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Channeling June Cleaver

Channeling June Cleaver

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Love the Peplum look!



I just had to shot out to the Peplum look.  So lady like, so elegant, so Good Dinner Mrs Mellen!  My style perfectly designed for my classic retro look with a flair.  So I have to admit I am going a little crazy with my purchases but I just can't help it! Oh I've bought two dresses, one Alice and Olivia, one Banana Republic.   Did I mention the three tops that I bought, one long sleeve black knit from Banana Republic, two short sleeve, one black, one red from Alice and Olivia.  I'm now on a hunt for a great little peplum jacket, I could do a whole wardrobe out of peplum.  I know enough! Obsessed much!
What is it about the peplum that drives me to buy so many.  For me it is the classic lady like silhouette just fit my petite body type.  Anyone who is petite knows that fashion is not always flattering on petite woman.
Let me just caution woman that the peplum isn't for everyone.  Use fashion sense and a good mirror to make sure you look good.  Hint, hint. A peplum is a boom for thin woman creating curves where there were none!
How do you put the look together.  Wear peplum top with a longest straight skirt.  Or pull the look together with skinny jeans with high heels or leggings and boots.  So many possibilities.  Just make sure that you wear the peplum top or jacket with a narrow bottom be it a skirt or pants.

Check out this link http://www.polyvore.com/peplum_jacket/shop?query=peplum+jacket
for my peplum jacket!

Work the look girls!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Garlicky White Bean Soup with Truffle Oil and Croutons



What do you do during a blizzard that blankets over 24 inches at your home?  You make soup: Lots of soup.  I love creamy soups without using cream that adds fat and calories.  In this soup I used a head of cauliflower as the base to create a creamy texture with out using cream or half and half.  I have to say that I love this garlicky richly flavorful soup that I added a drizzle of white truffle oil and home make croutons.  So good and so easy to make.


Garlicky White Bean Soup with White Truffle Oil and Croutons

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion chopped
1 cup chopped leeks, white and pale green parts only
8 cloves garlic, chopped
2 boxes(32 ounces) vegetable broth
1 head cauliflower, use the florets
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 cans(15.5) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

White Truffle Oil for drizzling

Heat oil in a large pot.  Add onion, leeks, and garlic: saute until tender, about 6 minutes. Add vegetable broth bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, add cauliflower, thyme and rosemary. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is very tender about 1 hour.
Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth.  Return soup to pot, add beans, cover and simmer for half hour.  Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup in to bowls, drizzle with white truffle oil and top with croutons.

Homemade Croutons

1 loaf french or Italian bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup(1 stick butter)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 F.Melt butter in large pan.  Add garlic sauteing for 2 minutes just to release the flavor.  Add cubed bread stirring to cover with butter and garlic.  Continues stirring for about 2 minutes until all the butter is absorbed in the cubes.  Transfer croutons to baking pan and bake for 2 minutes. Turn croutons over in pan and bake for another 2 minutes until croutons are crunchy and golden.
Dry croutons for about 1 hour,  Croutons can be stored in an air tight container for 1 week or frozen for 2 months.

Enjoy!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Best Ever Guacomole!




3 Haas Avocado, halved, seeded, peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 Tablespoon prepared Salsa, I used medium salsa
1 clove garlic, minced

Mash Avocado in medium size bowl. Add remaining ingredients until combined. Serve with Nacho chips.




Spicy Lentil Chilli perfect for cold winter day!




I love anything that is healthy and taste good.  My Vegan Lentil Chili is a perfect example of a so good for you tasty meal! I eat this filling yet light chili after a hot power yoga or on a cold snowy day.  Combining lentils with chick peas adds protein and fiber to the vegetable mix. I make a batch freezing individual serving for later eating!

2 boxes(32 oz) organic vegetable broth, I like Full Circle organic
1 medium onion, chopped
l large red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 cup sliced baby carrots
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 teaspoons salt-free chili powder
1 (16 oz) package brown lentils
2 cans(15 oz) cans no salt added diced tomatoes, I like Del Monte petite cut
2 cans (15.5 oz) Chick Peas, I like Goya Premium
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Bring one cup broth to simmer in a large pot over medium high heat.  Add onion, pepper, carrots and garlic cooking about 8 minutes.  Stir in chili powder cooking 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add rest of broth and remaining ingredients except cilantro.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer covered for 30 minutes until lentils are almost tender. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer.  Stir in cilantro and serve.


Spirited Hot Spicy Wings



Hot spicy wings so good, so easy to make!  Sometimes you just need a little splurge after you have been so good with diet and exercise.  I love to make these wings which aren't too bad for you cause you bake them instead of frying.  Also I find that spicy foods are so much more filling than bland foods.  

1/2 cup hot sauce (I like Franks)
2 tablespoon brown sugar
juice of one lime
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
1/4 cup tequila (optional)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
2 pounds chicken wings
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white only
Blue Cheese dressing
carrot sticks
celery sticks

Whisk first eight ingredients in a bowl.  Place chicken wings in a baking dish.  Pour sauce over wings.  Top with scallions.  Refrigerate for eight hours or over night.   Pre heat over 350 F.  Bake for 35-45 minutes turning over a few times during baking.

Serve with blue cheese dressing, carrot and celery sticks.

Enjoy!