Thursday
Apr302015

Orange Ricotta Bread Recipe

 

I promise, this will be the last ricotta recipe I post for a while. Well, I did just make a delicious lemon ricotta pasta with spring vegetables, but.....I should probably lay off the wonder cheese for a while. 

This cake is a bread, is a breakfast, is a dessert, is wonderful no matter how you label it. It's dense, kind of like a pound cake minus all the fat, thanks to our friend Mr. Ricotta. It's also just the right amount of sweet- with an option to do a syrup and glaze and really take it over to the dessert side of things. This cake is your friend. Make it. Welcome it into the regular rotation. Soon you'll be besties. Pinky swear.

 

Orange Ricotta Bread

Makes 1 loaf

 

Ingredients

1.5 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup home made ricotta (recipe here)

1 cup sugar 

3 large eggs

2 tsp orange zest

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp Grand Marnier (or other good quality orange liqueur) 

1/2 cup vegetable oil

 

syrup

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup fresh orange juice

 

glaze 

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 tsp Grand Marnier

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan (butter or spray). Line your loaf pan with parchment paper if it's not non-stick. 

Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Whisk ricotta, sugar, eggs, zest, vanilla, and Grand Marnier in a large bowl. 

Combine dry with wet ingredients and stir until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to combine oil last. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or middle is set and knife comes out clean.

While cake cools, prepare syrup by melting sugar and orange juice in a sauce pan. When sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and pour over loaf slowly, allowing it to soak it up. Use to desired saturation. Truth be told, I love this bread as is, and rarely complete this step. 

If you really want to amp up the dessert/sweet factor, create the glaze by heating confectioners sugar, Grand Marnier and orange juice. Allow loaf to cool completely before pouring over top and allowing to cool. 

One break, infinite possibilities.

 

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Wednesday
Apr292015

Coco Rocha's [Clearly] Fashionable Nursery





Images: One King's Lane

 

Those geniuses at One King's Lane went and designed a fabulous looking nursery for model Cocoa Rocha's baby girl. It's a fantastic mixture of color, styles, and pattern. Not too girlie, full of fun toys, and thoughtful accents. 

It's packed with bins for hiding messes- a trick I employ in just about every room of the house, a rocking chair upholstered in classic Pendleton print, and colorful classic stories with equally colorful frames on the gallery wall. And of course you can shop the entire set-up over at One King's Lane, right now. 

Rocha looks fantastic but you can't hate on her for that, she is after all a super model, but she is much more than that, with sass and personality to spare.....along with a social media following between her Twitter and blog Oh So Cocoa to crown her an influencer royale. 

Little Ioni has since joined us and is now putting the picture perfect nursery to good use. As if there would be any doubt, the little bundle is model perfect, just like her mama (also just like her mama, she is already on social media at Ioniconran, surging to 30K followers strong on Instagram in her first few weeks). 

 

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Monday
Apr272015

Dressing the Baby Bump: Week 20 & Boston Weekly

Above: DVF maxi (the solution to all bump dressing!), Rachel Comey Dekalb clogs, vintage Gucci clutch, Sisco + Berluti bracelets (c/o)

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Passion Pit, Lifted Up. That high-pitched magic is back on Angelakos' third album, Kindred. Perfect for spring, windows rolled down, driving. Cause we could all use a little lifting after the winter we endured.

 

What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Busy weekend hosting friends, planning for baby, and planning for some vacation time, so very much needed!

We hosted friends for a dinner party, cooked up some spinach pies (I love this recipe from Ina) and pretty proud I butterflied a leg of lamb on my own. Stuffed it with herbs and date, roasted to perfection. Even I, and all my meat aversions, could manage a few bites.

Trying to make headway on nursery #2, though it has been slow going. How do you manage it when baby #1 is still pretty active with your original nursery set up? Move to a big girl bed? What about a glider? I feel like Daphne is going to have enough change when the new baby comes but I refuse to purchase another glider, no matter how attached Daphne is to hers.

I also had the chance to try out a spa facial from Clarins at Bloomingdales. It was so very much needed after a month of colds, stomach flus, and family + pet drama. For a blissful hour, I was able to erase all the stress and indulge in all the Clarins products I love so dearly (check here for my entire spring beauty round up). The spa at Bloomingdales is almost a secret space, tucked just off the main beauty sales floor. You'll quickly forget where you are and just appreciate the pampering. The Clarins specialist quickly adapted everything to my pregnancy needs and ever changing hormonal skin- thank you! Be sure to check it out next time you make it to Chestnut Hill.  They are still running a promotion for 25% off now.

 

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

Shop new, very cool site, Shop Pyramid. Designers you need to know about: Rodebjer (will I ever learn to pronounce this?!) and Studio Nicolson being on the short list. Check it. Shop it. Love it.

Skinner Auctioneers is hosting an amazing online only jewelry auction this week, with oodles of Chanel, Hermes and Cartier. I'll be keeping my eye on the Chanel perfume bottle bag donated by none other than Gisele Bundchen to benefit REACH Beyond Domestic Violence.  

Chantecaille's global artist Fernando Cadavid makes an in store appearance at Neiman Marcus, Friday May 1st. Great excuse to get your make up done and plan a dinner date with your significant other!

 

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