Friday, September 1, 2017

Foolproof Mashed Potatoes


The secret to easy and perfect mashed potatoes is The Multi Mash by Breville. This isn't a sponsored post. I'm not keen on kitchen gadgets either. But this amazing gadget is a game-changer. Perfect mashed potatoes are on the table without any fuss. No whisking, whipping, ricing or hand-mashing is necessary to produce stellar results. In fall and winter, mashed potatoes are welcome alongside roasted chicken for a cozy meal.     

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Dark Chocolate Chips


The moment I read the recipe for Heidi Swanson's Rosemary Olive Oil Cake, I knew I had to bake it. Rosemary is the surprise ingredient here but it's not overpowering. This cake is so simple and delicious! Olive oil, rosemary and dark chocolate complement each other in an unexpected way. I enjoy a piece straight out of the oven or have a slice for breakfast, reheated in the microwave for just a bit. The cake is a keeper!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sajou Embroidery Hoops


Just a quick note to let you know I've added Sajou French Embroidery Hoops to the shop.
Happy Stitching! xx ~ Jilly 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Frenchy Stitchy Things







Ever since I was a little girl I've had a fascination with sewing supplies. I spent summers with my beloved grandmother in her tidy Brooklyn apartment. She lived near Shore Road in Bay Ridge. A block away was a view of  the Verrazano Bridge. My grandmother loved to go for long walks and ferry rides. We visited Manhattan and enjoyed ice cream on park benches. It was a real treat spending time with her.

Every night after a homemade dinner, she'd settle in to watch The Lawrence Welk Show. She always sewed something. My grandmother came from Lebanon. She learned to cook and sew at a young age. She used to embroider Christening gowns. 

My maternal great grandfather was a coal miner from Lithuania. He was a large man who relaxed by sewing quilts by hand. My love of hand embroidery runs deep. 

Sewing supplies are nostalgic. It's always nice to have pretty embroidery supplies in our sewing boxes, right? I'm excited to offer some French embroidery hoops and needles. They're available in my shop now. In the coming months, I'll be offering some beautiful French linens in my favorite azalea pink, frog green and crisp white too.   

Happy Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly    

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Heidi's One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe



My husband loves banana bread. He's always happy to see it on the counter. Heidi Swanson's one bowl recipe is simple enough to bake on a weekday afternoon. This easy banana bread recipe is the only one you'll ever need. The banana bread is nostalgic and homey. Bananas are the star. With a cup of tea or coffee, this treat is a cozy escape.



Heidi's One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe 


Some Notes

The original recipe for Heidi Swanson's One Bowl Banana Bread is found here. Heidi uses a mix of whole wheat and all purpose flour. I didn't have any whole wheat flour in my pantry but I bet it gives the bread a rustic taste. 

I use coconut milk straight out of the can for this recipe. I haven't tried it with nuts or chocolate chips yet. A sprinkling of sesame seeds on top seems like a good idea too.    

I baked my bread for forty minutes in a square pan because I like to cut it into squares instead of slices.    


Ingredients 


  • 1 1/2 cups mashed, ripe bananas (about 3-4 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk, yogurt, or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and place a rack in the center. 

Butter a 9-by 5-inch loaf pan, or equivalent. Place the mashed bananas in a large bowl. Stir in the butter, and then the sugar and coconut milk. Add the eggs and vanilla, and stir until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the batter combines, avoid over-mixing. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown, about 40-50 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy! xx ~ Jilly 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Middle Eastern Chicken Meatballs



My go-to recipe for subtly spiced Middle Eastern chicken meatballs is always in rotation around here. These meatballs are golden brown and flavorful. As they cook, the savory aroma takes me back to my grandmother's kitchen.


The meatballs are a nice change from the usual sauteed chicken breast. Fresh lemon juice, herbs and a sprinkling of Aleppo pepper are a welcome finish. Serve them with my Rustic Tabbouleh Salad  for a healthy and vibrant Middle Eastern meal.

Roasted Fingerlings With Aleppo

Fingerling potatoes are at the farmers' market now. I love to prepare these creamy spuds with sea salt, Aleppo and lemon. This recipe is simple and rustic, with a twist from the Aleppo pepper. Aleppo peppers are crushed chilis with a pleasantly tart flavor. The tangy heat from the Aleppo pepper is perfect with potatoes. Instead of regular lemons, meyer lemons are nice too.  
       


Roasted Fingerlings With Aleppo Recipe


Ingredients


  • 2 pounds of fingerling potatoes 
  • 2 lemons, zest one lemon and reserve the zest 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Aleppo pepper to taste
  • Sea salt to taste   
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375
On a large baking pan, toss the fingerling potatoes with some olive oil and sea salt. Roast the potatoes for 30 minutes. Take the potatoes out of the oven and toss them with the reserved lemon zest. Put the potatoes back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Before serving sprinkle the potatoes with Aleppo pepper, sea salt and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice. 


Bon Appetit & Blessings!


xx ~ Jilly