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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

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1. This recipe for a raw cauliflower salad with horseradish, dill and yogurt dressing (the colors!).
2. The vest as a polished transition piece — into it.
3. The color and pattern layering on this graphic poster.
4. A fun mix of materials on this Pentabase Bookrest designed by Joseph Magliaro.
5. This interview with Ganni’s Ditte Resfstrup on the Need Supply blog.
6. This photo by Ludwig Danner.
7. This video on the making of G.F. Smith’s paper books — incredible.
8. Update your bathroom with this simple but beautiful DIY hand towel ring.
9. Love the abstract design of this Elevated Journal designed by San Francisco-based artist, Linda Geary.

Friday, at long last! It’s been a scorcher here in L.A. this week but dare I say it’s dying down? I woke up to clouds and started the day off with hot tea and Bonobo on the soundtrack. Can you believe we’re already on the verge on October? This month really flew.

I celebrated my birthday (27!) a few weeks back and always like to use that as a mental fresh start; sort of like the new year. Setting new goals for myself, clearing my head of past worries or feelings and charging ahead in a new direction. I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one… friends always tell me it just continues to get better and I have to agree. Each new year brings a better sense of self and clarity about what path you’d like to take. I read a quote this morning by none other than Oprah (!) that said, “you get in life what you are willing to ask for.” If 26 taught me anything, it was to never doubt your worth. Certainly food for thought, and with that, I’ll wish you a relaxing weekend ahead.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Color Collage: Fall Hues

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A little color collage to kick off the week. These are some favorite pins I’ve bookmarked lately and thought they complimented eachother quite beautifully. I guess this my way of channeling fall while we patiently await for this blazing heat in L.A. to subside. Holy moly, it’s hot around here. Stay cool, friends!

—Follow along on Pinterest here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wyoming

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jcs / wyoming
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Throwing it back today to last week’s adventure in Wyoming, spent doing all of the things that make my heart swell. We hiked, we biked, we fished, we canoed, cooked, backpacked, and white water rafted. Already anticipating next summer’s go ’round. If you ever get a chance to visit Wyoming (namely that beautiful intersection with Idaho and Oregon) don’t think twice. Being a Los Angeles girl, it was hard to pick my jaw up off the floor staring out at all the natural beauty. It’s almost otherwordly… hard to believe places like this exist.

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jcs / wyoming
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Took a little time to lay out a book of photos I took along the way before diving into my to-do list this morning. Good to do that every once in a while… I often forget. Here’s to more adventures, more personal projects and more time spent among nature in the very near future. Changes, changes on the horizon and I couldn’t be more excited.

Friday, August 22, 2014

What’s Cookin: Vegetarian Delight

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

Coming at you with another (even more delicious!) vegetarian line-up this week that’s as versatile as the day is long. Served separately or together, you can use these recipes for a weeknight dinner, weekend lunch, or appetizer for your next potluck gathering. I’ve always been a fan of simple recipes using dynamite ingredients; farmer’s market veggies, a fresh baguette, some good olive oil, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and you can make some magic happen.

I know turmeric can be a bit of an acquired taste, but one that I’d say is worth getting used to. Aside from the beautiful golden hue it adds to any dish, it’s also chock-full of health benefits. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, powerful antioxidant and has also been shown to help reduce the severity of common colds and flu. I brewed quite a few cups of this Turmeric Tea when I was feeling under the weather a few months back and it really worked wonders. Try it out — let me know what you think!

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

Radish and Burrata Starter

You will need:
1 small bunch Easter Egg radishes
8 oz. burrata cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of half a lemon
1 small bunch chives, chopped
Salt
Pepper

Wash and thinly slice radishes using a mandolin. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Set aside. Tear burrata and arrange in a thin layer on a plate. Spread marinated radishes over and around the cheese and top with the leftover marinade. Finish with an additional drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of lemon zest and chives. Serves two to four.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Mixtape Monday No.85

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1. Aaron Embry | Raven’s Song
2. Rufus Wainwright | Greek Song
3. Midlake | Young Bride
4. LCD Soundsystem | Home
5. French Kicks | So Said What
6. Bibio | Lovers’ Carvings
7. Atlas Sound | Walkabout
8. Star Slinger | Mornin’
9. Chet Faker | No Diggity
10. First Aid Kit | Cedar Lane
11. Sharon Van Etten | Every Time The Sun Comes Up

LISTEN: Spotify

It’s been a while! Here are a few favorite tunes I’ve had on rotation this summer (namely Aaron Embry — so delightful!). What are you listening to these days? Hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites

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1. This still life by Thomas Meyer.
2. This single level, light-filled Victorian home in the heart of Prahran in Melbourne, designed by Studio Four.
3. Taking the low pony to a new level with this elegant twist-knot.
4. This indigo-hued oil painting by Koen Lybaert.
5. The branding for Sixten & Frans by Filip Nordin.
6. This geometric stitched bed cover handmade by Aboubakar Fofana (a pretty penny, but so stunning).
7. A day in the life of one of my design heroes, Lotta Nieminen.
8. The most beautiful shower niche I ever did see.
9. I’ve come to love curry just in this past year and now I can’t get enough of it. This Creamy Curried Broccoli Soup may just be next up on my cooking agenda.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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

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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