juley & julia | quiche and berry salad

I just love a good quiche. Other than a frittata,  its crustless counterpart, it's the most approachable dish to make for a crowd. In this particular case - a brunch for friends. I turned to pre-packaged pie dough for the crust but only because it was a sixty hour workweek..and you know - ain't nobody got time for that! Served with a fresh berry salad and some greens and I think it's the perfect balance. 

Pancetta, Rosemary, and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche

Ingredients:
1 refrigerated pie crust (half of a package)
1/2 c. Pancetta, cut into small cubes
1/2 c. chopped yellow onions
1 dozen fresh eggs
4 oz. creme fraiche, room temperature
2 tbsp. finely chopped rosemary and 6 sprigs for top
1 c. shredded Asiago cheese 
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pie dough into a deep dish pie pan with a removable bottom. This one is from Target. Use a rolling pin to cut off the loose pie dough and to create an even and pretty crust. Set aside.
  2. In a saute pan on medium high heat, sweat onions for 3-5 minutes until they are translucent. Add Pancetta and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Set aside until mixture is cool. Spread the cooled mixture on the pie dough.
  3. In the meantime, crack all eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix in creme fraiche, chopped rosemary, Asiago cheese, and chopped roasted red peppers. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Pour egg mixture over the Pancetta and onions. Top with rosemary sprigs and bake for 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and quiche is set.
  5. Cut and serve warm. Serves 4-6 people.

 

Mixed Berry Salad

Ingredients:
1 c. strawberries, cut into quarters
1 c. blueberries
Half a lemon
1 tbsp. sugar

  1. Place strawberries and blueberries (or any fruit) in a mixing bowl.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice over berries and sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Evenly mix all ingredients together, toss, and serve cold.

Derby Hats with Goorin Bros.

Big hats, fancy clothes, majestic horses are all coming together this weekend for The Kentucky Derby! While I could only dream of seeing the Derby for myself one day, I was thrilled to visit the hat company of hat companies, Goorin Bros. (2127 Magazine Street), to customize my very own big girl derby hat. I've perused their beautifully designed stores many times over but never knew which one to pick - there are so many styles! It's honestly a little daunting. After all, a quality hat is an investment that requires sincere consideration. At least to me but I over-think too much.

 

During my visit, however, the team calmed my nerves and brought me up to speed with their selection. It ranged from popular fedoras and panama hats to twenties-style cloche. I settled on the Lucy, a floppy meets Panama hat. Very derby-appropriate but also fitting for summertime! Also appealing was the sizing flexibility. I felt a bit like Goldilocks because my head leans more towards the larger side but it didn't exactly qualify for the large and obviously not the small. A quick adjustment to the medium and steam did just the trick.


The next step was to personalize the bad boy, DIY style, with some temporary bedazzle. We fiddled around with all sorts of feathers, ribbons, and clips and ta-da! I am not a crafty person in the least but I'm pretty proud of the Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman inspired result! Overall, a simple and quick process, and I got the beautiful hat box to boot. Big thanks to the New Orleans Goorin Bros. team for having me!  

Hat customization has been a unique component of the company since 1895. Today the skilled Goorin hat making team is armed with an arsenal of over 100 trims, pins, ribbons, bows, feathers and flowers to create handmade hats as detailed as the individuals they sit atop. The custom hat program, unique to Goorin Bros., also has the ability to update vintage pieces, create one-of-a-kind items from scratch—such as an elaborate Kentucky Derby floppy hat, or romantic bridal headwear—via one-on-one consultations with customers.

juley & julia | dutch babies w/ louisiana strawberry jam

Last week was spring break. 10 glorious days of free time dedicated to doing things that require little thought. I caught up on sleep, nature time, watched Josh's soccer games, and took my dear ol' time grocery shopping. It was blissful. With the extra time on hand, I was immediately smitten with the idea of making dutch baby pancakes when I saw Camille's post. How cute is it that her husband made these for her when he was trying to woo her? Swoon.

Strawberries are in peak season here in Louisiana so I decided to top mine with a strawberry honey jam. Be careful to not over-sweeten your jam if your strawberries are already sweet as the dutch babies are pretty sweet on their own. These are real treat and so easy to make. You can even top these with Nutella and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert! 

 

Dutch Baby Pancake (Recipe from Camille Styles)

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
2/3 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon butter
optional garnishes: powdered sugar, butter, lemon wedges, fresh berries, maple syrup

  1. Place a 10″ cast-iron skillet on the middle rack of the oven, and preheat to 450 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs together vigorously until light and frothy, about 2 minutes. Add milk, sugar, salt and vanilla, and whisk until combined. Sift in flour, and whisk just until smooth. Let rest for 5 – 10 minutes.

  3. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven, add the butter and let melt completely, swirling the pan to allow the butter to coat the entire bottom. Pour batter into hot pan, and place back in the oven, shutting door quickly so oven loses as little heat as possible.

  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until the sides have puffed up a lot, and the entire top of the pancake is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a spatula to loosen the edges of the pancake. Transfer to a serving platter, dust with powdered sugar and cut into large wedges. Serve immediately.

 

Strawberry Honey Jam

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 tbsp honey
Sprinkling of sugar (based on preference)

  1. Place all ingredients in a small, heavy-bottom saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce for ten minutes until desired consistency. Let cool completely before serving.

still california dreaming

It's been a minute since I've had the chance to visit a new place but it feels like a lifetime since Josh and I were able to unplug and enjoy new scenery together. We had the most amazing trip to the West Coast a couple weeks ago to celebrate our dear friends Cindy & Andrew's wedding. It feels like just yesterday we were in Atlanta keeping Cindy occupied while Andrew and her family planned a memorable engagement. We feel pretty awesome to have witnessed both milestones in their lives and are so fortunate they gave us a reason to make a vacation out of our time there! I want to do a better job at documenting and adding context to these trips so will take full advantage with this post.

In a nutshell - flew into San Francisco and drove out to wine country, checked into our hotel in Napa Valley, took out the dancing shoes in Downtown Napa on Friday. Had a ball being a bridesmaid to Cinders at her gorgesusssss wedding in beautiful Sonoma Valley where I got to eat amazing sea bass with the hottest date. A thousand wowwws to the venue and fantastic designer Lace and Stems!

Sunday was a beast. It was his birthday! We did what we do best - have a loose but no real agenda. Took the scenic route to Armstrong Redwoods but, of course, stopped by a random vineyard for some wine tasting to get our buzzes on, then hopped across the street to the cutest Dean & Deluca to grab some lunch and snacks, gawked at really big, beautiful Redwood trees, and ate lunch in the middle of the peaceful forest. 

After agreeing that this isn't real life, drove back to San Francisco, randomly ate the yummiest lobster roll and corn chowder from this truck on our way to the Japanese Tea Garden, then met our college friend at The Mill for coffee and ate the yummiest one-inch toast. She then took us to see the sunset at Sutro Baths (thanks for the rec my sweet Crystal!), then off we went on a wild Mini-Cooper ride up those unforgiving hills to see the most spectacular view at Twin Peaks. We made sure to wake up as early as possible Monday morning to taste not one but two (or three or four) of Tartine's epic croissants in which I declared I will never be the same. To finish off our short and sweet trip, cruised by the San Francisco Bay to see the Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory. I love bridges. Best trip with my best person this year. Thank you West Coast for breathing much needed inspiration into the both of us. We're anxiously planning our next adventure!

*all images taken with iphone