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      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board + a Giveaway!

      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board + a Giveaway!

      This post is not about a particularly healthy meal. I know I try to highlight foods in this Colorful Eats series that represent our good-for-you way of eating. But in these challenging and uncertain times, occasionally a little decadence is called for. Sometimes demanded. So when the Home Chef Extraordinaire was trying to come up with his next creation, he went blank. As he struggled with concepts he thought you would enjoy, his writing pad remaining empty for hours, I tried to make some admittedly lame suggestions and after he returned a long blank stare, I offhandedly quipped "Why not NOT cook at all?". It turned out to be the lightbulb in the refrigerator moment he needed. He tossed around a few fantastic ideas with me, some of which will make the blog at later dates. Since it's football season and we are big fans (Kansas City CHIEFS, y'all), we're always in search of the best game time snacks. And what could be more perfect than a beautifully carved wood board rendered invisible by hoards of artisanal meats and cheeses!

      I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       Charcuterie Board

      We were new to the world of Charcuterie when we started this project, having only experienced these tantalizing spreads at parties. We've admired the creativity involved in the placement of each food element and wondered if we could create our own delicious, colorful (of course) and aesthetically pleasing version for next Sunday's game. We set out for our local Whole Foods Market to see what ingredients we could discover. We had no real strategy and no list. And it turns out that's the best way to design your own board. No need to overthink it. Just go with what looks goods, tastes divine and appeals to your eye. Just remember - if you choose to go meatless, don't call it Charcuterie. There are rules - meat MUST be involved, so sayeth the cured meat gods. It becomes a snack board without them but those are wonderful too! Here's how our Charcuterie experience took shape:

       

       

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      Charcuterie Meats | The Color Lab Blog

       

      1.  We found the right board to build our platter. Large cutting boards, marble slabs, slate boards or ceramic platters are great options.

      2.  We selected a variety of meats. Traditional Charcuterie is all about cured meats but since we wanted to stay nitrate-free, we chose Colameco's prosciutto, sopressata, chorizo and salami. This brand also uses no antibiotics and their meats are minimally processed.

      3.  Cheese? Please! There was an overwhelming array of hard and soft cheeses to choose from. You can't go wrong with your selection. Stay true to your taste buds. We went with cheddars, brie, gouda and gorgonzola.

      4.  Pitted greek and black olives were a must plus some brilliant red Peppadew sweet piquante peppers, roasted garlic cloves, cornichons for good measure.

      Charcuterie Board | The Color Lab Blog

      5.  A sliced french baguette and lightly salted crackers were important for creating bite-sized stacks. With all of the savory-spiciness, we balanced the board with a delectable Blood Orange MarmaladeHot Pepper JellyFig and Ginger Jam and a variety of mustards from Stonewall Kitchen.

      6.  For fresh fruit, we went with grapes because we already had them but berries and dried fruits are good too.

      7.  You can certainly use a variety of nuts but we decided on carmelized walnuts because once we tasted them, nothing else mattered.

      8.  To up the fancy factor, add some fresh rosemary or mint sprigs.

      9.  Serve with your favorite wine or beer. More important than anything else, have fun arranging and eating your Charcuterie board!

      Charcuterie Board | The Color Lab Blog


      To help you have your own Charcuterie Board Experience, I'm giving away a $100 Whole Foods Market Gift Card! ENTER BELOW!



       

       

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      Colorful Quarters: Charming Chairs Make All The Difference

      Colorful Quarters: Charming Chairs Make All The Difference

      I'm happy to be back to work with interior color consulting clients again. Big home decor overhauls are not in the cards for most right now, but my humble advice has been to take a look at your space and see where a blast of joyful color could enliven your rooms. Along with many other small touches, a strategically placed accent or side chair in any area that needs revitalizing can be a wallet-friendly option to completely redecorating.

      image above: Upholstered Chairs at Material Culture, Philadelphia, PA

       

      Chartreuse Chair in the JulRe Designs Studio | South Orange, NJ

      image above: Slipper Chair in the JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

        

      I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       

      Whether a comfy reading chair for that dark nook in the corner is to your liking or an oversized leather lounge chair with a modern edge for the master bedroom to a more formal, richly upholstered side chair for the living room, I've got you colorfully covered, courtesy of the place for furniture built to last, APT 2B. Free shipping and 0% APR financing with Affirm!

