01.18.19

COOKING SCHOOL UPDATE

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it’s hard to believe but we’re more than half way through our 20 week pro cooking class at ! it has been an amazingly eye opening experience on so many levels. it has changed the way i cook and truly given me the techniques and skills to take on almost anything. when they tell you at the start of each week what the class will be focused it always feels a little intimidating (pork chops! handmade pasta! deboning a fish! lobster bisque! braised chicken!) we’re going to do that?! and then by the end i always feel like that wasn’t that hard and i feel excited to try and make it again at home.

i feel so much more empowered in the kitchen! one of the most important things that i’m taking away from my time in is that time and effort leads to serious reward. there are so many things in life that feel out of reach out or not part of my skillset and i realize that if i can put focus on something for an extended period of time i will get better and that accomplishment feels amazing. seems obvious but i forget how rewarding it is to grow and learn at something new. i still share lots of cooking stories on monday on if you’re interested in following along!

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here are some LESSONS i’ve learned along the way, probably more than this but it’s a start!

PATIENCE IS EVERYTHING. learning to enjoy the whole process of cooking, preparing, and staying organized is what’s kept me in the game. i think it’s important to cook when you aren’t hungry, so you don’t rush the process. you watch the soup grow in flavor while it simmers. you wait for the pan to get piping hot for the perfect sear instead of just rushing into it. keep roasting the carrots longer until they are ready. making something from scratch is so satisfying and sometimes we want to speed up the process. but i promise it’s worth it to take your time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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MISE EN PLACE: i am not really a neat person, but i am learning to be. having a clean space is so helpful for my mood so i have been trying to be less avoidant when it comes to cleaning up. i know a lot of people think that when you have all these little bowls it can add up and be so many dishes. but incorporating mise en place (a french culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place”) really helps you keep tidy and makes cooking way less stressful.

cooking update | designlovefest

• i have that i put all my ingredients in before i start cooking. you can place all the ingredient bowls on a baking tray so you can easily carry the entire tray to the oven, and then to the sink after. rinse the whole tray and all the bowls right away and you will see how much easier the process is. no stuck on food. also having for larger ingredients and you can use one as your “scrap bowl” that sits right next to your chopping station and all of the extra pieces and ends go in there and then directly into a freezer bag for stock. (or compost, or trash, up to you. i just get giddy about not wasting food.).  will help you easily scoop up all of your chopped veggies to put in a bowl or into a pot. it’s also how i clean my cutting boards so quickly. remember how i talked about the patience portion before? if you are like me and don’t like to just stand around in the kitchen, you can take those extra minutes where your sauce needs more time and do a quick cleanup so that when your food is ready, you feel calm and relaxed.

cooking update | designlovefest

KITCHEN TOOLS! i remember when i first started cooking for real (prob about 2 years ago) before justin moved in i had really sad dull knives from ikea, i had just gotten my  for christmas from my parents, and i was lacking a lot of kitchen tools. while having all the gadgets is exciting, it’s also really not that necessary. i know for me it was overwhelming to think of all the things i still needed in the kitchen. take it slow. learn to cook and make a list of things you really want to purchase next. but as long as you have a heavy duty cutting board (s is cool), a sharp knife ( and ) a , a for eggs, a pot (love but they are pricier. i really like. i think the white inside is important so you can really see the browning happening on the bottom), and , that is a wonderful start. once you get some momentum, is a great next step. and a is awesome for zesting, grating garlic, and adding touches of cheese to your final plates.

BRI’S RECOMMENDED KITCHEN TOOLS:

oh! and , good time to get something you need!

 

cooking update | designlovefest
cooking update | designlovefest

FOOD SHOPPING: groceries and constant meal ideas. also overwhelming! i get it. i use a variety of things that work for us. once a week i go to grocery store. if i don’t have time or just feeling lazy, i use and that saves me a ton of time and the delivery fee is only $5. i also find that i spend less money when i use because i am not strolling through the aisles just adding a bunch of stuff we don’t need. it saves your favorites in a list…

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01.16.19

CLAM CHOWDER

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we’re over half way through cooking school (more on that later!) and we wanted to share another favorite we learned in class, clam chowder!! this was definitely one of those dishes i hadn’t thought about making from scratch as it seemed too hard and then i was totally surprised to find that it is both manageable and so insanely delicious to make. rain or snow, this is the perfect thing for dinner!

clam chowder | designlovefest

we had never cooked with clams before this dish and i imagined them to be challenging but they really aren’t, you just wash them, keep them on ice (over a sieve so they aren’t sitting in water!) and then throw them in the dish. you know they are cooked when they open up. if any of them don’t open, throw them away! it means they aren’t fresh.

clam chowder
serves: 2-4 (depending on hunger!) 

