Archive | June, 2013

Kiki’s Kitchen: Key Lime, Strawberry, & Blackberry GRANITAS!!!

29 Jun

This icy delight is for the grown and sexy! Icy texture. Real fruit. Sweet flavor. Yep! This is definitely an adult slushy. I love ‘granitas’ and they are especially refreshing on a VERY hot day. It’s 102 degrees where I live, so I decided to whip up a quick batch of strawberry, key lime, and blackberry granitas. It only takes a few ingredients to make this simple icy heaven dessert. The only hard part is waiting for it freeze. The treat can actually be enjoyed by all at any age, I just wanted to use ‘grown and sexy’ in a sentence. I think it worked.

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Cut strawberries into small quarters. Place in blender. Use the grinder function to blend strawberries until they are puree.

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Combine sugar, hot water, and lime juice in a small bowl.

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Pour simple syrup mixture into the blender until the mixture is combined with the fruit.

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Pour fruit mixture into a pan and freeze for 1 to 2 hours. (See recipe for further directions on the freezing process.)

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Garnish with fresh fruit and mint.

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Eat. Enjoy. Be Happy!

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Recipe

(adapted from epicurious.com)

  • 1 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3 cups of strawberries (or your choice of fruit) Chopped in small quarters.

Directions

Stir first 3 ingredients in small bowl until sugar dissolves. Blend 3 cups strawberries in processor until smooth. Add sugar syrup and blend until combined.

Pour mixture into 13x9x2-inch nonstick metal baking pan. Freeze until icy around edges, about 25 minutes. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Freeze until mixture is frozen, stirring edges into center every 20 to 30 minutes, about 1 1/2 hours. Using fork, scrape granita into flaky crystals. Cover tightly and freeze. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep frozen.) Scrape granita into bowls. Garnish with berries and serve.

Old Navy $1 Flip-Flops Sale! (Saturday ONLY 6-29-13)

28 Jun

Mark your calendars! This Saturday (6/29/13) is Old Navy’s annual $1 flip-flops SALE! This is a great time to stock up on flip-flops for the entire family. Be forewarned the people who shop this sale are ruthless. I shopped this sale 2 year ago and had a 7-year-old almost take me out. He was pushing and grabbing all kinds of crazy. Bring a friend in case you have to defend yourself against an aggressive elementary school kid. Happy Shopping!

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In NEED of a ‘Cronut’

27 Jun

I’m not sure if you know what’s going on here. Let me explain. This fluffy looking piece of sweet heaven is called a cronut! It’s half donut, half croissant filled with Tahitian vanilla cream and topped with a rose glaze icing. I’m freaking out over here! I NEED a cronut! It’s the hottest dessert in New York City right now. The brilliant chef – Dominique Ansel is the master mind behind the sweet craze. Ansel’s bakery only makes 200 cronuts a day and sell out with in 15 minutes every day. I have a planned trip to New York in August where I will seek and obtain a cronut. Even if I have to sleep in front the bakery until it opens. I will secure a cronut for my taste buds!

Please tweet me, facebook me, or email me if your taste buds have already sampled the rare treat. Check out the video below for induced drooling!

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FEED USA + Target Collaboration Lookbook

25 Jun

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming FEED USA Collection for Target! FEED’s founder, Lauren Bush has created a limited-edition collection sold exclusively at Target stores and Target.com. The 50+ product collection will feature, clothing, accessories, home decor, stationery, and sporting goods. This is a unique brand that supports a great cause! Each time you purchase a ‘FEED’ item, a portion of the sales will aid in the fight against hunger. The entire collection will launch on Sunday, July 30th. Prices range from $3 to $400. Shopping while helping others……I’m down for that!

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Kiki’s Kitchen: Brownie & Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

25 Jun

Dark chocolate brownies + peanut butter ice cream = AWESOMENESS! In honor of the summer, I decide to whip a quick delicious cool treat. All you need is a box of your favorite brownie mix, vanilla bean ice cream, and peanut butter. Feel free to get fancy and make your brownies from scratch but I kept it simple with the box brownies. The combination of the rich dark chocolate and cool smooth peanut butter ice cream is out of this world!

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Here is what you will need in order to make your sumptuous brownie ice cream sandwiches.

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Slice brownies into squares for sandwiches. Cut them open to fill with ice cream.

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In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups of ice cream and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Whip together until smooth. Work quickly, you don’t want the ice cream to melt.

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Place peanut butter ice cream onto a brownie square and assemble sandwiches. Wrap each sandwich in parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour.

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Eat. Enjoy. Be Happy!

