I had a seriously craving for corn chowder this week. And a little extra kick! So I hit the produce stand, grabbed a couple of peppers and got to work. I also substituted cilantro for the traditional parsley, which I loved with the flavor of the peppers. It ended up not too spicy, but just with a bit of bite, so if you’re looking for a real kick, feel free to pile the peppers on!

corn chowder

Four Pepper Corn Chowder
adapted from food52

6 medium ears of corn
6 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
1 medium poblano pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small celery rib, finely chopped
2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups light cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons cilantro, coarsely chopped
3 Tablespoons Corn Meal OR Masa
1/4 cup Water

Add bacon to a pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Cook for a few of minutes until it just starts to brown. Throw in the diced onion, poblano, jalapeño, bell pepper and celery and stir, cooking for 5 to 8 minutes. Add butter and melt. Add the potato and saute with the vegetables for an additional minute. Add the corn. Stir and pour in chicken broth and salt. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Pour in the cream. Combine cornmeal (or masa) with water. Stir to combine, then pour into the chowder. Cover and cook for 15 minutes over low heat. If chowder needs more thickening, add another tablespoon of cornmeal mixed with water. Cook for another ten minutes. Serve with crusty sourdough bread or even torilla chips!

This newest collection from Popbasic is fabulous! It has one of my favorite pieces I’ve been rocking this spring – a midi length black leather skirt. I’ve been wearing mine with a basic black sweater and these gorgeous pointed-toe halo-strap wedges, but I love the idea to wear it with a tank and mix it up a bit for spring. And the silver and rhinestone collar necklace is just what I’ve been missing from my jewelry wardrobe.

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Talk about easy! I love a one step meal. Just mix and broil. Voilà!
Simple, spicy, wonderful flavors too. The perfect weeknight meal.

spicy peanut chicken with broccolini

Spicy Peanut Chicken with Broccolini
via martha stewart

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sambal oelek or sriracha
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 bunch Broccolini

Preheat broiler. Mix together peanut butter, water, sesame oil, soy sauce, sambal oelek, and rice vinegar. Toss chicken thighs and Broccolini in sauce, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil 10 inches from heat until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes (watch to make sure it doesn’t burn). Serve hot alone or over rice.

My lovely sister and her amazing friends are all incredibly talented and super artsy folk. I feel so fortunate to be connected to such an awesome group and talented ladies. And I’m currently loving this super sweet set of beauty-themed mini paintings that Tess painted for me.

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Check out her shop and some of the other very cool and adorable little collections she’s put together!

kitchen set _ tess and tigerlily

music set _ tess and tigerlily

animal set _ tess and tiger lily

This weekend we celebrated my lovely mother’s birthday with a little family brunch. I broke out my savory french toast recipe and revamped the crustless quiche with new flavors. I think it’s my favorite version yet. The sausage made it a super hearty version, while the bell peppers added just the right sweetness to balance the salty bite.  Happy brunching!

crustless quiche part 2 italian

Crustless Quiche Part 2, Italian Style
via mrs. harding cooks

10 eggs
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 lb. shredded cheese (I used white cheddar this time)
1 lb. cottage cheese
1 cube (1/2 cup) butter, melted and slightly cooled
3 green onions, chopped
1 lb sweet italian sausage
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 small onion, finely diced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan. In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly. Whisk in flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined and no lumps remain. With a wooden spoon, stir in cottage cheese, 3/4 of the shredded cheese, melted butter, and green onions.
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage and break into small crumbles. Remove to a paper towel and let cool slightly before adding to egg mixture. Leave the grease in the pan over heat, add bell pepper and onion, and saute a few minutes until soft and tender. Add the garlic and saute a minute or so more. Add chopped spinach and cook a few minutes, until wilted. Add cooked vegetable and spinach to egg mixture and stir to combine.
Pour into a 9×13 pan, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 20-25 minutes, or until browned around the edges and lightly browned in the middle. Serve hot! Or not – this reheats well.

Better late than never! January’s Birchbox was an absolute pleasure. Every item was perfection!

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  • Camille Beckman Morelia Monarch Body Butter I love a good body butter. This one is rich but soaks in quickly with a clean fresh scent that feels perfect right out of the shower.
  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser This is my new favorite thing! I love the creamy cleanser that’s a just little minty, and the muslin cloth gives just the right amount of exfoliation for every day. I might even turn in my Clarisonic for a bit!
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette A perfect nude blend is my everyday best friend. These colors were slightly cooler than my regular nude tones, and they were fabulous – a little sharper and more dramatic, but still soft enough for everyday. I definitely added the full palette to my wish list.
  • OmniPotent Duosity Hair Treatment I haven’t used too many hair treatments before. My hair is super fine and tends to be oily, so usually they weigh my hair down too much. But this one was light and foamy, and I was able to style my hair as usual afterward and head out for the day. It was shiny, lustrous and healthy feeling, with the usual oily residue.
  • Under Armour Braided Mini Headband No more excuses! I haven’t been able to find my headband for yoga for a while now, and I have to admit I’ve been using that as one of the excuses not to go. This one is fabulous because it has a little more grip than the average while still being comfortable. Hot yoga here I come!

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