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Yogi In Stilettos

Domestic Goddess

I love to cook and bake and Christianne loves to Un-cook (she prepares raw recipes).  We love to experiment, take classes, etc.  Here, we will give you some of our favorite recipes … enjoy.

 

Whats for breakfast?

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Breakfast is my favorite meal ever. When I go to bed on Friday I literally dream about breakfast on Saturday. Once Monday rolls around I find myself clueless about what to eat for breakfast that is not too heavy that will make me want to get back into bed. Here are a few options I have come up with.

  • Non Fat Greek Yogurt with berries and almonds. You can either buy fage or the Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt is also good. Now they offer them will flavors (vanilla, blueberry). My only reason for buying the vanilla flavor is that you don’t have to use sugar substitutes (I have cut splenda out of my diet completely) to sweeten the thick heavy yogurt.
  • I recently bought Steel Cut Irish Oats instant oatmeal. WARNING: stay away from Quakers brown sugar, whatever flavored instant oatmeal. It may taste fantastic, but its terrible for you. It does not provide all the nutrients that steel cut oats provide. I also like to add berries and almonds to this.
  • Buy a pack of eggs and hard boil all of them. I keep them in the fridge and when I need a snack, or breakfast I take off the shell get rid of the yellow and enjoy! I swear I love this! You can always add a piece of whole wheat toast and some tomatoes.
  • For the smoothie type of person. I have also discovered amazing smoothies. Green or fruit, I love them all. Trader Joe’s now sells chopped up kale, which makes adding it to your smoothie way easier. If I am getting crazy, I do kale, spinach, celery, beets, carrots, lemon, a green apple, and coconut water. If this is too hard core for you another excellent option is to buy frozen fruit. This way the fruit never goes bad and you always have it in case you didn’t have time to grocery shop. Add frozen strawberries, blueberries and a fresh banana add almond milk if you want to make it like a smoothie, add coconut water and protein powder as an option.
  • For more breakfast options click here. This is where I got the inspiration to write about breakfast. All of the above are what I eat.

Enjoy and never miss breakfast!! It is the most important meal of the day and it jump starts your metabolism.

Bethany Frankel gets to the point

yogi in stilettosI absolutely love Bethany Frankel. I think she has proven that woman can have it all…love, money, babies, success, etc…I love her so much that when my fabulous business partner Cesca told me she couldn’t put down her book I literally planned my whole day around going to Barnes and Noble to pick up “A place of Yes.” Anyways, besides her hilarious personality, drive to succeed and bangin body after having a baby I really like what she stands for when it comes to eating. I mean, lets be honest she is mini and she can’t eat everything that she says she does. But, I like her philosophy of never depriving yourself and eating in moderation. So you want dessert, then have it but maybe tomorrow night skip dessert. I can’t tell you how much I hate fad diets…one second your friend is anorexic, then next they are literally stuffing their face because they have been starving themselves for a week. YUCK! As I cruise AOL this morning I came across some recipes Bethany suggested. These two sounded the best and I plan to make them sometime this week or weekend.

Zesty Baked Chicken Wings

These easy-to-eat chicken wings skip the fryer to save on fat, but thanks to the spicy punch of garlic and pepper, they don’t fall short on flavor.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice plus ½ teaspoon zest
16 chicken wings, halved at the joint and with the tip removed
Cooking spray
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan
6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1½ cup dried whole-wheat breadcrumbs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°. Put first eight ingredients (through lemon zest) in a large bowl, and whisk until combined. Pour over wings, transfer to a zip-top plastic bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for one to four hours.

Line a baking pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray; set aside.

Mix together Parmesan, parsley, and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Coat wings in breadcrumb mixture.

Place on prepared pan. Bake on lowest oven rack for 20 minutes, then turn and cook for 10 more minutes.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Thanks to the potassium- and fiber-rich banana, plain old chocolate chip cookies get a healthy makeover.

Makes 8 cookies

Ingredients:
¼ cup of vegetable oil
1 cup raw organic sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ¼ cup oat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup mashed overripe banana (≈1 large banana)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. On a non-stick cookie sheet (or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper), scoop batter with a medium-sized ice cream scoop. Space cookies evenly.

Cook 35 minutes, rotating halfway through. The cookies should have a slightly brown edge and come out clean when poked with a toothpick.

 

 

Dinner Party for 2!

yogi in stilettosI ran into my man’s cousin at lunch today. She is the exact definition of what Yogi in Stilettos is all about. She is a yoga instructor (yogawithdiana), she just got married and made the most beautiful bride, and she balances life, religion, and love in the most perfect way!

Anyways…on to cooking. When I went to say bye to her at the restaurant she asked me if Domestic Goddess had any recipes for two people. Believe it or not I think it is easier to make dinner for 6-8 people than it is for two. I will make pasta and end up making the entire bag because I get nervous I won’t have enough food. Then I have pasta for days….and of course after indulging in pasta the night before I always wake up saying today is going to be a carb-free day! So, how do you prepare a meal for two without having too much left over (unless you love to have leftovers for lunch that is). When I left lunch I promised her I would blog about it right away. Here are the tips I came up with.

  • Plan ahead…ask your man, or friend what they feel like having for dinner. If they say they don’t mind then think of something before you hit the grocery store.
  • Unless you need other groceries only buy what you are making for dinner. i.e. two chicken breasts, one packet of ground turkey, a bag of lettuce, etc…
  • If you are really stuck on something to make, do your grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I swear they are the nicest people ever. If you ask one of them for a recommendation they will take you around the store and not only give suggestions, offer you tons of options, but if you buy something, take it home and hate it you can come back and they will give you your money back.
  • When preparing a meal if using a recipe, cut the recipe in half (Do not cut in half if you are baking!)
  • If you buy a bag of lettuce take a big handful and put it in a bowl, add whatever you want to it (carrot, cucumber, tomato, corn etc…) then add your dressing. For salad you can always add to it. I feel bad throwing away a bowl of salad.

