September 10, 2020

August 23, 2020

Shrimp Scampi

 


Definitely ready to dive into this bowl of shrimp scampi.

There's juicy shrimp, diced shallots, chopped leeks, red pepper flakes, and lots of crushed garlic, butter, a sprinkle of brown sugar and of course wine. Oh and we can't forget the clam juice, which adds an insane amount of seafood flavor.  SIGN. ME. UP!

This sauce is unreal.  You will want to drink it with a spoon. LOL! It has all the best qualities of a deliciously light and silky sauce that can easily be slurped up with noodles. I've been making really easy and simple dishes for dinner this summer and this one is definitely a fave.  We actually had it two nights in a row a couple weeks ago. I added some steamed broccoli to have as a side and this was the most perfect well-rounded summer dish!

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons Butter, Divided
1 Small Leek, Chopped
1 Shallot, Chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
2 Teaspoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/4 Cup White Wine
3-4 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
1 8 Ounce Jar Clam Juice
1 Pound Shrimp, Peeled and De-veined
Fresh Parsley
3/4 Pound Cooked Linguini Pasta



{^^ To a large skillet over medium high heat, add in 3 tablespoons butter and the chopped leeks and shallots.  Sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add in the brown sugar, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning,  onion powder, lemon pepper, salt and pepper.}

{^^ Stir and continue to sauté for a minute more while the seasonings bloom and become fragrant.}


{^^ Add in the crushed garlic and stir.}


{Add the white wine to the pan to deglaze. Reduce the heat to low.}


{^^ Let the wine bubble and cook off for about a minute more.}

{^^Add the clam juice to the pan. This will add so much flavor!}

{^^Let all this goodness simmer. After about 3 minutes, add in another 3 tablespoons butter. }

{^^Once the butter melts, add the shrimp into that luscious, silky sauce.}

{^^Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp are just pink and opaque.}

{Add in lots of fresh chopped parsley.  Be sure to spoon that amazing sauce over each and every shrimp as they simmer.}




{Serve over perfectly al dente linguini and enjoy immediately!}

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing!



August 5, 2020

Fresh Golden Mango Margarita



I am a sucker for a good, icy cold, fresh, tart margarita and this one is PERFECTION! Sweet juicy mango, lots of tart fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and the most amazing unexpected sweet and salty rim. Come to think of it, I am sort of a margarita snob, actually. I know EXACTLY how I want my fresh shaken margarita, margarita on the rocks, and frozen margarita. And what I also know for sure is that they ALL have to have LOTS of fresh lime juice. Please don't ever mention the words "sour mix" in my presence. LOL! 

Give me alllllllll the margaritas this summer, please!


Ingredients: (Per 1 Margarita)

For the Rim:
Zest of 1 Lime
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt

For the Drink:
2 Ounces Lime Juice {2 Limes}
2 Ounces Tequila
1 1/2 Ounces Grand Marnier
1 Ounce Mango Syrup { I used this one, by Master of Mixes it's AMAZING!}
Lime and Fresh Mango for Garnish



{^First things first, chill your glass by filling it with ice.  Set it aside while you make your drink.}

{^Make the sugar, salt, rim mixture.  Zest 1 lime and add it to small plate with the salt and sugar.}

{^ Mix well and set aside.}

{^Juice 2 Limes. They should yield about 2 ounces.}

{^Pour the ice from your now chilled glass into a cocktail shaker, being sure not to include any water from melted ice!}




{^Into the shaker with ice goes the lime juice, tequila, Grand Marnier, and mango syrup. Shake it vigorously for about a minute or so.}

{^Rub the top of your chilled glass with a lime wedge and dip it into the salt, sugar, lime zest mixture.}

{^BEHOLD! A perfectly rimmed glass! :)}

 
{^Pour your ice cold shaken margarita into the chilled, rimmed glass.}

{^Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh mango chunks. My gosh! Look how golden and beautiful it is!}

{^My mouth is watering. LOL! This margarita is tart and sweet and so flavorful and delicious! The lime juice goes perfectly with the mango.}

 
{...And that salt/sugar/lime rim is such an unexpected twist, this margarita is definitely a crowd pleaser!}

Go ahead and whip one up... or two! ...your taste buds will thank me later! :)

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing! 




