One of my favorite restaurants in Nor Cal is Tomatina. Besides their delicious garlic roll appetizer, they have a phenomenon on their menu called a Piadine. It's basically a "Warm flatbread topped with a cool salad" and is one of the most fabulous things of all time. So you can imagine how happy I was today when I came across the Trader Joe's version on their shelf. For under $5 and in 5 minutes you can have your very own cheesy flatbread with a lemony arugula salad on top. It satisfies even my biggest Piadine cravings while I'm still right here in the city of angels. Delish!
The best way to ring in the new year is to wear a fabulous ensemble on New Year's Eve and celebrate with your best friends. So when I stumbled across shoes designed by my favorite Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, I just had to have them to complete my last outfit of 2010 which will of course, become the first of 2011. When you need a special shoe at the last minute, don't front, check out Payless! They have been hiring high end designers for a while now so that you can access some of your favorite fashions at a price point that anyone can handle. Starting this year with great shoes means 2011 is going to be FIERCE!
Trader Joe's Wild Alaskan Salmon in Chimichurri Sauce (Freezer) Fresh Spinach Red Onions Yukon Gold Potatoes Trader Joe's Mango and Papaya Salsa *Alternate recipe to follow EVOO Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Layer the bottom of a 13x9 glass baking dish with fresh spinach. Add chopped red onions and the potatoes after they have been peeled and cubed. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with dashes of salt and pepper.
Remove the salmon from the package and place on top of the spinach. Put the whole dish in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the fish begins to flake at the light touch of a fork.
Top the fish with the mango and papaya salsa and serve immediately.
*Now I love Trader Joe's and I couldn't live without it, but sometimes they rotate their product so they don't always have the items in stock that you need. It really depends on the season. So if you can't find their Mango & Papaya Salsa try this instead:
1 Mango, peeled, pit removed, chopped 1 Papaya, seeds removed, diced Sprinkle of Cilantro Juice from half of a lime Salt and Pepper
I love a good steak sandwich. As a kid I used to order them at restaurants every chance I got. So my mom started make them for our family dinners when I was growing up.
By the time I got to college and had to make food on my own, this became one of my go to meals. It's no surprise that all of a sudden my friends would appear in the sorority house kitchen with empty plates and puppy dog looks on their faces. So good, they don't even need A1!
By popular demand, here is the recipe for the (Famous) Steak Sandwiches:
2 Tblspns unsalted butter 4 garlic cloves, sliced 1 lb. of thinly sliced tender sirloin Salt and Pepper French Rolls
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, generously salt and pepper the steak.
Add steak to the pan. Saute until just cooked through.
Cut the french rolls through to the middle, but not all the way. Open them and place them face down in the pan so that the bread can soak up all of the saute juices.
Slice up the meat and distribute it evenly on each of the rolls along with some of the garlic slices. Enjoy! Or for a fancy touch, top with onions if desired.
Deglaze the pan with your favorite dry white wine, add the onions (sweet if possible) and saute for 2-5 minutes. Tip: For cooking purchase wine that has a dark glass bottle and a twist off cap so that it will keep for future recipes.
I know, I know, crowds crowds crowds! But check out these shorts that I found for $4 and you tell me...
Linea Pelle bag, Urban Outfitters shorts, lululemon athletica tank, Gap cardigan, Steve Madden boots, Nordstrom bracelet, M.A.C. eyeshadow in Club, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect 517, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic
Cyber Monday is a great way to take advantage of the sales from the comfort of your technological device of choice, but nothing can beat the experience of getting a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte with your besties and rifling through the racks at 7 a.m. to find the most amazing item at an unbeatable price that makes it all worth it. What a great tradition!
Over the weekend I headed to Long Beach to celebrate Cara's first house of her very own. I brought homemade Oreo's as my hostess gift. I got the idea from my favorite blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. The recipe can be found here.Tip: If you make the cookies in a few different sizes, you can arrange them largest to smallest so that when you wrap them up you have an Oreo tower.
It was warm inside and festive outside with hanging lanterns that Cara managed to bring home from her trip to India.The lanterns fold up so they fit perfectly inside her suitcase. I would make the trip just to get some of my own!
We knew the party had been a success when it got broken up by the cops. Cara may officially be an adult homeowner now, but none of us are above a good game of flip cup in the backyard. Welcome to the neighborhood!