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SHOE LOVER: Brian Atwood Shoe Collection Fall 2013 -14

21 Jun

Be still my heart! I’m think I might be in love! Take a grander at the AH-mazing shoe collection for Brian Atwood! Mr. Atwood is known for using vibrant colors, unique details, and luxurious leathers. His brilliant designs have shoe lovers everywhere, clamoring to wear the ‘hottie tottie’ stilettos! I have dreams of owning a pair of my own, I just need to save up some more coins. Maybe I can persuade Snookums (my future hubby) to buy me a pair. Hmmm……

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Pictures courtesy of webflakes.com and thesartorialist.com

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The $1650 Silk Robe (Carine Gilson Egérie silk-satin Robe)

20 Jun

I’m no ‘bond girl’ but I’m convinced I could rock this robe with the best of them. This is one hot mama robe! I first spotted this gorgeous robe in the brilliant ‘Skyfall’ movie. Designed by Carine Gilson, the grand robe is created from the most luxurious silk. The silk is made in Lyon, in the same mill used by Hermès. The lingerie is handcrafted and adorned with the finest Chantilly lace. What women wouldn’t want to grace her body with this little silk number. Better question? What MAN, wouldn’t want to see a woman’s body graced in this little silk number. I wonder if Snookums (my future hubby) likes silk?! Hey Boo……

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Kiki’s Kitchen: Hoisin-glazed Pork Chops w/ Sweet Potato & Bacon Hash (Fried Sage Brown Butter)

19 Jun

Can we have a moment of silence for the ‘Fried Sage Brown Butter’ I just made. Pause. Ok. Let’s begin. I’ve been on a bit of hiatus with ‘Kiki’s Kitchen’ but I’m back with another recipe – ‘Hoisin glazed pork chops and Sweet Potato & bacon hash w/ Fried Sage Brwon Butter’. Boy. That’s a mouth full. This recipe is simple. Delicious! Low-cal. Ok. the low-calorie thing I made up. You know any dish with butter isn’t going to be low-cal. Don’t focus on the calories in this dish. Run an extra 5 miles or something. You NEED to make the ‘fried sage brown butter’. Its AH-mazing! The flavors of the sage, nutty brown butter, sweet potatoes, and salty bacon – will change your life or at least your taste buds. As always feel free to ask questions or leave suggestions. Bon Appétit!

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Generously season your pork chops with rock salt and fresh ground pepper. Sear meat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

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Mix hoisin sauce, olive oil, chili garlic paste, and tarragon in a small mixing bowl. Brush hoisin-glaze mixture on pork chops and bake at 425 in the oven for 5 minutes.

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Fry 3 slices of bacon in a saute pan and reserve bacon fat. In the same skillet you fried the bacon in, add sweet potatoes, butter, and cinnamon. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are soft.

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Combine bacon, fried sage, and sweet potatoes. Toss with 1 teaspoon of fried sage brown butter. Serve with pork chops.

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EAT. ENJOY. BE HAPPY!

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Hoisin-Glazed Pork Chops

3 to 5 center cut pork chops
1/2 cup of hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of garlic chili paste (add less or more depending on how spicy you want your pork chops)
1 teaspoon of fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste if necessary
Freshly ground black pepper

To make the pork chops:
Heat the oven to 450°F. Generously season pork chops with rock salt and fresh ground pepper. Add olive oil to skillet over medium-high heat. Sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Brush hoisin glaze mixture on pork chops and finish off in oven for 4 to 5 minutes.

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 small garlic clove (minced)
3 strips of fried bacon (chopped)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
2 teaspoon of fried sage leaves

To make the hash:
Peel sweet potatoes and cut them in half lengthwise, then cut them into thin half-moons. Cut the half-moons in half. Fry bacon in a medium skillet on high. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Reserve bacon fat.  Add sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and butter to the same pan the bacon was cooked in. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft.

 Fried Sage Brown Butter

2 tablespoons of  fresh sage leaves
1 stick of unsalted butter

To make the fried sage brown butter:
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to foam. Add sage leaves to saute pan. Cook the sage leaves for roughly 30 seconds, turning occasionally, until they are slightly crisp. Watch them closely, as they can burn easily and become bitter. Remove the sage from saute pan and drain it on paper towels.

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Films I Can’t Wait To See In 2013

18 Jun

‘The Butler’

In Theaters October 18th

‘Diana’

No release date yet

‘The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug’

In Theaters December 13th

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

In Theaters November

‘Elysium’

In Theaters August 3rd

‘Pacific Rim’

In Theaters July 12th

‘Despicable Me 2’

In Theaters July 3rd

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PENNY PINCHER VS. BIG SPENDER

17 Jun

I’ve been crushing hard on a pair of Isabel Marant booties but my budget does not support my expensive crush. A couple of months ago, I picked up these super cute booties from Target. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them and even a couple of people mistaken them for a ‘real’ pair of Isabel Marant booties. Although the styles aren’t exactly alike, they are similar in style. My Mossimo booties set me back a whopping $22.00! Perfect for my ‘penny pincher’ budget.

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