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06.29.18

APPETIZERS ON THE ROAD!

appetizers on the road | designlovefest

this summer i’m all about the short weekend road trip. living in california affords me all sorts of mini vacation options, there are so many different places to explore and i’m always itching to go. one of my favorite brands to work with and one we’ve been creating content with for years is . i love their products! so i’m excited to be working with them all summer long to bring fun and easy entertaining ideas with their new . one of the best pre-road trip tips is to pack appetizers and drinks so that when you first arrive to your destination you don’t have to go to the store, or spend a lot of time in the kitchen. you can set out a spread and start relaxing right away. every minute counts on a short weekend trip!

appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest

this past weekend, justin and i headed to ojai to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. we stayed at this really beautiful airbnb and spent the weekend exploring and lounging around the house. we headed up on friday after work, it’s only about an hour drive, and once we arrived we opened the rosé, set out all the food i’d prepped and hung out by the pool. when prepping food for a trip there are a few things i like to keep in mind. these packing tips work for any size group, could be a girl’s road trip or a romantic trip for two!

  • i like to prep as much as i can beforehand. that means washing all the produce, putting crackers and meats and cheese in glass containers, slicing the bread, and bringing napkins and utensils so that they are at the ready. you never know what a rental house will come prepared with.
  • i pick a mixture of sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy things to bring. i try to focus on healthier items, the gourmet almonds (we packed the and the flavors), fresh fruit and veggies, dips like hummus and a couple of cheeses and meats. the almonds pack a lot of flavor so they pair well with simply flavors like a mellow goat cheese or a radish dipped in butter. castelvetrano olives are my fave and they work really well with the rosemary sea salt almonds.
  • when arranging an appetizer set up on the road, you can set out the spread in the same glass containers you used to pack things in, which also lets you pop them in the fridge when you’re done eating. i pack a few cloth napkins and set those out and then use any small bowls and plates that the house might have for the almonds, olives and pits. also a cutting board is helpful so people can easily dig in.

appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest

one of my favorite things about renting a home instead of staying at a hotel is being able to have access to a kitchen and not having to eat out for every meal. you save a lot of money, and it’s generally healthier to eat food at home. , it gives you the opportunity to explore a places local farmer’s market or any specialty stores in town. justin and i went to the coolest farmer’s market in Ojai, they had such beautiful produce.

appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
 
appetizers on the road | designlovefest

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06.20.18

MORNINGSTAR FARMS 4TH OF JULY PARTY

MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest

i’m super excited to announce a summer long partnership with , we have planned out some really fun entertaining content and i can’t wait to share it with you! MorningStar Farms offers vegan and vegetarian options and we’re focusing on all of their burgers (check out all their products, !) the whole campaign is built around the idea that we don’t need to label ourselves as a vegan or vegetarian to enjoy those types of products and that this summer everyone can make room on their grill for those options. i love the mentality and the openness it creates in the conversation of food, that it doesn’t have to be exclusively meat or veggie. it can be intimidating to label yourself as eating only one way but i love including more plant-based meals in my diet for health and the environment.

MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms 4th of July party | designlovefest

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06.18.18

STRAWBERRY WATERMELON FLOATS

strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest

i love a root beer float so why not switch up the game and do a fruit juice float! we made these with vanilla ice cream but you could 100% do a dairy free option with coconut milk ice cream that would also be delicious. these barely require a recipe because they could be made so many different ways. it’s the perfect thing to make with a pint of very ripe berries that are about to go bad or half of a watermelon that’s taking up too much room in your fridge. – joanie 

strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
makes 4 servings

• 4 cups strawberries, stems removed
• 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice or any sparkling juice, the Izze grapefruit flavor is also good with this!
• vanilla ice cream
• mint as garnish

strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest

• blend the strawberries and watermelon in the blender until smooth (no added liquid needed!) and then strain the puree into a separate bowl.

strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest
strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest
strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest
strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest

• divide the pureed fruit between the four glasses, add a scoop of ice cream and top with sparkling juice. top off each glass with a little more ice cream and garnish with mint!

strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest
strawberry watermelon floats | designlovefest

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styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis

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05.30.18

FRENCH BREAD APPETIZER

i made from Bon Appetit last week when i was having friends over and it was so good we ended up eating straight from the bowl on crackers. it’s packed with parsley and mint which are both really good for you so i’m going to file this under “healthy.” it’s also much less expensive to make than most pestos because it doesn’t call for pine nuts which are really expensive. this appetizer is so good and so easy. you can broil it right before your guests arrive so it’ll be hot, or you can broil it and eat the whole thing between two people, like ivan and i did 🙂 – joanie

what you’ll need:

• 1 french bread loaf
• 1-2 cup cherry tomatoes
• 16oz log of mozzarella cheese
• olive oil
• salt and pepper
• basil as garnish

pesto:
• 2 cups mint
• 1 cup parsley (stems removed)
• 2 garlic cloves
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 3 tablespoons golden raisins
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

• in a blender or preferably a food processor, add the ingredients for the pesto minus the olive oil. on low setting slowly drizzle over the olive oil until there is a smooth consistency. set pesto aside.

cut the french loaf in half and drizzle olive oil over the top of the bread. cover the bread with slices of mozzarella cheese. slice the cherry tomatoes and add to a bowl, toss with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. evenly disperse the tomatoes on top of the mozzarella cheese.

set oven to broil. place the french breads in and broil until cheese melts and bubbles and bread is slightly toasted around the edges.

once removed from the oven add spoonfuls of pesto over the french breads and garnish with fresh basil and more tomatoes. cut into mini or bite size portions and serve while hot.

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styling by: joanie cusack 

05.24.18

GRILLED CHICKEN BBQ QUINOA SALAD

grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest

it’s almost memorial day weekend which is basically the entrance of summer and all the fun things that come along with it! but most importantly, summer eating! spring to summer is one of my favorite transitions at the farmer’s market, i love seeing all the produce come in weekly and how it changes throughout the months. sweet corn season can’t come soon enough! if you’re BBQ’ing this weekend we made this grill ready salad which we topped with chicken but any meat on the grill would do. if you’re making it for a smaller group, have people individually dress their salad to keep from the whole thing getting wilted and the leftovers will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator. happy memorial day weekend! – joanie

grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest

serves 5-6 people

what you’ll need:

• 2 chicken breasts
• 1 can of corn drained or 2 fresh ears of corn
• 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
• 1 cup cilantro chopped
• 1/2 red onion diced
• 1 avocado diced
• 1 head of romain lettuce sliced
• 10 tortillas
• grape seed oil
• 1 cup quinoa cooked
• barbecue sauce (we loved using trader joes brown sugar bbq sauce)

dressing:

• 1 cup sour cream
• 1/4 cup buttermilk
• 2 tablespoons fresh dill
• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 lime juiced

grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest
grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest

• pile 10 tortillas and cut into long strips, then cut those strips in half to create smaller ones. in a medium pan filled about 1 inch deep heat up grape seed oil. fry the strips on each side turning over every 30 seconds till golden brown. remove and set on paper towels.

• salt and pepper your chicken and grill till fully cooked. once removed from the grill brush with the bbq sauce.

• make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a blender and blend until well incorporated.

grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest
grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest
grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest

• to assemble the salad lay out the quinoa, red onion, cilantro, black beans, corn, avocado, romaine lettuce, tortilla strips and chicken out on a bowl. toss to combine with the dressing and serve while fresh.

grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest
grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest
grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest

if you have leftover tortilla strips, dip them in the dressing! it’s sooo good!

grilled chicken bbq quinoa salad | designlovefest

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styling by: joanie cusack 

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