Follow:

My Best Recipe

I’m so excited to finally share with you my favorite recipe, I consider this to be my best recipe to date!

I MADE A BABY!

That’s right, Scrappy will be a BIG BROTHER!!  Scott and I will be expecting our first child early next year.  We are over the moon with joy and cannot wait to become parents.

We found out that we were expecting on Father’s Day weekend.

This is the reason why I’ve taken the summer off from blogging.  Exhaustion during the first trimester of pregnancy was tough.  I would crawl into bed at 8pm and stay in there until the next morning.  The second trimester has been a lot better, I’m no longer as tired.  We are so excited for our next doctors appointment, it’s the appointment where we find out the gender of our baby!

Do you have any guesses as to what gender Baby T will be?

Share on
Leave a comment

6 Comments

  • Reply Coco

    Yay!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Julie

    So happy for you!

    October 3, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Anita

    awww Lephan. This is amazing! Congratulations.
    I’ll be following this little baby’s growth, travels and adventures on this blog. Can’t wait!

    October 3, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Christine Nendick

    The cutest photo session ever, love you and so so so happy for the Tyler Team!

    October 3, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply CATHY A MAROSE

    You guys look so adorable!!

    October 3, 2017 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Kristi Gorski

    You THREE are adorable!! So happy for you all!

    October 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Leave a Reply

    Buffalo Chicken Skewers

    Buffalo chicken skewers marry my love of chicken on a stick and buffalo chicken.  This is a healthier version of the traditional fried wing, but doesn’t skimp on any of the flavors.  This is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ. 

    Happy Tuesday my loves, before we dive head first into this recipe I wanted to take some time and have a chat.  When I first started this blogging journey, I was unsure, embarrassed and utterly self-conscious.  Unsure if anyone would want to read what I had to say, embarrassed to let my family and friends know about what I was doing, and self-conscious about being deemed unoriginal.

    My insecurities probably lasted for the first year of blogging and instagramming.  I had people in my life who were not supportive, who judged and mocked what I was doing.  It took sometime, but I finally understood that it wasn’t about me, but about them.

    Finding a solid support base and building friendships is something I never realize could happen.  Spending my adult life in a competitive corporate setting, I just assumed that the blogging community would behave similarly.  I thought we would all be competing with each other to get our voices heard.

    Boy was I wrong, the moment I understood that we’re in this together, that is the moment I stopped worrying about everyone else.  I started focusing on me, my instagram account, my brand, and my grind.  During my first year of blogging, I was so focused on what everyone else was doing, comparing their successes to my lack of.  This is an absolute mind f*ck. We as bloggers need to abandon that mentality,

    If there is one advice I could give a new blogger, stop focusing on what everyone else is doing, the time is better spent working on your grind.

    The jealousy I used to feel was detrimental to my growth, the moment I set that free was the moment I started to 100% enjoy myself, which then translated across all my social media platforms.

    We have to stop comparing ourselves to other people, each one of us is unique and have so much to offer.  Instead of feeling envious of one another, let’s celebrate each other’s achievements.  It’s more productive this way.

    Okay, enough of this serious stuff… eesh!  What’s happened to me? Let’s get to business now.  I have a recipe to share with you all!

    In the ’80s to the early ’00s my dad and his brothers owned a small handful of American Chinese Food Restaurants.  Some of my fondest memories were spent there with my family.  On the mornings that my father had to go open up the restaurant, he would let me tag along.  I helped shuffle paper work around and fold napkins.

    My reward came in the form of chicken teriyaki sticks, this was my favorite part of the day.  I would sit in the dim dining room, with only the the light from outside shining through the large windows and happily eating my two teriyaki sticks.

    When creating this recipe I was hit such nostalgia.  The memories of my father in the restaurant’s kitchen, young and full of ambition flood my mind and bring tears to my eyes.  I’m reminded of the sacrifices my family made to make sure the next generation had more.  I’m lucky to have spent my childhood observing.

    Although this isn’t the traditional chicken teriyaki, it is a homage to my childhood.  The Buffalo Chicken Skewers bring me back to all those years of sitting at a small table in the dining room.

