lemon pasta

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i have a confession… i am a terrible, awful cook.  i burn everything.  but one thing i can do is pasta, and one of my favorite spring/summer dishes is lemon pasta. i know it sounds really simple – and it is – but i’d never had it until a guy made it for me and to this day i still can’t make it as well as he did, but i’m sure you guys can.

all i really do is make pasta as i would normally (my favorite kind is angel hair pasta), and for sauce i mix together some butter, olive oil and lemon juice  in a pan and drizzle on top, add some pepper and that’s it. but i was looking around online, and i think this would be amazing with some snow peas or edamame mixed in, and apparently some chopped parsley makes a great garnish :)

i found a few yummy recipes around the web if you want to try them, here, here and here.

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Heidi Ho -Mar 21, 2011, 12:20PM
this one is my standby. and so easy to switch up! http://veganyumyum.com/2008/01/spicy-lemon-pepper-pasta-with-broccoli/
-Mar 21, 2011, 11:25AM
OMGish!! Looks sooooo good! YUM! Edamame is a great idea for added protein source! ;-)

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one of our fp girls sent me these photos the other day, saying she was inspired by my vintage loves bag post last week me to make these cupcakes! she made them for the staff and customers at roosevelt field this weekend. don’t they look amazing?! i totally want to try to make some.

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here’s how to make them!

buy a box of yellow cake mix and separate the batter into 6 bowls. add food coloring for red, orange, yellow, blue, purple and green. fill the cupcake liners with a little bit of each color – but don’t mix the colors! and there you go… tie dye cupcakes :)

-Aug 12, 2011, 2:14PM
I LOVED making these so delicious and fun! THELOCALCELEBRITY.BLOGSPOT.COM
Lee -Apr 27, 2011, 12:55AM
I just got done baking some of these! Fun to make and eat - and so yummy!

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acai bowl

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today’s recipe is from one of our fp girls, who says she first learned about the acai bowl in san diego, where all the little coffee and sandwich huts along the beach served them.

ingredients:

frozen acai sorbet

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fresh fruit- my favorites: bananas, strawberries, peaches, blueberries

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mix together in a bowl and enjoy! this makes a delicious breakfast or snack :)

mywayzentai -Jul 21, 2011, 5:16AM
This looks delicious look.
Kelsey -Mar 15, 2011, 9:37AM
My best friend learned about these after going to school in Hawaii and we made them at home in Colorado...so excited to have my first legit Hawaiian one in one week when i go visit!!

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i don’t want to overload you guys with the vegan recipes, but i found this one and i could not resist sharing it – it looks unbelievable.

this recipe is made with socca crust, but if you’re not into the vegan thing, this could easily be made with regular pizza crust.

socca crust:
3/4 cup chickpea flour
3/4 water
2 tbsp olive oil

pour into oiled cake pan. bake on 375 F for 40 minutes. set aside.

the next step is the couliflower based alfredo sauce – something i didn’t know about until just recently when my friend told me, but apparently tastes just as good as cheese-based alfredo!

cauliflower-almond garlic alfredo sauce:
1 cup steamed cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp water
4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup soaked almonds
salt and pepper

blend until smooth and spread on crust.

top with green peas, green peppers and onions. drizzle additional sauce on top and a sprinkling of oregano and shredded basil. bake for 20 additional minutes or until topping are cooked through.

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Christian Louboutin -Jul 06, 2011, 11:07PM
I like this,looks very delicious.
christian louboutin shose -May 13, 2011, 10:41PM
Thank you for all the recent vegan recipes.

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beautiful breakfast inspiration from the blog simply breakfast that jemma introduced me to :)

-Jan 31, 2011, 1:40PM
Love this blog-probably one of my favorites. Breakfast for president!
Marisa -Jan 31, 2011, 11:40AM
Oh, so hungry!

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the perfect pair

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in my mind there are few things better than grilled cheese and tomato soup.  especially when it’s cold out – but really, it’s good any time. while i’m perfectly content with my usual campbell’s tomato soup and wheat bread + cheddar, i found some recipes online that look pretty out of this world.

this tomato basil soup looks sooooo good – love the idea of topping with fresh basil and thin slices of parmesan cheese!

recipe here.

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now for the grilled cheese part – this one stopped me dead in my tracks.  its made with homemade beer bread, sharp cheddar and fontina cheese, dijon mustard and caramelized onions – and though i’d probably do it without the onions, it looks incredible – not to mention combines three of my favorite things ;)

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recipe here.

Aida -Apr 13, 2011, 3:49PM
Trader Joe's has a really awesome tomato and pepper soup! :) Yummy!
doudou -Jan 18, 2011, 10:33AM
I am hungry now, It's so so attractive.

