Thursday
Nov072013

CSA Cooking: Spiced Zucchini Bread Recipe

 

My CSA cooking series is back in business. While the farmshare never stopped, my ability to actually do anything other than roast veggies did!

This delicious spiced zucchini bread is worth the effort it takes to bake. I have tried a lot of zucchini bread recipes over the years but never found one that was worth sharing. Until now.

This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen. It doubles your baking pleasure by yielding two loaves. They freeze very well when wrapped in tin foil and then sealed in a large freezer bag.

Spiced Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium sized)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup combination dried cranberries  


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two loaf pans.

In mixer, beat eggs. Add oil, slowly, to not deflate eggs. Next, add sugar, zucchini, orange zest and vanilla in mixer.

In a seperate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients: flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in walnuts and dried fruit to coat (and keep them suspended in loaf while they bake).

Add dry ingredients to wet and manually combine with spatula. Divide mixture between both pans and bake for about 1 hour + 5 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

 

Check out other recipes from CSA Cooking here:

Strawberry Creamcheese Bread

Cherry Streusal Pie

Monday
Nov042013

Back to Basics

Above: Anthropologie Level 99 boyfriends, J Crew button down (similar), H&M sweater, J Crew necklace (similar), Super Ciccio glasses, Isabel Marant heels (love this pair by Ann Taylor!), Louis Vuitton Speedy

 

Completed a closet clean out this weekend. Kind of depressing really, but good to get all the maternity gear out and have a blank slate of sorts. 

I also had to pack away some of the baby items already. It's a good thing she is out of preemie gear but breaks your heart in two at the same time that she is growing so fast! How is this already possible? 

Between your usual clothes and the maternity gear is this strange post pregnancy purgatory, which I currently roam. It is fashionless. Plain. And you don't want to really spend any money to make it anything other than that, because the goal is to fit back into your pre-pregnancy skinnies, right?

So I caved and bought some jeans- these slouchy boyfriend type jeans from Anthropologie. I am not terribly familiar with the line, Level 99, but I have been happy with the fit. This pair forms the foundation for my daily outfit. Funny how swapping out slippers for heels will instantly change a look. 

Now, from the closet clean out and sorted into the 'maybe' pile are these Marant heels. I love the idea of these heels but if I am being honest they have always been a little big for me. I bought them in a flurry of they are SO on sale, how could I not? It was between these and the first edition of the Marant sneaker wedge a few years ago.....in retrospect, I chose poorly! Clearly sneakers will feature predominantly in my new life with babe and man, it would have been nice to have predicted that hit. Anyone found any full proof methods for making a pair just a smidge too big fit? Heel liners, cotton ball in the toes, have not worked here. Anything a cobbler can do? Otherwise I fear these are on the chopping block too!

 

Thursday
Oct312013

Style Roulette: The Leather Boot 

 

Welcome to our second edition of Style Roulette.

Didn't see the inaugural edition? Refresh your memory here.

One item. Two distinct styles. Style 1, from myself. Style 2, from the talent over at Quite Continental.

This week we pay homage to the little leather boot. Isabel Marant's Crisi boot to be exact. It's a moto chic hybrid of her hidden wedge sneaker and the leather bootie that started it all, the Dicker.

It's the kind of boot you can pair with low key weekend wear or a boho chic maxi and moto jacket. A workhorse of a boot, hopefully appearing in my closet soon...

 

1. Etoile Isabel Marant Crisi Boot
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Sono M Embellished T-Shirt
3. Sophie Hulme Floral Envelope Bag
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cameo Ring