My top three meals for my man

Mexican!

Super easy! I do not make a salad with this meal because there are so many different tastes and flavors just the tacos are enough.

Grocery List:

  • Ground Meat/Turkey (we buy lean turkey, but you can buy whatever you prefer)
  • Already chopped up garlic and onion (saves times and tears)
  • Taco seasoning mix. You must buy this! It is what flavors the meat and actually makes it taste like Mexican food. You can buy this at any grocery store.
  • Salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream (obviously optional if you don’t mix milk and meat)
  • Taco shells, tortilla (we use iceberg lettuce and do lettuce cups)
  1. Add onions, garlic and canola or olive oil to a pot. Let the onions and garlic turn brown.
  2. Add meat to mix and start breaking it up. Let the meat start to cook
  3. Optional- add a couple of canned tomatoes to add some flavor.
  4. Once the meat has cooked add taco seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Mix it all together and let the spices absorb. Once the meat is cooked you are ready to serve!
  5. I usually set the table with small bowls full of salsa (or chopped tomato) Guacamole (or sliced avocado), Cheese (Mexican Blend) and Sour Cream (reduced fat). Then I put a plate out with the lettuce cups. This way it makes dinner fun, you can add whatever you want to your lettuce cup and it all tastes  great!

Turkey Burgers

This is one of my man’s favorites! Also, you can get your man involved if you need him to do the BBQing…this makes cooking dinner more of an activity to do together.

  • Buy meat, again it doesn’t matter if you buy the lean or regular turkey meat.
  • onion, jalapenos (optional)
  • bread crumbs/egg (both optional)
  • Hamburger bums (again we usually just eat it without bread)
  • cheese (optional…again some people don’t mix milk and meat)
  • tomato
  • Pickles (I mean…I can’t have a burger without a pickle)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Ketchup/mustard/hot sauce

  1. Add the meat, onions, jalapenos, breadcrumbs and egg to a bowl. People generally add eggs and breadcrumbs to the meat because it helps keep it together. Sometime’s I do this, sometimes I don’t. Whatever you preference is. The breadcrumbs can add flavor which is always need, especially if you are using the lean turkey meat.
  2. Depending how much meat you used (you can use half the container or the whole thing) I usually make 4 mini burgers.
  3. Then politely ask your man to turn on the BBQ because you are ready for him!
  4. While he is BBQing you can make the salad. I usually do Romaine, tomato, and corn with olive oil and balsamic. I am very traditional when it comes to salad. I love cucumbers, but don’t love them in my salad.
  5. If your man is like mine he wants his burger to be perfect…he usually toasts the bun then adds the burger with cheese and lets it all melt together like a fancy panini. I never do this because I rarely mix milk and meat (sooo hard to digest) but when I do give in for a bite I promise it tastes way better than my burger on top of a salad.

 

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

If you look below there is the recipe for how to make the spaghetti bolognese…I promise you this is usually most peoples favorite dish. Sometimes when I am feeling extra nice I make it with his favor schnitzel. Nothing taste better than home made schnitzel and spaghetti bolognese. So catch the recipe below and this is how I make my schnitzel.

  • You must buy very thin chicken breast. I have only found this at Pico Kosher market. You cannot get the thin kosher chicken breast at Trader Joe’s. You have to cut that one.
  • Corn flakes, breadcrumbs
  • egg (optional) again helps to get the corn flakes to stick
  • Romaine Lettuce
  1. Take a frying pan, put it in the stove set to med/high add oil. Let the oil heat up.
  2. Meanwhile…Crush korn flakes (or buy them already crushed) or bread crumbs (in my case I use both) add salt, pepper, or whatever spices you want to use.
  3. In a bowl crack a couple of eggs.
  4. Take the chicken dip it in the bowl of eggs then dip it in the korn flakes/breadcrumbs. Make sure the chicken is full covered.
  5. Place chicken in hot pan (be careful of flying oil).
  6. When chicken is ready make sure to have a plate with paper towel on it to place chicken on. Blot off extra oil.
  7. Serve chicken with spaghetti and I swear your man will worship you!
  8. Salad: Romaine with Parmesan cheese, olive oil and vinegar.

And of course always remember The Domestic Goddess number 1 rule for when your having dinner with your honey…TV always stays OFF!!

DG gets a lesson from her sister

When I was at the cabin my sister really took total control. Whether it was in the kitchen making her artichoke dip, instructing me on how to cut the veggies properly, getting to always be the floppy one in floppy bones, a game we have been playing since we were kids where one person makes themselves heavy and the other has to hold them up…she is always floppy bones!…or lastly, her bossing me around to clean up. I found myself asking her if as a child she liked to play clean up because she loves to clean.

In the past I have gone to the cabin and jumped into the cook books and Em and I would go on adventures in the kitchen. This time I was feeling my man and fam more than the cooking. I guess this time I wanted to sit back and watch a soon to be wife get domestic in the kitchen. One night she decided to treat us with her spaghetti bolognese. She ventured out to town to get the ingredients, which means it had to be worth it, considering the closest town is 30 long minutes away. The meal was so good that I came off my cooking hiatus made this for my man the day we got home…Follow carefully for this super easy recipe and I guarantee a satisfying meal.

Warning: Give yourself at least two hours to prepare this meal. The bolognese can simmer up to an hour and a half.

My sister used beef and I used turkey…you can use either

1 can of tomatoes

1 can of tomato paste

chopped up onions and garlic (I bought mine already chopped, of course my sister made me chop hers)

water

salt and pepper

Step 1: The perfect apron (check out this beaut)

Step 2: Pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pot, then combine chopped onions and garlic into a big pot…let brown

Step 3: Once onions and garlic are brown add meat. Begin mooshing it around.

