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TGIF!  The weekend is the perfect time to wrap up in your favorite things.  No wonder we love it so much, haha.  If you're anything like me, in the winter that means wrapping up in all things warm and cozy...especially if you spend anytime outdoors.  Cute jackets and flattering ski coats (yes, there is such a thing!) make this easy and a lot more fun.  Each season brings in a new look or trend to love.  For me, I'm still enjoying the warmth and style of the teddy coat.  Plush, cozy and oh so warm, it is the current do-it all workhorse in my coat closet right now.  It fits easily over big sweaters, tops off leggings or tights and pairs in just the right way with sneakers and jeans. Really, there's no wrong way to wear it and that always makes everything so much easier.  If you're feeling it's time for a splurge than this coat is my number one pick.  Featherweight but super insulated, the pretty quilted silhouette shows off your shape while keeping you completely comfortable.  The brand is quite pricey but if your wallet can allow it, you won't be sorry.  Everyday chic is also a major must and this now iconic J. Crew parka has become the have to have it piece of women everywhere.  The fabric, removable faux fur lined hood and price point make it easy to see why (and it's currently on sale!).  It sells out fast every season so if you're at all interested I say check it out now.  Add in some sweet little extras like a pom pom beanie, hand warming mittens and a great pair of cold weather boots and you're all set for whatever winter's got planned.  Hope everyone has something fun they're doing this  weekend...enjoy the extra day if you're lucky enough to be getting a long one!

xx,

~K


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KEEP ME WARM











TGIF!  The weekend is the perfect time to wrap up in your favorite things.  No wonder we love it so much, haha.  If you're anything like me, in the winter that means wrapping up in all things warm and cozy...especially if you spend anytime outdoors.  Cute jackets and flattering ski coats (yes, there is such a thing!) make this easy and a lot more fun.  Each season brings in a new look or trend to love.  For me, I'm still enjoying the warmth and style of the teddy coat.  Plush, cozy and oh so warm, it is the current do-it all workhorse in my coat closet right now.  It fits easily over big sweaters, tops off leggings or tights and pairs in just the right way with sneakers and jeans. Really, there's no wrong way to wear it and that always makes everything so much easier.  If you're feeling it's time for a splurge than this coat is my number one pick.  Featherweight but super insulated, the pretty quilted silhouette shows off your shape while keeping you completely comfortable.  The brand is quite pricey but if your wallet can allow it, you won't be sorry.  Everyday chic is also a major must and this now iconic J. Crew parka has become the have to have it piece of women everywhere.  The fabric, removable faux fur lined hood and price point make it easy to see why (and it's currently on sale!).  It sells out fast every season so if you're at all interested I say check it out now.  Add in some sweet little extras like a pom pom beanie, hand warming mittens and a great pair of cold weather boots and you're all set for whatever winter's got planned.  Hope everyone has something fun they're doing this  weekend...enjoy the extra day if you're lucky enough to be getting a long one!

xx,

~K


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Winter's chill has settled in and once it does there's nothing more cozy and comforting than a hot and creamy crock of soup.  Add in some warmly toasted buttered bread and we are golden.  Last week I shared one of my first recipes and got some really great feedback from so many of you, thanks everyone!  So that, coupled with the fact that I love creating in the kitchen, has made me want to share another yummy post with you today.  This time we're trading the sweet for the savory.  Today's recipe is for the most delicious Roasted Cauliflower Soup.  Silky and rich, this velvety concoction will make you glad it's January.  Scroll on down for the recipe and let's get cooking!

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Time: 50 minutes  Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower
1 small onion
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 stick butter
3 tbsp. flour
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups half and half
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
ground black pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cup shredded white or yellow cheddar
  or Monterey jack
3 strips crispy bacon previously cooked and crumbled 
1/4 cup diced scallions
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley


Kitchen Tools:

Immersion blender


Directions:

In a large heavy bottom soup pot begin to melt 1/2 stick of butter.  Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil so that the butter doesn't burn.  Keep it on a very low simmer while you core and rough chop the cauliflower and dice the onion.  

Add the two veggies to the pot and begin to sauté.  You want to bring them to a nice, golden brown color the will add richness and flavor to the soup.  Let them roast for about 5 minutes.  In the meantime, peel and chop the garlic and add it in during the final minute.  You only want to gently get it to golden and not let it burn.