    To make the Buffalo Chicken Skewers I did the following, I marinated chicken tenderloin strips in a mixture of

    • louisiana hot sauce
    • butter
    • vinegar
    • garlic powder
    • salt and pepper

    The vinegar helps tenderize the chicken and makes it so luxurious to eat.  This recipe is so easy and perfect for your summer gatherings.

    Let me know if you try this, tag me in your photos!

    Pin for later


    Buffalo Chicken Skewers
    Print Recipe
    Buffalo chicken skewers marry my love of chicken on a stick and buffalo chicken.  This is a healthier version of the traditional fried wing, but doesn't skimp on any of the flavors.  This is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ. 
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 1.5 hours
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10-15 minutes 1 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 1.5 hours
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10-15 minutes 1 hours
    Buffalo Chicken Skewers
    Print Recipe
    Buffalo chicken skewers marry my love of chicken on a stick and buffalo chicken.  This is a healthier version of the traditional fried wing, but doesn't skimp on any of the flavors.  This is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ. 
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 1.5 hours
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10-15 minutes 1 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 1.5 hours
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10-15 minutes 1 hours
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, whisk together hot sauce, melted butter, vinegar, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
    2. Marinade the chicken in the mixture for an hour.
    3. Skewer each piece of chicken and grill or panfry on medium high heat for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through
    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    6 Comments

  • Reply Christine

    Literally my favorite post of yours! From the wisdom of focusing on yourself to the Buffalo chicken, this really speaks to me. Keep grinding girl, you’re doing great!

    June 14, 2017 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Lephan

      Well, you’re the sweetest! Thank you for all your support!!

      June 14, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Lily

    I love food that has sentimental value! Makes it taste even better (and easier to put the time and effort in to cooking it!) Also resonate with the first few paragraphs – blogging/Instagramming is way too time consuming if you’re not enjoying yourself!

    June 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply Lephan

      Thank’s Lily! It’s all so true, it never seems like a chore when I’m doing something that I love.

      June 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    I love this post so much! It reminds me a lot of what you said to me the other day at brunch which really resonated with me- that ” at the end of the day, you just have to do you.” Well, at least that’s the way I remember what you said, haha.

    Also, love this story about your childhood – it’s so sweet!

    June 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply Lephan

      You’re so sweet! I”m so happy that you loved this post! It’s so important though, I just want everyone to feel empowered in what they do! xoxo

      June 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Leave a Reply

    Scottish Pancakes

    This Scottish Pancake aka Drop Scones recipe is adapted from HRH Queen Elizabeth the II.  These fluffy yet dense pancakes are delicious and filling.  The addition of cocoa powder adds a modern twist to the original recipe. 

    Hi all,

    It’s been a minute huh?  Sorry for the month off, I had a lot going on.  I’ll catch you up in another post, I promise.  Right now, I want to talk to you guys about these Scottish Pancakes.  While making these you will need to create a Scottish accent, one similar to Jamie Frasier’s (Outlander anyone? This Droughtlander nonsense is getting ridiculous!  Having to wait until September is hard… LIFE IS HARD!).  whoa.. what happened there haha.

    In 1960, then-President Eisenhower and his wife stayed at Balmoral and HRH apparently made her Scottish Pancakes aka Drop Scones for them.  The recipe and the letter to the President can be found in the National Archives.

    When I found this recipe, I knew… without a doubt, that I had to make these!  If it’s good enough for the Queen, it is good enough for me… ten fold.. duh!  The thing is, I can’t ever just leave “fine enough” alone, I had to add something to make this recipe “my own”.

    I decided to add raw cocoa powder, I had some in my pantry that I use for smoothies.  I love chocolate and cocoa is highly nutritious and can provide numerous health benefits.

    Here are a few examples of the health benefits:

    • Prevents blood clots
    • Has over 700 compounds of complex antioxidants
    • Can help balance hormonal mood swings

    So, by adding cocoa powder to these Scottish Pancakes, I’ve made them healthy… right?

     

    I mean, let’s just go with that… kay?  Thanks!

    What do you guys think?  Will you try this recipe? Grab it below.