Step 4: Add a whole can of tomatoes and two big spoons of tomato paste. (don’t you love the way us Starr’s girls measure?) Again with the mooshing everything together. Keep moving things around. Add water (fill the empty can of tomatoes up just under halfway). Add salt and pepper (chili flakes to make it spicy) to taste and in my man’s case, any other fun spices we had in the cupboard

Step 5: Let everything boil then put on simmer and cover pot

Step 6: The sauce will have to simmer for any time up to an hour and a half, check on it frequently. While this is simmering you can prepare the spaghetti (we always use whole wheat) and a green salad. Keep it simple. Romaine, tomatoes, balsamic and olive oil…and of course a glass of red wine!

Step 7: ENJOY!

DG throws the Perfect Country BBQ

Everyone knows about my cabin. Every time I am there I am in complete happiness. When my whole family was going to be there for my dad’s birthday I immediately jumped on the bandwagon and brought my man and our BFF’s along to celebrate. It was heaven. Friday June 3rd we woke up to blue sky and perfect weather! Not to mention the BBQ men already smoking the meat. We had our usual birthday breakfast that consists of waffles, homemade granola and fruit salad. As well as gifts for not only the birthday boy but every one at the table…then the party planning started. There were veggies to be cut, dips to be made and flowers to arrange. Of course my mom, The Queen, pulled everything off fabulously.

Key to throwing the perfect country style BBQ

The perfect setting

The Perfect lounge and bar area

Fantastic Food

and of course…. the perfect company

Raw Recipe: Brazilian Nut Mylk

Brazil nut Mylk Yogi in StilettosI actually really like cow milk. I grew up drinking it my entire life; my dad is a cattle rancher after all. Unfortunately, the little cows in North America have being so over stressed and over worked their milk is a far cry from the nutritional milks of decades past. Unless you live on a farm and get your milk straight from the Mama cow chances are what you are drinking is GROSS! I won’t get into the conditions these poor animals are held in because Yogi in Stilettos does not have enough words or tears to explain.  Instead, i will try and give you an alternative to milk. Introducing Nut Mylk. I know what your thinking…How do nuts’ have milk? WEll, a few Raw foodies got creative one day and viola the yummiest creamiest “MYLK” came about. My Favorite is Brazil Nut Mylk however, you can make mylk out of any nut or seed. It is simple, extremely nutritional and a great alternative to the processed almond milk at the market. Brazil nuts are particularly healthy due to their high selenium content, which makes their protein content “complete”. This means that, unlike the proteins in most plant products, Brazil nuts’ proteins contain all the necessary amino acids to foster optimal growth in humans (This is great news for vegetarians). This is perfect for kids too. If you still feel uneasy about not getting your milk try the alternative like Raw un-pasteurized Goat milk (pasteurizing milk only kills all the nutrients and leaves nasty things behind). We still haven’t completely ruined the Goats. Yikes!

How to make Brazil nut milk

Ratio: 1 cup soaked nuts to 2 cups of water

Soak nuts overnight (6-12 hrs)

Optional :spray with 3% hydrogen peroxide

Blend soaked nuts and water

Strain through nut milk bag

Put milk back in blender and add:-a dash of pink salt-a dash or two of nutmeg-a few dashes of cinnamon-one drop of stevia for every 20 oz of water or Dates to sweeten.

A spiritual Food

Weekend bag guide

Since I live in West Hollywood, work in Santa Monica, have a boyfriend who lives next to me, but parents who live far and teach Pilates in Hollywood, Brentwood, Santa Monica and Venice…you can imagine I always need to be prepared. Last week when Christianne came over she was laughing at me because I was literally planning outfits for three days ahead. When I leave my house in the morning, that is if I am leaving from my own house, I need to be prepared for at least two days. Here is my guide to being ready for anything.

  1. Make sure you have a cute ‘weekend’ bag. That being said, make sure it can hold a lot and is easy to carry. (I have bruised my shoulders enough)
  2. Keep a separate toiletries bag for traveling. This will include: make up remover pads, face wash, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  3. BASICS! White, black and grey t-shirt or tank tops. Plus a pair of jeans and leggings.
  4. Always pack an outfit for exercising. This will include: running shoes, socks, exercise bra (nothing is worse than wanting to exercise and not having a proper bra) and leggings.
  5. HEELS are a must!! nothing spruces up an outfit better than throwing on a pair of heels. It is all you need to bring your casual look from day to night.
  6. If it fits, an outfit for going out at night.
  7. Curling or straightening iron (this is not an essential, but if doing your hair needs tools make sure to pack these) plus extra make up you use for going out
  8. Enough confidence to be able to pull off a fabulous outfit with limited supply!

DG’s Guide to Passover

Did passover come quickly or what? Also the fact that it starts on a Monday does not help! I have broken it up into two guides…first off, surviving Glatt/Eilat market…Once one has survived that they can focus on Passover.

  • Grocery shop in advance (except for me who was away all weekend and now regretting that I will have to face the grocery store after work). This is key to a whole week of eating at home.
  • You are lucky if you get a parking spot behind either of these two markets. But if you do see someone walking to their car, wait it out! Don’t even listen to the people honking behind you.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. One time I went in there with my YSL’s and the Ortho’s looked at me like I was a convertee.
  • Be prepared to get pushed around. The people that shop at these markets are not polite. They do not ask you to move your cart. One second you will be getting apples and you will turn around to put them in your cart and some old woman will have moved it to another aisle.
  • Protect your produce at all times! You may spend a good 5 minutes picking the hardest, best cucumbers and some woman will come by and take them out of your cart.
  • It is ok to be rude and obnoxious to the men behind the meat counter…they will treat you the same.
  • Over stock your cart…you ideally only want to come here once over Passover. As my mother says “its better to have too much and throw some away then not have enough.”
  • Lastly, your total grocery shop for the whole week will probably equal less than what your man spends on dinner out one night, so your husband/fiancee/boyfriend will actually be happy to hear what you spent.

