Friday, January 31, 2014

Beer Tasting Party

Beer Tasting Party Pics, from blog.hwtm.com 
Need another activity this Sunday besides watching the Seahawks play the Broncos? Host a beer tasting party! Similar in concept to a wine tasting party, this more casual affair is sure to be fun.

The Beer
Pick any style of beer that you like! Pilsners, Lagers, Ales, Stouts, Porters, Belgians, etc. As an alternative, choose one brewer (maybe someone local?) and sample each type of beer that they make. 
If you're Gluten Free, try some of these:
  • T'weason Ale, Dog Fish Head
  • New Planet Gluten Free Beer
  • Strange Gluten Free Lemon Pale Ale
  • The Alchemist, Celia Saison
  • Shackparo Ale, Sprecker Brewing Co.
The Tasting
Blind tastings are always fun, and they encourage everyone to sample each beer. To pull this off, you have a few options: 
  1. Label bottles of beer with numbers (covering up their labels)
  2. Pour beer into numbered pitchers
  3. Pour beer into numbered glasses... just make sure that each person gets a glass of each number
Give your guests a scorecard (like the one pictured above) with the numbers on one side and space to make notes. They can rate each beer and comment on any special flavors they taste. 

After everyone has tasted the various options, unveil the beers and see which one was a favorite!

The Food
When tasting beer, salty snacks are important! Have pretzels (I like the Glutino variety), a variety of mustards, salty potato chips and perhaps some spicy salami on hand. 

If you're combining your beer-tasting with Superbowl Sunday, then stick to your planned menu. Chips, queso, chili, pizza... any football-friendly food will be perfect!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Superbowl Snacks


Attending a Super Bowl party this weekend? While the players vie for the Lombardi trophy, you can score big with your friends by bringing the best snacks!

Here's are my top picks:
Perfect Chicken Wings
Hot Corn Dip with Tortilla Chips
Beef Tenderloin Sliders
Skinny Jalepeno Poppers

If you're hosting guests and are looking for a more substantial meal, try a make-your-own french bread pizza bar. Guests can take a break from the big game to top baguette slices with tomato sauce, cheese, veggies, pepperoni, and whatever else you make available. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is bubbly. Serve hot with a bottle of cold beer. What could be better on a Sunday afternoon?

Tip: Whole Foods carries some GF baguettes and pizza crusts in the frozen section. If you're not impressed by the selection, choose to make your own GF pizza dough in advance. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Old-Fashioned

Old-Fashioned, Epicurious.com
Neal's go-to cocktail, and Old-Fashioned, is quickly becoming one of my favorites too. This classic concoction was dreamed up in the 1800s (according to Esquire Magazine) and is just sweet enough to make that whiskey or bourbon go down easy.

What You'll Need:
Dash of club soda
1 sugar cube (look for a raw, unbleached sugar)
Dash of Angostura Bitters
2 1/2 ounces whiskey
Ice
1 strip orange peel
1 strip lemon peel

Directions:
  1. In a cocktail shaker, pour the club soda over the sugar cube and let the sugar dissolve. Muddle as needed.
  2. Add the bitters, whiskey, and ice. Stir.
  3. Strain into a glass.
  4. Twist the orange and lemon peels to release the oils and use as garnish.
  5. Enjoy!
Tip: If you don't have an orange and a lemon peel on hand, use a different garnish! We used a clementine peel the other night and our drinks were de-lish!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Easy and Impressive: Mustard Roasted Fish


A friend of mine recently asked for some easy recipes and tips for making food taste good (I think she's had a few kitchen disasters). Since she's a novice cook, I passed along this no-fail fish recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. It only takes ten minutes to make and it's sure to impress!

What You'll Need:
4 (8 ounce) fish fillets (choose a flaky white fish like Red Snapper, Trout, or Sea Bass)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces creme fraiche
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 teaspoons drained capers

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or use a baking dish). Place the fish on the pan, skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the creme fraiche, two mustards, shallots, capers, 1tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a small bowl. 
  4. Spoon this sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish (But don't overcook!). The fish should flake easily at the thickest part when it's done.
  5. Serve the fish at room temperature with a bit of the sauce spooned over the top.
Tip: I like to serve this dish with some roasted potatoes and sautéed green beans. Yum!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Plan Ahead


Getting home from the grocery store and realizing that you forgot a key ingredient for tonight's dinner is the worst feeling! To streamline my shopping, I rely on this Weekday Meal Planner from Real Simple.

