Holiday Gift Guide For The Foodie

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Bacon Making Kit // Copper Measuring Cups // Jacobson Pinot Noir Salt // Copper Cocktail Shaker // Smeg Retro Stand Mixer // Ceramic Tea Strainer // Wood Cookbook Holder // Bar10der Cocktail Tool // Nobel Handcrafted Maple Syrup // Le Creuset Kitchen Tools // Savannah Bee Company Honey // Travel Spice Kit // Gingham Dishtowels // Sriracha Margarita Mix

Happy Friday, friends!
Today I’m bringing to you my second Holiday Gift Guide (you can find last weeks Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess, here) featuring so many yummy and unique gifts to give the foodie fanatics in your life. I like to think that some of the best gifts are ones that you’d never buy yourself and splurging on something like gourmet maple syrup or a retro Smeg Stand Mixer are certainly not something I’d buy myself, but I’d be overjoyed to receive them as gifts! And since I think of myself as somewhat of a foodie (a foodie wannabe maybe?) I can easily say that I would be super excited to open any of these foodie picks on Christmas morning!

Shop Gifts for the Foodie:

Holiday Ready

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Pink Blush Top c/o // Similar skirt // Sam Edelman Heels (similar) // Accessory Jane Necklace c/o // Stella McCartney Handbag

If there is one thing I’m looking forward to this holiday season it’s the holiday parties. And of course, dressing for said holiday parties. (I’m sure I’m not the only one outfit planning weeks ahead of time!!) I usually reach for a LBD or if it is more of a casual party; jeans, a silk blouse and some killer heels but this year I have this little faux leather skirt on the top of my mind. I bought it a couple years ago and it has become a staple in my closet. Dressed up with this adorable lace detail blouse, a touch of sparkle and a fun pair of shoes and I’m holiday ready! What is your go-to for holiday parties?

 

Simple Herb Stuffing with Pancetta and Persimmons

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I am seriously elated that Thanksgiving is just over a week away. In preparation for the big day I’ve been giving a few of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes a little update. Last week I shared a recipe for a simple and oh-so flavorful Herb Roasted Artichoke which would make the perfect appetizer to the big meal and this week I have a super tasty twist on a classic; Herb Stuffing!
I’ve mentioned before that Persimmons are one of my favorite fall foods so I’m constantly looking for new ways to incorporate them into different recipes. They hold up really well when cooked and have a sweet and cinnamon-like taste and when paired with crispy pancetta it is out. of. this. world. The salty and sweet are a perfect compliment to each other and when mixed with tons of fresh herbs what you come out with is a seriously gourmet tasting stuffing.

Looking for other Persimmon recipes? Check out this Black Rice Salad with Persimmons, it would make a great Thanksgiving side dish!

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Simple Herb Stuffing with Pancetta and Persimmons:

Prep it:

– 5 cups bread cut into 1″ pieces. I used 1/2 rosemary loaf and 1/2 ciabatta. I cut mine up the day before and left on a baking sheet to dry out. You can always toast it up in the oven the day of.
– 3 cups chicken broth plus more for re-heating
– 1/4 lb pancetta, cut into small pieces
– 3 persimmons, skins removed and cut into 1/2″ pieces
– 2 celery stalks, chopped
– 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
– 1/4 cup dried cranberries
– 1/4 cup parsley
– 2 tablespoons sage, chopped
– 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
– 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 1/2 tablespoon pepper
– 1 egg

Make it:
– Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish (mine is 10.5″ x 7.5″)
– In a sauce pan, heat up chicken stalk. Once heated add dried cranberries and turn heat off.
– In a large sauté pan, cook pancetta until crispy. Using a slotted spoon transfer to a plate.
– Using the same sauté pan (with the pancetta grease) sauté onion and celery, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until translucent. About 5 minutes. Add in persimmons and sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Add all fresh herbs and mix.
– In a large bowl whisk the egg and slowly add the warm broth. Be sure to go slow, you don’t want to cook the egg. Add bread and toss, let the bread soak up the broth for about 10 minutes.
– Add in pancetta, onion, celery, persimmon and herbs and mix well.
– Add another teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
– Transfer to your prepared baking dish.
– Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. You may need to add more liquid if you feel it is getting too dry.
– To re-heat add a splash of chicken broth and cover with aluminum foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until warmed through.

Enjoy!

Embellished Sweatshirt

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H&M Embellished Sweatshirt // Sanctuary Skirt (on sale!) // Call it Spring Boots c/o // Philip Lim Bag // Stella McCartney Sunglasses

A few weeks ago I popped into H&M searching for an oversized white button up. What I came out with was this super cute embellished sweatshirt. How great is that…a sweatshirt that looks fancy enough to pair with a skirt but feels just as comfy and worn in as your favorite sweatshirt that only makes an appearance inside your home?! In my book its pretty great!
Short post today but I’ll be back tomorrow with a super tasty and super simple Thanksgiving recipe. You’ll want to check back for that…trust me!
Have a great day!

