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With all the fresh produce summer has to offer (and the endless evening light), its made cooking weeknight dinners easier than ever. If you’re looking for a perfectly simple summer supper for two this week, look no further. Hearty enough to satisfy vegetarian and non-vegetarian bellies alike, both dishes also make for great leftovers to take to work the next day. So hit your next farmer’s market and try ‘em out! I promise they won’t disappoint.

jessica comingore / what's cookin, photo by cara robbins

Kale Pesto, Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini “Pasta”

You will need:
1 basket mini-heirloom tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp maple syrup
Pinch of salt and black pepper
2 handfuls Tuscan kale, chopped, ribs removed
2 handfuls basil, chopped
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large zucchini
Basil leaves for garnish

1. Half tomatoes and toss with olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Arrange on baking sheet, cut sides up, and roast at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes, until shriveled and bubbling. Remove from over and set aside.
2. Add kale, basil, pumpkin seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to food processor or blender and blend til smooth, adding more olive oil if needed.
3. Wash and peel zucchini, then slice lengthwise, removing stem and bottom 1/2 inch. Slice each zucchini half, starting with the flat side first, using a mandolin, a vegetable peeler, or spiral slicer. Toss zucchini noodles with 3/4 of the blended pesto, then add oven roasted tomatoes and pan juices. Toss lightly and sprinkle with remaining basil leaves.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teaming Up with DAAME

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I teamed up with DAAME this week for the launch of their new bag, The Amelia, and am pleased to be featured on their site today as part of their Bag Snoop column.

The Amelia just launched this Monday and my favorite part about it may be its backstory. Inspired by Amelia Earhart (the fearless aviation pioneer with a thirst for adventure), it’s the perfect daily travel companion that can be worn three ways: crossbody, fanny pack or wristlet. Thumbs up for versatility.

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I’ve got a few more destinations on my list before summer comes to an end and am excited to have a less cumbersome accessory to tote around my necessities in.

You can go vote on the Amelia 2.0 in the DAAME Design Lab to receive $10 toward your next purchase on the site. The brand also gives 5% of all profits to their partners who are dedicated to providing long-term services and education for girls in impoverished circumstances. Always wonderful to see women spearhead inspiring brands with the mission of supporting other women. A big thank you to DAAME for having me on board today!

jcs / maple bourbon peach crumble

Last weekend, a few friends and I went on a peach picking adventure up in Littlerock, CA (didn’t even realize we had a Littlerock in California!) and spent the morning under the sweltering sun, picking from rows and rows of trees at Yingst Ranch and filling up three buckets of ripe, delicious peaches to take home. We made the trek back to LA, peaches in tow, picked up some vanilla bourbon ice cream, and got to cooking. This recipe proved to be incredibly easy and insanely delicious (I’ve made two crumbles from my bounty already) and perfect to bring along to a summer BBQ.

If you’ve got the time, I’d highly recommend the peach picking experience (so fun to adventure out!), but otherwise your local farmer’s market will do. Nothing like a good stone fruit dessert in the middle of summer… especially with a few dollops of ice cream on top.

jcs / maple bourbon peach crumble

Maple Bourbon Peach Crumble
Makes one 8″x8″ or equivalent sized crisp

Filling:
6 cups sliced peaches (about 2 pounds)
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or cornstarch
2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on sweetness of peaches)
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping:
1/2 cup pecan meal/flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons butter, softened

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Favorites

jcs / friday favorites

1. The new volume of Spaces from Frankie Magazine.
2. The most beautiful watercolor I ever did see, by Ann Wåhlström.
3. The Aureola tea set designed by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva for Mjölk.
4. Dreamimg of another summer escape immediately if not sooner; somewhere just like this will do.
5. The simple summer looks from Babe New York‘s SS 14 collection.
6. The millwork in this home designed by Clare Cousins Architects.
7. The packaging for Summerbird Organic Chocolate by Copenhagen based design studio, Homework.
8. A delightfully simple recipe for fig zucchini pastas with hemp seed crumble.
9. This photo by Daniel Riera for The Gentlewoman.

Happy 4th of July to everyone here in the States! Summer is in full swing around here, and I hope you’ll be outside somewhere sunny this weekend to enjoy it. ‘Til soon!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We’re Hiring: Junior Designer!

