Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

25.12.11


I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah! I hope you are celebrating and enjoying the company of family and friends. We attended a lovely mass last night followed by appetizers, small plates and champagne while watching The Sound of Music (my grandma's favorite!).  This morning we ate red flannel hash and opened presents, Santa was very good to me this year!

Well, I am off to help my mom start cooking Christmas dinner! Have a wonderful day!

Christmas Vacation, a photo post in two parts

24.12.11


Sorry for the silence around these parts lately, but I have been preparing for our trip down to California for the holidays, and once we arrived I have been enjoying the company of my family. It has been really nice for Will and I to get away for the holidays and visit my family in sunny, Northern California. Our trip has been busy with lots of tasty food, shopping, games, decorating the tree and bike riding for Will. Cassidy also has had a lot of fun whooping it up with my family's dogs.


On Thursday, we enjoyed a lovely family dinner out at New Moon Cafe in Nevada City, CA. Nevada City is a quaint Goldrush town just North of where my family lives. It's really nice to walk around during the holidays because the whole town is lit up and has festive window displays in all the shops.



Although it turned out a little blurry, I love this photo of Will and my mom. It was a great candid shot of them laughing.



We had such a great dinner at New Moon Cafe. Everything was delicious, but I think the real standouts were the ravioli appetizer, my mom's osso bucco, my stepdad's flat iron steak and all the delicious desserts. I had the duck leg with black mission figs, pearl onions and barley, which was quite good.




We had a Brute Rosé from Alsace to start and my mom brought a wine that her and my stepfather got while vacationing in Italy several years ago. It was a delicious 2001 Chianti Classico, and a real treat to share together!




We had a bourbon brown sugar crème brûlée, gingerbread spice cake with pumpkin mousse and gingersnap cookie dough icecream. My mouth is just watering typing this! 




Cheers!


I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, and Feliz Navidad!

Red Flannel Hash

9.12.11


A recipe so easy a lumberjack could make it...or a fisherman depending on where you're from! Red Flannel Hash is a traditional New England dish by frying up potatoes, onion, bacon and beets...hence the name "Red Flannel Hash." It also has some history as a dish traditionally served to lumberjacks in the Pacific Northwest.


Will and I enjoy it as a staple in our winter cooking. It's a great dish for brunch or a weeknight supper, which is usually how we have it. We are total suckers for breakfast for dinner and if it was acceptable thing to do we might even have pancakes for dinner, but alas it's not! While this recipe can be made several carnivorous ways: with bacon, with corned beef, I tend to make this vegetarian with fried eggs.



Red Flannel Hash serves 2


Ingredients
1/4 vegetable oil
6 medium red potatoes, diced
4 medium red beets, diced
2 medium golden beets, diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
4 eggs


Heat oven to 450˚F. Place oil in a large skillet and place skillet on middle rack in oven. Heat until pan is hot and oil begins to shimmer, about 5 minutes.

Combine beets, potatoes, onion and garlic in a bowl and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add vegetables to skillet in a single layer and roast for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and flip and return to oven, roasting until beets and potatoes are golden and crispy, about 20-25 minutes.

Remove skillet from oven and stir in parsley. Make 4 indentations or "wells" in beet hash and crack 1 egg into each well. Season eggs with salt and pepper. Return pan to oven and cook until eggs become opaque, about 3-4 minutes. Serve with toast.

What's in My Bag?

6.12.11


I just got a new purse from Anthropologie (their sale section is a guilty pleasure), so I thought I'd share with you what it is and what's in it. The purse is a suede bucket purse by Holding Horses.

  1. It's become really cold here in the last couple of weeks so I am constantly carrying my Coal teal gloves. I love that they are long and keep my wrists warm! 
  2. I found my sunnies at Goodwill for a costume party, but I love how big and gaudy so I ended up wearing them all the time
  3. My wallet is kind of a tanker. I love the quality of it, but I feel like I'm carrying a brick around.
  4. My ipod is a must have where ever I go. I love to listen to music on my commute and at my desk at work. I'm currently listening to Tennis, Foster the People, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo.
  5. The journal is by Chronicle Books and is my blog inspiration journal. I got the idea from Elsie after taking the Blog Love E-Course.
  6. My wine key is actually, Will's. He gave me this beautiful, Laguiole, wine key that he got at a marché in France. It is the inspiration behind the tattoo on my forearm (also his idea!).

Some Faves this Week:

5.12.11

I have a lot of loves and faves this week, maybe it's just me getting into the holiday spirit, but I'm pretty darn chipper about everything!

Image courtesy of NY Times Style Magazine

My first two faves this week I am proud to call Portland's own. First is Lodekka, Dress Shop, a vintage clothing shop that call's it's home a 1965 Bristol "Lodekka" (double decker bus). The bus is packed full of lovely finds both for men and women.

Photo courtesy of Wanderlust Mobile Shop

The second is Wanderlust, Mobile Shop, a pint size vintage clothing store nestled in a 1969 Cardinal Deluxe travel trailer. In fact both the ladies that own these shops found each other and now share the same lot space, making the cutest little vintage shopping mall in North Portland. On weekends these fun ladies serve up mimosas for your shopping pleasure. I have now been twice the last two weekends and have some real lovely frocks that I am excited to share in some upcoming outfit posts. However, I'm going to have to cut myself off from going back too soon...it's dangerous.

She & Him - The Christmas Waltz by MergeRecords

I am such a sucker for the holidays, I love to decorate, I love to watch Christmas movies, and I love the music! My neighbor just got A Very She & Him Christmas on vinyl and I am so jealous. I think I might have to get myself a copy this week.



I've been on the hunt for some new tunes, and this band is totes awesome. Tennis is great and they have that surfer band sound that I love. They are coming to Portland next week and I'm going with my friend Vanessa to see them since her friend, Devon Williams, is opening. I'm so excited to see all the bands and hang out with my friends since it's been far too long.


MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, TWO from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.


This has been out for a couple weeks now, but I had to wait to post it since I sent the picture book to my sister for her birthday, but....Marcel the Shell is back! Will and I went to see Jenny Slate and her fiancée, Dean Fleischer-Camp, the duo behind Marcel at Powell's for their book tour. They are a really funny sweet couple, obviously.