    “God Save the Queen”

    Until next time,

    Love, Lephan

    Pin for later


    Scottish Pancakes
    Print Recipe
    This Scottish Pancake aka Drop Scones recipe is adapted from HRH Queen Elizabeth the II. These fluffy yet dense pancakes are delicious and filling. The addition of cocoa powder adds a modern twist to the original recipe.
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    10 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    10 minutes
    Scottish Pancakes
    Print Recipe
    This Scottish Pancake aka Drop Scones recipe is adapted from HRH Queen Elizabeth the II. These fluffy yet dense pancakes are delicious and filling. The addition of cocoa powder adds a modern twist to the original recipe.
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    10 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    10 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. Beat all wet ingredients except for melted butter together. Combine dry ingredients into we ingredients, add melted butter.
    2. In a large frying pan, grease with coconut oil. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan and cook on medium high heat until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Flip the Scottish Pancakes and continue cooking until the pancakes have been cooked through.
    3. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.
    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    2 Comments

  • Reply Christine

    Uh. GIRL. How bout we just brunch at your place from now on? These are incredible and your photography skills are on point. Adding Cocoa definitely makes them healthy 😉

    Happy Friday!

    June 9, 2017 at 11:22 am
    • Reply Lephan

      Done! Brunch at my place, and I mean.. Cocoa has proven health benefits haha

      June 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Leave a Reply

    Pan Roasted Petite Rainbow Carrots

    Roasting is my favorite way to cook carrots.  Doing them on the stove in a pan cuts the time in half and creates more caramelization. Keep reading for my Pan Roasted Petite Rainbow Carrots.

    If you’re anything like me, you have the best intentions to plan out holiday dinners, but you always feel like the menu is not good enough.  You find yourself changing a few side dishes last minute.  Sweet S does last minute grocery runs for me more than I’d like to admit.  Last week it was for an avocado.

    If you’re still deciding between what side dish to serve with that baked ham, look no further.  These Pan Roasted Petite Rainbow Carrots take 25min and will be the easiest thing you cook all day.

    All it takes is a quick seasoning of turmeric, black pepper, salt, honey and apple cider vinegar then pan roasted in coconut oil.

    When cooking with turmeric, you always want to make sure it’s consumed with black pepper and a healthy fat.  This helps all the goodness from the turmeric (the curcumin) get absorbed into your bloodstream.

    You can find these cute petite carrots at Trader Joes, if you don’t have a TJ’s near you and cannot find petite rainbow carrots, regular carrots will do just fine.  I would just cut them into carrot sticks.

    TBH it took all my will not to eat all of these carrots right out of the pan as they were cooking.  Okay, so I actually had to stop eating them out of the pan, because I burned the roof of my mouth.  The caramelization of the carrots create this beautiful char that’s slightly smokey and sweet and utterly irresistible. To create that  char it’s important to not move the carrots around while they are in the pan, that’s the only way they’ll get that gorgeous caramelization.  Don’t worry, it’ll look like the carrots are burning, but it’s just the sugars crystalizing. To get the char on both sides, flip the carrots over halfway through cooking.

    Tell me, what is your favorite way to cook carrots?  If you make this recipe remember to tag #MLRecipes.

    Until next time,

    Love, Lephan

     

    Pan Roasted Petite Rainbow Carrots
    Print Recipe
    A quick side dish that adds nutrition and ease to your dinners.
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Pan Roasted Petite Rainbow Carrots
    Print Recipe
    A quick side dish that adds nutrition and ease to your dinners.
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, turmeric, black pepper, honey and salt.
    2. Toss carrots into marinade making sure carrots are evenly coated with marinade.
    3. Heat a large skillet and coconut oil on medium high. Add carrots and liquid to pan, make sure carrots are arranged in a single layer.
    4. Cover carrots and cook for 8-10 minutes. Then flip carrots over and cook for another 8-10 minutes on the other side. If carrots look like they need a few more minutes to char, allow them to cook longer.
    Share this Recipe
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    3 Comments

  • Reply https://andradetalis.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it,
    you may be a great author. I will remember
    to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back later
    on. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great work,
    have a nice morning!

