#drawmyfood with Kendyll Hillegas

Vintage Pyrex Bread Bowl by Kendyll Hillegas on Lost and FawnedInstagram is one of my favorite ways to connect with readers, artists, fellow bloggers and brands.  I’ve worked with Kendyll Hillegas in the past and adore her work.  One of her food prints is currently hanging by our stove.  A few weeks ago she asked her followers on Instagram to tag their most delicious food photos with #drawmyfood for a chance to see them transformed into a hand-drawn work of art.  I quickly tagged my photo of fresh homemade peasant bread in my favorite vintage Butterprint Pyrex mixing bowl and crossed my fingers.

She selected my photo!  And I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!  It was so much fun to follow along as she posted progress photos.  The print of my bread bowl is now complete and available to be purchased on Etsy.

#drawmyfood with Kendyll Hillegas

Want a chance to see your photo drawn by the talented Ms. Hillegas?  Follow @kendylln and tag your fabulous food photos with #drawmyfood!

 

Covet / Whimsy & Spice

Whimsy and Spice Valentines Day

Whimsy and Spice Hot Chocolate

Whimsy and Spice Thumbprint Cookies

Whimsy and Spice Cookie Box

Whimsy and Spice Rose and Vanilla Marshmallows

Whimsy and Spice Smore KitValentines day is just weeks away! And nothing says “I care about you” like sweets.  If you aren’t a great baker, don’t have time or are too far away to hand deliver your goodies, Whimsy & Spice has you covered.

Whimsy & Spice is based out of Brooklyn, NY and specializes in handmade cookies, marshmallows, biscotti and other gourmet goodies in unique flavor combinations.  They mix florals, spices, teas and classic flavors to create detectible treats like Rose Vanilla Marshmallows, Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Cookies filled with Red Current Filling and Chocolate Chilli Biscotti.  They are baked fresh, boxed and shipped to you lucky giftee within 3-5 days.

See more at Whimsy & Spice on Etsy or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and on their blog.

Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Glaze / with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Cooking with Blueberries on Lost & Fawned

As  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this year is not about making one big leap, but a series of little steps to live an overall healthier life.  I’ve been making an effort to drink more water, walk more daily and make small changes to my diet.

In our house, one of our favorite grab-and-go snacks all year is blueberries.  It’s easy to throw them in your yogurt or cereal or even blend them into a smoothy in the morning or for a simple lunch.  We will fill a bowl with blueberries instead of buttery popcorn when we are hanging out on a Saturday afternoon.  You can’t beat a small bowl (or mug in my case) of ice cream with a handful of blueberries on top after dinner.  They are low-calorie (only 80 calories per cup) and full of fiber and healthy vitamins.

Right now you can enter to win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge with actress Allison Sweeney from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.  Runner ups will win a $500 gift card to Whole Foods or Lululemon.  You can enter for a chance to win over here.

Making Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Sauce on Lost & Fawned

When the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council asked me to share my favorite blueberry recipe, of course I thought of breads and muffins, but another dish we love also popped into my head.  Jared and I used to order this meal at a restaurant when he would visit me at college.  It’s take a little time to cook, but it takes very little skill.  When it’s finished it’s really impressive to serve and absolutely delicious.  I usually serve it with with roasted root vegetables and either a light salad or some green beans with lemon and sea salt.

This glaze could be served over baked chicken as well or as a hot salad dressing over spinach with sunflower seeds.  It’s very versatile and a delicious addition to a winter meal.

Rustic Pork Loin in a Blueberry Wine Glaze on Lost & Fawned– Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs pork loin
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of shallots, chopped
  • 6 ounces red wine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful of blueberries (about a cup)
  • optional: 2 tablespoons filberts, sunflower seeds or pecans, toasted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (convection oven with wind on is better, but I use a standard oven)
  2. Combine salt, pepper and rosemary in a small bowl.  Unwrap pork loin and rub with olive oil, then rub with salt/pepper/rosemary mixture.
  3. Bake fat side up for 30 minutes, then rotate and cook for another 20 minutes or until the thickest part of the roast reaches and internal temperature of 140 degrees.
  4. While pork is in it’s last 20 minutes, melt butter in saute pan over medium heat.  Add chopped shallots and cook until translucent.
  5. Deglaze pan with red wine and balsamic vinegar.  When boiling add brown sugar, cinnamon and blueberries.  Allow to reduce to a glaze and add toasted nuts if desired.  As the glaze reduces, taste and adjust flavors as preferred.
  6. Allow pork loin to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing about 1/2″ thick and placing on platter.  Ladle glaze over meat.  Serve extra glaze on the side for diners to add as they like.

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Be sure to visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for more ideas of little changes and recipes to make 2015 a healthier year for you and your family.

Dark & Delightful Halloween Party

Dark and Delightful Halloween PartyI’ve committed to making two handmade costumes this year, so I have been working my fingers off.  But it totally has me in the Halloween spirit!  We are not hosting a party and we never get trick-or-treaters on our street, but that doesn’t stop me from decorating.

