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Happy Sunday and Father’s Day. Here’s an easy brunch recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. I love making it for houseguests when I want to impress them without cooking up a storm. Hope you all have a lovely week.

Ingredients:

Polenta

White mushrooms

Eggs

Garlic

White onion

Spinach

Balsamic vinegar

Green onion

Extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Start by heating oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut polenta into half  inch thick cakes, sprinkle with oil and bake until outside starts to get crispy, about 15 minutes. While polenta is cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling place in the eggs and cook for six minutes. Once the eggs are cooked, remove form heat immediately. Place them in cool water until ready to serve. To make the toppings, start by caramelizing the onions, next add in your mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft and almost cooked through. Sprinkle in finely chopped fresh garlic, stir together and de-glaze the pan with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Cook for another minute or two. As mushrooms are cooking quickly steam the spinach. Assemble by stacking all of components into little towers. Start with the polenta cakes on the bottom, add the steamed spinach, pile on the mushrooms, top each stack with a shelled half of your 6 minute egg. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with green onion.

Serve and enjoy.

Tip: Don’t forget to season and taste everything like the spinach and mushrooms as you go along.

One of my new kitchen gadgets is a spiralizer. It’s a simple tool that has given me a lot of new recipe possibilities. I’ve used for countless dishes but my favorite is using it to make fresh zucchini noodles. The recipe I’m sharing today is actually Sam’s favorite. He rarely enjoys “healthy” meals but when he first tried this dish he had a genuine look of surprise at how much he liked it. He went back for second and thirds. I now make this for him at least once a week. As always it’s super easy and healthy.

Ingredients:

Zucchini

Pine nuts

Sun dried tomatoes

Fresh Basil

Pesto

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Make the zucchini noodles with your spiralizer. Let the noodles sit and drain for at least 15 minutes.  Once the oven is hot, toast the pine nuts for a few minutes or until they start to turn golden brown. Make sure not to burn them. Drain the sun dried tomatoes and chop them into small pieces. Combine the noodles, pine nuts, and tomatoes. Dress with pesto and garnish with fresh basil.  Serve and enjoy.

With the weather warming up for summer, I’ve been craving bites that are healthy, and delicious, but most of all refreshing. I made a few quick plates for brunch last weekend and wanted to share what I made with you guys. This is also a great recipe because you can pack it up and take it with you to the park, beach or wherever you decide to spend your day. You also won’t spend hours in the kitchen.

Happy Sunday.

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Mozzarella balls

Feta cheese

Basil

Mint

Cucumber

Cherry tomatoes

Watermelon

Toothpicks

Directions:

Begin by prepping the ingredients. Cut the watermelon and cucumber into bite sized squares. Slice the strawberries and mozzarella. Sort your basil and mint leaves. Next, assemble the bites.  Stack watermelon, feta, and fresh mint, skewer with a toothpick. Top each strawberry slice with basil and mozzarella, skewer with a toothpick. Stack together a cherry tomato, basil leaf and a cucumber square, skewer with a toothpick. Finish by seasoning everything with salt and pepper, drizzle olive oil over the mozzarella, cucumber and tomatoes bites. Serve and enjoy.

I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

A  lace dress, paired with a basket bag, and mules is quickly becoming my easy go-to for spring weekends. It’s not ground breaking but the styling possibilities with a lace dress are endless especially if you stick to neutrals like black and white.  You can do something as simple as wrap a scarf around your neck, add oversized sunnies and you’re instantly channeling a Parisian girl enjoying a weekend in the south of France. Try ditching the slip and wear it over a black bodysuit for a concert or a beachfront party. Add a belt, strappy sandals, and a statement earrings for a romantic dinner look. A lace dress can give you countless options, you just have to find what works for you.

Wearing : Dress – Free People, bag – a gift from Bali, shoes – c/o WhoWhatWear, bracelet – c/o Gorjana

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