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the other day i had somehow eaten chocolate and basil at the same time and it tasted pretty yummy! so, i thought what about putting basil in chocolate chip cookies? of course, when i went to actually make the cookies, my basil plant was looking a bit weak and i didn’t have enough basil for the recipe…so, i added mint!! these were pretty tasty! and my taste test neighbors liked them too! well, at least the mint part, but i liked the basil part. so, you can add the two herbs together or try them separately.

11 1/2 ounce(s) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 cup(s) butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup(s) sugar

3/4 cup(s) brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoon(s) vanilla

2 1/4 cup(s) unsifted flour

1 teaspoon(s) baking soda

1/2 teaspoon(s) salt

1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

(if using one or the other double the portion)

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in herbs and chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet ( I used an ice cream scoop to get the cookies nice and round). Bake until golden brown.

and definitely drink with some milk!

ps. this is kind of a little tribute to my blogger friend over at baker bettie whom gave me some good blogging tips! she makes some very lovely cookies and i thought of her blog and advice a lot while making these!! thank you kristin!

this week is a bit harder for me to post. i had to wake up at 3am today to catch a 6am flight to shoot a commercial in ohio. strange, to leave LA to shoot a commercial in Ohio. the clothes i have been pulling however, have been so much fun to find! 80’s hair band for girls and guys. more twisted sister stuff…but still it beats doing enormous pulls at target! makes me like my job all the more!

which brings me to a fashion post. my friend donna asked me to do more fashion inspiration on the blog. it’s true, i do wardrobe for a living.  i love clothes and fashion and love to find inspiration, but i rarely post it on the blog.   i guess  most of what i post about are things that make me happy when i am not working,  that are hobbies.

here are a few things that i have been loving lately.

socks with shoes

collars and sweaters

brim hats

holes in your jeans, yo!

1.the sartorialist 2.olive-loaf 3. the sartorialist 4.steven alan 5.claire’s 6. missmoss 7.gypsygardens 8.gypsy gardens 9. ashleyording


this pork is so good. like so good.

 i ate this pork for like 3 days because i had so  much of it! and even though it is 10am on a monday morning, i am craving it again as i write this post. i’m starving.

i paired it with light coleslaw and multigrain bread (which was so incredibly delicious i couldn’t believe it, purchased from Cookbook) the first time i made this i did it with pork shoulder, the second time, pork loin on the bone. i was a bit worried about the pork loin as it is not as fatty as the shoulder, but it turned out pretty darn good!!!

the pork recipe is from my favorite, Pioneer Woman. i love her, have i mentioned that?

the coleslaw, is my recipe!

what you need for the spicy chipotle pork:

pork loin on the bone or pork shoulder (2-3 pounds)

1 can of dr pepper

1 can of chipotle peppers (7 oz)

one white onion

salt and pepper

1 tbsp of brown sugar

i added a bit of cumin and a couple cloves of garlic to mine as well!

( i pretty much cut the recipe in half  according to the weight of my pork. if you cheek out the recipe on Pioneer Woman’s website her’s is almost double. my 2-3 pounds still gave me A LOT of meat!)

throw the onions and garlic into the bottom of a pan. place the pork on top and sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and cumin.

add the can of chipotle peppers on top

and then pour the dr. pepper over

cook in the oven at 300 degrees for about 3 hours…until the pork is falling apart

again, this also depends on the weight of your pork. the bigger it is, the longer it needs to cook!

for the coleslaw:

1 head of cabbage

2 green onions

3 tbsps of cilantro

1/4 cup of mayo

1 tsp of dijon mustard

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper

cut the cabbage, green onions, and cilantro

throw in a bowl with the mayo, mustard, vinegar, and salt and pepper

mix it all up!

for a lighter coleslaw cut down the mayo and add a bit of olive oil.

serve on rolls, bread, or eat it like a salad with the coleslaw like i did too!

the easiest pot de creme. although, this seems to be a running theme around the internet- the easiest chocolate pudding. should it be that easy?

for my guilt, no…for my pleasure, yes!

this recipe is courtesy of pioneer woman, my favorite on-camera housewife! i kind of adore her. so,clearly, this recipe is not my own! but i will share it anyway…because it is that damn good!

what you need:

12 ounces, weight Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

4 whole Eggs

1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier, More To Taste

1 dash Salt

1 cup Very Hot Strong Coffee

Fresh Whipped Cream

For ServingThinly Sliced Orange Peel, For Garnish

Place the chocolate chips into a blender. Crack in the eggs, then add Grand Marnier and salt. Blend for a few seconds, or until combined.

Pour the coffee in a thin stream through the blender lid until it’s all added. Blend another few seconds, or until smooth.

Pour mixture into small cups or jars, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until chilled and set.

Top with plenty of sweetened whipped cream, then garnish with sliced orange peel.

i didn’t have grand mariner, so i substituted orange juice.

for the recipe on ree’s website go here

and watch her show on saturday mornings. i find her so relatable and genuine! and i kind of want her lifestyle…like tomorrow.

Apples emit a lot of ethylene gas. It has the effect of speeding up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept together with apples. When combined with potatoes, apples prevent them from sprouting.

Keeping roots in a vertical position allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. This shelf gives a place for them to stand easily, using sand. At the same time, sand helps to keep the proper humidity

Rice absorbs humidity easily. The spice container with rice inside helps spices stay dry without forming into lumps.