       

       SAXON KING CHAIR - in Ruby Velvet - APT 2B

      SAXON KING CHAIR in Ruby Velvet

      APT 2B

      $1348

       

       Elysian Chair in Sweet Potato - APT 2B

      ELYSIAN CHAIR in Sweet Potato

      APT 2B

      $1348

       

       Ryandale Chair in Cloud Velvet - APT 2B

      RYANDALE CHAIR in Cloud Velvet

      APT 2B

      $1148

       

      New Arrivals

       

       ELLE ACCENT CHAIR in Emerald - APT 2B

      ELLE ACCENT CHAIR in Emerald (in stock late October)

      APT 2B

      $698

       

       MESQUITE Lounge Chair in Vintage Copper

      MESQUITE LOUNGE CHAIR in Vintage Copper (in stock early November 2020)

      APT 2B

      $668

       

       WALKER ROCKING CHAIR in Pink - APT 2B

      WALTER ROCKING CHAIR in Pink

      APT 2B

      $548

       

       ELSINORE ACCENT CHAIR in Royal Blue - APT 2B

      ELSINORE ACCENT CHAIR in Royal Blue

      APT 2B

      $448

       

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

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Furniture Built To Last

      Color Craze: Seasonless Slip Dresses

      Color Craze: Seasonless Slip Dresses

      I love a good slip dress. Whenever I see a really special one, I grab it. They are so easy to wear, figure flattering and widely size inclusive. Almost every womenswear brand has at least 1 or 2 in their offerings because they have become a classic fashion staple. I think designer Carly Cushnie does them the best so when I was late to the budget-priced and hyper colorful Cushnie x Target collab this Summer, I panicked. Fortunately, I was able to snag 2 lovely slip dresses before they sold out. I never got to wear either so instead of packing them away until the next warm weather season, I thought I'd try working both of them into my appropriate-for-public Fall & Winter wardrobe plus one of my other favorites. Scroll down to see all of the looks!

       I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

      Cushnie x Target Slip Dress | The Color Lab Blog

      left: Dress: Cushnie x Target (sold out but a similar dress here) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio | Necklace: JulRe Designs Studio | Shoes: Nine West | Hair: Shakeria at NJnaturalstyles Hair Studio

      right: Sweater: Lou & Grey (from a few years ago but here are some goodies) | Boots: Nine West (available in black only, limited sizes)

       

      The MET

       

      Cushnie x Target Slip Dress | The Color Lab Blog

      left: Dress: Cushnie x Target (sold out but lots of great styles available here) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio

      right: Sweater: Lou & Grey (no longer available but LOVE this lookalike) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio 

       

      Lou and Gray Slip Dress, Uniqlo Cropped Hoodie, Nine West Booties | The Color Lab Blog

      left: Dress: Lou & Grey (gone but here's a goodie!) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio | Shoes: Nine West

      right: Hoodie: Uniqlo (currently not available but this one is fabulous!) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio | Booties: Nine West

       

      This Week at Macy’s: 20-50% off select styles! Valid 9/8-9/27.

       

       

      Here are a few more slip dresses I adore:

      Free People Forever Yours Smocked Slip Maxi Dress - Macy's

      Free People Forever Yours Smocked Slip Maxi Dress

      ALICE + OLIVIA Harmony Drapey Mini Slip Dress - Nordstrom

       

      ALICE + OLIVIA Harmony Drapey Mini Slip Dress - Nordstrom

       

       

      VINCE Satin Midi Slip Dress - Nordstrom

      VINCE Satin Midi Slip Dress - Nordstrom

       

       

      Until next, may your life be filled with COLOR!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

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      Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker

      Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker

      While I was on Summer break, I did a lot of eating and drinking. A LOT! The Home Chef Extraordinaire outdid himself with all sorts of fresh, healthy, colorful foods so you can expect to see more of his tasty recipes added to my Colorful Eats series. Somewhere in between food gorging and taste testing, I got the bright idea to experiment with spirits, mixers and garnishes to see if I could create some beverages that would live up to the very high standard set by the culinary wizard. Wine.com and other places for the ingredients for tasty libations were bookmarked and favorited for easy access because each drink I came up with always seemed to require a whole new set of ingredients. One night, my kitchen island looked like a fully stocked bar in a nightclub!

