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      Colorful Eats: Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Potatoes

      Colorful Eats: Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Potatoes

      My family would not consider themselves as strictly vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian. We are truly omnivores because variety is the spice of life, right?

      We try to eat healthy foods every day but we are not regimented nor do we have any allergies that would keep us from any food group. However, eating beef is really a once-in-awhile thing.

      It's usually the occasional hamburger or a juicy steak for the Home Chef Extraordinaire. As we've matured, we have found that certain foods are more difficult to digest and beef has become challenging at times.

      But my Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Potatoes are a Fall favorite meal that we all look forward to for special occasions.

       

      Instant Pot

       

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      As with many of our Colorful Eats recipes, this dish is made in an Instant Pot which means it's simple, quick and incredibly flavorful. It's just right for those cozy Winter evenings when you just want a meal that's warm and savory. 

       

      Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Potatoes - Ingredients

      Wine-Braised Short Ribs 

      I adapted this recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Mediterranean Instant Pot Cookbook . You may already have most of the ingredients for this rich, delicious dish. NOTE: You can use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce if you prefer a thicker sauce. Parsley can be used as a garnish but since the Home Chef Extraordinaire doesn't like the taste of the herb, I left it out. And while I used dealcoholized red wine in my recipe, feel free to use your favorite Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon instead.

       

      Juliet's Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Potatoes

      serves 4

      total time:  2 hours 15 minutes

      INGREDIENTS

      • 2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed
      • ¾ teaspoon table salt, divided
      • ¼ teaspoon pepper
      • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1 onion, chopped fine
      • 6 garlic cloves, minced
      • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
      • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
      • 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained with ¼ cup juice reserved, chopped coarse
      • ½ cup dry red wine
      • 1 pound small red potatoes, unpeeled, leave whole or halved
      • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (optional)

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1.  Dry short ribs dry by patting them with paper towels. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Using highest sauté function, heat oil in Instant Pot for 5 minutes (or until just smoking). Brown short ribs on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to plate.

      2.  Add onion and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to fat left in pot and cook, using highest sauté function, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato sauce and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juice and wine, scraping up any browned bits. Place short ribs meat side down into pot and add any accumulated juices. Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select high pressure cook function and cook for 60 minutes.

      3.  Turn off Instant Pot and let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick-release any remaining pressure, then carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you. Transfer short ribs to serving dish, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest while preparing potatoes.

      4.  Strain braising liquid through fine-mesh strainer into fat separator; transfer solids to now-empty pot. Let braising liquid settle for 5 minutes, then pour 1½ cups defatted liquid and any accumulated juices into pot with solids; discard remaining liquid. Add potatoes. Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select high pressure cook function and cook for 4 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.

      5.  Using slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to serving dish (this one is my all time fave!). Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over short ribs and potatoes and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve.

       

       Per serving: Cal 340; Total Fat 13g; Sat Fat 4.5g; Chol 55mg; Sodium 700mg; Total Carbs 29g, Fiber 3g, Total Sugar 7g; Added Sugar 0g; Protein 21g

       

      I hope you try this recipe and if you do, let me know how it turns out in the comments below!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

      Wine.com

      Shop By Color: Holiday 2022 Gift Guide

      Shop By Color: Holiday 2022 Gift Guide

      It's that time of year when we realize the giving season is heading our way at rapid speed. It'll be a somewhat familiar holiday time because while we are still very much aware that there are certain health precautions we still must take for the safety of everyone, a few of us will be coming together in person to celebrate our love for each other, albeit in very strategic ways.

       

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      FROM OUR PARTNERS

       

      Macys.com

       

      One tradition that won't change for us is the exchange of gifts and tokens of caring. I made sure that I got an early start this year since almost every present will be sent via some form of delivery service and this year will continue to be quite a challenge. So while I was in the midst of my shopping frenzy, I thought I'd try to help you with your gifting adventure! 

       

      Pantone Color Trend Forecast Autumn/Winter 22/23 

      Color swatches from Pantone. 

      I've gathered some pretty cool gifts that are sure to accommodate most budgets, from wallet-friendly to luxury. I hope there's something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Since I live and breathe by beautiful, vibrant colors, I curated this gift guide using the colors I was inspired by from the Pantone Autumn/Winter 22/23 Trend Report!