An egg has millions of holes in its shell. It absorbs the odour and substance around itself very easily. This creates a bad taste if it’s kept in the fridge with other food ingredients. This shelf provides a place for eggs outside of the fridge. Also the freshness of eggs can be tested in the water. The fresher they are, the further they sink.

this is even better than the vintage printables from earlier today. found via all the mountainsthis website is about saving food from the fridge.

we abuse our food so badly…so badly. in so many ways, i sometimes find it overwhelming. i find this super inspiring and i love the tidbits of knowledge.

check out jihyun ryou’s creations at save food from the fridge

and the blog too… where you can share your knowledge. for example, did you know that tomatoes should not be put in the fridge for they loose their flavor?  if you buy fresh herbs or greens you can put them in a vase with water(below the leaves) to help them last longer. and it’s pretty! actually, cookbook, my favorite  little grocer here in LA, does this!

anyone else have any tidbits?

funny thing about the internet…discovering. i came by these amazing vintage printables through my lovely friend, marianne, over at smitten living where she found these prints via the jealous curartor.

so, in that chain of events…i enjoyed reading my friend’s blog whom in turn turned me onto these sweet prints (which i have often scoured ebay and etsy for) and yet, another cool blog. what did we do before the internet,before blogging?actually left the house, maybe?  speaking of…

thanks, marianne for some good stuff!

baked cheese!!! as the barefoot contessa would say ” how easy is that?” seriously. how easy is this? it’s pretty damn easy. i mean, how come i never thought of this before?

i love that i post about melted cheese on a monday morning, just in time to highjack the healthy grocery shopping list i made last night. i will try and save the brick of fontina that currently resides in my fridge for company!

but that is exactly what this dish is perfect for. got a brick of cheese on hand? pop it in a cast iron skillet with herbs and salt and pepper and you will be named martha of the year by your guests!

i used jarslberg for this one, but i think fontina would be great or any other good melting cheese like gruyere, emmentaler, cheddar, asiago, gouda, or blue. the jarlsberg got a bit tough once it cooled, but it was still yummy!

chop up your cheese into cubes. you can shred it as well if you are looking for a small arm workout .

roughly chop up 2-3 cloves of garlic and throw in the skillet with the cheese.

sprinkle on lots of fresh chopped herbs. i used basil, mint, rosemary, dill and dried oregano. honestly, any combo could be good here! i was worried about the mix of the herbs, but it was really good. the mint was actually great! thyme, of course, should be in there, but i didn’t have it on hand.

drizzle with lots of olive oil.

sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 350 until melted!

serve with bread.

reap the rewards!

the response to my travel italia post being freshly pressed has been overwhelming to me, in only good ways!  the compliments people have left about the photos are so generous and really mean the world to me. i love taking photos, but by no means think of myself as a photographer. i have gained quite a few new wordpress followers and well, i feel like it brings the pressure on  a bit, eh? i was blogging before with the idea that my friends and family were reading, perhaps a few randoms…but mostly i was kind go blogging for myself. don’t get me wrong the goal is to have people reading my blog, i just hope i can continue to produce good posts and continue to  bring more readers in. there are soooo many bloggers out there and i sometimes get a little overwhelmed because one’s little blog is easily lost amongst the many. other bloggers i have talked to say: “do it because you love it!” and i do! i love challenging myself to post the best i possibly can. i have always wanted to do a travel blog, but for some reason can’t narrow down my blog to just one idea. i have many. i thought it was pretty great though that a travel post gets freshly pressed, so just more incentive to blog about my travels, past and present.

and then there is this post. i don’t think the photos will compare to that of italy, but then again i had a lot more time in italy to take photos. madrid was the first stop on my month long adventure last year. after having worked in NYC for a few weeks, running through JFK after losing my boarding pass, 2 xanex on a 7 hour flight, and a small fender bender upon arrival in madrid in a taxi…i took a nap. only two nights in this charming city, but i loved it! i have been to barcelona and  i have to say i enjoyed madrid much more, but two different trips. barcelona was the last leg on one trip and madrid the first. i was wide eyed and ready to explore! didn’t really do a whole lot but drink and eat! literally: the one whole day in madrid was spent like this:

breakfast at the hotel

a walk to a neighborhood in search of a restaurant,Tabera San Mames, per anthony bourdain

it was closed and waited it out in a bar and had a glass of wine (and small apps as apparently this is what madrid does when you drink anywhere)

then onto another bar for a beer and a small free meal (literally: olives, bread with meat and egg, and a small plate of pasta)

then onto lunch back at Tabera San Mames, where 4 courses and a bottle of wine were consumed

an afternoon of walking around and shopping

starbucks (yes, i know in spain? that was stupid)

then another cocktail in a hotel bar

followed by a nap

and then onto dinner at Gabinoteca

i would most definitely go back to madrid! amongst the million and one other places i would like to go.

my travel italia post was featured on freshly pressed today! what an honor! and what an amazing adventure this day has been reading all of the lovely comments and nice words. to inspire people through my own desires or my own eye (that of the iPhone camera at the time) is quite a glorious feeling. i will try and go through to respond to most of your comments. too bad there isn’t a “like” button on each comment like good old Facebook. just to let each and every person know i read, heard, and appreciate their comment. and thanks to all the new followers. i hope you enjoy each post as much as the italy post!

i had a few different options for posting today. i try to do as much original content as possible. i have been inspired by all the little green things popping up around my yard. living in southern california there is always some new kind of plant or flower i have never seen before or noticed. i also finally replanted my herbs yesterday.  looking forward to starting the garden sometime soon.