Wednesday
Mar112015

Lani Loves: Stella McCartney Super Hero Bag

 

Stella McCartney Super Hero Crossbody

 

What I am loving this week.

Or what I just bought.

More often than not, both.

 

Okay, this may be something you file under the slightly ridiculous. But it has been burning up my internets since I first saw it. It's evening wear that is punchy. Funny. Loud. It says, I don't take my purse too seriously. But it is seriously cool. 

It comes in a clutch, cross body, wallet, and tote form. I really just can't decide which style makes the most sense. Okay, let's be real, none of them make any sense but they sure are a lot of fun.

 

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Tuesday
Mar102015

Dad Fashion & Boston Weekly

Above (on hubs): H&M vest, J Crew chamois elbowpatch shirt, Levi's 511 jeans, J Crew Macalister chukka, JORD watch Sully in natural green (c/o) Above (on babe): Zara jacket, H&M hoodie, Old Navy camo pants, Native Shoes "Jimmy" boot

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. The Kooks, Bad Habit.  Off the new album Listen. I concur with the directive. And my, oh my, those are some artfully placed tattoos in the video.

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

I'm still on winter wardrobe strike, so hubs and babe are making a guest appearance on the site. Also, a great chance to feature this way cool JORD watch. It's made primarily of wood folks. Light as a feather and easy on the eyes. It's just hubs style. And mine. I see this timepiece pulling double style duty in our house when I 'borrow' it.

We ventured out to Townsman this weekend. Believe the hype on this place. Every last word of it. Utterly outstanding addition to the Boston dining scene. Decor, has me ready to move in. Wine list? Tamed husband and his overtly wine snobbish ways. Loved everything that guru and wine program manager, Meredith Gallagher recommended. And the food, of course delicious. I honestly gorged myself on apps and left little space for the duck, though you would be remiss in passing it up. I see hubs and I headed out there often post work for drinks, charcuterie, and those beef cheek pierogie + sweetbreads.

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

Skinner Auctioneers is currently running their fine wine auction online through 3/11. The end is always the most frenzied and exciting. And don't forget to peruse the online catalogue for their upcoming Fine Jewelry sale, March 17th.

I'm excited to check out the brunch menu at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits. I'm wagering well worth a trip up north to Amesbury to sample chef Paul Callahan's menu.

Follain's meet the maker series continues Thursday 3/19 with Shirley Pinkson, co-founder and lead make up artist for W3LL PEOPLE. Think healthy beauty this spring.

If spring shopping is up your sleeve, Saks is running their gift card event to incentivise some new gear. Use code MAR2015 online for up to $700 in GC's (depending on how much you spend, mais oui).

 

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Friday
Mar062015

Beer Braised Carnitas Recipe: The Ultimate Comfort Food & My Best Recipe Ever

 

This dish is always in heavy rotation at our house. So much so, that is never really occurred to me to even post on the blog. I mean, it's downright delicious, but is carnitas the prettiest? But when it comes down to it, this is my ultimate comfort food. Would be a shame not to share it. Criminal!

I've also cooked it SO many times, I've had a lot of time to fine tune the recipe and make a lot of changes here and there. You should feel free to add more heat, add some sweet, serve in a taco, bun, on some nachos, the sky is the limit.

If you are cooking for a large crowd, I'd suggest making two 3 lb pork butts/shoulders. One spicy, one mild. If you are just cooking this up at home, I still suggest making two full servings. This freezes like a dream and it a life saver when you need to pull something out of deep freeze for a quick week night meal. I even keep small portions frozen for additions to other dishes (like my jalepeno poppers).

The moral of the story folks, this recipe does not disappoint. 

 

Beer Braised Carnitas

Serves 6-8

*really, just double this sh*t and go for it

 

Ingredients

1, 3 lb pork butt or shoulder

2 beers (I think a good lager works best here)

1 cup chicken stock

3 dried ancho chilis (seeded, de-stemmed, and chopped- heat/roast in the pan to help this along)

2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp spicy paprika

2 tbsp chili powder (not spicy! may be called chipotle)

salt and pepper

6 garlic cloves, crushed

*for spice amp things up with some chipotle in adobo or some Mike's hot honey to finish

 

Directions

Combine chopped peppers, olive oil, spices, and crushed garlic in a large crock pot insert or dutch oven, over medium heat. 

Salt and pepper pork on both sides.

Add beer, chicken stock, and any spicy items (for extra heat) you may like to the mixture. Add pork (liquid should cover meat 1/2 to 3/4 of the way).

Cover and cook for 4 hours on the stove top, or transfer to an oven at 350 degrees, OR, place insert into crock pot and cook on high. Flip pork half way through.

You want the pork to be falling apart at this point. If it isn't, let it cook longer. You're not going to over cook it in delicious broth. If you're out and it's in a crock pot, keep is in there for a few hours on low- not going to hurt it at all. When it is falling apart, transfer to a cutting board and shred meat. Return to broth and heat through until ready to serve. You can add more seasoning at this point if you need to adjust heat or sweetness. Brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup all make lovely additions to a spicy broth. 

Serve with tacos, as I did here. If you are feeling lazy, buy a pre cut salad/slaw like this for toppings. Or create your own quick slaw with some cabbage, vinegar and yogurt. Delicious on buns, with bbq sauce, jalapeno, on top of nachos, you get the idea. This dish is a workhorse. And delicious.

 

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