Here's how to use it:
  1. In the menu column on the left side, list your meals for each day.
  2. Write down the ingredients you'll need to buy for each meal in the appropriate columns to the right, which conveniently correspond to the different sections of most supermarkets. The "Miscellaneous" section can be used for unrelated needs, like paper towels or toothpaste.
  3. When you arrive at the store, shop down each column. You'll be good to go for the week, and you won't accidentally forget something!
Tip: If your meals call for perishable items like fish, chicken, or fresh basil, make those at the beginning of the week. Save pasta and items with a longer shelf-life for Thursday and Friday. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Get a Tan at the Gansevoort


One of my all-time favorite blogs, Style Me Pretty, recently featured a Turks and Caicos destination wedding at the Gansevoort Hotel. The wedding was beautiful, but since I'm not planning any any immediate nuptials, I'm simply adding the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos to my winter getaway list. 

This sleek boutique property located near Grace Bay, one of the most incredible beaches in the world, is unlike any other on the island. Each room offers beach views, and if you tire of the sand there are spa services, tropical drinks at the Beach Bar, and an enormous infinity pool to keep you busy. 

I've visited these islands before, but with temps in the low digits here in Boston, I'm ready to head back!


Pictures from Gansevoort Turks & Caicos Website

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Romantic Getaway to India


The Aman-i-Khas Resort has long been on my list of places to visit (Neal, please take note). This wilderness camp of 10 "tents" set on the edge of Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park is perfect for viewing India's exotic wildlife, including wild tigers, in their natural habitat.

I used the term "tent" above quite loosely because this is truly a luxury resort. The tents have multiple rooms including beautiful bathrooms with running water, there's a spa offering a variety of treatments, and the camp serves fine cuisine using vegetables and herbs grown in its own organic garden... it's more glam-ping than camping.

Ready to book your trip? Check out their website and peruse some of the other Aman Resorts properties. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Girl Power at Las Olas Surf Safaris


I heard about Las Olas Surf Safaris a few years ago, and I'm dying to go! Founded in 1997 by Bev Sanders, this "camp" is one-of-a-kind. Each day combines surfing lessons, yoga, delicious meals, and activities (read: making the perfect margarita, releasing baby sea turtles, salsa dancing, and spanish lessons) that, as their slogan says, make girls out of women.

The all-female crew of instructors have introduced thousands of women to the sport of surfing in a no-pressure, nonjudgemental environment. I've surfed before (and I LOVE it), but these days most of my surfing is on the web. I could definitely use some girl power in the warm waters of Mexico!

Las Olas is definitely on my list of warm-weather travel destinations. If you want to check it out too, here's a link to their site: www.surflasolas.com.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Getaway to Bali


Post-holiday Boston winters are not my favorite, so this week I'm making a mental escape from the cold weather and brainstorming my next warm-weather getaway.

My good friend Mike recently jet-setted around Asia and was kind enough to share some of his experiences (and pictures) from Bali last time we caught up.

Q: What won you over about this particular destination?
A: There are SO many amazing things about Bali, including: the sunsets (they're unreal), the exchange rate (US dollars go far, beer is cheap), the delicious food, and the locals- everyone is so kind and spiritual. 

Q: Where did you stay?
A: We stayed at the W Bali, which had an incredible lagoon style pool, 24 hour spa services, and an amazing breakfast buffet. 

Q: Any special recommendations?
A: There are endless things to do- beaches, mountains, jungles, diving, elephant riding, temples, markets, and endless inexpensive spa services. We had dinner at Metis one night, which was absolutely phenomenal. I highly recommend it.  Overall, Bali is just the perfect island paradise. It's tricky to get there from Boston, but once you arrive it's like there are no problems in the world. 

I'm definitely adding Bali to my "places to travel" list. Mike, when you're ready to go back, let me know!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mae Necklace Winner Revealed


Congratulations to Dana Karen who won the Make a Statement Giveaway! A beautiful Mae necklace (pictured above) is headed her way.

Want a statement necklace of your own? Today's a great day to shop some fabulous Stella & Dot accessories! Just click here.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Game Night

Note: The cute invite pictured above is from Purple Trail Invitations
I love going out to dinner or meeting friends for drinks, but sometimes winter begs us to stay indoors. If tonight is one of those nights, host a game night and invite everyone to come to you!

