i spent a week in colorado earlier this month where i managed to consume more than my fair share of delectable food, but one item stands out: the farro salad at montagna at the little nell (a side dish of all things!)
this salad was so good, i started sifting through the little grains of wheat mid-meal to determine all the components of the recipe... then i took notes on my i phone so i wouldn't forget any of the key fixings. luckily, a quick google search revealed the recipe was documented. ryan hardy of the little nell shares the recipe on the culture website.
as the chef notes, changing seasons = adaptations to the recipe. when i tasted this salad, it contained a hearty amount of golden raisins (and i highly recommend you add these... they imparted a great chewy, sweet taste contrasting the other ingredients. i would also recommend rehydrating the raisins by boiling them in water briefly before making the addition... as i suspect the chef at the little nell did the same thing.)
i'm making this salad for my 4th of july soiree, so i will provide any other amendments to the recipe post-holiday. enjoy!
1 cup farro
1 1/2 cups organic apple juice
1 1/2 cups water, more as necessary
40 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced into half-moons
1 cup arugula, stemmed
1 bunch mint, leaves only
1 bunch Italian parsley, leaves only
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, toasted
1/4 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, halved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Pecorino shavings
THE FARRO: Combine the farro, apple juice, and water in a three- to four-quart saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Cook the farro, adding water as necessary, until the grain is tender and there is very little liquid left, about 45 minutes. Strain off the remaining liquid and cool the farro by spreading it on a baking sheet.
THE SALAD: In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, arugula, mint, parsley, pistachios, and olive oil. Stir in the cooled farro. Squeeze the lemon over the top of the salad and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter, and top with Pecorino shavings.
recipe and photo courtesy of ryan hardy via culture.
among other things, today was spent getting my guest room ready for a 4th of july sleepover i'm hosting next weekend... i found this pillow (on sale) at target today. it's part of the calypso st. bart for target line and i love it!
i can't remember when or where i first learned of stephanie johnson, but i know i've had a link to her website saved in my inbox for quite some time.
today, i received an email notifying me of the stephanie johnson friends and family sale! june 23rd through june 27th you will receive 40% off your purchase by entering the promo code "sjfriends" at check out.
i think the mini pouch would make a great addition to any purse (a catchall for lipgloss, bobby pins, and all the other baubles that collect at the bottom of your bag.) the jumbo zip cosmetic bag would make a great makeup tote for trips.
i love the los cabos, java pink, and all the mumbai and bollywood collections.
i'm a big fan of lela rose. however, her classic sheaths are typically out of my price range. not so on rue la la. submit your email address and a password and you have full access to a bevy of frocks fit for brunch, wedding showers, or other business casual events.
i found this beautiful monogrammed jewel box over at the pursuit of style. who wouldn't want one of these? the pink and coral colors look even more beautiful with the bright turquoise baubles spilling out of the box.
after perusing the leontine website, i can safely say there are very few things i wouldn't want to receive.
here are some of my favorite finds...
shams and bedding... come on.
towels, get serious.
the travel cases are the best.
and of course the jewel box that drew me to the site in the first place.
i wore this dress to dinner a couple nights before my wedding (i embraced the bridal theme.) i received so many compliments.... one of my girlfriends couldn't believe i snagged it for $60. (rumor has it, the brand has frequent 40% off promotions.)
it's been almost 3 months since my last posting! a lot has happened in 3 months...
1. i had a lovely wedding shower thrown by my wonderful sister-in-law.
2. i planned all last-minute wedding details (transcontinental style.)
3. i got married!
i'm itching to see the rest of the professional pictures... from what i've seen so far, i'm impressed!
now that the wedding is over, i can share all my top secret wedding details:
my kick ass day-of-wedding paper resource: baumbirdy. sarah was so easy to work with and the i loved the quality of the paper (coupled with the reasonable prices.) i first learned of baumbirdy from martha. the nella pocket program (seen below) was featured on martha's website. once i scoped out the etsy shop, i decided to simplify things by having sarah do my programs, menus, place cards, and seating chart.
even though wedding planning did consume a large portion of my time, it didn't occupy every second.... here are a couple discoveries:
after attending my first class i committed to a 1-month unlimited membership. if there's a studio near you, go. now. you will experience an addictive burn that will keep you coming back. if you're anything like me, you will feel stronger within a couple weeks... and your lululemon wardrobe will increase exponentially.
simple and inexpensive, this has become a favorite kitchen tool. i was hitting the green monsters hard prior to the wedding, and this little gadget makes it so easy (you can make it in a large cup, so cleanup is nothin.)
they've updated these pants a bit since i purchased them (mine have a zipper with a hook-and-eye in the back) but the classic shape is still there. i was wearing these constantly on my trip (until an unfortunate accident involving abby and a carton of organic milk.) they are the perfect pants for travel and everyday.