Saturday, March 12, 2016

Broccoli Bites

Eat food.
Not too much.
Mostly plants.
~Michael Pollan

Bright and early this morning, I picked up my Bountiful Baskets co-op order, the first in a very long time. I forgot how much I love getting all these vegetables. Plus getting up early starts my day off well because I feel so productive.

I've been trying to make a concerted effort to eat more healthfully, to eat REAL food. Real food doesn't have labels. Therefore, eating real food requires spending more time (not necessarily more money) preparing food. More time reading recipes. More time planning the week's meals. But I've noticed that as I make a focused effort to eat well, all of that time becomes much more meaningful and therapeutic.

Food is medicine. Food is fuel. And food is fun. Recently, I completed an online course with Stanford University, through CourseEra, called Stanford Introduction to Food and Health. I'd recommend it. As I went through the course, I was reminded of all the reasons cooking at home is generally best: it's healthier; it's tastier; you know what's in your food; it's therapeutic and rewarding to spend 15 minutes preparing your meal or a few hours once a week making meals that will last.

And so, I'm making an effort.

Today's Bountiful Baskets offering

With a table full of vegetables (and some fruit) this morning, I knew I had to be creative with my food preparation. All of this for $28 (regular basket plus a St. Patrick's Day add-on - everything in the plastic bags is the add-on) and I'm certain it will last me at least two weeks.

So far I've made a batch of vegetable soup with onions. leeks, garlic, broccoli, carrots, fresh thyme, dried herbs (Costco's blend is terrific), and some salt and pepper. I may add some chicken at a later time, but it was pretty tasty.

Because I not only had the two heads of broccoli you see in the picture, but an additional three heads already in the fridge, I decided to make some broccoli bites. I've read a few recipes in the past (probably on Pinterest) and decided to try a batch of these.

Broccoli Bites

For a first time shot, they turned out really yummy, but I'd still change a few things next time. Although, I didn't measure many of the ingredients, here is the recipe I came up with, with a few modifications I would make next time.
Broccoli Bites by Emery 
2 cups of broccoli, lightly steamed and chopped (do NOT over do it; the broccoli will cook a little more in the oven)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 eggs
1/4 onion, finely chopped and maybe sauteed
1 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
Any fresh or dried herbs, to taste (Costco's seasoning mix would be great)
Salt and pepper, to taste 
Mix it all together in a large bowl. With hands, form small patties and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, depending on the size of your patties, allowing to brown a little. Turn over once after the first 15 minutes. Serve warm alone or with your favorite dipping sauce.
This recipe makes about a dozen 2.5 inch patties or 2 dozen 1.5 inch small patties.

Delicious! And I still have three broccoli heads left!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Top Ten at the 2016 Golden Globes. Long and flowy stole the show.

"People will stare.
Make it worth their while."
~Harry Winston

And I'm back with another fashion post. I'm still cranking out my posts from my trip to Jordan and Israel, so keep checking back. They'll be back-dated, but you can always click on the Jordan/Israel label and get all the posts with that tag.

The red carpet at the Golden Globes this year certainly made up for last year's, which was really a non-event for me. This year's choices proved to keep my eye much better.

Viola Davis is just beautiful. The dark navy, the flowy skirt, the sheer fabric, the silvery sparkle. Though it was a bit busy with sparkle, she looked stunning. Just look at that smile.

Viola Davis in Marchesa
Golden Globes 2016
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Alicia Vikander, whoever she is, chose a white gown that looked a little bit like wainscoting or beadboard to me. I liked the fun, feminine look until I got a view from the side--the sides were non-existent. But from the front, I think it was a fun number.

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Golden Globes 2016
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Julianne's dress didn't blow me away, but I liked the color which went well with her coloring. I think I would have liked it a smidge better if the thing wrapped around her neck had been left out.

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
Golden Globes 2016
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Amber Heard's flowy pink number by Gucci had a lovely, ethereal feel to me. The flowers circling the neckline were a nice touch with her matching lip stain. The pink/peach color variation was really pleasing too, soft on the eyes.

Amber Heard in Gucci
Golden Globes 2016
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And then there's the teal and gold that Calista Flockhart wore. I love the color combo. The dress had a lot of potential, and I like it, but I think the neckline could've been different or maybe if there were well-placed seams in the bodice. But still, it looked great.

Calista Flockhart in Andrew Gn
Golden Globes 2016
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Keeping with the blues, Queen Latifah's gown caught my eye. She looked lovely. A fresh and clean look with a little sparkle is always a good choice.

Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka
Golden Globes 2016
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Although her makeup and hair weren't as flattering as they could've been and I wished that she would've smiled, Uzo Aduba looked great in this black sequined gown. I haven't been able to learn the designer yet, but I'll update if I do. Simple with a bit of flair.

Uzo Aduba in unkown designer
Golden Globes 2016
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A surprise favorite, Olivia Palermo's short multi-colored dress was a break from my usual style, but it was fun and it worked on her slim frame.

Olivia Palermo in Delpozo
Golden Globes 2016
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Caitriona Balfe is just stunning. Isn't she? If you don't know her, she's the lead in Outlander. She spent years as a runway model, which is evident in her poise and the way she carries herself. Her black dress with the lacy tulle-like overlay and ruffly sleeves was great. Funky, but it works for me. Plus, I'm just in total awe of her, and frankly she wouldn't NOT make the list.

Caitriona Balfe in Alexander McQueen
Golden Globes 2016
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And then there was Sam. Blue got me again. Sam Heughan was the best dressed man at the Golden Globes. Again the deep blue with his reddish hair was just a great combo. Don't know Sam? Well, watch Outlander and become acquainted. I insist. You won't be sorry.

Sam Heughan in unknown designer
Golden Globes 2016
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And there you have it. What were your favorites?

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Let there be light. And a little frill!

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
~Katharine Hepburn

I decided awhile back that my lamp was really blah and that it needed something to liven it up. I took straightway to Pinterest and determined that I needed some pompom trim. And here is the result.

Tada. Let there be light.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fort Point: A Thanksgiving Treat!

"Anyone who doesn't
have a great time in San Francisco
is pretty much dead to me."
~Anthony Bourdain

The San Francisco weekend continued to be very relaxing with mornings spent sleeping in, reading, and puttering around. On Friday, we ventured out to the Haight. Shep found a couple records at Amoeba and we did a bit of Christmas shopping for Marina and Emily at the sock shop.

After that Shep took me on a city drive, stopping for a late lunch of Gordo's burritos and fresh, warm gai mei baos from Lung Fun Bakery on Clement. Wow, those gai mei baos were the best I have had in years. Warm, sweet, and so fresh. We have a few good Chinese bakeries in Salt Lake, but their gai mei bao recipe is just different and not as good, in my opinion, probably because they come from a different region of China than most San Francisco Chinese.

We ended up at Fort Point, one of my favorite places, where we took a thousand pictures. My childhood memories are filled with time spent at Fort Point and every time I come, I have to make a visit and take pictures. Also, we were trying to get more pictures for the annual family calendars, so... let the picture dumping commence.

Lots of GG Bridge traffic impeded our path down to Fort Point.

Is it one of your favorite places now too? There's something about the water, the wind, the view, the bridge, the red brick, the history, and the memories that combine together to make me love this place.

The rest of the weekend was spent eating kouign-amanns from B Patisserie, driving around the city, breakfast at Sabrina's (meeting her kids for the first time), watching Amazon Prime's The Man in the High Castle, and relaxing. Shep was a perfect host, chef, and driver, making this a great Thanksgiving weekend getaway for me!