Pick a Game
Games like Scrabble and Monopoly are fun, but not for big groups. Choose a game that can be played with a crowd and will keep the mood light.  Here are my top picks:
Serve Snacks
Finger food and easy-to-eat items are the best choices for a game night, and it's good to have some variety so that everyone can find something to nibble on. Here are five no-cook options to serve (Bonus: no cooking means less work and you don't have to worry about the food getting cold!):
  1. Salted Marcona Almonds
  2. Halved fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto
  3. Smoked salmon and creme fraiche with a sprinkle of dill served on crackers (GF crackers at our house!)
  4. Spicy salami with sliced hothouse cucumbers
  5. Sharp cheddar squares topped with Hot Pepper Jelly
Don't Forget the Drinks
Stock your bar with several options to keep your guests happy. Here's what I'll have on hand next time my friends come over for a round of Catchphrase:
  • Seltzer or Club Soda with Lime Wedges
  • Neal's choice of craft beer and maybe some Estrella Damm (My favorite GF brew)
  • Pomegranate Cosmopolitans: Mix 2 cups of vodka with 1 cup Cointreau, 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail, 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, and 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (4 limes) in a pitcher. When you're ready to serve, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour the cocktail mixture in, and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into a martini glass and serve with a slice of lime. 
When your friends offer to bring something, suggest a bottle of wine or a game that they'd like to play. Keep it casual, and have fun!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


Years and years ago, my mom cut the recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies out of the Dallas Morning News and it was such a hit that it became a party staple in our house. It's my brother's favorite cookie, so I'm sharing the recipe with all of you in honor of his birthday today!

What You'll Need:
1/2 cup peanut butter (Don't try to get fancy and use the all-natural kind. These cookies call for JIF!)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups GF Flour (I use Cup 4 Cup)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package of miniature peanut butter cups (The Trader Joes brand are better than Reese's!)

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream the butters (regular and peanut) and the sugars (granulated and light brown), then add the egg and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and slowly add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix until combined.
  5. Form small dough balls and place them in a mini muffin pan. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until golden on top.
  6. While the cookies are baking, unwrap all of the peanut butter cups. This is a key step.
  7. Immediately after removing the cookies from the oven, press one peanut butter cup down into the center of each cookie.
  8. Cool in the pan until the chocolate is set (or eat them while it's still a little melty... yum!).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Make a Statement

In the middle of winter, it's easy to find yourself clothed in black and grey. A statement necklace is a great way to add a pop of color or a little bit of sparkle to your look! Here are some of my favorites from Stella & Dot:
From left to right: Mae Necklace layered with the Somervell Necklace, Pegasus Necklace, and Peacock Necklace
If you don't have anything quite like this in your jewelry box, today's your lucky day! I'm hosting an online Stella & Dot trunk show, and if you make a purchase using this link before 12pm tomorrow you'll be entered to win the Mae Necklace pictured above.

Take a little break from your 9-to-5 workday routine and accessorize! Stella & Dot's new Spring Line just launched this week, and it's incredible. I'm coveting the Nora Chandeliers, and I'm sure you'll find something that you love too.

Tip: Make sure you see "Shopping Lauren Simpson's Trunk Show" at the top of the page. The show closes at 12pm on Friday, January 24th, so don't wait to shop!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sorellina


Neal and I recently had dinner at my absolute FAVORITE restaurant in Boston: Sorellina. Located near Copley Square, this modern Italian restaurant has an incredible wine list and food that never disappoints.

We dined on veal chops and ribeye and enjoyed every last bite. No matter what you order when you visit, make sure you get a side of the Soft Polenta Parmigiano. I don't typically like polenta, but this is a dish that you absolutely cannot miss. It's cheesy and delicious!

Next time you visit, make it a date! The vibe at Sorellina is upscale and romantic, so put on a sparkly skirt and bring your beau. I love the idea of re-purposing your NYE sequins to make a fun winter-appropriate outfit:

Re-purpose your Holiday Sequins for Date Night, Pinterest
Tip: Although the cocktails at Sorellina are unimpressive, the wine list is excellent, so choose vino over your go-to martini!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Prepping for a Puppy


Neal and I are getting a puppy, and although the litter isn't due until March, we're starting to think about everything we'll need to welcome a little Australian Labradoodle into our home.

My sister works in the pet industry and is a bit of an expert when it comes to all things puppies. I looked to her for some advice. Maybe it will be helpful for you too! Here are her tips:

Dog Food
For puppies, avoid grain-free/high-protein foods and stick to rice, oatmeal, or chickpea-based diets mixed with "easy" proteins like chicken, turkey or fish. You can introduce beef, venison, duck, and other proteins as the dog grows.

A trick for preventing food allergies is to switch up your dog's protein source every 3-5 months. To do this, blend two dry dog foods together (keep one food consistent and add in a different food every few months).