If I was having a Halloween party, I would love throw a small dinner party with some close friends and family.  I would stay true to our love of antiques and brass.  I love the idea of faded peach roses, dusty lambs ear and eucalyptus centerpieces on black tablecloths.  Adding a simple mask to your portraits and photos is a quick way to dress them up.

  1. Printable Halloween Invitations from Design by Detail
  2. Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail from Jelly Toast
  3. Bat Filled Front Door from Country Living
  4. Elegant Floral Halloween Centerpiece from Style Me Pretty
  5. X-Ray Glassware from West Elm
  6. Strapless Lace Mask from The Midway
  7. Masked Portraits from Country Living
  8. Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake from Savory Simple
  9. Lace Pumpkins from Honestly WTF
  10. Candlestick Mantle from Style Me Pretty

Flavors of Fall / Recipe Round-Up

Flavors of Fall on Lost and FawnedFall is a season of slow-cooking, spices and of course… PUMPKIN.  Some of my favorite flavors are seasonal in autumn.  I’m also a huge fan of my dutch oven, and I make it work hard in fall.  I love to make huge pots of hearty soups, stews and chili on the weekends so I don’t have to cook when I get home from work and it’s already dark.

Here is a little collection of some of the recipes I am dying to try this autumn…

  1. Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread  /  by Jojotastic for Ziploc
  2. Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting  /  from Rasa Malaysia
  3. Cider & Honey Slow-Cooker Short Ribs  /  from Sweet Paul
  4. Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookies  /  from Diethood
  5. Bourbon Apple Cider  /  from Set the Table
  6. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls  /  from Diethood
  7. Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder  /  from Damn Delicious
  8. Roasted Fall Vegetables  /  from Martha Stewart
  9. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte  /  from Live Simply

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Cheese Boards for Beginners

Cheese Education on Lost and Fawned

I love cheese.  Who doesn’t, right?  I’m not fancy and I certainly don’t know a lot about cheeses and pairings, but I find the whole culture and history quite fascinating.  Plus, cheese is delicious.  I often end up bringing a cheese board or plate to parties because they are super easy (very little prep) and are always a huge hit.  Lately I’ve been doing more reading and plan to up the ante a bit.

To start upping your game when it comes to cheese boards, you will need a few things…

  • AN EDUCATION  ::  Learn a little about cheese.  Maybe try your hand at making some cheese, so you can understand the science and art.  Pick up a cheese book.  The one I feature in this post is a great beginners guide.  Or look up some of the thousands of guides online.  A quick Pinterest search turns up tons.  Learn about pairings and the origins of different varieties.  Visit a local cheese shop (or if you are lucky, maybe you have a cheese vendor at your farmer’s market) and try some new cheeses.
  • CHEESE TOOLS  ::  You’ll need a basic cheese tool kit that includes cheese knives and a cheese board (a wood cutting board works great as well).  Why not pick up some cute cheese markers or fancy little bowls (which you’ll need for the next part).
  • FANCY FIXINGS  ::  Try something different with your cheese.  Honey and chutney are both traditional choices, but not something you see everyday.  Fresh fruit, herbs, nuts and olives are also classic pairings to cheese.

Here are a few of my picks for cheese newbies like me…

  1. Cheese Storage Kit from Fromaticum  /  $18.99
  2. Ohio State Cheese Board by AHeirloom  /  $48.00
  3. ‘Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese’ by Tenaya Darlington  /  $16.66
  4. Cheese Marker Set from Modcloth  /  $24.99
  5. Italian Cheese Kit from Uncommon Goods  /  $24.95
  6. Adjustable Cheese Slicer from Amazon  /  $11.73
  7. Raw & Unfiltered Honey from Rodale’s  /  $12.00
  8. Old Yorkshire Chutney from Cachette  /  $4.30
  9. Cheese Chart from Uncommon Goods  /  $29.00

Sushi Night // with Kirin Ichiban

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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This weekend my sister-in-law and I decided to host a sushi night to celebrate the beginning of spring, inspired by the world famous Cherry Blossom Festival.  Spring is the perfect time to celebrate love, friends and family before summer is in full force and everyone is busy with yard work, vacation and summer festivals.

Kirin was kind enough to send us a sampling of their classic Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light for our guests and us to enjoy with the meal.  Kirin was a new beer to Jared and me and we were thrilled to give it a try.  Kirin only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which makes it truly beer at it’s purest.  It has a clean taste that perfectly compliments bold Asian flavors and traditional Japanese cuisine.  Their namesake, the Kirin Beast is considered a good omen of serenity and prosperity.

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We invited some loved ones, put together a simple menu and set a beautiful table.  Kirin recently partnered with celebrity chef, Candice Kumai to create some Japanese inspired dishes that pair beautifully with Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light.  We adapted two of these recipes for our meal.  It took the pair of us about 1.5 hours to complete this menu and set the table.  It yielded plenty of food for 6 people.

Menu:

  • A Variety of Sushi Rolls
  • Japanese Chicken & Yakisoba Noodles
  • Asian Pear & Mango Salad with Honey
  • Sushi Ginger (or Gari) for palate cleansing
  • Kirin Ichiban & Kirin Light

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Celebrate with Mrs. T’s Pierogies / Buffalo Pierogies

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Please note:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s Pierogies.  I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Today I’m happy to bring you the final part of my two part series with Mrs. T’s Pierogies. In the first part I showed you how to jazz up a simple Minestrone Soup by adding pan seared pierogies to make a hearty meal for a crowd.  This month I’m sharing the easiest appetizer for a casual get-together.

