Recipes

Chicken Tikka Masala Baked Potatoes

08.29.17

A delicious, hearty slow cooked chicken tikka masala baked potato recipe. It's comfort food at its finest! Recipe on Cambria Wines blog.

If there is an appliance better than a slow cooker, then I have yet to be introduced to it! Delicious recipes simmering for hours on end while you continue on with your day, that’s my kind of cooking. Speaking of a simmering recipe, this chicken tikka masala baked potatoes is absolute perfection.

A flavorful spiced chicken enveloped in a rich, creamy tomato sauce topped over a fluffy baked potato is truly comfort food at its finest. This was my first attempt at making Indian fare at home and this is definitely the recipe I would recommend starting with. There is little to no chef work and 6 hours later you have a truly delicious meal that can feed a whole family (or leftover the next few days).
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Recipes

First Harvest with Figs and Apples

08.28.17

While many of us are looking forward to a fall harvest of pumpkins and squashes, my favorite time of year is the first harvest happening right before the end of summer. It’s when some of the best fruits and vegetables are being collected and we can use them in of our favorite recipes. When I think of first harvest in August, the first thing that comes to mind is my love of figs and apples.

Enjoy first harvest with in season figs and apples. Create your own fig toast with cream cheese and honey or an apple toast with almond butter, honey and cacao nibs. Recipe on Modish and Main.

Enjoy first harvest with in season figs and apples. Create your own fig toast with cream cheese and honey or an apple toast with almond butter, honey and cacao nibs. Recipe on Modish and Main.

I swear the older I get the more I fall in love with figs. Although, like many of you, my love affair started with the classic Fig Newton and evolved to the dried fruit and now I love them fresh whenever I can get my hands on them. California figs are in harvest through September, so it’s this time of year that I really go to town with my indulgence on figs.
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Lifestyle / Recipes

How to Incorporate Eating More Greens in Your Life

08.27.17

If you’re like me, chomping on a bushel of kale or steaming up a bowl of broccoli everyday to ensure you’re eating enough greens each day is highly unlikely. To be honest, I actually despise salads and only eat them occasionally when I’m having an odd craving. With that being said, I am very conscious about how to incorporate eating more greens in my life on a daily basis especially this month while I’m on my dry August detox

A great way to incorporate eating more greens in your life is by digesting a nutritious greens powder like Kiwami Greens. Simply add it to your favorite açai bowl or protein smoothie and you'll be getting loads of vegetables, matcha and more! Learn more at Modish and Main.

Unlike my good friend Jill from The 805 Diary who can literally survive on churros, Red Vines and onion rings and still look incredible, I have to be quite a bit more conscious about what I put into my body. Having switched my diet to gluten free and dairy free over 2.5 years ago, I do try to incorporate a strong plant-based diet as I know it provides me with the nutritional benefits that I need to feel healthy and energized day-to-day.
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Lifestyle

Life Lately 1.0

08.24.17

Life Lately 1.0 - Day Trip to Ojai | Modish and Main I realized lately that the only place that I share what I’m doing in my everyday life is over on Instagram. Some of you may not follow me + with the crazy new algorithm there is actually a slim chance that you’re seeing all my recent content. I thought it’d be fun to share with you on occasion a Life Lately post that highlights what I’ve been up throughout the month thus far.

Let’s start with a few weekends ago when my girlfriend, Jill, and I spent the afternoon in sunny Ojai. Our first stop was as Tipple & Ramble. To put it simply, it’s a super cute picnic shop / wine bar with one of the best outdoor spaces I’ve seen yet. Even with the ample amount of shade, Ojai can get plenty warm so thankfully there is chilled rosé and white wine to cool you down. Let’s not even talk about how badly I want this table and bench!
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Authentic New Orleans Creole Gumbo

08.18.17

One of the greatest joys of being with someone for 10 years is getting immersed in their family traditions. I’m lucky enough that his side of the family hails from New Orleans and that means some seriously good southern cooking. A few years back we spent the day with his Aunt & Uncle asking them to teach us their ways on how to make an authentic New Orleans Creole gumbo from scratch. Now, I get to bring it to all of you!

Authentic New Orleans Gumbo Recipe | Modish and Main

As a born & raised Wisconsin girl, I never had the opportunity to enjoy New Orleans cuisine. Fast forward this past decade and now I’ve learned what the hype is all about. From the gumbo, jambalaya, charbroiled gulf oysters, barbecue shrimp and muffulettas, I’m officially in love with the food from The Big Easy.
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Organization / Style & Beauty

5 Favorite Sunglasses + How I Display Them

08.16.17

One thing that’s for certain when you live in Southern California is the necessity for sunglasses. Since they’re a part of your everyday wardrobe, I feel you can never have too many. I wanted to share with you my 5 favorite pairs of sunglasses and how I put them on display so they’re easy to grab before I run out the door.

My 5 Favorite Sunglasses and How I Display My Sunglasses | Modish and Main

These days my eyes have become so sensitive to the sun that even on overcast, foggy mornings I still have to grab a pair sunglasses. I try whenever possible to purchase high-quality polarized lenses, but it never hurts to have a handful of inexpensive options that won’t make you collapse into a ball of tears if you lose them, forget them at a restaurant, have them stolen, drop them or a big wave knocks you over and they’re gone to the sea forever. All of these things have happened to me and ALL of them were with expensive pairs of sunglasses. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way.
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Soy Braised Beef with a Tomato, Mint and Onion Salad

08.10.17

A delicious Asian inspired recipe made in the slow cooker! Try this soy braised beef with a tomato, mint and onion salad. | Modish and Main x Cambria Wines There is so much to love about this soy braised beef with a tomato, mint & onion salad recipe that I’m sharing with you in collaboration with Cambria Wines today. Let’s start with the fact that it’s super easy to make because the slow cooker does all the work. Secondly, as most Asian inspired dishes are, the soy braised beef goes great over a bed of jasmine rice or noodles.  Lastly, the beef tastes so delicious after simmering for 8 hours and it has just the perfect amount of spice.  There’s really not much to love about this recipe!

A delicious Asian inspired recipe made in the slow cooker! Try this soy braised beef with a tomato, mint and onion salad. | Modish and Main x Cambria Wines A delicious Asian inspired recipe made in the slow cooker! Try this soy braised beef with a tomato, mint and onion salad. | Modish and Main x Cambria Wines Of course, what great recipe doesn’t have an equally good glass of wine to go with it? We chose to pair the soy braised beef with Cambria Wines Tespusquet Vineyard Syrah because it’s bold, balanced flavors can handle the spicy protein, yet it’s still light enough to go with the tomato, mint & onion salad.
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Lifestyle

Why I’m Doing a Dry August

08.01.17

I’ll be honest, I’ve been eager for August 1st to arrive. My summer has been amazing, but from traveling to Vancouver, celebrating the 4th of July, a family vacation to Lake Tahoe and then my birthday …. it takes a toll on my body. That’s why I’m committing to a dry August. That’s right, 30 days without drinking.

Stagg Gooseneck Matte Black Kettle from Crate and Barrell | Modish and Main

Last August I got to this same point and did a dry August as well. The results felt amazing! Not only did I not consume ANY alcohol, but I made a serious commitment to kick ass in the gym and eat really healthy, nutritious meals.
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