Monday, December 15, 2014

a little leopard for Christmas

 A little leopard at the front door... 
Boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's and 
leopard ribbon from Michael's. 

ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, December 11, 2014

setting a beautiful party platter

It’s always nice to have an assortment of cheeses on your platter.  Consider things like soft, hard, fresh and aged varieties for your guests enjoyment.  Start with the cheeses and then add some of your favorite dried and fresh fruits, like figs, grapes, apricots or quince jam.  Olives, nuts, crackers and a fresh sliced baguette can finish off the plate.  Salami and prosciutto are also great options. 
      I like the use of martini glasses to add height.  
It also helps keep the bread dry and the pickled foods
 from seeping onto the other ingredients.
This beautiful presentation of vegetables uses a 
large variety of pretty and tasty assortment. 
They are tightly arranged like a tapestry of flavors.  
Of course, the dip takes center stage!

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ciao! Fabiana

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

the ultimate turkey sandwich

Black Friday for me and my family means munching on all the yummy Thanksgiving leftovers.  This year, the folks at Oroweat® asked me to make my version of the ultimate turkey sandwich using their Oroweat® Organic Sandwich Bread.  Anyone who knows me knows I only buy organic food and that I love all the Thanksgiving dinner menu items, so it seemed like the perfect challenge for me.  Made with organic ingredients and whole grains, NEW Oroweat Organic breads are the delicious way to feel better about eating better.
Not only that, but Oroweat® is offering my readers a chance to win three (3) coupons, each valid for a free loaf of Oroweat® Organic bread, and a $25 Visa gift to help you create your favorite sandwiches (a $40 value)!  That means a very easy giveaway for all my readers, see below to enter.


Here’s how I created our family’s favorite sandwich, the Bacon Guacamole Turkey Sandwich, or the “BGT”, haha!
I started by lightly toasting the Organic
 Oroweat Grains and Seeds sandwich bread.
Found in my local grocery store.
I cooked my bacon and let it crisp up on a paper towel.
 I like using guacamole for this sandwich because it has the creaminess 
of the avocado with the added flavor of the tomato, onion and cilantro.  
Recipe for “Martha’s Guacamole” below.
 I start with slathering the guacamole on the first piece of bread.
 Next I added the bacon
 Then I layered thick slices of our Thanksgiving turkey.
{White meat only for me!}
 Just a touch of mayo and black pepper. 
And that’s it! 

·         2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and lightly mashed
·         1/2 cup minced onion
·         1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
·         1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
·         1/4 cup chopped cilantro
·         2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
·         Coarse salt
In a bowl, combine avocados, onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt, and mix to combine.   (If you make the guacamole several hours ahead, keep it in the refrigerator. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the guacamole to prevent discoloration.)


Enter the giveaway here:
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and  leave a comment at the end of this blog post

Ciao Newport Beach is responsible for the giveaway and Oroweat® is providing the prize.  

“The coupons for free product, information, and gift card have been provided by Oroweat® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Oroweat® Organic bread. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Oroweat®.”

ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, November 27, 2014

thanksgiving table, you choose

I set out a few different options for my Thanksgiving table setting.  Do you have a favorite? 
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Let me know what you think...

ciao! Fabiana

Friday, November 14, 2014

elements of my Thanksgiving table


Starting to pull out some inspiration for Thanksgiving.
  I want to go with lots of gold and white 
and a few natural textures.
I'm starting with brown transferware 
and Wedgwood's "Liverpool Birds"
 set on creamy white Wedgewood "Patrician".
Let me know what you think!

ciao! Fabiana