Spring in the Kitchen

Spring in the Kitchen on Lost and Fawned

While fall will always be my favorite season for flavors, Spring for sure has some of the brightest seasonal ingredients.  From classic snow peas, citrus and strawberries, to less common lychee, fiddlehead ferns and jackfruit.

Here are some amazing seasonal recipes fresh from Pinterest to add to your spring menu…

  1. Roasted Rhubarb Fancier from Hint of Vanilla
  2. Spring Pea & Lemon Pesto Pizza from Running to the Kitchen
  3. Dark Chocolate & Apricot Tarts from Figs & Pigs
  4. Dilled Red Potatoes & Peas from Foodie Crush
  5. Lemon Lava Cake from The Novice Chef
  6. Tarragon Chicken Salad from Feasting at Home
  7. Pan Fried Cod in Citrus & Basil Butter Sauce from Foodness Gracious
  8. Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini from Foodess
  9. Seared Scallops with Snow Peas & Orange from Real Simple

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie / with Oster

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie on Lost and Fawned

It’s not on my list of resolutions this year, but I am trying to eat a more complete and filling breakfast this year.  That’s pretty easy to do on days when I’m home, but when I’m heading to my day joy, it’s a pain to pack up some fruit, cottage cheese or yogurt and more.  Smoothies are a great solution.  Oster was kind enough to let me try out their adorable Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender and share my experience with you.

This little blender is so perfectly compact.  It nestles nicely into the corner of a cabinet and I keep the lids and cups in a bag next to it.  It comes with two plastic mason jar style cups, one sipping lid with a straw and one screw on cap.  It blends great!  It’s simple, with one speed and no frills, but it does it’s job and it does it well.  Out of the 4 amazing color options, my choice was clear.  Most might call this cream or off-white, but to me it will always be “pepper white” (the official color name of our first Mini Cooper).  You really can’t go wrong though.  The aqua was a close second, and the red looks amazing too.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie Receipe on Lost and Fawned

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie on Lost and Fawned

I’m big on breakfast and dessert, so this quick recipe combines both!  I’ve been hooked on using cottage cheese in my smoothies, instead of yogurt, since a favorite uncle introduced me to the idea.  I was skeptical, but after one gulp I was 100% sold.  It tastes like cheesecake!  Plus the added protein and calcium are a great way to start the day.

Makes a single serving smoothie.  Can easily be doubled or tripled in a larger blender.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or unsweetened nut milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 cup or berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, fresh, frozen, the choice is yours)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
  • Optional:  A dash of vanilla or a small handful of chocolate chips can be added for some decadence

If you are using frozen berries, thaw until softened.  Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until a smooth single consistency.  Then pour into glasses (or if you have a single serving blender, like the Oster Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender, simply unscrew the top) and garnish with additional berries.  Enjoy!

Note:  If the smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, you can always add more honey or substitute 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup cottage cheese instead of the full 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

Oster Fresh+Blend'N Go Mason Jar Blender on Lost and Fawned

Review of Oster Fresh+Blend'N Go Mason Jar Smoothie Blender on Lost and Fawned

I’ve started a Pinterest board with lots of Smoothie recipes I’m dying to try with this blender.  I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Oster for making this post possible.  The Oster Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender is available now online along with lots of other great personal size and full size blenders and other small appliances.

 

Remix Your Coffee with Folgers Flavors

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Folgers Flavors on Lost and Fawned

We love a cup of coffee in the morning.  Usually on Saturday or Sunday I wake Jared up with a hot cup and some kind of breakfast in bed.  It’s a great way to spend 30 minutes together before we kick start a busy day.  We aren’t usually into plain old black coffee though.  We like cream, sugar and flavor, and we aren’t afraid to admit it.  As the one usually making the coffee, I know how much time it can take to make a lovely mocha if you aren’t a professional barista with all kinds of fancy equipment.  Cue Folgers Flavors.

I seriously love these little bottles.  If you crave variety, this is a great trick to remix your morning cup.  I add my milk (if you are too lazy to use that fancy frother, just shake the milk jug vigorously) and a squirt of that day’s selection, and my plain old joe suddenly becomes much more interesting.  This week I have been tossing one in my purse or lunch bag to wake up my office coffee too.  Since they don’t need to be refrigerated, they are great to take on the go.  Use a little for a whisper of flavor, or a lot if you need a serious treat.  Folgers Flavors are killer iced as well.

Remix your coffee with Folgers Flavors on Lost & Fawned

This weekend was all about classic vanilla and a little hot milk.  I added a little hazelnut to Jared’s as well to celebrate the first day of November.

