Friday
Aug292014

Mangia! Pasta, Pasta & Pasta

Check out Comfort Food Perfected: Pasta, Pasta, & More Pasta!

by Noelani at Foodie.com

There's a reason why pasta is pretty much comfort food perfected. The temps are turning cooler and my mind is turning to carb loading now that my bikini is no longer necessary;)

I hear fall knocking at my door. Which means......time to start digging into some major comfort food. This is a round up of some of my tried and true dishes and a few I can't wait to try for the first time.

Looking forward to my Sunday suppers, standing over a pot of bolognese, a steaming hot pasta, and gorgeous smells drifting through the house. Mangia!

 

This post was sponsored by Foodie.

Wednesday
Aug272014

Lacy & White Athe

Above: Vanessa Bruno Athe dress (old), Isabel Marant Crisi boots, Jerome Dreyfus Carlos tote, GAP vest (similar from J Crew)

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. Spoon, Do You off their new album They Want My Soul. It's all solid. Black Prairie, Bleed it Out. Like Jenny Lewis (actually a side project from some of the Decemberists) met a little honky tonk.

What: As in, what went down this week/end. I hear fall and labor day weekend knocking at my door. Where did you go summer? We celebrated the lovely wedding of two friends who did it all perfectly. Yard games. Catering by East Coast Grill. And in lieu of a cake, donuts on donuts from Union Square. Hallelujah!

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Uniqlo finally debuts locally, with their first store set to open Friday the 29th in the Natick Mall. Rejoice!

Auction-holics, we have a new platform to track online sales from the likes of Skinner, Cowan's Leslie Hindman and more. Check out BidSquare.


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Monday
Aug252014

CSA Cooking, Special Edition: Zucchini & Heirloom Tomato & Feta Tart with Hood Sour Cream

 

Special early edition of your weekly CSA recipe, hot off the presses and out of the oven. I was asked by our friends at Hood to incorporate some of their delicious sour cream into one of my quick weeknight meals for the site and a competition they are hosting this week. I love a good challenge and working with sour cream, easy-peasy. What I came up with was taste tested and approved at our neighborhood BBQ this weekend, cross my heart.

 

Sour cream? It's the je ne sais quoi that just about every dish is looking for. I add it to breads when baking (never make a banana bread without it!), keeping them super moist, pasta dishes for zing, and make a spicy topping with sriracha that is constantly at the ready in the fridge. 

 

I never knew until now that it was the secret ingredient for a quick, rich, puff pastry dough though, where I put it to use for this tart. Bon Appetit!

 

 
Zucchini & Heirloom Tomato & Feta Tart with Sour Cream Puff Pastry

 

Serves 4-6

 

Directions

 

Pastry:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 tsp salt (remove if using salted butter)
1/2 cup Hood sour cream
1/4 tsp baking powder

 

Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Sprinkle cubes of butter over mixture and use your hands to work dough (by smushing butter into flour mixture!) until a course meal forms, with butter about the size of large peas. Stir in sour cream, using a fork to incorporate. Using hands, form a large ball with the dough and pour onto a floured surface (it will be loose). Knead dough 3-4 times to pull it together. Form into a rough log shape and using a floured rolling pin, roll out into a 8x11ish rectangle. Fold into thirds, like an envelope, and roll out again. Fold into thirds again and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for a minimum 30 mins refrigerated (or freeze to save for later use). Remove dough from refrigerator and let rest for 5 mins at room temp.  Roll out on a clean, floured surface, into a 12' round. Roll up on pin and unwrap over tart pan (place tart pan on top of a baking sheet with parchment paper). Press dough into tart pan, removing excess from edges, and shaping. Wrap dough with foil and par bake shell for 15 minutes at 425 degrees with pie weights. Remove foil and weights, cook 5 minutes to brown, then remove and cool.

 

Filling:
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
1 large heirloom tomato, thinly sliced 
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp pimenton
1/3 cup creamy feta (sheep milk), plus additional for topping
1 8 oz package cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup Hood sour cream
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 large roasted red pepper (skin removed)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg and 2 tsp milk for egg wash

 

Mix 1/3 cup feta, roasted red pepper, cream cheese, pimenton, sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor, until creamy and smooth. Fold in shredded mozzarella. Spread into cool pastry shell and top with thin slices of zucchini and tomato in rounds. Brush thin layer of egg wash over the entire top layer of tart. Top with remaining 1/4 cup feta in small sprinkles. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins. Increase temp at 15 minute mark if you want to get the veggies a little more golden- but be sure to watch the crust! Cool, cut and serve.

 

This post was sponsored by Hood. 

 

More CSA Cooking:

Corn, Crab & Bacon Pasta

Peach & Burratta Salad

Pollock with Pesto & Fresh Pasta


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Friday
Aug222014

CSA Cooking Totally Unplanned, Totally Delicious: Corn, Crab & Bacon Pasta

Pasta, that comfort food of all comfort foods. Taken to the nth degree with all of my favorites- bacon, corn, crab, cream and chives, prepare yourself for the deliciousness.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Lani Loves: Culottes and Cos

 


What I am loving this week.

Or what I just bought.

More often than not, both.

 

While there are certain trends I won't touch this season (athletic slides/overalls/birkenstolks), this is one I can, and will, get on board with. Culottes. Yes, you heard me right. I'm going there.

Random aside, culottes translates commonly as panties in French. They were also the name given to the short breeches worn by French aristocracy. The revolutionaries were referred to as 'les sans-culottes' because they adopted the pants of the people, rather than the upper class.

I saw this shot of Kate Hudson rocking a pair of culottes the other day and had a knee jerk reaction. The tank, the peek-a-boo flirty bra, the culottes, all easy, breezy, and sophisticated. 

My quest for culottes led me to Cos. The fancier sister brand of H&M that launched this spring. I'm kind of sad I didn't check it out sooner. Les culottes have landed at home and I am impressed with the cut, fabric and overall quality. Cos, worth the time. And the Culottes.

Vive les culottes!

 

Recent Lani Loves:

 

Hannah Blount Vanity

Dieppa Restrepo

Delfina Delettrez

Xirena

 

 

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