The shop is done…Passover begins

  • Make sure you did a big spring cleaning of your kitchen. Passover is the perfect excuse to really clean everything out.
  • Plan all your meals in advance. This can be fun if you have always wanted to cook something new.
  • Try and change up the meals every night. This will make eating in more exciting and something to look forward to.
  • Who doesn’t love matzah with butter and honey? or peanut butter and jam? come one?!
  • Plan a dinner party with friends, or a bbq over the weekend.
  • Think of passover as a detox…eating in all the time and no carbs…sounds like the perfect diet to me!

Rain can slow us down, but not stop us

Anyone that was in L.A. this Sunday experienced the torrential rain. I woke up around 8 am thinking it was 4 in the morning because it was so dark. If I didn’t need to get out of bed, trust me, I wouldn’t…but I had to be somewhere. I promised myself once I was done I would come straight home and get back into bed. This was exactly what I did, with a quick stop at the grocery store in between. I figured we probably would not want to leave the house, so breakfast at home was a must! I tried to do breakfast in bed, but my man got up and so excited it turned into breakfast at the table. I made banana chocolate chip pancakes (took me about three tries to finally not burn them) Egg in a hole (with olive bread) and scrambled eggs with mushrooms and jalapeños. We were full for the rest of the day. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday.

Being a Domestic Goddess abroad

Going home to London, the city I grew up in is always my favorite vacation. An International Domestic Goddess must maintain her duties in all the cities she visits. Every time I go home I usually try to always throw a dinner party. It is the best way to get all my old friends together. We laugh about high school and talk about what’s been going on in our lives. This time around I had a very small dinner, (only 4 of us) but it actually made the night more fun. My parents had thrown a dinner party the night before so all the flowers were bought and already on the table (this saved a trip to the flower shop). Em and I also prepared the menu days in advance. I swear this is the key to throwing a smooth dinner party. Have all your ingredients ready the day before. Therefore on the day of all you have to do is either cook the chicken, put dressing on the salad or turn the rice on.

Because the party was so small I didn’t want to go overboard with nibbles at the beginning. My favorite appetizers are crudités. Chopped up carrots, celery, cucumbers, red peppers, cauliflower and broccoli. Not only is it the healthiest, but if it doesn’t get eaten you have chopped vegetables to snack on for the next couple of days. Crackers and hummus is also a great starter (although most people eat so much they are not hungry for dinner). For dinner I served, Moroccan Chicken, brown rice with peas, red cabbage salad and my new favorite simple French green salad. For dessert I made, Yes, home made volcano cake with ice cream and strawberries. I promise to include all recipes this week.

Keeping up with the Hanasab’s

 

Last weekend, in between the wedding celebration, my man and I spent pretty much every second with The Hanasab’s. They are basically the family you all wish you had…Not only is their son the cutest little boy in the whole world (if anyone knows him they would understand) but, they literally open their door to everyone. Since I hardly have family in LA, going to their house feels like I am going home. You know that feeling you have when you come home, open the fridge, sit in front of the TV and just feel at ease…that’s how I feel in their house. Anyways, from last Thursday my man and I attached ourselves and basically did not leave their side until Sunday around 1:30 am…going as far as driving together to West Lake for the wedding and getting to the hotel and proceeding to eat Cabbage Patch salad out of the same container at the bar at Four Season hotel. At least my man was considerate enough to order a coke.

You may be wondering up to now why I am ranting and raving about the Hanasab’s in the Domestic Goddess section, but the Goddess of the house is the most unbelievable cook. Sooo amazing, that my man actually got mad at me when we went to their house on Thursday for dinner, because everything she made was so incredible. He told me, she put me to shame and I should learn from her. Enough about our bickering. When we returned “home” on Sunday The Goddess had already grocery shopped and was preparing for our evening of Pizza making. She had the brick stone to cook it on, all the sauces (pizza sauce and pesto), different types of cheeses, even truffle oil..The King Hanasab kept repeating how much fun making your own pizza was! Little did I know he meant what a great time the girls have making the pizza, while the men watch the All Star game. At this point all the Hanasab siblings were over plus me and my man…by the time we sat down for dinner the entire Hanasab family was there… Needless to say we felt at home. If you are ever looking for a fun evening (one where everyone can get involved) making your own pizza is a great choice. We made it easy on ourselves and bought the dough already prepared from La Monica’s in Westwood (you can also find pizza dough at Trader Joe’s, or call your favorite pizza joint and they will sometimes sell you their dough.) Then get as creative as you want! Warning: Make sure you have a roller and really roll out the dough, it rises a lot in the oven! I took so many pictures but the pictures are too big to put up for some reason :(

We made four different kinds: one traditional Margarita with sliced tomatoes, one Pesto with four cheese and mushroom, one thin crust Margarita with mushroom and pesto, and lastly our creation of pesto and tomato sauce mixed grilled onions and truffle oil.