Sprinkle in the three tablespoons of flour to coat the mix.  Let it cook up for 2 minutes.  It will add body to the soup as you continue to go along.  

Now add the chicken stock and give it a good stir.  Let the veggies and stock simmer for about 10 minutes.  Once the time is up remove the pot from the heat.

Using the immersion blender blend the mixture to your desired consistency.  Everything from chunky to smooth works fine.  The amount of texture is up to you!

Next, pour in the two cups of half and half.  While you can use milk if you prefer, it's really worth going the richer route as it lends a luxurious creaminess to the soup....and it's delicious!

Once this is done you want to add 1 cup of the shredded cheese.  Reserve the rest for garnish.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let the soup simmer for another 20 - 30 minutes.    It will start to noticeably thicken during this time as you marry your flavors together. 

When finished stir the pot and taste test.  Add more salt and pepper if necessary.  When serving, garnish each serving with the reserved cheese, crumbled bacon, scallions and parsley.  Serve it up with toasty warm buttered bread and enjoy the delicious warmth of the season!



I hope you love this soup as much as I do!  Let me know your thoughts...I have plenty more winter warm ups to share!!

xx,

~K

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LET'S MAKE SOUP








Winter's chill has settled in and once it does there's nothing more cozy and comforting than a hot and creamy crock of soup.  Add in some warmly toasted buttered bread and we are golden.  Last week I shared one of my first recipes and got some really great feedback from so many of you, thanks everyone!  So that, coupled with the fact that I love creating in the kitchen, has made me want to share another yummy post with you today.  This time we're trading the sweet for the savory.  Today's recipe is for the most delicious Roasted Cauliflower Soup.  Silky and rich, this velvety concoction will make you glad it's January.  Scroll on down for the recipe and let's get cooking!

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Time: 50 minutes  Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower
1 small onion
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 stick butter
3 tbsp. flour
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups half and half
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
ground black pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cup shredded white or yellow cheddar
  or Monterey jack
3 strips crispy bacon previously cooked and crumbled 
1/4 cup diced scallions
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley


Kitchen Tools:

Immersion blender


Directions:

In a large heavy bottom soup pot begin to melt 1/2 stick of butter.  Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil so that the butter doesn't burn.  Keep it on a very low simmer while you core and rough chop the cauliflower and dice the onion.  

Add the two veggies to the pot and begin to sauté.  You want to bring them to a nice, golden brown color the will add richness and flavor to the soup.  Let them roast for about 5 minutes.  In the meantime, peel and chop the garlic and add it in during the final minute.  You only want to gently get it to golden and not let it burn.

Sprinkle in the three tablespoons of flour to coat the mix.  Let it cook up for 2 minutes.  It will add body to the soup as you continue to go along.  

Now add the chicken stock and give it a good stir.  Let the veggies and stock simmer for about 10 minutes.  Once the time is up remove the pot from the heat.

Using the immersion blender blend the mixture to your desired consistency.  Everything from chunky to smooth works fine.  The amount of texture is up to you!

Next, pour in the two cups of half and half.  While you can use milk if you prefer, it's really worth going the richer route as it lends a luxurious creaminess to the soup....and it's delicious!

Once this is done you want to add 1 cup of the shredded cheese.  Reserve the rest for garnish.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let the soup simmer for another 20 - 30 minutes.    It will start to noticeably thicken during this time as you marry your flavors together. 

When finished stir the pot and taste test.  Add more salt and pepper if necessary.  When serving, garnish each serving with the reserved cheese, crumbled bacon, scallions and parsley.  Serve it up with toasty warm buttered bread and enjoy the delicious warmth of the season!



I hope you love this soup as much as I do!  Let me know your thoughts...I have plenty more winter warm ups to share!!

xx,

~K

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Happy Monday everyone!  I think I blinked and just like that it's the middle of January...Wow!  I guess time does fly when you're enjoying the moments, haha.  I hope everyone's 2019 is off to a beautiful beginning.  Have you noticed how everyone seems to have gotten away from making resolutions this year?  I couldn't be happier about that!  I don't know about you all but to me they always seem like some form of self-punishment as we look for ways to do better at being human.  I'm so much more in love with the movement towards choosing a word to define the direction you want your life and year to go in.  Mine this year is kind.  Kind to yourself as it seems we're always kinder to others.  Some other inspiring ones I've seen included...intentional, goals, gratitude, peace, growth and thrive.  Ah, so many incredible vibes.  Today's post is focused upon helping us all take steps in the direction we want to go.  From healthy choices that will fuel your body to relaxing ways to recharge these are the things I'm currently coveting.  I personally recommend each one for the wellness, tranquility and joy they bring me.   What are your first month go tos? I'd love to hear all about them...Have a great Monday everybody!