Brands to try include:
Treats
It's good to avoid real bones (especially the meaty ones) for puppies. Once they're 8-9 months old you can introduce them. In the meantime, try some of these options:
  • Charlie Bear treats (great for training!)
  • Buddy Biscuits
  • Zuke's Treats
  • Nylabones
  • Ice Cubes
  • Rawhide Chips
  • Himalayan Dog Chews (when they get too small to be a choking hazard, toss them in the microwave and they'll puff up like popcorn!)
  • Carrots and Apples (in limited quantities)
  • Bully Sticks (ask for the country of origin... the South American ones are ok but bully sticks from China often still contain the ureter and will have a faint ammonia smell)
Toys
Puppies are very food oriented, so things like hole-y balls and puzzle toys that they have to manipulate are perfect. Kongs are hit are miss, but they're a staple for every new puppy! 

Tips & Tricks
  1. Avoid wet food for as long as possible.
  2. If your little pup isn't eating or drinking, add a little Karo syrup to warm water. This will help them keep their blood sugar up.
  3. Puppy had an accident? Use Nature's Miracle, Get Serious, or a little bit of distilled white vinegar to clear up and prevent odors. 
  4. Avoid chain/choke collars. Pinch collars are a better training tool and they won't damage the dog's trachea. These are meant to fit snug, but comfortably, around the neck and should not slide off of the head. While training, use short quick jerks, stop and stand still until the dog stops with you, and then give him lots of praise when he follows your command!
  5. There's no need for coat/dental/joint supplements if your dog has a healthy diet. If you see them inching a lot, try adding coconut, flax, or fish oils to your dog's food.
  6. In the winter, salt can be really irritating on your dog's paws and he'll try to lick it off. Many salts have additional chemicals blended in and these can cause an upset stomach. It's an extra step, but keep a towel near the front door to wipe off your pup's paws after being outside.
  7. Is your dog chocking or hacking a lot? Give him a small piece of plain bread. This will trap and coat whatever is stuck so that it passes more easily.
  8. Socialize your pup! The more you expose them to all kinds of dogs, sounds, sights, and people, the better! Take him everywhere and when your pup tolerates a new environment/situation, praise them. Positive reinforcement is key.
Thanks Kristen! We can't wait for you to visit and meet our pup this spring!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Resolution Week: Eat More Veggies


This year, Neal's training for a bike race in France. To get him ready, we've both vowed to eat a little healthier and incorporate more veggies into our meals. If you're resolving to do the same (or if you just like soup), check out this awesome recipe for minestrone. It's FULL of delicious vegetables and it only requires one pot (easy clean-up!).

What You'll Need:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
1 pinch dried oregano
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 yellow squash, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1- 15 oz can of whole kernel corn
6-8 roma tomatoes, chopped
5- 14 oz. cans of chicken broth
1 can Great Northern Beans, drained
1 lb. Gluten Free elbow noodles or other small pasta
1 6oz. bag of fresh baby spinach
kosher salt and pepper

Directions:
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot and cook the onion and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Stir in squash, zucchini, carrots, and corn.  Add a pinch of oregano, a dash of salt, and a little black pepper. Sauté until the vegetables are tender. 
  3. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 20 min.
  4. Add the pasta, beans, and spinach. Cook for about 10 minutes until the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. 
  5. When the pasta is cooked, the soup is ready! We served ours sprinkled with a pinch of red pepper flakes for an extra kick.
Tip: This recipe makes a LOT of soup, but you can freeze it and enjoy it a few weeks later when you're ready to have it again!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Resolution Week: Rise with the Sun

Good Morning, Charlestown Navy Yard!
Getting good quality sleep can keep you slim and healthy, so if your New Year's Resolution is to lose weight or get fit, sleep will be a key component. Multiple publications have recently cited the benefits of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Sleep specialist Michael Breus, Ph.D., says "Keeping a consistent schedule is the single best thing you can do to affect overall sleep quality- because it helps to set your circadian rhythms so your brain knows when it's time to go to bed and wake, making your sleep more restful."

Once you've got a good sleep schedule, stop sleeping in! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine notes that more time awake during daylight hours increases your levels of vitamin D, which the body synthesizes when skin is exposed to sun. Soaking up the [limited in January/February] sun is a great way to beat those winter doldrums!

This might all sound great, but do you think that you're genetically programmed to sleep late? Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center disagree! They looked at variations in circadian rhythms and found that there's actually only an hour range of difference in natural wake times. So get out of bed, sleepy head and make rising with the sun your routine this year. I bet you'll have a more productive and healthy 2014!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Resolution Week: Throw More Parties

In 2013, my resolution was to throw more parties. I don't mean college-style keg parties. I hosted a wine tasting party, a mimosa brunch, a few dinner parties, a game night, etc. and I made some new friends along the way.

