Wednesday, May 25, 2011

below deck

I love nail polish! There are very few times you'll catch me with naked nails and over the years my collection has grown to well into the double digits. My go to colors include shades of pink and purple, with the occasional festive red or gold. However this color, Below Deck by China Glaze, is a grey-lavender and I'm in love with it. It reminds me a bit of the OPI's You Don't Know Jacques, but warmer and pulling a little more purple. The creaminess and saturation of this color really add to the richness and appeal. And it's a great color that can be a statement without looking too playful.

The picture above features my favorite products from right to left: Seche Base Ridge Filler, Sephora by OPI Quick Dry Spray, China Glaze Below Deck & Seche Vite Top Coat. This is my "dream team" for every application. The Seche Base really does fill the ridges and create a smooth canvas for the color. The Seche Vite top coat dries quickly and can be used alone as a great top coat. But I like topping it off with the OPI Quick Dry Spray because this product really does dry in 45 seconds (or less) and sets all the layers below, ensuring that I don't have to worry about getting those horrible lines or "wrinkles" in my polish.

Friday, May 20, 2011

thai turkey burger

This is a very flavorful turkey burger perfect for spring or summer nights. It would be great on the grill, or if the weather's not cooperating (like it was when I made mine) you can use a cast iron skillet like I did, but either would work just fine. It's light yet satisfying all at the same time. In keeping it healthy I served it up on whole wheat buns and a side of sweet potato fries. From this recipe (from Week of Menus), I got four good sized thick burgers, but you could easily make thinner burgers and get six patties. Recipe as follows, enjoy!

1 cup of carrots (about 2 carrots), shredded
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup basil, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 beaten egg
1 1/4 lb ground turkey

In a fry pan over medium heat, heat oil and add carrots and shallots.  Saute and cook until carrots and shallots are tender.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, cilantro, basil, green onions, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, egg and bread crumbs. Using your hand, gently mix the ingredients together.  Do not push down too much or you will over work the meat.  Add carrots and shallots, again mixing gently.  Shape into 4 equal patties

In the same fry pan you cooked the carrots and shallots, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat and then place the burgers on the pan to cook. Cook for 6-7 minutes on each side.

Serve on a bun with a bit of mayonnaise. Top with crisp lettuce and sliced tomato. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

the wallet search is over

After searching for a new wallet for well over six months, I finally found the one. I don't buy a new wallet very often so it has to be exactly right before I can pull the trigger. And this Marc by Marc Jacobs one fits the bill. It's perfectly bright, has the right amount of storage and is quite the update from my black Coach envelope-style wallet (circa 2005). As an added bonus, it's the perfect anti-clutter wallet and exactly what I needed to prevent myself from having a George Costanza wallet. Cheers to Spring and my new wallet!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

crack pie

I heard about the beloved Momofuku Crack Pie from blogs, friends and addicts alike, all with raving reviews. So it was only natural to me to have to try it out for myself :) Since I live across the country from the nearest Crack Pie distribution center, I had planned to make it on my own with recipes found: here & here. But there was no need, my lovely sorority lil sis brought me my very own slice. It traveled all the way from NYC and it was delicious! I don't usually go for the overly sweet desserts, but there is something about this one, I think its the crack hidden in the cookie crust :)