Being taught by the Queen

When I told my mom, Queen S, that I wanted to throw a dinner party for my birthday and I promised it wouldn’t be too much work, she hopped on board…with less than two days to put together a sit down dinner for 25-30 people little did I realize this was more work than my Hanukkah Party. This time I made a promise that I would be out of the kitchen and enjoying myself the whole time. In order to do this it is extremely important to have everything planned a head of time. The Queen was writing list after list of what needed to be done and when it had to be done by. Keep in mind Queen S is a jet setter, she was coming to LA, specifically for my birthday and I was putting her straight to work. Between teaching pilates, I was peeling carrots, marinating chicken, making coleslaw and cooking the penne. While Queen S was out picking up the ribs and getting the alcohol (she was so worried we would run out, claiming when her friends come over one woman can go through an entire bottle of wine…only in Europe!) It is crucial you do all your grocery shopping at least the day before, if not two days before. Therefore you can look at everything you have and start making lists of what to do first (if you haven’t caught on already, my family is obsessed with making lists, I sometimes even list when I need to sleep). Also, just in case you forgot something important there is no heart attack or tears. With the Queens brilliant thinking, we moved the party from her place to the apartment downstairs. Not only was the space bigger, but we didn’t have to do heavy lifting of the furniture to make room for the table. Also with her vision we lined the table with tea light candles, white roses, and her famous silver glittery stars. Everything was exactly how I wanted it. With my man’s mom, Queen V, bringing two rice cookers dinner was ready to be served exactly on time…well…Persian time. Lastly, in the Queen’s eyes a party is never complete without confetti, so we ended our night making the room look like New Years Eve.

You better start going through your phone book

After days of my man complaining that I hadn’t cooked for him in soooo long (ummm remember last Monday when I made turkey burgers) Anyways, I grinned and decided I would make the best meal he had ever tasted. I invited some friends over, one couple said they would come for dessert, the other would come for dinner but late…so I carried on with my intense grocery shop, where I schmoozed down every aisle of Trader Joe’s. To my excitement they were in the process of restocking so everything was new and there was tons of it. I had been craving pesto penne since I had had it at my extremely pregnant friends house literally 12 months ago. So I based my meal around making fresh pesto. I made Lentil, Quinoa, and Beet salad (all pretty much prepared for you at TJ’s, except the quinoa which takes 12 minutes to make) Roasted Chicken, pesto whole wheat and brown rice penne and grilled veggies. Oh yes, and I can’t forget my apple crumble dessert. Everything was prepared and ready to go when I got the ill faded text message explaining that none of the couples could make it…here I was with enough food for 10 and it was only me and my man…I told him to call everyone he knows and see if they want to come for dinner. Thank g-d we managed to get some men to come and enjoy the feast. A feast it was! Everything turned out so good that I passed out right after enjoying a big bowl of apple crumble and ice cream. Here is my pesto penne …enjoy!

Pesto 

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, blend together basil leaves, nuts, garlic, and cheese. Pour in oil slowly while still mixing. Stir in salt and pepper.

Whats for dinner?

Tonight I booked me and my man for a movie in the beautiful screening room at Soho House. I changed our time for the 9 o’clock screening because he needs to go to an important “basketball” meeting. So as I sat at my desk crunching numbers (literally my life is in excel this week!), a light bulb went off … I will prepare dinner before we go and see the movie. I haven’t done it in sooo long (cooked dinner that is … dirty mind). So I figured I would make something simple and easy because “The Bitch” (my man’s house keeper) came today and she will report back to his mother if I make a mess … I am going to do bunless turkey burgers with a yummy salad. Easy and enough room for candy at the movie.

Turkey Burger – usually I marinate this with any of seasoning I have at home (I am trying to avoid salt, so this time I am not adding salt) BUT, lots of pepper, onion, garlic, chopped jalapeños (you can add egg and bread crumbs). There are so many different ways to make yummy turkey burgers. The possibilities are endless.

Salad – simple! crunchy romaine, tomatoes, corn and avocado with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Healthy Dessert

I came across this dessert recipe on Yahoo recipes, for strawberry frozen yogurt. The recipe seems simple and sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth … YUM!

1    16-ounce package frozen strawberries (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2    cup sugar, preferably superfine
1/2    cup nonfat plain yogurt or buttermilk
1    tablespoon lemon juice
1    cup diced frozen or fresh strawberries for garnish

Combine strawberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Combine yogurt (or buttermilk) and lemon juice in a measuring cup; with the machine on, gradually pour the mixture through the feed tube. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides once or twice. Serve garnished with diced strawberries, if desired.
Makes 6 servings, about 1/2 cup each.
Per serving: 100 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 13 mg sodium; 115 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (56% daily value).

Recipe of the week

I know I seem distant in the recipe of the week category, and it might be recipe of the last two weeks … but anyways, I am trying my best here … seeing as I woke up this morning with so much pressure on my sinusus (if thats even how you spell it) and the feeling of a cold coming on, I had to call for mommy and start taking medicine. Anyways, gotta keep cooking. So my secret santa gave me a Dips recipe book which I adore! I mean I am such a snack person, love dipping in everything before a meal and then not actually being hungry when dinner is served … so this was the perfect gift for me, and also something I had never tried but always wanted to. So when I arrived in Canada, my babysitting and I selected two dips to try. We wrote down all ingredients, made sure we had them all, then started creating. Here are the two we made…

Fava Bean Dip

  • 2 lb Fava/Broad beans, shelled (if fresh) (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tsbp/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water

I am leaving the first step out, which involves boiling the fava beans (you only do this if they are fresh from the market, but an easier fast way to prepare this is by using fava beans in a can. I know veggie slash raw slash whatever vegetable worshipping people out there would probably hate that I just said that, but it makes things a lot easier)

….anyways, in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process garlic, salt, the pepper and sugar until the garlic is finely minced. Add the beans and thyme and process until the beans are finely chopped. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and water and process until the mixture forms a coarse puree. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and set aside at room tempature for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Serve at room temp. Enjoy!

As you can see by the picture, we ate it with raw vegetables, but we also had crackers and I think pita chips or crunchy bread would be fabulous!!

