One For The Pot: Creamy Braised White Beans

Creamy Braised White Beans from NYT Cooking is a satisfying dish with just the right amount of comfort for a mid- meal. Sometimes to my surprise, I do have everything in my kitchen to whip up a quick meal. Making more vegetarian dishes these days means beans and lentils are always at the ready. Just a quick pop to the local bakery for fresh crusty bread.

Note: I should have simmered the dish a bit longer to really get the garlic to soften. It would have created a smoother spread for the bread. I also recommend mashing the garlic with a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper and a dash of chili peppers for a little extra zing. Served with a fresh herby salad.

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, with their liquid
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, such as cannellini or Great Northern, drained and rinsed
  • 1 thyme sprig, 2 sage leaves or 1 bay leaf
  •  teaspoon ground nutmeg, allspice or garam masala
  •  Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 slices crusty bread or thick toast
  •  Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving
  •  Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
  •  Aleppo pepper or red-pepper flakes, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, cut side down, and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, chickpeas and their liquid, white beans, thyme and nutmeg and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper. When the mixture begins to bubble around the edges of the pan (you don’t want it to come to a full boil), reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened and tastes great to you, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Use a fork to remove the garlic halves from the beans. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then use the fork to remove the cloves from the skins. Spread the cloves on bread or toast.
  4. If you would like the beans to be more stew-like, mash some of the beans using a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Serve beans and milk in bowls. Garnish as you wish, with a drizzle of oil, a sprinkle of Parmesan and a pinch of Aleppo pepper and black pepper. Serve with the bread alongside for dipping.

Shopping My Closet And Found A New Go-To Outfit

When it comes to dressing for a party, are you a pre-planner or do you throw something together last minute? I am not in the pre- plan camp. Getting dressed for me is absolutely based on my current mood. I always have a couple of go-to outfits of the season to relay on for the times I don’t feel creative. But when the creative mood strikes, it delights me.

Event: 70’s party

Mama duty had me 10 days house bound so shopping my closet was my only option. But I knew these jeans would be in the mix. Resulting in a new favorite look for myself. I did treat myself to a mani and hair appointment.

It is all about the denim:

I having been dying to wear these super fun denims with a wide elephant bell silhouette from B Sides. The jean has a super flattering fit with a slightly high natural waist. I particularly love the oversized relaxed style of these jeans through the hip and leg. Also love that they are not cropped. They easily can be dressed up or worn denim casual. Summer on the horizon has me visualizing them with a simple tank and flip flops.

Sunday Style: Timeless, Minimalistic, Volume From Cecilie Bahnsen

A  silhouette with puffy sleeves, volume, and playful proportions seems to be trending but not so much for the Scandinavian gals that have been embracing this timeless style with unconventional twists. I find this particular aesthetic to be very feminine, fun, and maybe a bit on the man repeller side of things. It is sexy in a not so obvious form fitting way.

One of the best examples that I have been mildly obsessed with comes from Copenhagen based designer, Cecilie Bahnsen. She is creating beautiful garments that blend couture and ready to wear. Handmade with a unique range of fabrics and traditional techniques.

I stumbled upon this label two years ago and have been following ever sense. The designer’s whimsical aesthetic is refreshing, light, and wearable. An attention to detail that the Scandinavians are known for is seen in every collection Cecilie has been delivering since 2015.

Brace yourself because the architectural, voluminous, yet minimal relaxed pieces come at a luxury cost. Watch for sales! If you appreciate this label, wear it with no thought, no fuss along with trainers or Teva like sandals. Hair up, hair down, keep it natural.

Cecilie Bahnsen

Make It Tonight: Cumin Roasted Salmon With A Roasted Cauliflower + Chickpeas

Sharing two flavorful dishes that require a quick run to the market and a small amount time to prep. A healthy meal that will leave you feeling good. Discovered from NYT Cooking and Gwyneth’s It’s All Good cookbook. They are winning recipes, worth your efforts, and pair so nicely together.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe (the mustard dressing makes this salad and works well with the salmon flavors)

1 14oz. can: chickpeas, rinsed, drained & dried in a kitchen towel
1 hd: cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
1 tbsp: dijon mustard
1 tbsp: seeded mustard
1 tbsp: white wine vinegar
¼ cup: chopped Italian Parsley
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
coarse sea salt

Pre-heat oven to 400º

1. Toss the chickpeas and cauliflower together in a large roasting pan with 3 tbsp. of olive oil and big pinch of salt. Roast, stirring now and then, until everything is dark and the cauliflower is quite soft, about 45 minutes.

2. Meanwhile whisk together the mustards, vinegar, and ¼ cup olive oil with a big pinch of salt and a few healthy grinds of black pepper.

3. While the chickpeas and cauliflower are still warm, toss them with the mustard dressing and the parsley.

4. Serve at room temperature.

Salmon Recipe (the flavors come alive and you will want to make it again!)

(don’t mind the quality of the pic the dish is amazing!)

New goal for isostilo: learn how to shoot good pics of food!

Sunday Style: An Everyday Luxury From Comme Si

Just for the fun it. Don’t over look the smallest detail that comes between your feet and your shoe. Socks are pretty much a necessity. They play to the subtle or bold side of your personality. To be seen or not, it doesn’t really matter. Personally, I love a sock paired with a sneaker, sandal, or a heel. Having your pant or skirt show them off is fun, sporty, and perhaps flirty.

Comme Si uses materials that are ethically and sustainably sourced. The colors range from soft palettes to ones of pop. You can choose from silk, cotton, cashmere, or wool. Nobody really seeks to buy expensive socks. It may feel like a ridiculous place to spend it. But this label is style and fashion with a thoughtful design process. A style that is delivered in a very understated European way. Maybe make an exception and save them for the fun event!

Explore the site for more beautiful choices, Comme Si

Nike’s Sustainability & Innovation With Their Launch Of The Space Hippie

Get ready for Nike’s Space Hippie futuristic sneaker. A vegan sneaker from top to sole made completely from recycled scraps off their factory floors. The sneakers are made from plastic water bottles, yarn scraps, and t-shirts. Nike’s mission towards a more sustainable practice comes from focusing on innovation, design, and the concept of how would you repair your sneaker in space.

Bravo to Nike for delivering their lowest carbon footprint scores of any shoe they have created thus far. You will have a choice of four silhouettes. So something for everybody! I am eyeing the 04. hyper minimal silhouette. You can sign up at Nike to be notified when your new spring sneaker will drop!

(all pics and videos from Nike)

Everlane Adds Another Hero, The Court Sneaker

“We started with full-grain
leather produced at a gold-
certified tannery, then cut the
virgin plastic we were using by
54% (and counting).”

More from Everlane! The court sneaker is your everyday hero. Wear them for any occasion. Pair the Court with any outfit. Versatility awards them closet space. They are a clean, minimal, and subtle style choice. Choose from seven neutral colors. Way to go Everlane ! BTW, I am a fan of the no logo.

Everlane continues with their reputation to deliver a constant thoughtfully designed label. Every piece they launch simply proves it. Sustainability is a driver. Always exploring the process to do better. Transparency is what they do well. They are leaders in the fashion revolution. All these reasons are why I love this label and continue to highlight them.