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      Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

      Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week - JulRe Designs LLC

      I love to cook! Cooking is therapeutic. Dicing and chopping, slicing and dicing, grilling and chilling....it's all so cathartic. Using the finest fresh ingredients and high quality cookware is a thrill!

      Here's the thing. I don't have time to cook anymore and while I try to squeeze in a meal prep on slightly less hectic weekends, my intentions are usually thwarted by some unexpected business task or just utter exhaustion.

      Luckily, I live with the most intuitive home chef I've ever met. I'm not exaggerating when I say his skills with the skillet are incomparable.

      He doesn't use cookbooks and he seems to have no need to plan. (Although he does say that he consults with this cookbook for inspiration from time to time). He can take whatever food is available in our kitchen and make magic.

       

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      Most of his meals are filled with color. Sometimes the palettes seem to be so expertly coordinated that I have ask if he worked with a color chart to create the dish.

      While he says it's coincidental that his meals have vibrancy and depth, I'd like to believe he has a creative eye for composition and detail and that some of me and my deep love of color has rubbed off. (You should know that I see art in everything, even food.)

       

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      His latest masterpiece was mindblowingly simple yet tasted just as layered and flavorful as many dishes I've consumed in fine dining restaurants. Also it's meatless so you can add it to your Mondays and vegetarians can enjoy. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this meal can be prepared in 45 minutes or less! 

      Vegetable Color Blast Bowl 

      serves 2

      Ingredients

      1 large sweet potato, cubed

      1/2 cup of fresh corn kernels  (frozen corn can be substituted)

      1 cup of brussel sprouts, shaved

      1 cup fresh carrots, shaved or chopped 

      1 cup fresh kale (frozen kale can be used)

      2 cloves garlic, chopped

      1/2 teaspoon cumin

      1/2 teaspoon curry powder

      1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

      Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste

      Olive oil spray or 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil

      1 cup brown rice

       

      Directions

      1. Cook brown rice according to package instructions.

      2. Place all ingredients except brown rice and kale in an air fryer (we love this one).

      3. Spray a light coating olive oil on the vegetable mixture and cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Alternatively, add virgin olive oil to a saute pan at medium temperature and saute vegetables until tender.

      3. Steam the kale until tender.

      4. Serve by layering brown rice first, vegetable mixture, then top with steamed kale. Enjoy!

       

      Until next time, may your life be filled with joy and color!

       

       Love, Juliet

       

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      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board

      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board - JulRe Designs LLC

      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 almost 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!

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       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 good, 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


      Love, Juliet



       

       

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      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs - JulRe Designs LLC

      In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. I'm sensing that it's almost that time again for me. It's critical at any time to be able to take a few steps back from it all but especially now when the world is getting better but is still 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.

      Before I make any moves, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs but your favorite part of the chicken will do) 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

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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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        Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues - Vol. 1

        Color Collective: 10 Links to Hues & News - Vol. 1

        Images (top left, clockwise): Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, 2020 by David Benjamin Sherry, Orange Handbags, Spooky Blooms from Bia Blooms, Healthy, Colorful Smoothies

         

        • The renowned US edition of the annual art exhibition, Art Basel Miami Beach, concluded last Sunday. In the age of Covid, the online viewing rooms were a welcome sign that creativity will never be thwarted.

         

        • 'Orange' you excited about the holidays? This color in a handbag is the perfect accessory gift with a built in uplift! (Amazon)

         

        • Recipe of the Week: My Energy Blast Smoothie will give the boost you need to not only stay healthy but to level up your daily vitality. 

         

         

         

        • Florists are the world's greatest purveyors of color, IMHO. One of my favorites is the LA-based, uber talented @biablooms. When you're in need of some 'happy', stop by her Instagram page.

         

        • And speaking of all things floral, the botanical design competition, Full Bloom on HBO Max is fabulous and totally binge-worthy.

         

        • Can I just say that this color mixing game is so soothing that it's the one rabbit hole you won't mind going down? (Apple)

         

        • This gorgeous book was created to help children explore color and its relationship to art from ancient times to present. (The MET Store)

         

         

        Love, Juliet

         

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        Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker

        Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker - JulRe Designs LLC

        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!

         

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        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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