      It's a color palette that is not at all classic but exudes grand expression while maintaining a sense of calm vibrancy. These shades meant to excite but will enhance your desire to create unique self statements. Many of the fabulous items you'll find in this Gift Guide are from my great partners at Macy's

      So, get out your gift list, have lots of fun and shop-by-color now!

       

      Love Juliet

       

       Lava Falls Gift Guide

       

      1.  BRAHMIN Duxbury Leather Satchel

      2.  JOURNEE COLLECTION Morgaan Tall Boots

      3.  HUGO BOSS Men’s Double Breasted Coat

      4.  G-SHOCK Men’s Analog-Digital Strap Watch

      5.  CHARTER CLUB Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

       

      Samoan Sun Holiday Gift Guide 

      1.  HANDY LIVING George Armless Chair

      2.  FIESTA 4pc Daffodil Place Setting

      3.  COTTON ON Little Girls Marlo Track Pants

      4.  LONDONTOWN Lakur Enhanced Color Nail Polish in Mango

      5.  FREDDO Deluxe Push Ride-On

       

       

      Waterspout Holiday Gift Guide

       

      1.  JULRE DESIGNS STUDIO Apatite Slice Necklace

      2.  NAUTICA Vitamin Sea Candle

      3.  BCBGeneration Hooded Puffer Coat

      4.  TIFFANY & CO Tiffany & Love Eau de Parfum

      5.  BELLA Hot Air Popcorn Maker

       

       

      Caramel Cafe Holiday Gift Guide

      1.  NAMBE Vie Wine Rack

      2.  LUCKY BRAND Stud Leather Belt

      3.  DKNY Bryant Backpack

      4.  COTTON ON Big Girls Wide Brim Hat

      5.  UGG Westsider Slides

       

       

      FROM OUR PARTNERS 

      Macys.com

      Colorful Pets: Sparky's Favorite Things

      Colorful Pets: Sparky's Favorite Things

      You may have met our JulRe Designs Lifestyle CFO (Chief Fun Officer), the indomitable, narcissistic and sarcastically comedic tuxedo feline, Sparky on some of my social media pages. He is a Maine Coon mix that we adopted from the wonderful Atlantic County Animal Shelter in my hometown of Pleasantville, NJ and we are smitten.

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      He has an incredibly complex personality (moody changes to feisty within seconds) and is keenly aware of the power of his cuteness. He uses it with an unrelenting abandon to get whatever it is that he desires. From his very specific food preferences to his predilection for toys that are noiseless and contain abundant amounts of catnip, @SparkyBooBoo is our resident cartoon character. If you are a pet lover, follow his colorful adventures on Instagram.

       

      If loving pet parents are being honest, we will admit that from time to time  we've succumbed to the adorable and perceived whims of our animal-children. I raise my hand as a guilty party. I have spoiled Sparky and I no longer run my own house but he brings so much joy to my family that his unwitting narcissism, created in large part by my actions, is something that has become an acceptable price to pay for the happiness of our dear kitty.

       

       

      So with his fondness for a very fixed list of daily use items, I thought I'd share what it takes to keep our furry friend healthy, happy and purring while also helping us maintain his care with ease. Here are a few of Sparky's favorite things:

      Sparky's Favorite Things - Product Board 

       

      1.  Yeowww Catnip Toys  (see the video above for Sparky's real-time review)

      2.  KeBuLe Cat Laser Toy (keeps your cat excited and engaged!)

      3.  Bergan Turbo Cat Scratcher (see the love below!)

       

      Sparky with Bergan Turbo Cat Scratcher

       

      4.  WOPET Automatic Pet Feeder (great for feeding kitty on a schedule)

      5.  Petmate Eco-Friendly Breakaway Cat Collar (safety first!)

      6.  Spot Sponge Soccer Balls (for a game of toss that doesn't destroy the house!)

      7.  Hertzko Self Cleaning Grooming Brush (oh, the feel-good the purrrrrs....)

      8.  PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Toy (perfect for snacks!)

      9.  Burt's Bees For Cats Natural Dander Reducing Wipes (sulfate and paraben free! Smells wonderful!)

      10. Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler (cat cushiness!)