xx,

~K

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JANUARY MUST-HAVES




Happy Monday everyone!  I think I blinked and just like that it's the middle of January...Wow!  I guess time does fly when you're enjoying the moments, haha.  I hope everyone's 2019 is off to a beautiful beginning.  Have you noticed how everyone seems to have gotten away from making resolutions this year?  I couldn't be happier about that!  I don't know about you all but to me they always seem like some form of self-punishment as we look for ways to do better at being human.  I'm so much more in love with the movement towards choosing a word to define the direction you want your life and year to go in.  Mine this year is kind.  Kind to yourself as it seems we're always kinder to others.  Some other inspiring ones I've seen included...intentional, goals, gratitude, peace, growth and thrive.  Ah, so many incredible vibes.  Today's post is focused upon helping us all take steps in the direction we want to go.  From healthy choices that will fuel your body to relaxing ways to recharge these are the things I'm currently coveting.  I personally recommend each one for the wellness, tranquility and joy they bring me.   What are your first month go tos? I'd love to hear all about them...Have a great Monday everybody!

xx,

~K

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Happy Friday!  Hope everyone is ready for some winter fun this weekend.  One thing I love doing (all year round but in the winter things really warm up) is being in the kitchen.  Recently, I've been working on perfecting some of my favorite recipes and today I'm sharing this yummy one for Panettone Cookies.  Yes, just like the iconic cake but in the form of a sweet and delicious little cookie.  Well, maybe not all that little.  These gems are more in keeping with those infamous Levain cookies or least their little sister, haha.  I was inspired to recreate this recipe after enjoying some store made ones that needed just a little something more to make them perfect.  After several rounds in the kitchen (and lots of spilled flour to go with them!) I discovered the magical mix that resulted in the perfect cookie.  While it can be hard to beat the classic favorite which for most of us is chocolate chip, this one comes pretty darn close.   


PANETTONE COOKIES

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
1 jumbo egg
2 jumbo egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 packed dark brown sugar
3/4 tsp orange extract
3/4 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup half and half
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400*F
Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and spices.  I know the cornstarch seems excessive but through a lot of experimenting and test batches I've found that it works magically to make the cookies thick and chewy (just like the ones from Levain bakery!).  Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine butter and sugars.  Mix on medium speed until well combined and blonde in color.  
Add in the egg, yolks and extracts.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. It will take about 5 minutes for it to become the pale yellow shade you're looking for.
Now you can slowly mix in the dry ingredients.  Add them in slowly mixing on a low speed after each addition. While you want to combine all the players, you don't want to over beat and cause the batter to yield a tough cookie.
The batter will have gotten pretty thick and somewhat dry at this point.  This is why we add in the half and half now to soften things up just a bit. Start with 1/4 cup and add up to 1/3 as needed.  Depending upon the weather, humidity and air temperature, the amount you need to use will vary.  Add just enough to make the batter resemble a thick, delicious icing.  Be careful not to over-wet it and make it gloopy.  
Finally, add in the dried fruits, chips and nuts one half cup at a time using only a few rotations of the mixer.

Once all the goodies are combined, use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to create 12  - 14 golf ball sized cookies.  These cookies will spread slightly but 6 -7 per cookie sheet is fine.  I place mine on two heavy cookie sheets line with silpats to avoid sticking and make for easy clean up.

Bake for 11 minutes.  At this point, the cookies will seem slightly underbaked but have a bit of golden brown peeking through.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  The silicone mats make for easy removal and irresistible munching.  Any cookies you're not dunking in your milk can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days...if they last that long, haha.  Enjoy!