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i first came across my breakfast blog when the author, maggie, posted a cute diy project using one of our catalogs.  when i checked out her blog, i was immediately drawn to her unique style of writing and quirky, likeable personality. and she happens to post some really yummy recipes that are right up my alley – organic, vegetarian, healthy and still delicious.

here is one of the recipes i came across on her blog recently that i’m dying to try.  i’m getting hungry just thinking about it:

california sun dried tomato breakfast sandwich

ingredients:

- multigrain gluten free bread

- raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce

- one large farm fresh egg

- one avocado

- sea salt and pepper

directions:

toast the bread and spread with raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce. cook one large farm fresh egg sunny side up in an infused garlic olive oil and dress with black pepper. slice avocado and add on as desired. sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper, and voila! breakfast :)

check out my breakfast blog here!

alicia -Jan 10, 2011, 9:06PM
I am bummed that I just read this, I just did my food shopping. Looks like I am heading back out! Can't wait to try it. I have been looking for good, meat-free meals.
keri -Jan 10, 2011, 8:06PM
this looks so yummy!

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a delicious snack

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i would NEVER have thought to combine these things, but i am not kidding you – it is so delicious:

start by toasting fruit and nut bread (this one was from whole foods)

drizzle olive oil on the bread

spread guacamole on the bread

add some brie cheese

top with green grapes

and enjoy :)

Josie -Nov 08, 2010, 7:14AM
Actually this sounds like a PERFECT lunch. Definitely a match made in food heaven.
vicki -Nov 08, 2010, 6:22AM
ooh this sounds so yummy!! sometimes the weird can be wonderful! :) x

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ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
egg replacer for 2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk* mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

*make vegan buttermilk by placing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. add enough milk (soy or replacement milk of choice) to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line and let stand for 5 minutes.

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes.)  while that is mixing, sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, ginger, cloves and pepper in a medium sized bowl.

add “eggs” to the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly.  alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. mix thoroughly again. now add in the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.

bake 23-25 minutes. let cool completely and frost with your favorite buttercream frosting! makes approximately 22 cupcakes.

YUM!

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Anna -Dec 13, 2010, 11:34AM
these look delicious, i linked to this post here: http://happyeyesblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/linkblast-baby-pandas-and-pumpkin-spice.html thanks for the idea
supergirl -Nov 30, 2010, 8:45AM
I don't dessert, but i like the plate and backgound, It looks very beautiful!

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…our resident yoga expert shares some of her favorite yoga resource!

The above image is the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Sri Dharma Mittra. This poster hangs in the studio where I frequently practice in Brooklyn and I can’t help staring at it!

Yoga Journal

Obvious, yes, but this is definitely the most general and appealing website/magazine out there. They have great tips on integrating a yoga practice into your daily life and are constantly exploring the history, spirituality, and practicality of yoga.

YogaDork

A funny blog about yoga!

The Prophet

A beautiful poetry book that isn’t necessarily “yoga” but relates to all of the beauty and wisdom of life that yoga helps bring into consciousness. I cannot believe I did not read this book until this year!

Intimately FP

We have the cutest bras to peek out under your sweaty tees and tanks and the seamless tops are awesome for yoga too. I know yoga teachers that LIVE in the halter bras!

Yoga to the People

This is where I did my teacher training. They have studios in New York and California and their website features free podcast classes you can follow at home!

and here’s a collage of my ideal bag for yoga!

the monrow vintage sweatpants and heathered sporty bra would be perfect for yoga class, after which i’d throw on the super stripe tee, fairisle reversible beanie and trapper moccasins for the walk home :)

Samantha -Oct 23, 2010, 4:33AM
Yes, very cute yoga attire!! I'm definitely going to check out Yoga to the People soon! I've been looking for a place to get my certification, I've only known of Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn and Laughing Lotus so far. So happy that you blog about yoga, Free People. Namaste
Erin -Sep 30, 2010, 10:21AM
We have that very same Master Yoga Chart at the Jivamukti center in NYC that I always practice at :) I always stare at it as I wait for my class to start.. I'd love a poster of it

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cherry pasta?

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who would think to put cherries in pasta? this sounds like the perfect end of summer/start of fall dish.

  • 1 serving udon noodles
  • 1 T evoo, plus more for sautéing
  • 1/3 c sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 c arugula
  • a few cherries, quartered
  • 2-3 T chopped walnuts
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • grated parmesan

1) Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in saucepan.  Boil for 5 minutes to reduce; remove from heat and let cool 5 to 10 minutes, until it thickens.  [You're making a balsamic reduction.]

2) Sauté onion over medium heat until browned.  Add arugula and sauté until wilted.

3) Cook udon noodles according to package directions.  Drain and return to pot.

4) Toss noodles with olive oil, onion, arugula, cherries, and walnuts.  Transfer to plate; drizzle with balsamic reduction.  Garnish with basil and parmesan, if desired.

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Samantha -Oct 23, 2010, 4:34AM
This recipe sounds delicious. Unique and lovely, as always.
Mobile Phones -Sep 27, 2010, 9:49AM
I might just have to make this for dins

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…at the farmers market outside our building today :)

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Samantha -Oct 26, 2010, 2:55AM
I love farmers markets!! fresh local produce = key in tasty foods : )
Connie -Oct 19, 2010, 8:19AM
The polenta at al di la in Brooklyn is wonderful. Just spoon feed yourself with it. Yum!

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