01.16.19

CLAM CHOWDER

clam chowder | designlovefest

we’re over half way through cooking school (more on that later!) and we wanted to share another favorite we learned in class, clam chowder!! this was definitely one of those dishes i hadn’t thought about making from scratch as it seemed too hard and then i was totally surprised to find that it is both manageable and so insanely delicious to make. rain or snow, this is the perfect thing for dinner!

clam chowder | designlovefest

we had never cooked with clams before this dish and i imagined them to be challenging but they really aren’t, you just wash them, keep them on ice (over a sieve so they aren’t sitting in water!) and then throw them in the dish. you know they are cooked when they open up. if any of them don’t open, throw them away! it means they aren’t fresh.

clam chowder
serves: 2-4 (depending on hunger!) 

• 2 cups clam juice (most grocery stories carry!)
• 1 cup white wine
• 1 bay leaf, 2 sprigs of thyme and 5 peppercorns
• 1 lb fresh clams (rinsed and set on ice!)
• 1/4 cup chopped bacon
• 1 medium white onion finely diced
• 1 large russet potato
• 1 cup heavy cream
• salt and pepper to taste

clam chowder | designlovefest

first / chop your potatoes! we’re all about using every scrape of food you can so fo these potatoes we cut off the edges to give us clean lines for chopping (and to avoid having to peel) but save the leftover pieces and dice them up to make a breakfast hash. cube your potatoes and set aside.

clam chowder | designlovefest

2nd / we’re going to make this all in one pot! first, render your chopped bacon which means put it in a dry pan starting on medium heat and let it cook in its own fat. once it’s brown’d, added onion and a pinch of salt. you want to sweat your onion, so cook until it’s translucent. the salt is important as that draws the liquid out of the onion. next you’re going to deglaze your pan by adding white wine. this process should pull up all the little cooked bits on the bottom of the pan. deglazing is fun! you get a little sizzle and steam and everything starts coming together! add a bay leaf (we used fresh by dry is great too) and some fresh thyme and a few peppercorns and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. this process will kill off the alcohol.

clam chowder | designlovefest

3rd / next add your rinsed clams and cover the pot. these should take around 3-5 minutes depending on the size of your clams. smaller will cook much faster! you’ll know they are done when they pop open so watch carefully. if one doesn’t open and all the rest are, toss that one, just to be safe. an open clam means it’s fresh and ready to eat! remove the cooked clams and set aside.

clam chowder | designlovefest

4th / add the clam juice and the cubed potatoes and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. leave uncovered to reduce by about 25%. once reduced add the cream. if you want it to be a little more creamy, take out a spoonful of the broth and mix with a couple teaspoons of flour. return that mixture to the pan and stir, this will thicken it up! remove from the heat, remove the thyme sprig and bay leaf, stir in a tablespoon of butter and add salt as needed.

clam chowder | designlovefest
clam chowder | designlovefest

top with oyster crackers and finely diced chives! make this, you won’t regret it!

clam chowder | designlovefest

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01.15.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 116

another from woody guthrie’s list of resolutions — dream good! — in colors inspired by a . –

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01.11.19

WEEKEND COOKING

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whatcha cooking this weekend? i’ve been on a deep dive into the which is one of my absolute favorite LA restaurants. their thai food is out of this world and their cookbook is excellent. so much information for people like me who have never really cooked thai food, where to start, what to buy, the coooking methods, etc. i bought the and i 100% recommend it. the thing about thai food is that once you have the ingredients it’s very inexpensive to make and can feed a lot of people.  i’m having fun playing around with the flavors and i’ll definitely be making a curry this weekend. if you’re looking for weekend inspo here are a few favorites from our archives! and if you make one of our recipes we love feedback, so let us know how it turned out! – joanie

(pictured above are meatballs with cauliflower mash, meatballs are super versatile and can be could be served with greens or polenta or noodles or in a soup!)

weekend cooking | designlovefest

and another meatball! this one lamb and served on pita with cucumber and red onion for a little crunch! we buy these flatbreads at the grocery store and they are great toasted in a hot pan for a minute or so.

weekend cooking | designlovefest

these loaded oven fries and indulgent and the perfect thing to serve at home for a saturday afternoon happy hour!

weekend cooking | designlovefest

how about a tomato and mozzarella tart!? store bought dough and almost any topping will do!

weekend cooking | designlovefest

and last but certainly not least, enchiladas! a personal fave, comforting and delicious!

happy weekend everyone!

01.10.19

NEW NEW!

and just like that, a new year! slowly transitioning out of my vacation haze and back into reality. it was so nice to unplug for a bit, definitely going to be doing more of that in 2019. i know we all just got done with a crazy season of gifting but there are so damn good post-holiday sales going on. makes me wonder if we shouldn’t push gift buying to january?! i usually buy a couple of things a year at the . they have deep discounts, great customer service and lots of brands i love. i don’t shop seasonally, i.e. if i see a great jacket in june i’ll buy it or a summer dress in january, etc.  i believe in snatching things you love up when you find them so you don’t end up making an impulse buy down the line when you need something on the fly. i also do well buying basics on sale, they can get overlooked but denim usually gets really discounted as well as basics like sweaters and tees. for example, brands like that have great but expensive basics that you can find at 50% off, like this . other favorites include this , this  and this that is truly a jacket for life. oh and this sweet little bag in a wear with everything shade of purple. i won’t be buy any of these things as i put myself on a post-holiday budget but it’s fun to look! – joanie

and how fun is this on sale for $118?! also, this is divine.

also lots and lots of fun bags! love the sweet little with the striped lining!

i was obsessing over this when it came out and now it’s on sale. love them together or worn as separates!

01.10.19

SLOW WALKING

hi there. usually in january i get a little freaked out. i’m out of my work routine, work can be slower and that used to bring me a lot of anxiety, and i get overwhelmed with being a better version of myself (new year pressure).

this year i’ve been doing it a bit different. i’ve been throwing myself at things that make me happy and slow walking into 2019 instead of freaking out. cooking, being healthier (wedding dress fitting in two weeks!), alone time, reading, cardio dancing around the house for 6 mins while justin looks at me funny. last month was so hectic, i need to learn to appreciate the slower weeks! getting in a good mindset is the most important for creative work anyway. it takes a little effort to quiet that little anxious voice inside of me, but i have been getting a lot better at it. i just have to trust that each year brings new and different opportunities, and the unknown is kinda fun actually.

i hope for all you freelancers out there, you can relate. love, bri

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