In fact, a happy accident of last year's resolution was WOW: Women on Wine. Once a month, a small group of friends and I get together to catch up, enjoy a beverage or two, and engage in some oh-so-fun girl talk. It's a blast, and I'm looking forward to many more toasts with Kate, Jessica, Katie, and Loren.

Want to make this YOUR New Year's resolution? Check back for party ideas throughout the year, but here are a few to get you started:

Wine Tasting Party, from Inspired by This
Academy Awards Viewing Party, from Style Within Reach
Tea Party, from 100 Layer Cake

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Resolution Week: Go Screenless

We live in a world that's constantly connected. Between my computer, iPhone, iPad, kindle and television I get plenty of screen time. This year my New Year's resolution is to disconnect more frequently. Specifically, I'm going to unplug one night a week: no e-mail, texting, work-related calls, Facebook, Pinterest, or TV.

There are plenty of studies that suggest that less screen time can be beneficial. In 2013, a study published by the Public Library of Science showed that more use of Facebook equated to increased feelings of envy and less sense of well-being. Additionally, responses to National Geographic's True Happiness Test survey in 2011 suggested that the happiest people watch, on average, less than one hour of TV per day.

Even without statistics to back it up, I find that I'm more relaxed and focused when I have some time away from my computer. I enjoy my job and I love blogging, but you can't beat face-to-face quality time with real people or a little bit of time alone to de-stress and forget about the drama of the workday. I look forward to evenings filled with reading, games, conversation, and long walks through the neighborhood with my new puppy (arriving soon!).

What's your New Year's Resolution?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Resolution Week: Give Your Time


2014 is in full swing, but if you haven't made a New Year's Resolution yet, there's still time! January is National Mentoring Month, and I can't think of a better resolution than giving your time to mentor someone else.

Outdoor Magazine published that "multiple studies have shown volunteering increases well-being while also lowering cholesterol and reducing mortality rates among volunteers." Aside from the feel-good benefits you'll receive, think of the difference you could make! 

I've been a Big Sister through the Big Sister Association of Boston for several years now, and I absolutely love my Little Sister, T. We like to stay active around Boston, visiting museums, shopping, taking dance classes, and even getting mani/pedis together. It's a volunteer experience that really doesn't feel like volunteering- she's just a much younger, more impressionable friend. 

To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and offer friendship, guidance and encouragement. If it sounds like something you'd like to try, there's no time like the present! Click here and apply to volunteer or find a similar organization in your area. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bundle up with Soulscarf


Christmas is over, and some of the magic of the winter season has disappeared with it, but it's freezing outside! If your New Year's resolution is to give back or you're just looking for a cute way to bundle up, look no further than Soulscarf, a company combining fashion and philanthropy.

You get to pick you scarf color (there are lots of options-I love the cranberry one), and you also get to choose a charity. Pick from the ASPCA, Feed the Children, Project H Design, or the Breast Cancer Society and Soulscarf will donate 20% off the proceeds!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Crispy Shallots

Potato Leek Soup with Crispy Shallots, FoodNetwork.com
In winter when it's chilly I love to serve a warm, hearty soup. The Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Potato Leek Soup does just the trick. I'm making this one for dinner tonight!

What You'll Need:
2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
4 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts, well cleaned
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
3 cups baby arugula, lightly packed
1/2 cup dry white wine (plus extra for drinking!)
6-7 cups of chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces creme fraiche
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Combine the potatoes and leeks on a sheet pan in a single layer. Add the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 40-45 minutes until very tender.
  3. Add the arugula and toss to combine. Roast for about 5 more minutes or until the arugula wilts.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and place over two burners (carefully!). Stir in the wine and 1 cup of chicken stock and cook over low heat, scraping bits that stick to the pan. 
  5. In batches, transfer the roasted veggies to a food processor and puree with the pan juice and about 5 cups of stock. 
  6. Pour the puree into a Dutch oven and add extra stock, creating a thick soup.
  7. Add cream, creme fraiche, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. When you're ready to serve, reheat the soup and stir in a couple tablespoons of white wine (if you didn't drink it already!) and the parmesan cheese.
  9. Serve hot with extra grated cheese on top. Add crispy shallots if you want to get fancy (see below).
Make Crispy Shallots:
  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter and 1/12 cups of olive oil in  large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add 5-6 shallots, peeled and sliced into rings. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until they're golden brown. 
  3. Stir the shallots occasionally to make sure they brown evenly. When they're golden, remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and lay them on paper towels to cool/dry.
Tip: I typically make a double batch of crispy shallots because they're SO yummy! Once they've dried and crisped, they can be covered and stored at room temperature for several days. 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!


It's hard to believe that it's already 2014! I hope you enjoy this first day of  the new year. Get those resolutions ready...