I hope this recipes inspires you to try something fun and new in the kitchen.  And if you try these delicious morsels be sure to let me know!  Thanks so much for reading....Have a great weekend!

xx,

~K

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Photo credits: verona's kitchen, the new york times








NEW YEAR, NEW RECIPES









Happy Friday!  Hope everyone is ready for some winter fun this weekend.  One thing I love doing (all year round but in the winter things really warm up) is being in the kitchen.  Recently, I've been working on perfecting some of my favorite recipes and today I'm sharing this yummy one for Panettone Cookies.  Yes, just like the iconic cake but in the form of a sweet and delicious little cookie.  Well, maybe not all that little.  These gems are more in keeping with those infamous Levain cookies or least their little sister, haha.  I was inspired to recreate this recipe after enjoying some store made ones that needed just a little something more to make them perfect.  After several rounds in the kitchen (and lots of spilled flour to go with them!) I discovered the magical mix that resulted in the perfect cookie.  While it can be hard to beat the classic favorite which for most of us is chocolate chip, this one comes pretty darn close.   


PANETTONE COOKIES

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
1 jumbo egg
2 jumbo egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 packed dark brown sugar
3/4 tsp orange extract
3/4 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup half and half
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400*F
Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and spices.  I know the cornstarch seems excessive but through a lot of experimenting and test batches I've found that it works magically to make the cookies thick and chewy (just like the ones from Levain bakery!).  Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine butter and sugars.  Mix on medium speed until well combined and blonde in color.  
Add in the egg, yolks and extracts.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. It will take about 5 minutes for it to become the pale yellow shade you're looking for.
Now you can slowly mix in the dry ingredients.  Add them in slowly mixing on a low speed after each addition. While you want to combine all the players, you don't want to over beat and cause the batter to yield a tough cookie.
The batter will have gotten pretty thick and somewhat dry at this point.  This is why we add in the half and half now to soften things up just a bit. Start with 1/4 cup and add up to 1/3 as needed.  Depending upon the weather, humidity and air temperature, the amount you need to use will vary.  Add just enough to make the batter resemble a thick, delicious icing.  Be careful not to over-wet it and make it gloopy.  
Finally, add in the dried fruits, chips and nuts one half cup at a time using only a few rotations of the mixer.

Once all the goodies are combined, use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to create 12  - 14 golf ball sized cookies.  These cookies will spread slightly but 6 -7 per cookie sheet is fine.  I place mine on two heavy cookie sheets line with silpats to avoid sticking and make for easy clean up.

Bake for 11 minutes.  At this point, the cookies will seem slightly underbaked but have a bit of golden brown peeking through.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  The silicone mats make for easy removal and irresistible munching.  Any cookies you're not dunking in your milk can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days...if they last that long, haha.  Enjoy!



I hope this recipes inspires you to try something fun and new in the kitchen.  And if you try these delicious morsels be sure to let me know!  Thanks so much for reading....Have a great weekend!

xx,

~K

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Photo credits: verona's kitchen, the new york times


















Following the holidays would be a tough act for anyone and January, you have some pretty big shoes to fill, haha.  Still, winter does have its own special magic complete with snowy sparkle and cozy firesides.  With those things as a beautiful backdrop, I'm fully embracing the off white wonders of the season.  Crisp, clean whites, dove greys and creamy vanillas all perfectly capture the look and feel of ski slopes and winter lodges, hot cocoa included.  This faux fur biker jacket is so chic and works with jeans just as gorgeously as it does a wide leg trouser.  This pair is so chic and the perfect choice to top with a warm turtleneck sweater.  This backpack would be so fun to take along on weekend sight seeing through winter markets and this little pretty is my date night go to.  A plaid topcoat looks so cute with sneakers and a pom pom beanie and is the perfect choice for a lazy laid-back Sunday.  What about you guys?  How are you all escaping the January blues?  I'd love to know!

xx,

~K

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WINTER WHITE











Following the holidays would be a tough act for anyone and January, you have some pretty big shoes to fill, haha.  Still, winter does have its own special magic complete with snowy sparkle and cozy firesides.  With those things as a beautiful backdrop, I'm fully embracing the off white wonders of the season.  Crisp, clean whites, dove greys and creamy vanillas all perfectly capture the look and feel of ski slopes and winter lodges, hot cocoa included.  This faux fur biker jacket is so chic and works with jeans just as gorgeously as it does a wide leg trouser.  This pair is so chic and the perfect choice to top with a warm turtleneck sweater.  This backpack would be so fun to take along on weekend sight seeing through winter markets and this little pretty is my date night go to.  A plaid topcoat looks so cute with sneakers and a pom pom beanie and is the perfect choice for a lazy laid-back Sunday.  What about you guys?  How are you all escaping the January blues?  I'd love to know!

xx,

~K

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