    April 21, 2017 at 7:09 pm
  • Leave a Reply

    No Knead French Baguette Recipe


    Last week I shared some pictures from the last day of my Paris trip.  I wanted to follow that post up with a recipe for something iconic and French.  To me, there is no food more iconic than the French baguette, maybe the croissant, but that’s for another blog post.  Each time I find myself in Paris, I make it a point to buy a baguette from a boulangerie and share it with S as we wander around the city.  There is something so iconic, comforting and romantic about strolling in-between the Haussmannian style buildings with a baguette in hand.

    Since the baguette holds so much nostalgia, I wanted to try making it.  I spent sometime consulting google and youtube until I found this Food Wishes video and lost all of my chill!

    I was convinced I would end up having a Lucille Ball comedic experience while making this baguette.  Surprisingly, I only screwed up once.  I used a food scale and measured the flour wrong. Luckily, that was an easy fix!

    This bread takes about 15 minutes in the oven with a a tray of water on the bottom shelf.  Using a clean spray bottle, the bread needs to get a good spritz every 5 minutes.  The moister is what gives the baguette its crunchy crust.

    The baguettes turned out perfect!  They were crispy and crunchy on the outside and utterly soft and springy on the inside!

    Check out the recipe below. It’s slightly modified from Chef John’s recipe. I added some honey to the yeast to help it bloom.

    Okay, so I overcooked two baguettes…

    Have you ever tried making your own bread?  How did it turn out?

    Tag me in your bread making endeavors, you just may get featured on my instagram! @MacaronsandLavender #MLRecipes

    Until next time,

    Love Lephan

    French Baguette
    Print Recipe
    Easy, rustic, baguette recipe that gives you a soft pillowy center and a crispy outside.
    Servings Prep Time
    4 loafs 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 14 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    4 loafs 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 14 hours
    French Baguette
    Print Recipe
    Easy, rustic, baguette recipe that gives you a soft pillowy center and a crispy outside.
    Servings Prep Time
    4 loafs 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 14 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    4 loafs 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 14 hours
    Ingredients
    Servings: loafs
    Instructions
    1. Add yeast, honey and water together. Wait about 2 minutes
    2. Incorporate salt and with a wooden spoon, slowly mix in the flour until dough forms. You'll want the dough to start pulling away from the sides of the bowl, but remain sticky. It's important that the dough stays slightly sticky.
    3. Cover dough with plastic wrap and a tea towel, place in a draft-free area. I like using the inside of a turned off oven. Let rise for 12-14 hours
    4. Once dough has risen, remove towel and plastic wrap and punch down. Shape dough into a rectangle shape and separate into 4 equal sizes.
    5. Start shaping dough by flattening dough on a lightly floured surface. It's important that you do not use too much flour, the dough needs to stay slightly tacky. Start rolling the dough out like a cigar, starting at the end closest to you. Tuck in ends.
    6. Place shaped loaves on a floured baking sheet and flour top of each loaf. Cover with floured plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours or until almost doubled in size.
    7. Cut slits across the top of each loaf.
    8. Place a deep lasagna pan with water on the bottom shelf of oven.
    9. Bake in a 550 degree fahrenheit preheated oven for 15 minutes or until well browned. Using a spray bottle, spritz bread with water every 5 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through.
    10. Cool and serve with spreads of your choice!
    Recipe Notes

    Freeze any left over bread and warm from frozen state in a 350 degree oven for 5-10min.  This will keep the break from getting soft.

    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    2 Comments

  • Reply Ashley

    I’m so glad you posted this – I’m going to need to make this bread ASAP!

    May 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm
  • Leave a Reply

    Paris with Love

    Bonjour mon ami!

    If you follow me on Instagram you already know my love for Paris, France. S and I try to fly there as often as possible. This February, we stayed at the ultra charming hotel in Le Marais called L’Hôtel Paris Marais Caron de Beaumarchais. When looking for a place to stay, we flirted with the idea of renting an Airbnb, but ultimately settled on this place because of the charming décor. The nerd in me is obsessed with 17th and 18th century France, so the opportunity to stay in a property that is decorated in the baroque style made my heart instantly flutter. This charming 19-room boutique hotel offers rooms with a gorgeous balcony or if you would prefer to save a few euros, a courtyard facing room.

    The hotel was named after Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Monsieur Beaumarchais was a renaissance man most notable for writing the comedy Le Mariage de Figaro, this inspired Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Beaumarchais was also a watchmaker, who invented the first timepiece that was accurate to the second and the size of a ring.

    He also, had a huge hand in persuading the French government to support the revolt of the American colonies against the British.   Beaumarchais supplied a shipment of ammunition and guns for 25,000 men in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. I wish I had thought to snap actual pictures of the hotel, but here are some from the website and one of my own.

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    Photo Credit Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

    How dreamy was that?  Someone take me back, please!

    I want to share our last full day in Paris with you all. Typical of Parisian winters, this day was rainy and overcast, with pockets of sunlight.  We were feeling a bit down, as it was our last day, so we decided that it would be a good idea to be tourists.

    We settled on taking a tour bus for our “touristy activity”, as this was the best way for us to see all our favorite spots one last time before we leave (I know, I know, we are dramatic people. But, I effing adore this city. I’m obsessed with food, culture, people and language).

    We chatted with the ever-so-charming and knowledgeable British French front desk agent, Phil, who recommended the Le Open Tour to us. Unlike the other double decker bus tours in the city, this one offers four different lines, which take you through most of the Arrondissements.

    So, that was that… we settled on this tour. You can pick up the bus at a number of stops across the city and tickets can be purchased right on board. We walked over to the Notre Dame Cathedral stop and hopped on the bus there.

    I find that having a strategy helps when you’re taking advantage of these touristy things. We planned out the areas we wanted to see and we knew that we wouldn’t be getting off the bus to explore, as we’ve already done that before and were limited on time. Here’s the breakdown of the lines, followed by our strategy.

    • The Green Line is the main attraction line, it hits notable areas like the Louvre, Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde.
    • The Orange Line takes you to the left bank, hitting the areas of made famous by the Lost Generation, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Montparnasse (think café culture!). This also stops at Le Jardin du Luxembourg.
    • The Blue Line takes you through Le Marais to places like Maison de Victor Hugo.
    • The Yellow Line takes you to Montmartre and Pigalle. You’ll need to actually get off the bus and head up the hill if you want to see Sacre-Coeur, but it’s totally worth it.

    Our strategy:

    As I mentioned, we wanted to use the open tour as a way to get a final glimpse of the city before having to say au revoir to Paris.

    • We blocked off approximately 3-4 hours for the ride, we knew that we could easily walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral stop and pick up the Green line there.
    • Because we were staying in Le Marais, we skipped the Blue Line.
    • We then looked at the map, identifying the areas where we could easily transfer lines. We noticed that it made the most sense to transfer to the Orange line at stop 17, Hotel des Invalides.
    • We would ride the Orange Line all the way around the left bank back to stop 17.
    • We would then get back on the Green Line and continue to stop 19, Place de la Madeleine and transfer to the Yellow Line.
    • We would then take the Yellow Line all the way around back to stop 19 and transfer back to the Green Line to take it back to Notre Dame Cathedral, Stop 6.

     

     

    Once we hopped off the bus we walked across the street to The Shakespeare and Company where I purchased a couple of books and pretended to be a member of the Lost Generation (nerd alert times 2). Pictures are not allowed in the bookstore, although people were still taking photos. I chose not to participate in taking pictures, because I love rules and S and I felt that it would be disrespectful to the property and to the owners (nerd alert times 3). No judgment if you have more of a rebel heart than I do.

    To stay on topic, in my next post, I’m sharing how I made Baguettes at home to cure my Paris blues.

     

    Au Revoir!

    Share on
    Leave a comment

    No Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Crabmeat and Ricotta Wontons

    Greetings from Paris!  I can’t wait to share this trip with you all.  My heart hasn’t been this happy in a while.  Heart Emojis. (Editors Note: This post was supposed to go live last week, however due to laptop charging/user error, this post was delayed).

    Do you guys remember when I made this Crabmeat Rangoon Dip, a few weeks ago?  Well I had about a cup of crabmeat left over and an ambitious idea to make raviolis.  I sent S out to the grocery store to pick up parsley, scallions and ricotta cheese, when he returned I promptly mixed the filling together, stuck it in the fridge and then sat down on the couch.  (C’mon you can’t tell me that’s never happened to you before…).  The idea of attempting to make my own pasta pasta dough put me into an instant state of procrastination.