       

      Pets can bring joy and happiness to our lives yet there are so many animals who aren't as fortunate as Sparky is to have a loving, caring family. Too many don't have homes, are being treated with cruelty and indecency and need warmth and kindness. There are wonderful organizations that were founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected. If you can find it in your heart, please adopt a pet from a reputable shelter. If taking care of a pet in your home is not possible, please consider donating to our favorite, the ASCPA through Sparky's fundraising page or to any of the other organizations that believe in the humanity of animals.

      Until next time, may your life be filled with happiness and COLOR!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

      Colorful Mocktails: Spiked Turmeric Lemonade

      Colorful Mocktails: Spiked Turmeric Lemonade

      My new Colorful Mocktail is....(drumroll)....this healthy take on a traditional Lemonade. The addition of Turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory compound, makes it good FOR you. It's my salute to Summertime and it's just the right drink for picnics and cookouts. Every time I've served it, I run out, no matter how much I prepare. I've been asked for the recipe more times than I can count so I'm taking that as a sign that I should share it with everyone!  Watch my how-to video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add my Spiked Turmeric Lemonade to your at-home mocktail list!

       

       

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      JULIET'S SPIKED TURMERIC LEMONADE

      makes 1 drink 

      INGREDIENTS


      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Fill serving glass full of ice.
      2. Pour ingredients into serving glass in order listed.
      3. Pour mixture into mixing tin and back into serving glass to mix.
      4. Add garnish and serve.
      5. Enjoy!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

      Shades of Green: 10 Pairs of Sunglasses You'll Want to Wear Every Day

      Shades of Green: 10 Pairs of Sunglasses You'll Want to Wear Every Day - JulRe Designs LLC

      The last vestiges of Summer are here (insert sad face emoji) and I'm reminded that the season truly and completely owns one whole color in the spectrum. That color is GREEN. Inevitably, when that season rolls in, I see everything in those fresh shades as it’s a signal in nature that warmer weather is here.

      I love the color so much because it signifies an abundant life in harmony, and supremely good health - all ways that I try to live my life every day. My adoration of the hue extends into my business with our company's foundational logo of four ombre green leaves, each representing a part of the foundation of our organization's core values: a passion for color, a love of design, respect for our community and a commitment to service to others.

      

      Bloomingdale's

       

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      Juliet Shades of Green Collage

      Shop My Sunglasses: top row, middle row, bottom row

       

       

       

       

      Of course, my obsession with green wouldn't be a real thing if it didn't carry over to my wardrobe. I think it’s an incorrect assumption that this lively color can only be worn by a few. There’s a shade for everyone! It’s such a fun and energizing color for me that when I put it on, it's hard not to smile! And colorful accessories, like the 10 pairs of sunglasses I found are an easy way to wear the color to make a dynamic impact with any outfit. And adding almost any shade of green will take your OOTD to certainly not-at-all-boring levels. Warby Parker's Virtual Try-On tool is a game changer. You can find your perfect pair of green shades instantly and you can try them before buying with their Home Try-On Program! Find all of my fabulous eyewear finds below and happy shopping!

       

       

      Shades of Green Product Board

      1.  Haskell Sunglasses in Aloe Crystal - Warby Parker

      2.  EMPORIO ARMANI Women's Sunglasses, EA4162 55 - Macy's

      3.  GloFX Color Therapy Glasses - Amazon

      4.  Ada Sunglasses in Forest Green - Warby Parker

      5.  Beale Sunglasses in Rosemary Crystal - Warby Parker

      6.  BOTTEGA VENETA Women's Square Sunglasses - Bloomingdales

      7.  OLIVER PEOPLES Melery Square Sunglasses, 54mm - Bloomingdales

      8.  LifeArt Oversize Polarized Sunglasses - Amazon

      9.  FEISEDY Classic Women Sunglasses - Amazon

      10.  VERSACE Sunglasses, VE4361 53 - Macy's

       

      Until next time, may you live a life filled with color!

       

      Love, Juliet