Happy Weekend!

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Got anything fun going on this weekend? If you have a long weekend for President’s Day, you lucky dog, you. If not, no worries! You can still eat lots of candy and arrange pretty flowers in honor of Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day! Hope you all have a lovely couple of days, see you on Monday!


cct // 12 Successful People & Their Best Productivity Hacks

rkv // I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that I think I may have a very real sugar addiction. Once I get a craving, I physically and emotionally cannot say no. After looking into some book options, this guy and this guy seem like they could be helpful reads!

cct // Just in case you wanted to know the real reason behind that tiny pocket on your jeans!

rkv // I had no idea that I’m left brained

cct // Any CT friends interested in going to any of these glorious flower workshops?! I have been dying to go!

rkv // All the single ladies

cct // Missing our old little old 1 bedroom right about now, is that weird?

rkv // I’m newly obsessed with caramelized onions, and the look of this made my mouth water


 

Mushroom Asparagus Risotto

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My appreciation for mushrooms has only recently developed. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve ever cooked with them. For the longest time I would avoid them, mainly because their texture just didn’t do it for me. However, I’ve recently learned that if they’re covered in enough butter, garlic, and wine, I’m a very happy camper. Last week I was craving something rich and delicious, and this dish hit just the spot.

The original recipe I made (adapted from Pinch of Yum) yielded wayyy more servings than I needed — about eight total. Considering I’m generally over a meal after about three servings, eight was definitely over kill. I ended up making a whole lot of risotto cakes to keep my palette interested (to make — form little patties, dip in egg wash, cover in panko, pan fry, and serve with a side of Greek yogurt). A very tasty interpretation, if I must say!

 

INGREDIENTS
(makes about 4 servings)

3/4 cups arborio rice, uncooked
1/4 lb of bacon
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups cremini mushrooms, choppped
2 cups asparagus, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium Spanish onion
2 tbsp butter
salt & pepper to taste
parmesan for garnish

TO MAKE
In a large skillet, cook your bacon over medium-low heat. Once crispy, allow the grease to settle on a plate with a paper towel. After it has cooled, chop roughly and set to the side to prepare the rice.

On medium-low heat, melt the butter to a nice sizzle. Add your garlic, onion, rice, and a splash of the wine. Allow to toast slightly before adding the rest of your wine and vegetables. Cook your vegetables down slightly before adding 1/4 of your broth.

The next few steps are all about watching your rice. Once it has soaked up the liquids, add another 1/4 of your broth. Repeat this step twice more until all of your broth has been added. This is should take about 20 minutes. At this point add in your bacon, a dash of salt and pepper, and mix well.

By now your rice is cooked and ready to serve. Top it off with some grated parm and dive in.

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Blueberry Streusel Muffins

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A few Saturdays back I found myself hunkered down in my Boston apartment while it snowed a good foot or two outside — an ideal day to curl up with some good music and bake some treats. Now I’ve made a whole lotta muffins in my day, and I’ll be totally honest, some of them were not so good. I think it’s because I’m the queen of trying to make things my own and not completely follow the recipe. This time however, things took an upturn, and these were probably some of my best muffins to date. My roommates devoured them, and I received praise while they showered me with gifts, kissed my feet at the base of my thrown, and fed me wine and grapes while slapping my hand if I tried to lift a finger. Okay, maybe not so much. But they did tell me they were great and beg me to make more. The best part? Low fat and low sugar — woot!

This recipe was adapted from Skinny Taste, the Mecca of low fat comfort food. I made a few adjustments, the most major of which was using white flour instead of wheat. I’ve baked with wheat flour several times, and have just never been pleased with the results. It always turns out spongey for me — anyone else have this issue?

INGREDIENTS

For the muffins:

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups of white flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter, room temp

 For the streusel:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp butter, room temp
Roughly 3 tbsp white flour, slowly add until you reach the right level of crumble

TO MAKE

Preheat oven to 325°

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a stand mixer, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and applesauce until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture into the stand mixer until just mixed. Fold in your blueberries with a spatula.

Pour your batter into 12 lined muffins tins and set aside.

Begin your streusel by combining the butter and sugar into a small bowl. Gradually add your flour until you reach a crumbly texture. You don’t want it to be too dry, but it shouldn’t be able to form a ball.

Evenly disperse your streusel onto each muffin. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!

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Honey Pot Hill Orchards

This past Saturday my galpals and I were full throttle New Englanders when we went apple picking at Honey Pot Hill Orchards. It was the last weekend that this farm would be open for picking, and basically a perfectly crisp and sunny fall day, so it was slight mayhem. So many children. So many squished apples under our feet. And so soo many times we were nearly hit by the hayrides (we apparently couldn’t tell the difference between walking paths and hayride paths).

I live with three other ladies, and we all love ourselves some apples, so we thought “yeah! Let’s get the big bag!” No. In retrospect, that was an overzealous decision on our end. We wound up having to swap who carried the bag every four minutes, with apples falling all over the ground, and eventually putting in the large Ann Taylor Loft shopping bag that we found in the car trunk. That bag is full, and now sitting on our kitchen floor because we have no where else to put it. Apparently I’m gonna have to make a lot more than the one muffin recipe I had planned out for this endeavor (I have this apple bacon brussels sprout guy in mind).

And then donuts happened. Oh my word did donuts happen. Probably the best donuts I’ve ever consumed. Pretty much just perfect in every way… warm, soft of the inside and crispy on the outside, with a cinnamon sugar coating. I shall dream of these donuts and tell stories of their wonderment.

 

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