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Autumn Kitchen Wishlist

Autumn Kitchen Wishlist on Lost and FawnedPretty soon it’s going to be the busiest season in my kitchen.  The mornings of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I LOVE to wake up early, listen to a holiday playlist or watch one of my favorite holiday movies (usually White Christmas or Elf) while I cook.  We don’t host a holiday party, but I do like to bring a dish or two to each event, which means MULTI-TASKING.

My mixer is pretty much dormant 10 months out of the year, but for those two months, I get my money’s worth out of it.  There is nothing like having your meringue mixing on it’s own while you help your husband find a matching pair of nice socks.  I usually spread all the way out into the dining room since we have a tiny kitchen, but a folding kitchen cart like this one would really be handy.  Here are some of other my must-have tools for holiday cooking…

  1. Le Creuset Wide 3.5 Quart Dutch Oven in Eggplant  /  $179.95
  2. Melamine Mixing Bowl Set in Yellow  /  $29.95
  3. Origami Folding Kitchen Cart in White  /  $99.95
  4. Soho Mixing Bowl Set  /  $34.95
  5. Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan  /  $36.00
  6. Kitchenaid Mixer in Boysenberry  /  $279.78
  7. Alpine Cuisine White Stainless Steel Kitchen Scale  /  $20.69
  8. Hudson Marble Mortar & Pedestal  /  $39.95

Flavors of Fall

Flavors of Fall on Lost and Fawned 2015October starts tomorrow!  I’m in full fall mode and ready to start cooking with some of my favorite seasonal flavors.  I love spicy chai, root vegetables, apple cider and (the flavor of the hour) pumpkin.  Here is a group of recipes that are going on my to-do list for the next couple of months.  Enjoy!

  1. Chai Hot Chocolate from Tasty Yummies
  2. Brie & Cheddar Apply Beer Soup from Half Baked Harvest
  3. Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies from My Baking Addiction
  4. Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops from Gimmie Some Oven
  5. Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake from The Gunny Sack
  6. Autumn Harvest Granola from Half Baked Harvest
  7. Apple Cider Cake from Buns in my Oven
  8. Pumpkin Butter from High Heels & Grills
  9. Bread Pudding with Ham, Cheese & Caramelized Onions from Buns in my Oven

Pyrex 100 Limited Edition Collection / with ShopWorldKitchen.com

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

If you read Lost & Fawned regularly, you might remember that I collect vintage Pyrex.  Awhile ago I shared a little of my personal collection here and I frequently feature my favorites on Instagram.  This year, Pyrex turns 100 and to celebrate they released a limited edition collection of storage bowls, pie plates, measuring cups and a travel casserole inspired by some of their iconic colors and designs.

Pyrex is truly a part of design history and has been a staple in kitchens for a full century.  From their colorful and fun bowls and casseroles from the 1950’s to their current collection of clear glass workhorse pieces, they continue to make functional glass kitchenware that will last a lifetime.

Pyrex 100 Year Anniversary on shopworldkitchen

The full collection is currently on sale at ShopWorldKitchen.com, so now is a great time to grab them before these limited edition pieces are gone forever.  Here are some of my must-haves…

  1. Pyrex 100 9.5″ Pie Plate – $6.29
  2. Pyrex 100 4-Cup Red Measuring Cup – $6.29
  3. Pyrex 100 3-Quart Portables Casserole Set – $24.49
  4. Pyrex 100 2-Cup Blue Measuring Cup – $4.89
  5. Pyrex 100 10 Piece Simply Store Box Set – $27.99

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

I adore this new collection.  I use the 4 cup storage bowls all the time as a safer alternative to plastic storage containers.  The pie plate is simple, but the wide brim is so elegant and functional.  The travel casserole is my new favorite thing.  The carrier is so cute and I can see myself using this all the time (I’m already planning my holiday contributions specifically so I can bring this carrier and show it off).  I have a measuring cup in every size, and they really come in handy when cooking in bulk (like I tend to in fall and winter).

Each piece is so thoughtfully designed and beautifully made.  I’m so happy to have a little piece of history in my cabinets.  Maybe in 100 years these will be the new collectible pieces!  Get them all on sale right now at ShopWorldKitchen.com.  This collection is a limited edition, so it won’t be around much longer!

This post was sponsored by shopworldkitchen.com.  I was provided with sample goods to photograph and review, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I only work with brands I love.

Dot Bowl photo via Sassboxclassics on Etsy.

#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