cooked) Jasmine or other white rice
.75 lbs Sushi grade salmon
1 cup Steamed edamame
4 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs Black sesame seeds
1 lime (for squeezing)

Makes 4 servings. 

Prepare salmon, if purchased as filet, remove skin and cut into 1/2 or 1 inch cubes.  Set aside.  Prepare rice and allow to cool.  Place rice in serving bowls and top with Salmon, edamame,  and soy sauce. Lastly, squeeze fresh lime over each serving and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

The best thing about this easy, fresh meal is that there is no cooking involved, aside from the rice and it take minutes to prepare. 
Avocado, cooked chicken or shrimp could easily be substituted for the fish as a vegetarian version, or for those that aren't keen on raw fish. 

Not familiar with black sesame seeds? They lend a wonderfully mild and nutty flavor to the dish, and give a tiny bit of a "crunch" factor.

**Helpful Tips: 

-Always purchase sushi-grade raw fish from a trusted source and always consume right away when the fish is at its freshest.

-For ready-to-go edamame, visit your local Japanese takeout or sushi bar and grab an already steamed container.  The edamame are easily removed from the pods at home.

-Use any extra lime to squeeze over fingers after preparing food to remove lingering seafood odors on the chefs hands!


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Simple Warm & Crusty Popovers with Cherry Preserves

Snow is falling heavily here...Our first true snow storm of the season, arriving at the end of January. When it's cold outside and cozy indoors, and there's nowhere to go for hours, you bake.  Popovers are the best cozy winter treat and crusty on the outside with a warm and almost custardy inside.  There are several ways to make these puffy delicious treats, but I made my first batch using a super simple, non-intimidating recipe that gets the job done with a few staple ingredients and a basic muffin pan.


 There really is a joy in thinking a task or recipe is something only pros can pull off, only to discover a simple version that is a success upon completion.  The ingredient list is my favorite part, because milk, eggs, flour and butter are things that we always have on hand.  So when the mood strikes, we can have fresh popovers within the hour...
Straight from the oven, ripped open and lathered with jam or preserves, these popovers are perfection.  They are best fresh-made but can be re-warmed the next day as well. Breakfast, brunch, or as a snack-they're sure to please!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Eve of Christmas Eve

It's the day before Christmas Eve and all through the house gifts are being wrapped, cookies are being made (and eaten), and we're getting ready for our favorite holiday of the year!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year!

*To shop Alpaca Snowflake Booties shown above, CLICK HERE
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DIY Holiday Card Display

It's the Holiday Season!  December is here and the Christmas tunes are playing everywhere. You all know how much I love Christmas cards, and each year I enjoy the challenge of coming up with fresh ways to display our yearly card, along with some of my other favorite cards and greetings.  I ordered our card from Tiny Prints again, because I just love the prints and patterns available.  I actually ended up ordering two separate versions because I couldn't decide between my two favorites.  Greeting cards are so special to me, and I really like to showcase them so we can enjoy them for the season.  This year I chose a really simple project that involves 3 basic steps, I think you'll love the simplicity too!

You will need:

-18" wire wreath frame
-Spray paint (OK'd for metal)

Step 1: Spray wreath frame with desired paint color. Step 2: String with ribbon. Step 3: Hang and use clothespins to clip cards to the frame!

How simple is that!?  What's really nice about this is that cards of all shapes and sizes fit on the frame because you can pin them on any-which-way.  I even pinned up a double of  our Tiny Prints photo card because the back is as beautiful as the front.

I also love the fact that this can be taken down at the end of the season and stored flat for next year.  You can also change the color and the ribbon from season to season!  Who knows, I may even whip it out for special birthday cards.

Are you getting super excited for the holidays?  I can't wait to get our tree!

*The opinions stated here are solely my own, this is not a sponsored post.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Florals: Persimmon and Bittersweet

Persimmon are beautiful.  Their cheery orange color is a great way to add a pop of brightness to tables and arrangements for Thanksgiving.  While even just a bowl of this crimson fruit is enough to dress things up, adding them to a hearty floral arrangement takes it one step further.

You will need:
-Large vase
-2 bunched cut mums or other fall colored flower
-Approx. 6 stems rosehips
-3 persimmon
-Foraged branches, twigs, vine or berry (bittersweet pictured)
-Heavy gauge floral wire or thin skewer
-Floral scissors or snips

Start the filler flower, in this case the mums.  I made mine asymmetrical so that it sort of swooped up on one side (cut the stems to different lengths as you go).  Next, add the persimmons.  Stick the heavy gauge floral wire or skewer up through the bottom center of the fruit, as far as you can without poking out of the top.  Nestle bunches of sturdy rose hip stems in and around the persimmons.  Lastly, add sprigs of foraged stems, the bittersweet etc. sticking them in randomly wherever there is room (think organic, natural).
Voila!  There you have a hearty, beautiful arrangement for the holidays.  One good tip:  Use a sturdy/ heavy vase as the fruit will make the arrangement top-heavy.  If you do not have something suitable, add a heavy stone to the bottom of the container or go with a shorter vase for added stability.

Happy arranging!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

TenPiggies: Shop Update

I had the pleasure this month of photographing the sweetest baby boy for my Etsy shop, TenPiggies.  It was so amazing to see these little things I've been working on, slip on his adorable little put the hats on his darling head.  What a trooper he was!  He smiled the entire time. 
Many of the things I sell are made from locally sourced alpaca fleece yarn.  Every time I go to purchase more yarn, the owner for the farm lets me into the fields to visit with the alpacas ( see my post on this here ).  To see the progression- from fleece on the animal turned into yarn, yarn taken to the needle, and the end product worn by a child is so cool. Here are some of my favorite shots:

So, I've listed several new times, just in time for the holidays, and will be adding even more over the next few weeks. I hope you'll come visit me at the shop!
*Please be respectful of my images and never borrow without asking.

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