8.07.2012

eton mess






Traditionally, Eton Mess calls for fresh strawberries.  But, this recipe requires fresh raspberries instead. I didn't have framboise, so I substituted with Grand Marnier and it worked.

Eton Mess is messy, cheerfully sweet and an easy dessert to quickly assemble in a pinch. I know this sounds weird, but the texture of the meringues remind me of the marshmallows in this cereal, lol. 

Anywho, it's a great dessert to close out the last fresh berries of the season! Enjoy.

Eton Mess
adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients

2 (6-ounce) packages fresh raspberries, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier liqueur
1 1/2 cups whipped cream
bakery meringue shells, broken in pieces


Directions

Pour 1 1/2 packages of the raspberries, 1/4 cups of the sugar, and the lemon juice into a 10-inch saute pan. Crush the berries lightly with a fork and bring the mixture to a full boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is syrupy. Fold the remaining 1 1/2 packages of raspberries and the Grand Marnier into the hot mixture and refrigerate until very cold.

In decorative glasses, layer a spoonful of the whipped cream, a spoonful of the raspberry mixture, and then a few meringue pieces. Repeat once or twice, depending on the size of the glasses, until the glasses are full, ending with berries and a dollop of cream. Serve immediately or chill for an hour, until ready to serve. 

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8.06.2012

fall fever...






Black and cream, long sheer sleeves. Ruby red lips and chunky oatmeal colored knits.

I can feel Summer slowly winding down, and these images have me stoked for Fall fashion. I know, I know. It's too soon... sweet Summer is hanging on just a wee bit longer.

xx

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8.02.2012

happy

 

This is a mantra I've tried to embrace the entire Summer. I've taken cooking and crafting classes, planned a few trips and watched loads of trash TV!  It's so easy to get caught up in our adult responsibilities that we lose sight of having fun.

As cliche as it sounds: Life is short. Play hard. Mix in the things that make you happy.

What makes me happy:

spending time with my family + friends
cooking
learning {through conversations, classes and reading}
blogging

What makes you happy?

xx

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7.31.2012

shrimp rolls





Creamy, cold shrimp salad + a buttery, grilled roll = SO good

This is a more accessible take on a New England favorite, the lobster roll. After sourcing recipes, I found this yummy roll here.

I had a hard time finding fresh tarragon, but easily found the dried stuff on the spice aisle. The hubby mesquite-grilled the shrimp for a more flavorful roll.  Before the shrimp hit the grill, I seasoned them with salt, pepper + a blend of herbs.

For dinner, we enjoyed our shrimp rolls with spicy, sweet potato fries.  Or, try kettle-cooked chips for a light summer lunch. Enjoy.

Linked with Tasty Tuesdays and Our Delightful Home

xx

7.30.2012

Thank YOU!!!

// our African Violet that finally bloomed //

Thank you SO much for stopping by Quiet Luxury and commenting each day!!  I feel the love from the warm comments you leave and it's appreciated! All new bloggers can attest to feeling like you're at a podium speaking to an empty room when you first start out.

I'm inspired by so many of your blogs {the creative ideas, DIY projects, fashion posts, etc.}.  And I also draw inspiration from the friends and coworkers who are always there with good conversation.

Happy Monday :)

xx


7.26.2012

wanted {kitchen edition}

My husband believes I'm addicted to buying kitchen gadgets. But as I spend more time in the kitchen, I realize an 8-cup measuring bowl is important.  It's easier to measure 8 cups of water one time, rather than using my 2-cup tool FOUR times. 

Truthfully, I don't need a bazillion kitchen gadgets. I just have an appreciation for tools that make life easier: really sharp knives, a food processor and several measuring tools. Here's some kitchen stuff I need want.

double old-fashioned glasses - i've recently become a fan of the cocktail and the sturdy glasses //  
cuisinart 14-cup food processor - ok, i don't need a 14-cup food processor... but if i'm going to get one, i'm going for the mack daddy one // 
cuisinart ice cream maker - using this beauty would keep my stand mixer free and i could make larger batches of ice cream. double win // 
graduated glass bowls - i need a larger one to complement the medium one i already own
extra stand mixer bowl {glass} - i just want it because it's glass and looks cool //  
small rubber spatulas - these make scooping ingredients out of tight containers a snap {like mayo, mustard and sour cream} // 
silpat mats - the initial investment is hard to swallow... but when you think about how much you'd save on buying parchment paper... wellllll

For the cooks out there, what kitchen tools do you love or need? 
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7.24.2012

summer cocktail {pink grapefruit margaritas}




Sweet, crisp, light and refreshing. This is an easy, crowd pleasing Summer drink.  The husband and I prefer the salt mixed into the drinks rather than around the rim... as noted below. Enjoy.


Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
adapted from Ina Garten

1 lime cut in wedges, optional
Kosher salt, optional
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
1 cup orange liqueur, such a Triple Sec 

3 cups ice
1 cup white tequila

If you like a salt rim on the glasses, rub the lime around the edge of the glass and then dip the rim of each glass lightly in a plate of kosher salt. Set aside to dry.

Combine the grapefruit juice, white tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and ice in a blender and puree until smooth. If you’re not serving the margaritas in salted glasses, stir ¼ teaspoon of salt into the pitcher of margaritas. Believe me, it will make a difference. Serve ice cold. 

xo

Linked with: Tasty Tuesdays and Our Delightful Home

7.23.2012

bucket list trip {rome}


Money is no object... when I daydream about travel.  And clearly anyone who stays at this swank hotel doesn't care about dropping major cash either.  TripAdvisor ranked The Portrait Suites as "#1 out of 1,277 hotels in Rome."  

The hotel's design, decor and even the complimentary toiletries pay tribute to Italian fashion virtuoso, Salvatore Ferragamo.  And lucky for haute-couture loving guests of the hotel, there's a Ferragamo boutique right next door. In fact, the hotel is situated in Rome's most exclusive shopping district and is a few yards away from the Spanish Steps.

Quite frankly, the fact that Ferragamo and Hermes are in walking distance isn't important to me. I just want to walk the streets of Rome {camera in hand}, graze on creamy gelato and fresh pasta then end my day with a glass of limoncello on this hotel rooftop.  The nighttime view {first photo} completely sucked me in.  Amazing.

Happy Happy Monday!

7.19.2012

two things...


'girls game night' table setting // an al fresco glass of Rosé

My best friend pulled out ALL the stops last weekend when she hosted a girls game night. Every detail received careful attention... even down to decorative ties on the Sangria glasses! She put together a delicious menu and we devoured every single bite. It's a shame that I didn't capture more photos, but everything was just too good. After several rounds of White Sangria, some thought provoking board games and Tiffany's cake, I went home stuffed and happy!

Sunday, I spent the day lounging at home {mostly outside on the patio}. I laid back in my chair, closed my eyes and took in the moment: a delicious glass of Rosé, my family close by and my daughter's laughter competing with Amy Winehouse playing sweetly in the background. Last weekend was pretty. darn. good.

xo


7.17.2012

steak + potato flatbreads...


...with tomato snap salad.

While enjoying one of my favorite past-times with Dally {grocery shopping*}, a beaming demo cook asked if I wanted to sample a featured recipe. After taking one bite, I gave her the OMG-this-is-insanely-flavorful look.  She quickly deciphered "the look" and passed me a recipe card. Lol. 

Publix, you folks are geniuses--the recipe card helps you quickly locate the necessary ingredients in the store. I came home and made this dish the same night. It's such an easy weeknight recipe. Enjoy!

*I know it's a bit strange that I can "get lost" in the grocery store. But I love food. So there it is :)

xo