• 2 cups clam juice (most grocery stories carry!)
• 1 cup white wine
• 1 bay leaf, 2 sprigs of thyme and 5 peppercorns
• 1 lb fresh clams (rinsed and set on ice!)
• 1/4 cup chopped bacon
• 1 medium white onion finely diced
• 1 large russet potato
• 1 cup heavy cream
• salt and pepper to taste

clam chowder | designlovefest

first / chop your potatoes! we’re all about using every scrape of food you can so fo these potatoes we cut off the edges to give us clean lines for chopping (and to avoid having to peel) but save the leftover pieces and dice them up to make a breakfast hash. cube your potatoes and set aside.

clam chowder | designlovefest

2nd / we’re going to make this all in one pot! first, render your chopped bacon which means put it in a dry pan starting on medium heat and let it cook in its own fat. once it’s brown’d, added onion and a pinch of salt. you want to sweat your onion, so cook until it’s translucent. the salt is important as that draws the liquid out of the onion. next you’re going to deglaze your pan by adding white wine. this process should pull up all the little cooked bits on the bottom of the pan. deglazing is fun! you get a little sizzle and steam and everything starts coming together! add a bay leaf (we used fresh by dry is great too) and some fresh thyme and a few peppercorns and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. this process will kill off the alcohol.

clam chowder | designlovefest

3rd / next add your rinsed clams and cover the pot. these should take around 3-5 minutes depending on the size of your clams. smaller will cook much faster! you’ll know they are done when they pop open so watch carefully. if one doesn’t open and all the rest are, toss that one, just to be safe. an open clam means it’s fresh and ready to eat! remove the cooked clams and set aside.

clam chowder | designlovefest

4th / add the clam juice and the cubed potatoes and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. leave uncovered to reduce by about 25%. once reduced add the cream. if you want it to be a little more creamy, take out a spoonful of the broth and mix with a couple teaspoons of flour. return that mixture to the pan and stir, this will thicken it up! remove from the heat, remove the thyme sprig and bay leaf, stir in a tablespoon of butter and add salt as needed.

clam chowder | designlovefest
clam chowder | designlovefest

top with oyster crackers and finely diced chives! make this, you won’t regret it!

clam chowder | designlovefest

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01.15.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 116

another from woody guthrie’s list of resolutions — dream good! — in colors inspired by a . –

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01.11.19

WEEKEND COOKING

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whatcha cooking this weekend? i’ve been on a deep dive into the which is one of my absolute favorite LA restaurants. their thai food is out of this world and their cookbook is excellent. so much information for people like me who have never really cooked thai food, where to start, what to buy, the coooking methods, etc. i bought the and i 100% recommend it. the thing about thai food is that once you have the ingredients it’s very inexpensive to make and can feed a lot of people.  i’m having fun playing around with the flavors and i’ll definitely be making a curry this weekend. if you’re looking for weekend inspo here are a few favorites from our archives! and if you make one of our recipes we love feedback, so let us know how it turned out! – joanie

(pictured above are meatballs with cauliflower mash, meatballs are super versatile and can be could be served with greens or polenta or noodles or in a soup!)

weekend cooking | designlovefest

and another meatball! this one lamb and served on pita with cucumber and red onion for a little crunch! we buy these flatbreads at the grocery store and they are great toasted in a hot pan for a minute or so.

weekend cooking | designlovefest

these loaded oven fries and indulgent and the perfect thing to serve at home for a saturday afternoon happy hour!

weekend cooking | designlovefest

how about a tomato and mozzarella tart!? store bought dough and almost any topping will do!

weekend cooking | designlovefest

and last but certainly not least, enchiladas! a personal fave, comforting and delicious!

happy weekend everyone!

01.10.19

NEW NEW!

and just like that, a new year! slowly transitioning out of my vacation haze and back into reality. it was so nice to unplug for a bit, definitely going to be doing more of that in 2019. i know we all just got done with a crazy season of gifting but there are so damn good post-holiday sales going on. makes me wonder if we shouldn’t push gift buying to january?! i usually buy a couple of things a year at the . they have deep discounts, great customer service and lots of brands i love. i don’t shop seasonally, i.e. if i see a great jacket in june i’ll buy it or a summer dress in january, etc.  i believe in snatching things you love up when you find them so you don’t end up making an impulse buy down the line when you need something on the fly. i also do well buying basics on sale, they can get overlooked but denim usually gets really discounted as well as basics like sweaters and tees. for example, brands like that have great but expensive basics that you can find at 50% off, like this . other favorites include this , this  and this that is truly a jacket for life. oh and this sweet little bag in a wear with everything shade of purple. i won’t be buy any of these things as i put myself on a post-holiday budget but it’s fun to look! – joanie

and how fun is this on sale for $118?! also, this is divine.

also lots and lots of fun bags! love the sweet little with the striped lining!

i was obsessing over this when it came out and now it’s on sale. love them together or worn as separates!

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