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       

      You should know that I don't drink alcohol. That's right, I'm a non-imbiber and I have spent a lot of my adult life trying to find restaurants and bars that don't treat those of us who choose to not to indulge like kids or even worse, outcasts with only the standard Shirley Temples, juices and sodas amongst their limited offerings. Pre-Covid, mocktails were starting to become trendy, with some innovative spaces dedicated to the non-alcoholic lifestyle popping up all over the country. From exotic herbal elixirs to spirit alternatives, booze-free living no longer has to be boring and monotonous. 

      I wanted to share a few of my successful liquid experiments with you so Colorful Cocktails will be a new blog series featuring beautiful concoctions that I've imagined and even a few standards that I've reimagined. The first drink on the menu is called the The Heartbreaker. It was a drink originally created in honor of Valentine's Day (hence the name) and you can find variations all over the web but my spin is a bit unique. It's pale pink in color and a bit on the sweet side so I recommend serving it for showers, brunches or afternoons on the deck. And please feel free to substitute your favorite alcoholic spirit for my spirit alternative. Check out the recipe below!

      Heartbreaker Cocktail Ingredients | The Color Lab Blog

       

      The Heartbreaker

      makes 1 serving

      Ingredients

      1 oz tequila (the Home Chef's favorite!) or tequila alternative (<-- LOVE this!)

      1 oz fresh lemon juice

      1/2 oz rose syrup (this one is best - vegan and gluten-free!)

      ice cubes or crushed ice 

      edible rose petals (optional)

       

      Instructions

      1. Place tequila or tequila alternative, lemon juice and rose syrup in a shaker with a few ice cubes or crushed ice for a less intense flavor. Shake briefly to mix.

      2. Pour into a glass of your choice (these are perfect!) straight or over crushed ice for less intensity.

      3. Garnish with a few edible rose petals. Enjoy!

      NOTE: Please drink responsibly!

       

      The Heartbreaker Cocktail | The Color Lab Blog

       

      Until next time, raise a glass to living a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      I'm about to head off for some much needed rest and relaxation. In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. It's that time for me. It's critical at any time but especially now when the world is a bit chaotic and frenzied. So my wish for you everyday is peace and harmony - may you find you find your way to your own Shangri-la. And good food.

      But before I left, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs and he's concocted a dish that's great for lunch or dinner and perfect for kid's meals. The taste key is the use of fresh rosemary. It adds a depth of flavor to the dish and with the spicy brown mustard, provides an aromatic tanginess that is oh-so palate appealing. As is always his custom, to keep the dish healthy and juicy, the preparation is done in an Air Fryer but this main dish can be prepared in the oven as well. While the dish itself is not extremely colorful, you must admit that the addition of steamed brussel sprouts and carrots all on my beautiful serving platter makes it all photo fabulous! You can find the fast, super simple recipe below:

      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       

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      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      (serves 4)

      PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES

      COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

       

      Ingredients

      2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard

      1 tbsp maple syrup

      1 tbsp fresh rosemary

      ½ tsp onion powder

      ½ tsp garlic powder

      ¼ tsp paprika

      ¼ tsp salt

      ¼ tsp black pepper

      4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

       

      Directions 

      1.  MIX together the mustard, maple syrup, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

      2.  COAT the chicken thighs in the mustard glaze and set aside.

      3.  SELECT Preheat on the Air Fryer, adjust to 380°F, and press Start/Pause.

      4.  PLACE the chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer and top with any left over glaze.

      5.  SELECT Chicken, adjust time to 20 minutes, and press Start/Pause.

       

      Until next time, live a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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