SALAD, SLIDERS, AND FRIES + A GIVEAWAY

09/15/2014

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We recently received a care package from Oliviers & Co, a company that works with top artisanal producers to offer the world’s best olive oil. Inside were so many fun, specialty olive oils, vinegars, and other fun kitchen condiments to try. We decided to create a regular family meal (salad, sliders, and fries), but to kick each dish up a notch with these new fancy flavors. Each dish was a success and turned out pretty special. We will make this meal time and again. I hope you will give them a try one day.

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Fig Sliders With Onion Jam and Lemon Aioli

We grill burgers and sliders often—I leave that job to Aubrey, while I work on the other meal components inside. For the sliders, we took 2 pounds of lean ground beef and formed them into little patties, then seasoned with salt and pepper, and grilled them until medium. For those who love cheese (ME!), we melted a good swiss atop our mini burgers.

Meanwhile inside, I worked on fancy stuff…

Red Onion Jam

2 Tbsp butter
2 large red onions sliced into half-moons
1/3 cup or sugar
3/4 cup of red wine
1/4 cup Reserve Sherry Vinegar

On medium-high heat, melt butter in a large skillet. Add sliced onions and cook down for 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat and cook for another 12-15 minutes until completely softened. Stir in sugar, then add wine and vinegar. Cook for another 15 minutes until liquid is reduced. Turn heat down to low to keep warm until needed.

Lemon Aioli

1/2 cup mayonnaise or Nayonaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Olive & Lemon Oil
1 1/4 tsp dijon mustard
2 minced garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients above into a small bowl with a spoon or whisk, and set aside.

You will also need:
Arugula
Small buns (We love to use Hawaiian rolls.)
Fig preserves

Time to build your sliders… On slightly toasted buns, spread a thin (or thick) layer of lemon aioli on one bun, and a thin layer of fig preserves on the other. Place your burger on one side and then layer on some warm red onion jam. Top with arugula and enjoy!

 

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Quick & Simple Truffle Fries

Using fresh cut potatoes or frozen fries, bake until golden brown at 400 degrees. Once cooked thoroughly, and while fries are hot, drizzle a small amount of Black Truffle Oil over them and grate some good quality parmesan cheese, to taste. Serve with Ketchup or some of the lemon aioli from above. So good!

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Kitchen Sink Salad with Mandarin Oil

I call this salad the kitchen sink salad, because I literally threw in whatever I could find from our pantry and fridge. It was delicious, light, and refreshing!

Add the following ingredients (or what ever you have on hand), in desired quantities, into a large salad bowl:

Arugula
Spinach
Orange segments
Grape tomatoes
Sliced red onion
Avocado
Persian cucumber
Dried cranberries
Chopped almonds

Combine ingredients and toss salad with a drizzle of Olive & Mandarin Oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Oliviers & Co. is involved in every step of the olive oil production process—from overseeing family farms throughout Europe, to the mills and bottling facilities, and ultimately to its boutiques—from grove to table, O&Co. is focused on maintaining the highest integrity in their products and their ‘olive oil & culinary’ service. As part of the olive oil selection experience, Oliviers & Co. emphasizes each oil’s unique taste profile, emphasizing its best use, food pairings, the terroir of its grove and its notes in an easy to digest How To Taste guide.

Bonus: Oliviers & Co. is giving away a $300 shopping spree to one of you! Visit Oliviers & Co right here and enter a valid email address to win, take a look around the site and then come back here and leave a comment with a product or two that you’d like to try. Easy peasy! Good luck and thank you for playing. (Contest open to US readers only.)

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This post is sponsored by Oliviers & Co.

BROTHER & SISTER

09/14/2014

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Here are some photos that I took of Birdie and Sailor for Zara’s brothers and sisters storyboard. They were just too cute not to share here! Recently these two have either been the best of friends or fighting like cats and dogs. It’s interesting to watch their relationship develop and grow as Sailor becomes a toddler. Birdie does not like to share her toys with him, and of course, all that Sailor wants to do is play with her toys. Ha! The majority of the time, they seem to get along really great. I have a feeling they will pretty close like their older siblings are.

This weekend was pretty mellow. We visited some friends and have been enjoying the cool, fall weather that has everyone is Nashville excited. It got down in the 50′s last night! We’re crossing fingers that the cooler weather continues—we’re fall and winter loving people! The week ahead is a busy one for all of us, so we are getting a head start today on cleaning and prepping for it, so it goes smoothly. I’ll be back here tomorrow with a simple and delicious meal I made over the weekend, that the whole family will enjoy! xx

MADEWELL IS COMING TO NASHVILLE

09/11/2014

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That’s right! Madewell is coming to Nashville and I’m hosting the opening! Come join me and my friends, next Tuesday, in celebrating the oh-so-anticipated arrival of one of my favorite stores in Music City. It’s going to be a great party, as always, with savory and sweet eats, drinks, some talented local makers who are doing a few exclusive “just for Madewell” pieces, and my friend Russ is spinning records! Oh, and of course Smilebooth will be there, too.

Tuesday, September 16th, 7-9 pm, 2126 Abbott Martin Rd. Nashville, TN. (Inside Green Hills Mall.) RSVP right here!

Hope to see you there! xx

Shop my look: Courier Shirt in stripe, The Slim Boy Jean: Rip & Repair Edition, Biltmore & Madewell Double Ribbon Felt Fedora, The Mira Heel in Vapor Grey.

NEXT DOOR

09/07/2014

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We live just across the way from this breathtaking place. Oddly enough, we don’t visit it often. In fact, we have only explored here two times before, both of which were nearly a year ago. It’s one of those funny things when you are going day-to-day, perhaps looking for something beautiful and/or fulfilling, but you don’t notice or you happen to forget that what you are searching for lives right next door. Today we decided to get out of the house to explore together, just the six of us. It’s been raining on and off over the past couple of days, but rain or shine, we were determined to get out for awhile. So, across the way we went, to rediscover this little nest of nearby land. We spent the afternoon trekking through the mud and dampened fields, getting dirty and sweaty and sticky, and just being together before sunset. It was a good good day.

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MY CALIFORNIA COAST ROAD TRIP

09/06/2014

Hello! I recently flew to San Francisco to spend a day and night with my business partner before meeting up with some of my favorite girlfriends and traveling down the coast go Highway 1 for four days. This was my first trip alone in years and so great to spend some extended time with good friends, all while taking a little me time. Since returning it’s been a bit of a whirlwind… We celebrated Julian’s 14th birthday, found a rad new studio space to move into and work out of, and all six of us have been under the weather, nursing head colds over the past five days. I’ve been meaning to come to this space sooner to share photos, but just haven’t had an opportunity until now.

Here are just a handful of the fun photos we all took on our road trip down the coast. I borrowed some from my girls (Bri, Jesse, and Denise) because they are pretty damn good at catching moments. If you follow my on Instagram, you have probably seen some of these via our silly hashtag (#breastroadtripever). We stayed at The Phoenix in S.F. the first night, then stayed in Big Sur on night two, then headed down to The Madonna Inn, which was quite an inspiring and colorful experience, before heading to El Captain Canyon and staying in a yurt (something I have always wanted to do) and heading to LA to fly home the next day. We laughed, we cried, and ate like queens. Five days away is a very long time for me and I was so excited to come home and be reunited with my family, but I am also looking forward to the next girls only adventure. Until next time ladies!

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I plan on updating this space more regularly, thanks for being so patient with me during this busy season of life. See you soon! xx

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