Indian Tomato-Eggplant Dip

  • 1 eggplant halved lengthwise
  • 1 tsbp canola oil
  • 1 cup finely minced Walla walla (don’t panic) OR Sweet onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp mince ginger
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tomato paste/tomato puree
  • 2 to 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 2 tbsp finely minced cilantro/ fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp low fat plain yogurt (i did not use this)

Preheat oven to 260. Arrange the eggplant halves, flesh-side down, on a rimmed baking sheet/tray. Roast until very soft and tender when the flesh is pierced with a fork, 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Using a paring knife, peel back the skin and discard. Transfer the cooked flesh to a cutting board and finel chop

In a non stil frying pan heat the oil over medium heat and swirl to coat pan. Add the onions and saute until soft but not brown, 5-7 mins. Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 min. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste/puree. Saute, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes soften, about 3 mins. Add the chili powder, salt cumin, coriander and turmeric. Sautee to incorporate the spices 1 min longer. Add the eggplant and saute, stirring constantly until the mixture is well combined, about 2 minutes. Adjust the heat to medium-low and gently stir in 1 tsp cilantro/fresh coriander and the water and yogurt. Cook over low heat until slightly thickened and a good dipping consistency, about 5 mins. Transfer to serving bowl, enjoy!

Happy Ending

The Hanukkah party was a success…besides a few burns and some anxiety that I didn’t enjoy myself enough the next day…the party was lots of fun…Here’s what happen leading up to the big evening…My man’s apartment the first time I ever saw it was, lets just say…bachelor-esq. One stained with different colors of brown couch, not to mention the fabric looked like the worst version of “off cream” I have ever seen…a table and chairs, done. Slowly but surely I worked my way into adding  few touches that I felt would made his place a bit more of a home. (when I say touches, I mean paint, moving trucks of furniture, and lots of flowers!) anyways, most things didn’t come together until the actual week before the party, with putting up the pictures on the walls (with the help of a veryyy pregnant interior designer), a wacky Italian handy man who literally sprinted out on me without being paid, running errands the night before that took nearly 5 hours and then coming home to bake…finally the day started off with my waking up at around 7, heart pounding, Abdi still needed to put up the chandelier and fix all the broken lights before the evening and I needed to ice cupcakes. I was up in the process of switching between vanilla icing and white icing (whatever flavor that is) when I heard his voice…ABDI! I opened the door with my icing knife and said “Abdi (I saw him shiver hearing my voice) the chandelier has to be up by tonight!!” When I was leaving the house 20 minutes later he was walking in…anyways, chandelier was being handled…my mom was at my man’s apt 9 am sharp to venture down to the Flower Mart (I was being kind as before I had told her I wanted to go at 7 am) I had also been blowing up her email for nearly a month making sure she kept that morning open for me. After the flower mart, came picking up the coleslaw. My mom stated the obvious “where are we going to put all this food that needs to go in the fridge?” my man’s fridge was already stuffed with butter lettuce. I called my pregnant interior designer, because she not only helped me design, she lives in the same building as my man. She suggested I use a fridge in one of the empty apartments…genius! Finally we made it home and brought all the goods inside, I changed my hair appointment to make room for an afternoon of flower arranging and furniture rearranging. Needless to say I couldn’t have done anything without my mom’s help and once all the candles were lit the place looked fabulous! I was soo excited for my man to see his place and when he walked in all he said was “that table needs to be moved…” I guess men only see the big picture, they don’t see all the effort that goes into it…anyways, by the end of the night I think he realized how great his place looked! We ended up having a wonderful time and I was asleep before the woman helping me were done cleaning up…I pretty much slept up until today. Here are some pics.


Putting a Domestic Goddess to the test…thats me!

This Thursday is our Hanukkah party and I am ready for it to be Wednesday so I can start baking…we are now up to over 70 people, so where we are putting them all only G-D knows…I have to focus on food and gift wrapping.

Recipe of the week: Peanut Butter Cream and Banana Pie

This was my contribution to Thanksgiving this year and it was a hit! This is the easiest pie to make ever! So all those Domestic Goddess in training, I promise you can do it! Ok, so I semi followed the recipe because I tasted it as I went along and if I wanted to add more of something I would.

What you need:

  • 1/3 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 8 ounces pack of cream cheese (I would get more, I also used whipped cream cheese)
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1, 9 inch prepared graham cracker crust (you buy this already made)
  • Optional (I didn’t do it) 1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts
  • Optional 2 Bananas (I love peanut butter and banana so I came up with this idea)

Now this is the easy part…In a big bowl put all the cream cheese and whip until creamy

Add sugar and mix together.

Once mixed, add peanut butter

Once mixed, add cool whip

Whip everything together until creamy. Then add mix into the graham cracker crust and put in fridge to harden. Its that easy!! No Baking, no mess! your done! You can even make this the day before so it fully hard upon serving dessert. I add bananas on top and sprinkle some chocolate.

enjoy!

Can I have an Xanax with my Latkes?

This will be my second annual Hanukkah party and as excited as I am, my anxiety is taking over…hence why I have no nails…I will keep you posted on what leads up to the night…No Catering, just lots of our favorite foods all in one place. Wish me luck!

Recipe of the week

It’s Thanksgiving week, so of course the recipe of the week has to do with Thanksgiving. My house keeper since I was a baby Em’s Famous Sweet Potato and Marshmallow…granted Em has now made this a staple in my every home coming meal because it is my favorite!

  • 3 Large Sweet Potato’s
  • 2 carrots
  • maple syrup
  • marshmallow
  • option to add butter or margarine and cinnamon

Peel Sweet Potato and carrots, put in pan with water

boil until tender, puree and put in a little maple syrup (and butter) put in baking dish then put marshmallow on top bake at 350 until marshmallows are melted…enjoy!

