If I had to pinpoint one constant in my life it would be my commitment to reading. I thought I’d share with you why I love to read + the 20 books I’ve already read in 2018.
As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for reading books. Books are like an escape and an opportunity to be transported into a beautifully written world. For me, they play out like movies and I’m eager to flip the page and find out what happens next. Maybe that’s why I’ve developed into a pretty fast reader and I’ve already closed the cover on 20 books this year. READ MORE
Want to enjoy one of the best tasting vegetarian burgers of your life? I know…. it’s a big claim, but I think this California Portobello Burger recipe stands up to it!
This California Portobello Burger is so delicious and has the perfect mix of flavors with the Sonoma Spice Blend and roasted tomatoes paired with the crushed avocado and melted gruyere. Honestly, I had my meat loving siginifcant other devouring it and asking for more.
Do you want to know the trick to looking like a superb home chef? Get yourself an Instant Pot and then make your friends & family this recipe of Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu served over a bed of Italian Tagliatelle pasta. There’s no sugar coating it, this recipe was over-the-top delicious and paired wonderfully with Arrowood Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend wine. It’s how the term match made in heaven came about I swear!
I’m sharing the recipe over on Arrowood Vineyards blog and inspiration came about when they challenged me as a home cook to create two recipes using their custom Sonoma Spice Blend. Last month I stepped WAY outside of my box and created a Lamb Carpaccio Crostini with a Blackberry Balsamic Reduction and this month I wanted a recipe that made be step back to the streets of Italy with their rich bold pasta recipes. I promise you this Red Wine Braised Short Rib Ragu will be in constant rotation in our kitchen. The flavors were spot on with the braised ribs thanks to the spice blend and then once pressured cooked for 35 minutes and served over authentic Italian pasta and topped with freshly shaved parmesan and basil from my garden, it was too good to be true. READ MORE
With the season of long weekends & summer upon us, we’re bound to have quite a few days of Netflix and Amazon Prime binge watching with a side of Rosé and donuts. As much as we love being outdoors and adventurous, we also enjoy our time spent being homebodies. With my work life being so busy, sometimes I just want to throw on some cozy sweats, open a bottle of wine, cuddle with Dexie and binge watch some of our favorite shows.
Since I consider us quite the TV connoisseurs, I thought I’d share with you what some of our favorite series are to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and even a few others. So grab a donut (bonus if it’s vegan) and a glass of Rosé and keep on reading! READ MORE
You may have noticed that a lot of content lately here on Modish & Main has had a healthy living focus to it. I’m continuing it by celebrating “Her Health Month” with BabbleBoxx where it’s all about doing things that better your wellness and spirit. Whether it’s adding an extra 20 minutes to your daily walks, listening to an inspiring podcast, taking all-natural supplements or heading to bed early to light a candle and read a book that betters oneself. Whatever it is, dedicate time to celebrate the best of YOU.
I was so excited to receive an entire box focused on healthy living. I don’t know if it’s because I’m reaching my mid-30’s or that I feel like it’s time to really give myself permission to put myself first. My mindset for the past few months has been really focused on bettering my wellbeing. If anyone knows me personally, then you know that I do not budge on finding time to unwind at night and read a good book (average 45-50/year). I often light a candle on my nightstand (bonus if it’s infused with essential oils like the ones from Chesapeake Bay), clean up and spend the next 20-45 minutes reading a book. READ MORE
How many of you read the title of this recipe, Lamb Carpaccio Crostini with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction, and thought “whoa, Kristin thinks she’s turning into a Chef now!” I can only laugh at the thought of what some of you are thinking, but I’ll be 100% transparent — I sought out advice from a friend of mine who is a very successful Chef, BUT this recipe was created solely by me in my home kitchen. As fancy as it sounds, this recipe is very easy to make and tastes wonderful!
To answer your question, yes this recipe is essentially raw lamb. Stay with me. If you’ve ever had beef carpaccio, which is a traditional Italian dish, then you know just how wonderful it is. It’s more of a mental hurdle than anything else and the same goes for trying lamb carpaccio served on a crostini and topped with a drizzle of blackberry balsamic reduction. Trust me, it’s delightful! READ MORE
I recently stumbled upon (stumbled because I may have been slightly hungover) Whole Food’s paleo green smoothie and it was the best green smoothie I have EVER tasted. No joke, it was delicious and yet very green! Since it rings in at a whopping $8 a smoothie, I knew it was yet another challenge for me to recreate this recipe at home in my own kitchen.
So not only am I sharing my spin on the paleo green smoothie, but I’m going to share some healthy living chit-chat that has been going round and round in my brain for the past 3-4 weeks. I’m always looking to learn more about eco-conscious brands and innovative platforms to really better my wellness overall. It can’t all be done overnight, but it’s the small steps that count! READ MORE
This past weekend Sean & I celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Santo Mezcal in Santa Barbara and it was above & beyond our expectations! We love Mexican food and we love Santa Barbara so when they offered to treat us to a wonderful lunch at their (relatively) new location, we jumped at the opportunity.
There is so much to love about Santo Mezcal from the beautiful design and ambiance to the abundance of FRESH menu items. When I say fresh, I really mean their menu is sourced with all fresh ingredients! The tortilla chips are made to order, the mixes for the cocktails are handmade (never store bought), the sauces are made with fresh produce and so on ….. READ MORE