Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tiny Twice Baked Potatoes

These little gems are such a hit served  as appetizers for parties - but here I used them as a fun side dish. These are a little labor intensive for some people - but worth all the effort when you see the smiles on your families faces, when you serve something other than mashed or roasted potatoes! Kids really love these too!

I think I'll make a batch for my Oscar party today!
1 1/2 pounds of small potatoes
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pack Bacon, your favorite
1 cup shredded Manchego
1/4 c Milk
2 large baking potatoes, diced
salt & Pepper to taste
Slice a small spot off each bottom of every potato. Then cut each potato in half. 
(This ensures all potatoes will sit up nicely on the cookie sheet.) 
Gently scoop out the inside of each half with out going all the way through. (reserve insides)
Drizzle with olive oil and  place cut side down on parchment lined baking sheet. 
Roast in 400* oven for 15-18 minutes.

At the same time roast your bacon until very crispy!  Remove from oven & cool completely...chop very finely.
Meanwhile bring your diced potato & "reserved potato" to a boil, cook until fork tender. Drain, then add your milk, shredded Cheese & Salt & Pepper to taste.
Mash very well & Transfer to a ziplock or pastry bag.
Pipe potato cheese mixture into each potato.
Top with additional shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. serve immediately-



Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Yankee CAPTAIN of homes

I honestly don't pay much attention to baseball. Unless it's the playoffs and Pettitte is on the mound, it goes in one ear and out the other. But I have been hearing bits and pieces about some mansion Derek Jeter recently built AND THAT GOT MY UNDIVIDED ATTENTION...

Said to be the largest home in Tampa, FL. All images and statistics from

 Ariel view of the sprawling 31,875 square foot mansion

 With TWO 3 car garages & TWO wings off the main house, its about the size of a Best Buy super store

 The home reportedly has 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms

 Jeter purchased 2 side by side properties in 2005 for $7.7 million

 When complete, the home will be of the English Manor style, housed with gables and lots of stone work

Jeter, THE NY Yankee captain, made $21.6 million dollars in salary alone last season and just signed a
$51 million dollar 3 year contract.
The house is guesstimated at being worth $63 million.

Awaiting INTERIOR IMAGES, if anyone sees any, please let me know!

Friday, February 25, 2011

HEALTHY Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies!

This is a slight variation of a cookie recipe I found a couple of years ago on  (I added extra banana and chocolate!) and they have become our favorite indulgence!  GUILT FREE!  Yes, they have some dark chocolate, (heart healthy!) but you won't believe what they DON"T have.......flour, eggs, butter and sugar!!!!  You have to try them!
4 large ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded and unsweetened
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. fine grain sea salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 bag dark chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips)

                                                              Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl combine bananas, vanilla extract, and olive oil.
Set aside.

In another bowl whisk together the
 almond meal (just pulse almonds in food processor to form almond meal),
oats, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips. 
 The dough is a bit looser than standard cookie dough, don't worry about it.

                          Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart,
onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies, enjoy!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Truffled Egg Toasts

I discovered a version of this years ago at one of my favorite little
places in NYC....I have been making it "my way" ever since.

serves 2
6-8 asparagus spears, woody stems removed
4 slices of bread, toasted
1/2 cup favorite melting cheese, grated 
4 large eggs
Truffle Oil
Olive Oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Cut your Asparagus on the bias then saute in Olive Oil  for 2 minutes until they appear slightly browned but are still crunchy. Set aside.
2.In a toaster, lightly toast the slices of bread. Cut with a ring cutter or kitchen glass. Transfer the toasts to a baking sheet. 
3.Cook your egg in a non stick skillet inside your ring cutter.( if you don't have one just fry an egg sunny side up.)
4. Assemble your toasts, place eggs on top of toasts, grated cheese & broil until melted. Remove from oven, transfer to small serving platter & top with asparagus
5. Drizzle a generous amount of truffle oil over each and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.

It's the melding of all these flavors---the truffle oil, the yolk, the pepper, the salt, the egg, the toast---that makes this dish unlike anything you've ever eaten. It's dynamic. It's exciting. It's food you never knew existed, but once you eat it you can't remember a time that it didn't exist. It's that good.

And that's truffled egg toast...........enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hello Headboard

So if you haven't realized by now, I am all about taking advantage of a focal point in a room. If you don't already have one, add an upholstered headboard! They not only soften all the wood pieces in a room (and lets face it, break up all that matchy-matchy furniture{yuck}) but they also add an unexpected element of surprise and GRANDEUR to any space.

On a budget? You can do this for less too. All you need is a wooden board, some batting and a fabric of your choice and poof! Instant color, drama and focal point. Enjoy!

1-3. Annie Selke Home for Vangaurd Furniture 4. Quatrafoil Headboard from Ballard 5. Tristram Mylius for the Conran Shop 6. Slipcover from Ankasa for Ballard 7. Grace Home Furnishings via House Beautiful
8. Jonathan Adler woodhouse headboard 9. Century Furniture 10. Drexel Heritage 11. Saint Germaine headboard via Serena and Lily 12. Lewis Mittman 13. Pierre Deux 14. Urban Outfitters 15-16. Century Furniture 17. Tom Stringer Design Partners, Photo by charlie Mayer 18. Century Furniture

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Must SEA Wedding Inspirations

Weddings inspired somewhere beyond the sea....

  1. Table seating Cards via The Knot
  2. Christian Loubitan heels via The Knot
  3. Cake via The Knot
  4. wedding favours via The Knot
  5. Escort Cards via The Knot
  6. bridesmaids via The Knot
  7. Programs via The Knot
  8. Keepsake rocks via The Knot
  9. The entrance via Martha Stewart 
  10. Starfish garland via etsy, annemusingdesigns
  11. Personalized tree slice stand via etsyBraggingbags
  12. flipflops via Martha Stewart
  13. Blue seating cards via Martha Stewart
  14. Tropical icecream cones via Martha Stewart
  15. Handmade handkerchiefs via Martha Stewart
  16. Maracas escort cards via Martha Stewart
  17. Sheer wedding dress (weighs 2 lbs) via Vera Wang
  18. Whimsical gown (weighs 1.15 lbs) via Marchesa, Martha Stewart
  19. Badgley Mischka gown via Kleinfelds
  20. Oscar de la renta gown via Martha Stewart
  21. destination wedding decor via Martha Stewart
  22. Seaside elegance invitation via Wedding paper divas
  23. Mason Jar chandelier via 100layercake
  24. Watercolor Wonder invitations via Wedding paper divas
  25. Real weddings via Martha Stewart weddings
  26. Real weddings via Martha Stewart weddings
  27. Real weddings via Martha Stewart weddings
  28. Reception Decor via Wedding Chicks
  29. Lazuli necklace via Etsy, Karinagracejewelry
  30. Omega crystal bracelet via Etsy, Livelovebead
  31. Ceylon blue sapphire ring via Etsy, lauriesarahdesigns
  32. Alexis Bittae celestial ocean bracelet via Bag borrow or steal

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