Garlicky Broccoli Rabe Pasta In A Flash

Thank me later folks. This beautiful dish from Food52 is a winner winner. So easy, so quick, one pot to clean and the family will love it .

Last night I came so close to ordering take-in. My energy level was low. But I had one last night to make the last dish on my 4 day pre-planned menu. Not by design but I saved the easiest recipe for last. This 6 ingredient pasta dish will leave you with leftovers. Whoop Whoop lunch for the next day.

I made one little addition: added lemon zest from a whole lemon to the preparation of the garlic and oil then took that lemon and squeezed the fresh juice into the completed pasta along with the freshly grated cheese. Delicious!

Next time: double down on the broccoli

1 pound pasta, whatever shape you like (but chunky ones will match up better with the rabe)
1 pound broccoli rabe, heavy stems removed, remaining stems and leaves cut into 1- to 2-inch sections (I attempt to match my pasta in length)
1/2 cup olive oil
5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more or less to taste
About 1 heaping teaspoon Kosher salt (or more to taste)

To serve: Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (omit, of course, if keeping the dish vegan)

Bring a huge pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and five minutes before its cooking time is up, add the broccoli rabe. It will seem like too much for the water, but with a stir or two, the rabe should wilt and cook alongside the pasta. Drain rabe and pasta together and pour into serving bowl. In the same pot or a tiny one, heat the olive oil with the garlic, pepper flakes and Kosher salt over moderate heat, stirring frequently for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the garlic becomes lightly golden. Pour mixture over pasta and toss to evenly coat. Shower with freshly grated cheese and eat at once.

FOOD52 Wins Again!

(pics via Food52, I forgot to take a picture. We were busy eating:)

ATHLETA Makes A Statement, Partnering With thredUP

Shopping/spending money/retail therapy are not on my mind but escaping from the current situation feels right for me. I came across this partnership and thought this a good one to share. Maybe you are taking the time to clean out your closet, up your organization, edit your closet, and perhaps exercise.

ATHLETA is an athletic company designing functional, technical, and performance wear for women and girls. They are encouraging their active community to give their garments a second life through partnering with thredUp. It is a wonderful way to recycle workout wear and more importantly it keeps those garments out of the landfills.

Perhaps in the future you may consider recycling your garments and maybe shopping thredUP. Either way the resale revolution is catching on. It’s time to relook at how we shop. Think about supporting circular fashion with ATHLETA!

The fashion industry is one of the leading pollution contributors in the world. Everyday through social media we are being marketed by ads and “influencers” on endless ways to spend our money. Garments are being manufactured at record speed. The fashion industry never sleeps. Garments are being disposed of everyday. The landfills are filling up. Our buying habits have us purchase, wear, purchase without even considering what we currently have in our closet. We get swept up, including myself. Buying second hand is an option. Shopping your closet is too.

Useful Quarantine Tips For Your Kitchen

I don’t think anyone has quarantine down to perfection. It is not the time to waste food, over spend, and certainly not a time to be greedy. You also don’t want to be running to the grocery store daily. So I have been looking for some helpful guidance to help me make wise and smart choices for our home.

Stocking up on pantry stables can be daunting. Here are a couple of sites that you may find helpful.

Pic from Ina Garten’s Insta

Ina on insta is posting daily simple pantry meals to whip up. Here is an Ina’s quarantine pantry via Food52. FYI you will find yourself going down the Food52 rabbit hole of tasty recipes.

https://food52.com/blog/25136-ina-garten-coronavirus-quarantine-pantry

Good House Keeping also shared some helpful tips.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a31261097/what-to-stock-up-on-for-coronavirus/

Epicurious shared a lovely 14-day meal plan of pantry-sourced dinners.

My tip: Take an inventory of what you have first by cleaning out your pantry and refrigerator before shopping. In your free time scan instagram. Lots of chefs are sharing easy recipes that are tasty, minimal, and economical.

STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, STAY AT HOME, And STAY POSITIVE XO

Inspirational Words For This Sunday

Poem by Kitty O’Meara

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

May you find peace and comfort with Kitty’s poem. An optimistic silver- lining. Stay positive, healthy, and strong. We will heal together! xo Jenn

The Label: Emerson Fry

This Sunday’s style, Emerson Fry. A local east coast label which I discovered a few years back. EF offers everyday basics with a modern feel. She does a nice job balancing trendy with classic. A playful tee paired with denim or the black fringe dress styled with a white boot are two nice examples of tasteful spins with current trends.

Emerson Fry is easy to wear. Pieces can easily fold into any wardrobe. I see this label as an on point neutral. A safe buy with an affordable price tag. I love that her style seems ageless and approachable. She could reach a broader market with more diverse (age and body type) models.

Emerson Fry started in 2009 by Emerson Bethany Fry. I appreciate that all pieces are made in the USA with the exception of the India Collection which are made in India using heirloom printing and dye techniques.

EF is another independent designer to consider when you are hunting for a fresh piece to add to your closet. Emerson Fry

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