August 3, 2020

Shop BeautyFash Coming Soon!

Inspired by my love of entertaining, fashion, and all things fancy, I created this blog BeautyFash in March 2011.  So many of you have been loyal readers and supports since then, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

Soon after starting this blog, I discovered my innate ability to inspire women to create beautiful experiences in the kitchen and in their homes, which inspired ME to create the Lifestyle Brand: Shop BeautyFash! We are in the beginning stages and I am so excited to watch this brand evolve into a unique and affordable shopping experience and a source of curated "kitchenwear", beautiful accessories, enchanting glassware, and various perfect tools to guide you in creating the most dazzling and special vibe in your home and life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

I'm excited to share a peek into my first collection: Fancy Aprons.  Five unique embroidered designs, that are sure to inspire you in your kitchen and home! 

They are launching later this month! Stay tuned for updates! 








June 25, 2020

Golden Orzo with Mushrooms and Kale


All I can say to this Golden Orzo dish is: Hello Lover!

I am currently eating the leftovers of this wonderful orzo dish, as I post this, and dare I say it? It tastes even better! You can definitely make this ahead of time, the savory flavors become more pronounced and they marry together even more.  For some reason, orzo is a comfort food for me.  There is something so satisfying about eating it out of a big bowl with a spoon.  I still love and make my favorite Creamy Orzo Dish, but I already know this will become a fast favorite.

This is such a satisfying dish to eat.  The texture of the kale mixed into the perfectly cooked orzo pasta is perfection.  Everything ends up tasting incredible - this packs a huge flavor punch even though it is so SO simple. I whipped this up in about 20 minutes so it's the perfect weeknight side dish!

Ingredients: 

1/2 Yellow Onion, Diced
1 Cup Mushroom, Diced
3 Cloves Garlic, Sliced
2 Tablespoons Butter + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
3 Cups Kale, Chopped
4 Cups Cooked Orzo {about 1/2 box}
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth {or vegetable broth, for a vegan option!}
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Sage
Salt and Pepper to Taste


{^Start by dicing, chopping and slicing your onion, mushrooms and garlic.}



{^To a large hot skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and olive oil.}


{^Next, add in the onion, mushrooms and garlic.}


{^Saute over medium high heat for about 4 minutes, or until the veggies start to sweat.  Season with salt, pepper and the crushed red pepper flakes.}

{^Continue cooking for about 2 minutes more until the veggies are golden brown and toasty, being careful not to burn the garlic.  Continuously stir until everything is evenly brown.}



{^Next, add in your kale. Mix to evenly coat each piece of kale with the butter/oil/toasted onion/garlic/mushroom mixture. Saute for about 3-4 minutes or just until the kale starts to wilt.}


{^Add in your cooked orzo. Make sure you cook it al dente, per the directions on the box.  For mine, that meant for exactly 7 minutes. You want your orzo to have some bite!  Continue mixing to evenly distribute the orzo throughout.}


{^Add your chicken broth and let it sizzle and reduce for about a minute.}


{^Stir and let this saute for about 2 minutes, scraping up any golden bits from the bottom of the pan.}


{^Now it's time to add more flavor.  Add in the balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground sage, salt and a few good shakes of ground black pepper.  This combination of flavors will add a savory profile that will take this plain orzo the NEXT LEVEL!}


{^Mix well to combine and taste for additional seasoning. Continue to stir and saute until everything is golden and delicious.  I love the rich, golden, toasty color that the orzo takes on.}


{^Serve right away with the protein of your choice.  A beautiful filet of lemon pepper sauteed salmon was the perfect accompaniment to mine last night! This is seriously a restaurant quality dish, I was blown away.} 


{^When you look up "The Perfect Bite" in the dictionary.  It's the texture of the kale for me. :)  I hope you love this as much as I do.}

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing!