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Quick Eats: Padron Peppers from the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market

Its that time of year, when you’ll find the tasty padron pepper for sale at the Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market.

Duo Events was kind enough to provide this recipe for a quick snack with this diminutive, little pepper. Enjoy!

To serve 4-6 people you’ll need:

-1 pound of padron or shishito peppers (source from your local farmers market or specialty grocer).

-2 Tablespoons good quality olive oil

-1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

-Zest of 1/2 Lemon

Heat a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan over high heat (cast iron works great for this). Add the olive oil and peppers. Saute for 1-2 minutes (the peppers should blister) – some spots will brown or blacken, do not worry, this is what you are looking for. Toss with sea salt and lemon zest.  Enjoy with friends (warning these are addictive, you may want to double the recipe!).

And a big thank you to the lovely Anna Costa for taking the lovely photos and you can check out her own food blog right here. Happy snacking!

 

On the Rocks: Chocoletto

This week we’re getting our cocktail on early (who else is excited that this is a long weekend?) and I have one more spiked hot chocolate idea that I’m calling the Chocoletto. To make it you need:

– glass of your favorite hot cocoa

– 1 shot of amaretto

– 1/2 shot tres leches

Garnish with some shaved chocolate and enjoy!

Entertaining: Lady-Like Hot Cocoa Bar

So last week I showed a more “manly” mid-century hot chocolate bar for Valentine’s Day and this week, we’re getting all fancy and lady-like up in here with a tea party inspired, hot cocoa bar. Jessica Foster made cinnamon milk hot cocoa, cinnamon sugar dusted marshmallows, heart chocolates and of course truffles.

Tricia Fountaine kindly provided the beautiful tea cups and fine china (which are available for rent right here). We kept the hot chocolate warm in Town & Country’s copper coffee urn.

Red toile plates were set with Jessica’s truffles and the most amazing cinnamon sugar dusted marshmallows (I indulged in more than a few of these…)

Invariably, a heart chocolate or two made an appearance.

Thanks to Jessica for the amazing hot cocoa (not to mention those insane marshmallows & of course truffles) and to Anna Costa for shooting (and indulging) in the chocolate-y goodness.

 

On the Rocks: Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day just on the horizon, how about a spicy dark hot chocolate (this one by Jessica Foster) spiked with Cointreau to share with your beau?

Simply mix up your favorite hot cocoa and add a one shot of  Cointreau for a burst of orange flavor. Garnish with a marshmallow and orange twist. Enjoy!

And more chocolate and Valentine’s Day goodness can be found right here:

A mid-century hot chocolate bar

A pop up chocolate shop by Elizabeth Colling is coming to Santa Barbara!

Chocolate ice cream float with eggnog

A DIY valentine’s day table

A French Chocolate & Blue inspiration board

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies stuffed with caramel

The art of handmade truffles

Mudslide Milkshake

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

 

Entertaining: Mid-Century Inspired Hot Chocolate Bar with Jessica Foster Confections

You all know how much I love Jessica Foster’s truffles (remember this editorial?) and now she’s offering hot chocolate bars for weddings and events. With Valentine’s day around the corner I thought it would be fun to show two different ways you could style a hot chocolate bar. This version, is my “manly” version, lots of brass, decanters and, of course, vintage 60’s glasses. (And yes, there will be cocktail ideas with hot chocolate, check back on Friday for those ideas).

Vintage heart shape plates from Tricia Fountaine, layered with mid-century glassware and of course a few of Jessica’s truffles make for one delicious looking plate.

For this setup, Jessica made a spicy dark hot chocolate and we kept it warm in a copper round chaffing dish from Town & Country Event Rentals.

And of course what hot chocolate bar would be complete without marshmallows? These are made by Jessica and are so light and airy they’re like eating a cloud. Stay tuned for the “lady-like” version of a hot chocolate bar next Monday and of course cocktail ideas this Friday.

Let’s Eat: Eggnog Float with Chocolate Ice Cream and Toasted Almonds

So I don’t know about you, but I loovee eggnogg. I was at a friend’s house and  they happen to have eggnog and were serving chocolate ice cream for dessert. I decided to combine the two, and ended up with an outrageous float that tastes like chocolate dipped in butter and cream. I added a little bit of toasted almonds for some crunch, and bam, tasty-party-time-in-my-mouth. This may be my favorite quick and easy holiday delight… And if you’re feeling super festive you could add a splash of baileys or kahlua (I won’t tell).

To make it yourself:

– Two scopes of ice cream

– Pour the eggnog over the ice cream

– Toast some sliced almonds and sprinkle on top.

To toast the almonds: 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until you can smell the almonds, watch them closely, they’ll burn if you’re not paying attention.

Enjoy! You may hate me for telling you about this later…

Entertaining: Thanksgiving Table with Persimmons

Its that time of year, Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away and it can be daunting to figure out the decor for your table in the midst of food prep and family arrivals. So to get you inspired, I used rentals from Town & Country’s new Santa Barbara location for those who want to add a bit of pizzaz to their celebration. But honestly, the best part of renting china/flatware/glassware? You simply have to rinse your plates, throw them back in their crates and Town & Country will clean up for you (heck while you’re at it, you might as well rent platters and serving utensils and really make a dent in your dishes pile).

For the table, I used their vineyard table, which has a rustic wood plank topic which is perfect for the season. For the centerpiece, the vineyard oblong wood bowl holds persimmon branches, dusty miller, bittersweet, whole persimmons, brunia, orange dahlias, and ranunculus (all flowers from Florabundance). The vineyard cane back chairs add a hint of elegance to the look.

I placed the  burlap wing backed paris chair to cap each end of the table.

At each place setting I used a Provencal plate (no need for a charger for a casual dinner), Riedel stemless wine glasses, fleur de lys glasses for water, and coppery Morocco flatware. Simple linen napkins in oyster are folded casually and placed under the flatware. And finally, a simple sprig of bittersweet graces each plate.

I then used some leftover bittersweet and ranunculus to make an impromptu mini garland.

Then I stuck a leftover ranunuclus in my hair and lit the silver and gold mercury glass votives from Jamali Garden. And stay tuned, tomorrow I will show you how to recreate the centerpiece for your own Thanksgiving table.

 And here’s a cheat sheet of all the rentals you’ll need for a party of 6:

2 Paris high backed chairs

4 vineyard cane backed chairs

6 provencal dinner plates

6 of each,salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife and spoon in Morocco

1 6′ foot vineyard table

6 oyster linen napkins

6 fleur de lys water glasses

6 stemless riedel glasses

1 oblong bowl (for centerpiece)

Happy party planning!

*Town & Country, Florabundance & Michael & Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic.