August 04, 2014 - Domaine Picnic

Summer is in full swing and we can’t think of a better time to pack it up and head outside. We’ve teamed up with Domaine to bring you some inspired dishes that are sure to amp up any get together. Head over to Domaine for all the delicious details and don’t forget their picture perfect accessories for the ultimate summer picnic!

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August 26, 2014 - How to Compose the Perfect Summer Salad

Salads may seem simple, but so often they underwhelm. What does it take to create a perfect salad at home? It’s all about seasoning and plating. Follow these simple tips and one of our favorite summer recipes to compose the perfect salad! You can also check out this recipe on The Chalkboard!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Summer Salad
Serves 8

1lb of organic baby greens
Rhubarb stalk – thinly sliced
3 baskets of organic farmers market strawberries – strawberries cut in half tops removed
1/2 lb smoked goat manchego – thinly shaved with potato peeler
1 large handful Pignon (Pine nuts) – toasted quickly in a pan
Fig balsamic (add 1 cup of fig balsamic to a sauté pan and heat it until it becomes a syrup, keep an eye on it as it burns easily)
1/3 cup of quick balsamic dressing (1 part balsamic to 2 parts evoo, salt and pepper)

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Composing your perfect salad:

* Chop your ingredients and place each element in a separate bowl so that you can coat every item with a bit of dressing and seasoning
* Salt and Pepper each element – this is very important
* Toss a little bit of dressing with each ingredient – except for cheese and pine nuts as these will get soggy
* Have your large salad bowl or your individual salad plates ready for final plating
* Once each element is dressed and seasoned you can compose the salad in the following order:
1. salad mix
2. berries
3. cheese
4. pine nuts
5. A few pieces of rhubarb – use sparingly as it can be overpowering but adds a nice tart crunch
6. drizzle of fig balsamic

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By handling each ingredient separately you can control the amount of dressing and make sure each element is seasoned perfectly. Your greens will stay bright and crisp since you’re not over mixing them.

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Try your salad with any of these combos:

– Grilled peaches or nectarines
– Persimmons when seasonal
– Sharp Aged Cheddar
– Mahón
– Truffle Tremor

Photos By: Marble Rye Photography

August 28, 2014 - Lombardi House Launch Party

The Lombardi House is open for business and for anyone planning an event in LA it is a must see! This historic property is set just off Hollywood Blvd and was designed with the help of Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. We were on hand for their launch party a few weeks ago (designed by our friends at Bash, Please) and are so excited to share the stunning photos of this unique property and amazing event.

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Photos by Luke and Katherine of Max & Friends.