    Here are the thoughts that ran through my head:

    • “You’ve never made pasta before, what if you royal screw this up? Is this really the time to do something that is challenging AF?”
    • “Do I have enough eggs?”
    • “Oh Sh*t! Scrappy got into the only bag of flour I had a couple of weeks ago!”

    That last thought is real, we have these utility shelves in our kitchen, since we don’t have a real pantry (it’s actually a real pain the the ass).  Scrappy has never paid much attention to the items on the shelves, but for some reason that day he thought a brand new bag of all-purpose flour would be the ideal midday snack.  Needless to say, we came home to one fun mess.  So, now we have a dog that’s up for adoption… JUST KIDDING.  Scrappy is our ride or die, we love that little monster more than anything in the world.

    Okay, what was I saying, about an hour later I recalled having random packages of wonton wrappers in the fridge.  That is how the idea of merging Italian and Chinese together to make Crabmeat and Ricotta Wontons was born.  The “Italian” part is the filling and the “Chinese” part is the addition of the wonton wrappers.

    This recipe makes a boatload of wontons.  I ended up freezing about 45 of the 97 that I made.  97 sounds intimidating, but let me tell you the wrapping process is pretty therapeutic.  I cranked on some tunes and just zoned out while wrapping.

    I boiled the wontons for about 3 minutes, then transferred them to a frying pan with olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, garlic, salt and pepper.  Cooked the wontons for another 5 minutes, gently stirring until each one was coated in the garlic, lemon butter sauce.

    Transferred to a bowl, garnished the top with some scallions and called it a success!

    Let me know if you give this guy a try.  Take some #foodporn on the ‘gram and tag me!  @macaronsandlavender and #MacaronsandLavender.

     

    Ricotta and Crabmeat Wontons
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    98 Wantons 60 minutes
    Cook Time
    4 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    98 Wantons 60 minutes
    Cook Time
    4 minutes
    Ricotta and Crabmeat Wontons
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    98 Wantons 60 minutes
    Cook Time
    4 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    98 Wantons 60 minutes
    Cook Time
    4 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: Wantons
    Instructions
    1. Combine the first 11 ingredients in a large bowl. Mixing well. Preheat a small frying pan to cook a teaspoon of the filing in. Taste test the filling and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
    2. Using a small teaspoon fill each wonton wrapper with filling and brush corners with water. Fold wonton into triangle shapes pressing down on edges to seal. Pressing out any air bubbles as you're sealing.
    3. Bring a pot of water to a gentle boil. Salt water, and cook Wontons until they float. Approximately 3-4min.
    4. Melt butter and Olive Oil in a small frying pan, transfer Wontons into a frying pan and cook until butter sauce coats the Wontons. Season to taste as you go. Serve immediately.
    5. Freeze uncooked wontons for up to 4weeks.
    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    No Comments

    Leave a Reply

    The Jolly Hostess’ Spinach & Artichoke Petite Skins

    Whoa! Who am I, two recipe posts in one week?! Well, let me be real with y’all, this recipe for Spinach & Artichoke Petite Skins, was a bit easy, as it’s not my recipe.  This recipe is from Alana, The Jolly Hostess, her blog, www.thejollyhostess.com, is filled with easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for when you’re hosting a cocktail party or when you simply feel like just making a meal out of small bites.

    Here are some of my other faves, that I’m dying to try, from this darling hostess:

    I made these stuffed petite potato skins for Super Bowl Sunday and it was an instant hit.  The petite potatoes are simply the most adorable thing, they are the perfect bite size, you can just pop the whole thing in your mouth! Alana’s recipe calls for the addition of paprika and shredded pepper jack cheese.

    I tossed the potatoes in some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and roasted them in a 375 degree oven for 15min.  Once the potatoes cooled I used a teaspoon to carefully scoop out the center of the potato.  I filled each half of the potato with the spinach dip and returned to the oven for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.

    Check out the recipe below!  Let me know if you make this by tagging me on the ‘grams @MacaronsandLavender and #MacaronsandLavender.

    Love, Lephan.

