Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Giveaway: The Bonne Femme Cookbook!

As many of you know, I absolutely love to cook. Though most of my food posts are of restaurant reviews, I'm always striving to learn new delicious recipes. When Harvard Common Press reached out and offered to send me The Bonne Femme Cookbook, I got so excited! 

And what's even better than me getting an amazing cookbook? YOU getting one too! 

Harvard Common Press has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway of the book to one lucky winner. This quality cookbook would make a great addition to your kitchen or as a holiday gift, so be sure to enter the fun Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post!

The cookbook is filled with page after page of juicy, scrumptious recipes that real French women cook every day. I decided to try the simple Fish Grenobloise plate, since I cook fish so often and wanted to try a new spin on the dish.

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

4 (6-8 oz) skinless fish fillets (1/2 inch thick)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
4 lemon wedges

We pretty much cut the above recipe in half so as to make just 2 servings.

Step 1. Season both sides of fillets with salt and pepper. 

Step 2. Dredge both fillets in flour to lightly coat, shaking off the excess.

Step 3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add fillets and cook, turning once, until they flake easily with a fork, about 5 minutes (reduce heat to medium if fish browns too quickly).

Step 4. Remove pan from heat. Transfer fish to a platter and sprinkle with the vinegar.

Step 5. Off the heat, warm the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in the still-warm skillet. Stir in the capers. Spoon the sauce over the fish and finish with parsley. Place one lemon wedge on each plate for squeezing onto the fish. 

Et voila! The finished product is a flavor-packed piece of salmon that is incredibly delicious. I will definitely be making this one again!

Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win your very own copy of The Bonne Femme Cookbook - cook your own amazing French meals, or gift it to someone special!*

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Boots with the Fur: Bearpaw Winter Boots

bearpaw winter boots
Shoes: Madeline in Chocolate by Bearpaw | Skirt: H&M | Top: Target | Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Hello dear readers! How's your December going so far? Winter here in Boston is pretty cold, and if there's one thing you need when frolicking around this season, it's a good pair of boots. That's why I was beyond excited when Bearpaw sent me a pair of their warm, fuzzy boots to try out!

Bearpaw Winter Boots

I instantly knew they were a perfect fit the second I slipped into these chocolate puppies! With their wool blend lining and sheepskin footbed, I literally felt like I was walking on a cloud. They are honestly so amazingly comfortable and hug my feet with each step I take. 

The boot opening is wide enough that it's easy to slip in and out of them, though I never want to take them off - is it weird if I just wear them forever? Luckily it hasn't rained or snowed here for the past week, since these aren't really meant to get wet with all their fur. 

bearpaw winter boots

bearpaw winter boots

bearpaw winter boots

I love how the buckle detailing gives a more structured look to the soft boot. The chocolate brown is my absolute favorite because it goes with so many outfits.

bearpaw winter boots

bearpaw winter boots

Bearpaw Winter Boots

All in all, I was extremely impressed with Bearpaw. I wore these boots in 20 degree weather while walking all around Boston, and they kept my feet and ankles perfectly warm the entire time! I highly recommend them to anyone living in a colder climate, even all you fashionistas out there!

Comment Challenge: What is your go-to winter item to stay toasty?

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Linking up with The Fashion CanvasWalking in Memphis in High Heels, and Sugar & Something for this week's Boots & Booties Trend Spin Linkup!


Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Have a Staycation: An Ethiopian Dinner + New England Conservatory Concert

Can you believe it's already December? Since not everyone is going home for the holidays, I decided to write a post on how to have a staycation - a mini vacation in your own city! 

How to Have a Staycation

Step 1: Do Something New

How to Have a Staycation

We went to the gorgeous New England Conservatory, where they had a free concert at the world-renowned Jordan Hall. It was housed inside a gorgeous hall, known for it's near perfect reverberations and intricate decorations.

The orchestra was amazing, and played everything from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky. So fun, relaxing, cultured, and completely free!

Step 2: Dine Out in a New Restaurant

We made it out to a charming Ethiopian dinner at Lucy's Ethiopian Cafe. I loved the intimate venue, filled with paintings and crafts from Ethiopia, not to mention the scrumptious food!

How to Have a Staycation

How to Have a Staycation

Their house tea was well-spiced and very strong. It gave me the jitters, but it was delicious nonetheless.

How to Have a Staycation

From what I understand, Ethiopian cuisine is meant to be communal. We ordered the Veggie Combo for Two, and we were stuffed by the end of it. Each pocket was filled with everything from potatoes, to chickpeas, to spinach, and each with it's own unique set of spices. Every bite was a new adventure, which made this meal so fun!

How to Have a Staycation

Much like naan is used with Indian curries, this spongy injera bread is used to pick up the food on your plate. I love the soft, squishy consistency of the injera, and eating without forks or even chopsticks was a new skill to try to master.

I love how Boston has unique things to try like an Ethiopian dinner. It was so fun to get out of our usual routine and comfort zones for a day. I definitely recommend it for everyone to try every now and again!

Comment Challenge: What would you like to do on your staycation? 

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