Sweater Weather

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Pink Blush Sweater c/o // Joie Jogger Pants (similar under $40) // Boutique 9 Booties (on sale, under $100) // Saint Laurent Tote // Pink Blush Bracelet c/o // Prada Sungalsses // Target Hat

Happy Monday!
How was your weekend? Mine was lovely and relaxing and spent doing a few of my favorite things; yoga, farmers market, and lunching at a couple local spots! Saturday we experienced a little bit of fall weather (finally!!) and I was more than happy to pull out this sweater from Pink Blush. It is the softest and coziest sweater I have ever put on and it was perfect for a fall day running around town. I wore it with a relaxed pair of jogger pants for a casual look and added a sleek pair of booties and trusty black accessories to finish off the outfit.
Have a great day!

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess

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Gilded Cork Screw // Ina Garten Make Ahead Cookbook // Holiday Cocktail Napkins // Marble and Wood Cheese Board // Gilded Cheese Knives // Capri Blue Volcano Candle // Bubbly Cheers Coasters // Wine Stoppers // Wine Bag // Christmas Tea Towel

Tis’ the season…for gifts! With the holidays quickly approaching I’ve started to get into the gift giving spirit, so I am happy to introduce to you, my first gift guide of the season. For the next six weeks (thats right, only 6 weeks until Christmas!!!)  I will be sharing my favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list.
With holiday parties quickly filling the calendar I thought it only appropriate to kick things off with A Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess (everything on this list is under $35!). So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift to give the gracious hostess at your next holiday soiree, look no further! Here are a few ideas that might just make the perfect gift. From gilded cheese knives to a cheeky holiday tea towel there is something on this list that every hostess will love. (I know I sure would!!) Gifts for the hostess can be a simple as a nice bottle of wine wrapped with a gorgeous bow or as generous as a stunning marble and wood cheese board.  Either way she is sure to be appreciative and will certainly invite you to her next celebration.

Shop hostess gifts under $35:

Black and White

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 H&M Sweater (similar) // One Teaspoon Bandit Shorts (I size up for a baggier look) // Ash Booties  // Banana Republic Bag (similar) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Cate McNabb Lip Gloss c/o

Given the crazy extremes in weather ranging from coast to coast I understand that the majority of the country would think this outfit is absolutely ridiculous for this time of the year. BUT, my fellow San Diego friends will understand that the necessity of shorts this late into November has been crucial! The fluctuating temps have made it difficult to get into the fall spirit so in order to try and dress fall appropriate this has been my go-to combo; a thin striped sweater, One Teaspoon bandit cut-offs and studded booties. You have to check out these studded booties, they are identical to the Chole Suzanna Stud Bootie but come in under $150!  I paired this outfit with a bag I picked up from Banana Republic last year. It is unfortunately sold out but this Loeffler Randall Rider bag is spot on (literally!)

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Happy Thursday!

VIP All Access Weekend at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21- SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2014

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Hello and Happy Wednesday!!

I have such a great surprise for you today! I am teaming up with the wonderful team at Conde Nast Traveler who have put together the most amazing VIP weekend at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. If you haven’t been to The Cosmopolitan then you are seriously missing out. The hotel is beyond chic and is decorated to the nines; have you seen the stunning crystal chandelier that not only hangs but it drapes down to the floor?! Talk about spectacular! Not only that but The Cosmopolitan features original artwork scattered throughout the hotel.
Now, lets talk about the nightlife…The Cosmopolitan is home to celebrity studded hotspot Marquee and at least a dozen of the most renowned restaurants (my personal favorite is Jaleo’s Spanish Restaurant, the tapas are out of this world.)

So, whether you’re a foodie, a night owl or want to relax in the award winning spa, The Cosmopolitan has something for everybody.

And here is the best part The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Conde Nast Traveler have put together a once in a lifetime experience for you…

An All Access VIP weekend!

When: Friday November 21st – Sunday November 23, 2014

– Enjoy a weekend in the Terrace Suite where you will be welcomed with a VIP check in and special welcome gift.
– Take in a private VIP performance by songstress, Jill Lamoureux at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
– Experience an exclusive master class in make-up by international make-up artist, Claudio Riaz.
– The Executive chef of Jaleo (my favorite restaurant!!) with be sharing Chef Jose Andres’  recipes and will lead you through a private cooking class in Jaleo.
– Learn from the Chef Mixologist, Mariena Mercer, on how to mix the perfect cocktail in a private demonstration inside The Chandelier.
– Enjoy and relax with a brunch at Wicked Spoon to finish off the weekend.

Amazing, right?! You can find more info HERE.

The weekend of the 21st is right around the corner which leaves a little over 1 week to book this once in a lifetime VIP weekend. Here is how you book…
You can book HERE (don’t forget to use the special code MCDRC14) or call 877-388-6907
* Must be 21 and over