We aren’t really sports people, but we do like to occasionally host friends for a game night or movie night.  While we love wings, they can be expensive (especially when making them for a larger group of people) and I’ve never had much confidence in cooking them.  A perfect alternative is pierogies!  I honestly had never considered this option until I saw it in Mrs. T’s recipe ideas.  After trying it I truly believe they are a stroke of genius.  Did I mention they are also vegetarian?

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You won’t believe how quick and easy it is.  It only takes about 25 minutes from freezer to table and most of that time is hands off, so you can be working on cutting celery and carrots, setting a table or getting yourself ready for guests.

And they are delicious.  They are satisfyingly crispy with just enough heat.  The sauce bakes onto the shell to make them easy to eat as well.  I caught a few people just picking them up with their hands.  The mini pierogies from Mrs. T’s are the perfect size for appetizers.  I’m hooked.

Buffalo Pierogies - Lost and Fawned

Buffalo Pierogies – Party Appetizer

Makes 4 servings.  Photos show half of a box.  Adapted from Mrs. T’s Pierogies Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Mrs. T’s Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies
  • 1 cup of oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup of hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing
  • Carrots & Celery for the side

(Note:  If you are in a real pinch, you can also just use a bottle of premade buffalo sauce instead of the oil, hot pepper sauce and chili.  I did it both ways and it was great either way.)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Combine oil, hot pepper sauce and chili powder in a large bowl.  Add frozen pierogies and use a spoon to gently coat them with the mixture.  (Alternatively, just add the premade sauce to the pierogies in a bowl and toss until coated.)
  3. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray or spread tray with a thin coat of olive oil.  Use tongs to place coated pierogies on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Flip pierogies.  Bake for another 8-9 minutes on other side until puffed and golden brown.
  5. Serve with dressing, carrots and celery.

For more information on where to purchase, recipes and more visit Mrs. T’s Pierogies website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Partner | Mrs. T’s Pierogies

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s Pierogies.  I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Today kicks off a two-part series brought to you by Mrs. T’s Pierogies.  I’d like to thank them for supporting Lost & Fawned and partnering with us to bring you this content.

Between big games, award season and season premiers, it’s a great time of year to entertain.  Cooking for a crowd or even a small party can be a challenge for those of us who don’t have practice cooking for more than 2 people.  Mrs. T’s Pierogies are a great shortcut.  They have a huge collection on their website of inspiring recipes for entertaining, like Pierogy Kebabs or Buffalo Pierogies.  As a main dish or appetizer, pierogies are a perfect addition to your party menu.

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This time of year, I love making soups.  They especially come in handy when I need to cook for family and friends.  When entertaining, my time management can be shaky at best.  Soups and stews are great because you can cook them ahead of time and simmer them as long as needed while you entertain your guests or prepare other components.  Pierogies seemed like the perfect way to jazz up a quick and simple minestrone soup.  I modified this recipe from Mrs. T’s recipe collection.  For a small group double the following recipe (or even triple it for a party).

Ingredients:

  • 2 (12 ounce) boxes Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • ¼ tablespoon dried or fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried or fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 bag of frozen green beans (or fresh if in season)

Directions:

In a large stockpot, combine onion, garlic, and carrot with enough broth to cover; cook until onions are soft. Add remaining broth, tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer at least 15 minutes (I like to let it simmer for at least an hour personally).

In a separate frying pan, saute Mini Pierogies with a little bit of oil or butter until cooked through and shell starts to get browned and crispy.  Add beans to soup 15 minutes before serving and allow to cook to desired texture.  Add pierogies to soup just before serving.  Sprinkle with parsley or parmesan cheese.

For more information on where to purchase, recipes and more visit Mrs. T’s Pierogies website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

A Night In // Watch – Make – Drink

Watch Make Drink - Lost and FawnedThe holidays can be a super busy time.  So when I get a night off to myself I try to take advantage of it.  I’ve put together a little cocktail for a perfect December night in for just you or a few close friends.  I suggest pairing it with PJ’s and wooly socks to complete the cozy atmosphere.  Bonus points for a glowing fire or christmas tree.

My ultimate holiday movie.  I watch this every year and I cry every year.  Also always try and get Jared to watch it with me, but he insists he has seen it, and then I insist that he is thinking of “Holiday Inn” and then he rattles off the plot accurately and I concede.

I usually like to bring a project I’m working on downstairs and stitch away on the couch or spread out on the coffee table.  These votives look so easy and look great on a mantle or in a table setting.  (Side-note: My favorite tealights are the TINDRA scented tealights from Ikea.  The vanilla perfect for every season.  I have a huge stock of them and usually light one in the kitchen after I do the dishes.)

Treat yourself!  There are tons of great hot chocolate hacks on pinterest and Tastespotting.  This recipe contains three of my favorite things… cookies, cocoa and rum.

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