It feels like the more I see on the web, the more confident I am about my home style. With zero design background under me, websites like Domaine and Rue Magazine are incredibly helpful. One common element that pulls me right in is when a space is a little bit country and rustic. It brings me back to my childhood where there were more fields of grass than buildings and where storing boats (for shrimping) in garages were just as common as cars but certainly not as common as pick-up trucks. It's funny to think how I used to loathe living in a small town. But, the older I get the more I need country elements to make any space feel like home.
Let’s face it, it’s cold outside pretty much anywhere you live. Some of us are not covered in snow, but one thing is for sure, Spring is nowhere in sight. And I don’t know about you, but when the weather is cold, I crave comfort food and meals that are a little heartier. My Farmer’s Market Pork and Collard Green Hash is just the kind of comfort food that I want! It’s definitely a stick to your ribs kinda meal and is jam packed with flavor.
Last November I went on a road trip from California to Oregon and one of my favorite places that we stayed in Oregon was a little town outside of Portland called McMinnville. There we found the most adorable café that we ate at every morning where everything was made from scratch and for the most part sourced locally. I had the most incredible pork hash for breakfast and have since recreated my own version and have been making it at home!
If there was one meal to make before the cold weather ends, it would be my farmer’s market pork and collard green hash (although I will probably be eating it right through the summer months too). It’s seriously that good, and would be perfect for any weekend brunch!
Farmer’s Market Pork and Collard Green Hash
Collard Greens, washed and stems removed
2 Tbsp. Bacon Drippings (optional but worth it)
4 Cups of Chicken Stock (3 cups for pork roast, 1 cup reserved for greens)
Salt (enough to liberally coat the pork and 1 Tsp. for the Greens, more if you aren't using bacon drippings and 1 Tbsp for potatoes.)
Pepper (liberally coast the pork, and then you will need 1 Tsp. for the greens and 1 tsp for potatoes)
1 Onion, diced
1 Russet Potato (or more if you are serving more than two people), washed and diced
1 Tbsp, Olive Oil
1. Season both sides of the roast with salt and pepper and sear in a skillet on medium high heat for about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a crock pot and cut two onions, peel 6 garlic cloves and add to the pot. Pour about 3 Cups of Chicken Stock and a little water until the roast is half covered and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours until the pork is cooked through. Shred when ready to serve.
2. In a large skillet add your bacon grease on medium heat. Add your greens along with salt and pepper and wilt down. As the greens start wilting add about 1/4 Cup of chicken stock at a time until the greens are tender and chicken stock has reduced. You may only need 3/4 Cup of stock depending on how many greens you have. Add more salt and pepper to taste if needed.
3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In an iron skillet, add your olive oil on medium heat. Add your diced onions and start to cook for about two minutes. Add your diced potatoes along with salt and pepper and start to brown. Let the potatoes cook on the stove top for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and transfer the potatoes to the oven to cook the rest of the way through about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your dice.
4. Fry eggs over medium/low heat until white is done and yolk is still runny.
5. To serve, layer greens over the potatoes, then shredded pork, and top with a fried egg and drizzle with hot sauce if desired (highly recommended.)
Last weekend was one that left me refreshed and rejuvenated with a clear mind and, as cheesy as it sounds, a full heart. After a chaotic week of traveling, I came home anxious to prepare for my friend Saskia's arrival from Boston. The first time we met was on our very first day of orientation for Teach for America. Her last name followed mine, and thus we were roommates. Roommates who were fresh faced and ready to save education. Ha! Fast forward four years, and she's one of three people I've kept in touch with. We were prepared to have a productive weekend to lay down ground work for a new project, but neither of us expected to feel more bonded as friends. Bottles of wine, good food, and a shared love for New Orleans certainly helped opened the gates for deep conversation. My philosophy with living, style, food, and most importantly, people has always been a combination of less is more + quality over quantitive + earn your f*** keeps. I've said this less than a handful of times but feel confident that this was just the beginning of a new exciting adventure and a blossoming friendship.
1. Had an incredible time hanging with branding extraordinaire Christian Watson of 1924us during his first visit to Montrose Shop | 2. A Provencal breakfast for three while planning a future trip to the South of France | 3. Magic in old New Orleanstown | 4. Always with a touch of leather. This Sons & Daughters clutch plays double duty as a laptop case. | 5. Lattes + business planning with Saskia at The Orange Couch | 5. The shelfie game at Defend New Orleans
This past week was one of the busiest week of the year. It started with a two-day trip New York City to check out a few markets and meet with a few brands for Montrose. Then, it was back home in New Orleans for the day for a campagin photoshoot (so excited to share when I can!) and finally, a day trip to Houston to run through press meetings for the store. I'm pretty sure I slept about ten hours in total! On top of that, I've been stressing out about not being able to successfully execute. Oy. There was one embarrassing incident that I'm still reeling from and will share once I calm my nerves. But basically, life's been moving a 10,000 MPH and I've been struggling to stay on top of work, relationships, my health, and life in general. Naturally, this stress just means I need to figure out how to be more efficient with my time.
When HP reached out to introduce their newest gadget, I was instantly intrigued. I'm a sucker for innovation, especially tools that can increase my efficiency and productivity. The HP 360 is a slick laptop with four modes - laptop, tablet, tent, and stand - that will adjust with whatever task you have at hand. Since I got this new tool, it's made appearances in different aspects of my busy work days. It served as a recipe holder in the kitchen while I shot images for the new Upperlyne & Co. aprons, as a tablet in my bed while I read up on the latest news (with coffee, of course!), helped tackle my inbox at one of my favorite new coffee shops, and even served as a drawing board so I could sketch new designs. Talk about an all-in-one deal! And, it's stylish. You guys know how I love form and function.
You can see more of the HP 360's capabilities by scrolling through the #bendtherules hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. HP is going on the road with Meghan Trainer during her "That Bass Tour", which is traveling from Vancouver to Nashville (woo!). They will be sharing behind-the-scenes footage and capabilities of the HP 360, so be sure to check it out!
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