Entries from August 2010

Twice-baked sweet potato with eggs on top

August 18, 2010

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Ever since laying eyes on this delicious post at These Roving Eyes I’ve become obsessed with the idea of baking an egg in a potato.

I only had a couple sweet potatoes on hand so I decided considered making a crispy hash out of them and serving fried eggs on top. But for whatever reason I decided to go ahead and try to twice bake them with eggs on top. I think overall, this recipe would be best with regular potatoes but I had fun imagining this one up.

Twice-baked sweet potato with Eggs
2 medium/large sweet potatoes (or regular potatoes)
3 small yellow onions, diced
4 eggs
4 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
4 oz. cheese (I used a sharp garlic goat cheese)
1 tbs butter
Fresh Chives
Salt and Pepper
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Bake your sweet potato in tin foil at 400F for about 40 minutes. You can do this ahead of time and store them in the fridge. When you’re ready to use them hollow out the insides.

Preheat your oven to 375F. Sautee your diced onions and garlic in butter. Once the onions carmelize add the sweet potato insides to the mix. Fold everything together and let the sweet potato cook for a little bit in the pan. Grate your cheese and chop your chives. Layer a little cheese in the hollowed-out potato jackets. Stuff your potato jackets with the mixture you’ve been cooking. Line the potatoes in a pan side-by-side. Sprinkle the chives on top and season with salt and pepper to taste. Crack an egg on top of each stuffed potato.

Cook at 375F – 400F for 10-15 minutes. Just enough time for your eggs to set. Note: the eggs will be glossy and look wet even when they’re thoroughly cooked through – I overcooked my eggs thinking they weren’t quite done.

Wedding Invitation: Aqua and Emerald Letterpress

August 17, 2010

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Stephanie and Max found me when they were looking for a unique custom wedding invitation that really spoke to who they are as a couple. I’m so glad they did. Stephanie told me that she wanted letterpress invitations using the colors aqua and emerald. She said that she loves birds and was especially inspired by the vintage tattoo-inspired wedding invitations I did for Courtney and Blair.

Because Stephanie and Max both have last names starting with the letter “H” I thought it was serendipitous to come across a bird flourished H monogram in my collection of vintage woodcut illustrations. I had to use it.

I played around with the scale and color of the illustration in order to keep it from becoming redundant across all the pieces. You can see where the monogram on the bottom of the invite matches up to monogram at the top of the RSVP – little things like that make me giddy.And speaking of giddy – have I mentioned how much I love drawing maps? I was especially happy with how the map on this invitation turned out.

Overall, I was thrilled with how these turned out and so thankful that Stephanie & Max invited me to be a part of their wedding celebration by letting me design their invitations.

And a big special thanks to Oh So Beautiful Paper for debuting these invitations.

Cucumber Mango Salad

August 16, 2010

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I’m not very good at making leafy green salads. They always end up under-flavored and boring. Jeremy’s sister sent me a recipe for cucumber and mango salad my way thinking it would be something I would enjoy – and she was right. This is my kind of salad. The combination of flavors was so perfect. The original recipe called for mint leaves – which would’ve made this dish extra tasty – but unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand.

Cucumber Mango Salad
3 teaspoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
Juice from half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 mango cut into large chunks
1 medium/small cucumbers sliced
3 small red onions sliced thin
Roasted pecans – chopped fine

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Combine the top ingredients to make your dressing. Let it sit while you prepare the rest of your ingredients. Toss the veggies and mango in the dressing. Top with a little goat cheese and roasted pecans.

Serves 2.

First Crush

August 15, 2010

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My very first crush was on Alf. Yes, really. I was 3 or 4 years old and it was 5am on Christmas morning when I ran into the living room and laid eyes on my very own Alf doll. He came packaged in a little cardboard spaceship. And I completely lost. my. shit. I was obsessed and head-over-heels smitten.

Since then I’ve crushed on:
Brian Boitano
Cory Feldman
Adrian Brody (I think Alf left me with a life-long thing for big noses)
And last but not least…
Alan Cumming. My #1 crush of all time.

My sister at Kind of a Sideshow recounts the story of when I met Alan Cumming and once again completely lost my shit. Read it here.

In the meantime, I want to know – who was your first celebrity crush?

Anatomy of an outfit: Denim, Leather and Lace

August 13, 2010

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Denim, leather and lace just make sense to me. I love the way the pattern in the belt plays off the pattern in the lace – and the texture in the lace plays off that in the tattered jeans. I think most would define this as an unexpected mash up of clothing but to me they belong together.

And the shoes. I found these while I was shopping for wardrobe for a commercial I was working on. I was at Ross and saw these Eastlands in a size 9 – one size too big for me. I took a break from my job and desperately searched the racks (that looked like they had been through WWIII) for a size 8. And when I finally found them I clutched them to my chest and cried a little – okay, that might be a dramatic interpretation. But I did get butterflies in my stomach and $17 later I have my favorite pair of shoes for life.

Vest: Gap
Lace top: The Limited
Camisole: American Apparel
Jeans: 575
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Eastlands

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