Hello, all! It is with much excitement that I write this post today, as I’ve been mulling over the decision for some time to expand the studio beyond just little ol’ me. The time has come! And I’m delighted to be seeking a Junior Designer to join the Jessica Comingore Studio team.

While this position is predominantly graphic design focused, since we are a multi-discipline studio, it will also include skills to cover administrative tasks, content management, photography, product design, and art direction. I’ve outlined the preliminary requirements for the role below, and more will be shared with next round candidates.

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Location: Los Angeles, California
Status: Part Time

Seeking
• Degree in Graphic Design or related field of creative study, or three years of equivalent industry experience.
• Comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
• An appreciation for refined and minimal design.
• Advanced knowledge of design and web layout and composition, typography and color.
• Strong creative aesthetic and extremely detail oriented.
• An ability to multi-task, be self-motivated and work well under pressure and deadlines.
• Highly personable with the ability to interface and collaborate with clients and vendors.
• Solid communication skills, including the ability to give and receive honest feedback and direction.
• An intense passion for design, and a desire to continually create and bring fresh ideas to the table!

A Plus!
• Knowledge of Photoshop Lightroom.
• Experience working for the home, fashion and lifestyle industries.
• Basic photo retouching and editing skills.
• Knowledge of HTML, CSS and eCommerce.

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If you feel you meet all of the qualifications above and are a suitable candidate for this position, we would love to hear from you! Please submit your resume and cover letter to info@jessicacomingore.com with Junior Designer Position in the subject line. Applications are due by July 31st, and qualifying candidates will be notified with further details (including more specific job responsibilities and compensation) via email within a week.

I look forward to reviewing your work!

—Photo by Jennifer Young for The Everygirl.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Adventures in British Columbia

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I took off on Friday the 13th (thankfully no bad luck) on a ten-day adventure around British Columbia (and a bit of the Pacific Northwest too) and returned this past Sunday, inspired and longing for the greenery and fresh air that just isn’t quite matchable in Los Angeles. Perhaps the only downside of vacation… coming home to work and trying to play catch-up. But if the time away taught me anything, it’s that nothing is ever quite as urgent as it seems (and that a good fish taco can change your life). I’ve always said there’s something about travel that makes you realize everything you occupy yourself with on a daily basis doesn’t really matter; there’s a much bigger world beyond our little day-to-day bubbles, and getting out there and experiencing it is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Especially when the community in your destination is operating at a much slower pace.

Aside from the brief jaunts around the main cities (Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle), I tried to spend most of the time soaking in the beautiful nature B.C. has to offer; hiking, kayaking, beach combing… more hiking. I couldn’t get over all of the lush greenery and still waters. And the Canadian friendliness! What they say is true… those folks have an infectious joie de vivre that we can all learn a little something from. I couldn’t help but attribute it to their surroundings. Who can be down on life when you look outside your window and see those calm waters?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jessica Comingore x Quarterly: Update

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Happy Tuesday! Just popping in with a little update about Quarterly and to share a behind the scenes peek of the process putting together my first mailer. I’ve been having a lot of fun working around this theme of the Essential Morning, compiling for you all of the things I love to help begin my day. I’m such an advocate of having a morning routine to set the tone for your day and start things off on the right foot, so it’s felt like a very natural extension to assemble a package around this idea and encourage you all to do the same.

If you haven’t already, you can check out a bit more about what’s to come over on my Quarterly page. You also still have a chance to sign up for the first package, which will ship out in August!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Favorites

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1. The SS14 collection from Leinad Beaudet (and its stunning photography by Etienne Saint-Denis).
2. The portfolio of 6a Architects — swoon!
3. This recipe for Raw Chia Seed Berry Jam from Sans Ceuticals (this site has been a major source of inspiration for me lately).
4. These gold geometric bracelets from Forma.
5. Rachel Craven‘s fresh and inspiring desk set-up, photographed by Kim Genevieve.
6. Thinking about (another) short haircut. Not sure I’ll ever grow out these locks again.
7. The talented Lisa Hedge’s new line of wedding ephemera, Venamour.
8. Incredible paintings by Fabienne Verdier using large scale brushes (must watch the videos showing the process!).
9. The old, pink lime paint on the walls of Clarisse Demory’s pied-a-terre.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!