Birthday Brunch D.G. Style

Saturday we went to our BFF’s couple’s house…well actually they live in the same building as my man, so it wasn’t much of an effort to get there…anyways, it was his birthday and his wife, who is an original Domestic Goddess threw him the most amazing birthday brunch. Although the food was catered by MY WORLD ON A PLATE the whole lay out of the room, flowers and over all decorations was all the Bday boy’s wifey. It was the perfect way to spend Saturday…except for the fact that my man had to partake in having the most cocktails that were served with Absolute and sugar and he was hung over in bed by 8…Check out the pics!



Tips for making Brunch the best part of the weekend

  • Although you can never help it, when the weather is beautiful make sure you have all the doors and windows open. This not only shows off how beautiful your home is, natural sunlight always makes the pictures look better.
  • Most people haven’t eaten yet when they arrive for brunch, in my opinion keep the menu more breakfast based. I.E. Eggs, bagels, smoked  salmon and muffins
  • But since it is brunch you can get away with light salads and even tuna or egg salad.
  • Even though a party is much more cocktail driven, still have the option of orange juice, coffee or tea.
  • whether its The Ivy sound track or Hits 100, Music is a must for any get together
  • If you use the dining table to lay out the food, make sure you still have some spots for people to sit while they eat.
  • Lastly,  FLOWERS, FLOWERS and more FLOWERS, oh yah, and an amazing smelling candle!

Recipe of the Week

Since life gets away from me sometimes, I don’t always have time to cook every week…that doesn’t mean I am not always looking for new recipes. (I literally google recipes all day long) I have decided that every week I will post a recipe, I either made, or hope to make soon. Hopefully this will inspire readers to try new things.

Nov 8 Recipe of the week: Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken (recipe from yahoo.com)Refrigerated egg product and fat-free milk slims down this dinnertime headliner. The chicken is dredged in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and baked until the juices run clear and the outside is crispy. For the economical choice, use chicken legs or thighs.

Nutrition Facts * Servings Per Recipe 12 servings * Calories198, * Total Fat (g)9, * Saturated Fat (g)4, * Cholesterol (mg)79, * Sodium (mg)363, * Carbohydrate (g)6, * Protein (g)23, * Starch (d.e.).5, * Lean Meat (d.e.)3, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 pounds meaty chicken pieces, skinned (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • Snipped fresh oregano (optional)
  • Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Grease two large shallow baking pans; set aside. In a small bowl, combine egg product and milk. In a shallow dish, combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, oregano, paprika, and pepper.
  2. Dip chicken pieces into egg product mixture; coat with crumb mixture. Arrange chicken pieces in prepared baking pans, making sure pieces don’t touch. Drizzle chicken pieces with melted butter.
  3. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (170 degree F for breasts; 180° degree F for thighs and drumsticks). Do not turn chicken pieces during baking. Immediately transfer chicken to a covered container; serve within 1 hour. (Or cover and chill chicken; transport in an insulated container with ice packs.) If desired, sprinkle with fresh oregano. Makes 12 servings.

Its been a while for a reason

I know this section hasn’t been updated in a while, I am still totally obsessed with cooking and trying out new recipes (i even just purchased a new recipe holder book, cant wait) BUT anyways, recently I have had to teach my man a lesson and let him know I am not there at his beck and call…sooo I have been on a cooking hiatus…i know, i know, i don’t have to cook for just him…but its kind of boring cooking for 1…until then I will continue to research fun and amazing recipes and dream of the day I can post them. I am hoping this will pass in the next couple of months…

My new favourite famous blueberry muffins

I attempted once to horrible failure and now I have mastered the blueberry muffin. This was the only baked good that I really wanted to master before coming back to my man. With the help of The Barefoot Contessa (who is if I may say G-D!!) Everything from her cook books are amazing.

Here is the recipe, and the key is to hardly mix the batter once the flour is added…mmmmm

Recipe from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

8 ounces (about 1 cup) sour cream

1/4 cup milk

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 16 paper liners in muffin pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a cake tester comes out clean.

this recipe i got from my mans sister…it is so easy, healthy and yummy

lentil salad

lentils already made from Trader Joes

pour lentils into big bowl

add grape tomatoes, ripe avocado

cilantro and mint

dressing: light olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon. salt and pepper to taste

if you are feeling adventurous add quinoa

my yummy baked penne

whole wheat penne

parmesan and mozzarella cheese

whole peeled tomatoes

chili flakes

chopped onion and garlic (recommend you get the already chopped package from trader joes)

chicken broth (to add flavour)

cook the penne separate and let sit once it is done

in a sauce pan start grilling the onions and garlic

add the whole peeled tomatoes but drain the sauce

mash up the tomatoes so that they are no longer whole

add a bit of water

add chili flakes

add salt and pepper to taste (remember you are mixing this with cheese that is already salty, so no need to over do the sauce with salt)

add some chicken stock and allow all ingredients to boil in the pan

in a casserole dish put some olive oil and line the first layer with the penne, then add sauce and cheese, then another top of penne then sauce and cheese again…heat in a 400 degree oven until the top is crispy.

enjoy!

Bon Appetit

Yogi in Stilettos loves to go out and explore new places to dine out. Here we will give you our favorite restaurants, lounges and clubs around the world. Bon Appetit!!!!

★★★★★  Best restaurant around town, go even if you haven’t done your nails.