    The Jolly Hostess' Spinach & Artichoke Petite Skins
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    45 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    45 minutes
    The Jolly Hostess' Spinach & Artichoke Petite Skins
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    45 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    45 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. Set oven to 375 degrees. Toss potatoes in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer onto a baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 15 minutes or until tender
    2. Using a mixer combine artichokes, spinach, cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, pepper, salt and paprika in medium-sized bowl until fully blended. Set aside.
    3. Cut potatoes in half length wise and carefully scoop out center with a melon scoop or a small teaspoon.
    4. Spray baking sheet and place potatoes skin side down. Using a spoon, fill each potato with the spinach and artichoke mixture. Continue until all potatoes are filled.
    5. Place into oven and bake for 6-8 mins, until the cheese is bubblying. Turn oven off and turn broil on high. Broil on high for about 6-8 mins until browned.
    6. Sprinkle each piece with paprika. Serve immediately.
    7. Transfer leftover spinach and artichoke dip into a baking dish and bake for 10min and serve with chips.
    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    No Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Painting to Gogh


    *This is a sponsored post by Painting to Gogh.  However, all content and opinions expressed are mine.  So are the dad jokes… 

    When was the last time you went on a non-dinner or movie night date? With Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day right around the corner, it had me thinking, (dangerous, I know), about dates; dates with your besties, new loves, and LTR (long term relationship) partners.  I appreciate having a day where we express our love for each other, but wouldn’t it be nice if we carved out days during each month to spend time with those we love?
    S and I have been together for over 10 years.  We met in the summer of 2006, engaged in the spring of 2013 and married in the fall of 2014.  During the first few years of our lives together we would go on these adorable dates.  However, these days finding the time for a new and unique date night can be a challenge (sadly we don’t have the bankroll of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.  I would love to be helicoptered to a faraway land with the Mister).  Our go-to dates usually revolve around dinner out or spending time at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Don’t get me wrong, I love eating out and I love going to the museum or to the theatre, but all of that can become predictable.

    When Painting to Gogh reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying one of their paintings, I instantly knew that this would be a great date night idea for S and me, and something my followers would enjoy.  It’s also a wonderful activity for a ladies night, invite some of your nearest and dearest friends over, stock the fridge with some champs (duh), wine and appetizers (check out below for my adorable Maple Bacon Wrapped Asparagus.  They look like little paint brushes).

    Painting to Gogh, a Chicago based company that ships a painting party  straight to the comfort of your own home (alcohol not included…).  All the art materials get delivered directly to you and a link to a digital step-by-step video tutorial gets sent to your inbox.  There’s a catalog full of unique and interesting paintings for one to try.  Some of my favorites include Lovebirds at Dusk, Acoustic Sunrise, and Pride.  This is a company you’ll feel good about supporting as they donate a portion of each sale made to an art based charity.  A new charity is selected quarterly.

    Sticking with the date night theme, I thought it would be fitting to try and paint Lovebirds at Dusk.  The instructional video was delivered into my inbox shortly after I ordered my starter kit; the rest of the kit was sent to my home.  The starter kit came with a selection of paints, a palette, a canvas, a number of paintbrushes, a disposable apron and an easel.  I was tempted to watch the full video before I got started painting to get an idea of what to expect, but I quickly changed my mind.  I unpacked all the materials and set everything up, accessed the  the instructional video and started painting.

    The step-by-step tutorial was easy to follow.  I was a big fan of having the ability to pause, rewind and restart the video as often as I liked.  I stopped and rewinded the video quite a few times, as my artistic ability is somewhat lacking.  The virtual instructor made the process easy and enjoyable. The one thing that would have benefited me was if she had given suggestions on what to do if you were to mess-up.  I accidentally mixed the wrong colors together for my leaves and didn’t realize it until the paint hit the canvas.  I decided not to fret about it, as it gave me an opportunity to make it my own.

    This was a very enjoyable experience and something that I will do again.

    So, the next time you want have date night, a ladies night or simply looking for ways to relax, order a painting kit from Painting to Gogh.  If you already own a canvas and paint brushes you can order the Essential Kit; if you’re doing this with your BFF or a SO you can order the Starter Kit for Two.