★ stay home and read Yogi in Stilettos, not worth your time

Food Tasting…

The only two parts I made sure I was involved in in planning my sisters wedding was the food and cake tasting. Both separate occasions…both totally worth it! Last week we all piled in the car and made our way to Pasadena to have a food tasting at The Kitchen for Exploring Foods . They do not only specialize in catering, although they cater most major events, including the Kardashian wedding. When nervous about having too many appetizers the owner told us the Laker players would each eat an entire tray of appetizers, so more is better. They also have a to-go section which offers amazing salads, sandwiches and specialty items. It has that Joan’s on Third feel, but not nearly as big. So if you are ever near the Pasadena area you must check it out! Also if you are looking for an event to be catered the food is not only delicious but the presentation is incredible! Enjoy the pictures below…makes me want to eat it all over again. Of course the official menu won’t be revealed until after the wedding.

On to the wedding cake! Susie Cakes is everything you can imagine in a bakery. I am a creature of habit and tend to go for either red velvet cupcakes or vanilla with butter cream frosting…what can I say, I like my sweets simple. The great thing about the tasting was that they brought us samples of all the different icing they offer. On a regular basis I wouldn’t stray from my usual icing pick, so it was nice to get to try flavors like, peanut butter, coconut and strawberry. Of course the final choice ended up being vanilla with butter cream frosting! Best to go classic!!

Everything gets ★★★★★.

Liquid….New Theme

liquid goodies

New juice bar in West Hollywood is the talk of tinseltown. Seriously, where else can you have a drink called pink asylum or blood in the middle of the day and get away with it? You also have fashion two doors down, an amazing nail salon ( i still have my nail salon flip floppies on) and you can sample a medley of organic creams while you wait. It is the perfect way to stay healthy and socialize. With LifeFactory retro glass bottles and  journals like My Sex life on display and redealy available for purchase (you chronicle all your goodies in this fun book). Who wouldn’t come back over and over to this mini paradise. The juices start at about $6, there’s w-fi, and they are Not picky about costume orders. You can have almond milk or coconut water in your juice and even suggest if you’ll be having dinner later or the juice will be your meal (this is important since you don’t want something to heavy if you have dinner plans). I suggested they make brazilian nut milk from scratch. Jason, who helped us and was super sweet said he would look into this…. AH! Liquid is also in the coolest neighborhood (Misha’s Block). You can walk to Fred Segal, the best surf board shop in town and tons of really cute boutiques. Liquid is seriously Fantastic.    ★★★★★

The Tasting Kitchen

The Tasting Kitchen is located on super trendy Abbot Kinney, right down the street from famous Gjlina. The food at the tasting kitchen is not to be missed! It is all served family style and the best part is that they just bring it out. No need to look at a menu. You tell them if there is anything you don’t eat and they work around it very well. The food is incredible! Our meal consisted came in stages, appetizers, salads, entre and dessert. We had asparagus with a pistachio pesto, burrata cheese and fennel, french fries, green salad, beet salad, three different pastas, clams, fish, chicken and duck and to top it all off three different desserts that each tasted better than the next. Needless to say we left there and all agreed to start our diets starting Monday. I highly, highly recommend it!

★★★★★

Cafe  Habana, Malibu style

 

The famous restaurant that people line up for in New York has made its way to the Malibu Lumber Yard. Famous for their corn, Cafe Habana is a mixture of Cuban and Mexican food. Not only is their corn amazing, but all their salads are are fresh and full of flavor, with their house dressing that is sooo yummy; their tacos and fajitas are so good, not to mention their gaucamole is incredible! This place is for sure worth the drive. My only negative about the restaurant is that it is in malibu, so they should have taken advantage of their setting. The lumber yard doesn’t have such amazing shops that would draw too big of a crowd. They should have tried to put the restaurant by the beach. It would make me go back every sunny sunday.

★★★★

Born to Party Forced to Work

 

The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica brings me right back to the ocean breeze I love from my hometown Miami, Florida. The Viceroy in Miami (Brickell) is the biggest btw but there is one in Snowmass too that I adore (it’s where all the young people coalesce in Aspen fyi). The modern look and feel of the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica is also very conducive to creativity. When i need to set up meeting or creative sessions to make all our California dreams come true there is no better place than Whisk Restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel. The menu is mediterian inspired but it also caters to the finicky actress that only wants a fruit plate and chamomile tea. I hate to chat business and have a full plate of food so I have learned the best restaurant for play/work is the one that always has fresh locally grown fruits and veggies to pick on. Whisk prides itself in choosing fresh ingredients form local farms. The place has tons of light and is never mega full. There was only one other table occupied by Ivanka Trump and loads of her blue prints. Not such a bad place to get some work done.  After all, I need to get back to my social calender.

★★★★★

Supper Club, Los Angeles

The famous Supper Club that originated in Amsterdam, Holland has made its way to Los Angeles. I have been to the one in Amsterdam and Rome and neither are as large as the L.A. one … of course, because America can’t do anything small… Anyways, the whole idea is that there is a set menu and you eat lounging on big white beds. While you are eating there is usually a show going on in front of you…each night or week, I am not sure, the show changes. Sometimes an artist will be painting a girl, or two people will be acting something out. It is a different, fun evening, so when we were invited for someone’s birthday I seized the opportunity to see LA’s take on the idea. We showed up after dinner when the club part was just starting. It was so strange because, first of all the space is soooo big I couldn’t believe it, second of all dinner was done for a while but they were still playing Buddha Bar, lounge-ish type of music. So most people were sitting down. Here and there, girls would be lifted into the air and do a little trapeze number, which was different for LA. The ratio of girls to guys was about 20-1. WARNING: The scene is pure Hollywood Trash. Do not expect to be partying with Europeans because this place comes from Europe. The girls are Kim Kardashian wannabes, looking for guys to mooch off of. From what I have heard it gets really crazy in the club, so make sure to stick around the whole night…our problem was, we made the hundred stair trek to the smoking area and got turned off by the whole scene. BUT, if you’re looking to party and you’re a single guy you are going to HALL here.

★★★

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