    Now let’s talk food, because you can’t have a date without food.  This adorable appetizer is the perfect accompaniment for a painting party.  The asparagus is a fun play on a paintbrush and the bacon is a sweet and smokey addition.

    You have two options here, you can either purchase maple cured bacon or you can buy regular bacon and paint real maple syrup on each slice.

    I cut the bacon slices in half, used some high quality real Vermont maple syrup and painted each half with some syrup, topped it with some coarsely ground Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper.  I carefully wrapped a halved slice of bacon around a trimmed asparagus stalk and then arranged the stalks on a lined backing sheet and baked for 25-30min in a 350 degree oven until bacon was crispy.  Serve immediately!

    If you make this make sure to tag me on the ‘grams @MacaronsandLavender and #MacaronsandLavender

    Love, Lephan.

    Maple Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
    Print Recipe
    This recipe is a play on the prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears. The maple compliments the saltiness of the the bacon well.
    Servings Prep Time
    6 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Maple Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
    Print Recipe
    This recipe is a play on the prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears. The maple compliments the saltiness of the the bacon well.
    Servings Prep Time
    6 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 375*. Using a pastry brush, paint each strip of bacon with maple syrup and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Starting from the base of the asparagus, wrap one slice of bacon up the stalk. Repeat until all bacon or asparagus is gone.
    3. Place bacon wrapped asparagus on a lined baking sheet and bake on middle rack for 30min. Place onto a paper towel lined plate to drain access grease. Transfer onto serving dish and serve.
    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    No Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Crab Rangoon Dip

    February is finally here, that can only mean one thing… my husband’s favorite “holiday”, Super Bowl Sunday (shocking, it’s not Valentine’s Day haha) is here.  It goes without saying that we’re New England Patriot’s fans!  Julian Edelman is bae, Bill Belichick is a football genius and Tom Brady is a football god.  Enough said.

    The truth is, as much as I’m excited to cheer on the Pats, I’m more excited for the food!  Super Bowl eating is one of my all time favorites.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy food, but I have a super soft spot for nice comfort snacky junk food.  My parents never allowed much junk food in the house, so I would sneak it whenever I was at someone else’s house.  I remember when I started making my own money in high school, it was during Girl Scout Cookie season and I bought myself boxes of Thin Mints and hid them in my bedroom.  Not much has changed in that regards, except now I hide them in the freezer and no longer have the 16 year old metabolism.  To this day, my favorite comfort foods are nachos, chips and dip, and French fries.

    So, in honor of my love for dips and a nod to my heritage, I present to you my real crabmeat rangoon dip.  Traditional Crab Rangoon is made with imitation crabmeat, which I love only because of the nostalgia.  When I was putting this recipe together, I knew that I wanted to reinvent this and use real crabmeat.  It was the perfect decision and the final product ended up being this creamy and luxurious dip.

    I like serving this dip with whatever I have on hand, crackers, tortilla chips or oven baked wonton chips.  Cut up bell peppers, baby carrots and celery sticks work well too.  This is a perfect dip to serve or bring to a Super Bowl party!



    Check out the recipe below, let me know what you think.  Tag me on the ‘grams at @macaronsandlavender or #MLRecipes if you make this or any of my other recipes.

    GO PATS!

    Love, Lephan

    Crabmeat Rangoon Dip
    Print Recipe
    This creamy, cheesy rangoon dip is a nod to the favorite takeout appetizer. The addition of real crabmeat has reinvented this oldie but, goodie.
    Servings Prep Time
    8 People 20 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    40 minutes `
    Servings Prep Time
    8 People 20 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    40 minutes `
    Crabmeat Rangoon Dip
    Print Recipe
    This creamy, cheesy rangoon dip is a nod to the favorite takeout appetizer. The addition of real crabmeat has reinvented this oldie but, goodie.
    Servings Prep Time
    8 People 20 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    40 minutes `
    Servings Prep Time
    8 People 20 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    40 minutes `
    Ingredients
    Servings: People
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
    2. Using a hand mixer or food processor, combine all ingredients except for scallion greens.
    3. Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Let cool for 10 min., garnish with scallion greens and serve.
    Share this Recipe
     
    Share on
    Leave a comment

    No Comments

    Leave a Reply