LIFESTYLE

Meatless Monday Lemon Pepper Orzo

Aaron McCargo Jr shared a great recipe for Meatless Monday, his Lemon Pepper Orzo. The original recipe calls for chicken broth, but you could always substitute vegetable stock for a true vegetarian meal. Recipe from Food Network.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup orzo
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons mascarpone
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons fresh chives
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions
In a medium saute pan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 7 to 8 minutes until liquid is almost absorbed and orzo is tender. Turn heat off.
Stir in the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve.

 

Ayesha Curry and The Seasoned Life in Essence

Ayesha Curry's cookbook The Seasoned Life comes out in September, so Essence did a great feature on what to expect! Check out the full article here, and read on for an excerpt!

The Seasoned Life (Little Brown)

The Seasoned Life (Little Brown)

“When I was growing up, eating together as a family was the easiest way to open the lines of communication. It was where we had our best and worst conversations,” says Curry, who has four siblings. “I feel that’s being lost today with a lot of families because everybody’s on the go. I get that people can’t do it every night, but even once a week it’s important to unplug and catch up with each other.” 
In addition to providing traditional recipes for the novice cook, The Seasoned Life documents Curry’s exciting journey as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. “This feel-good book shares my childhood, how I met my husband and how everything I experience involves food,” she says. She even peppers the pages with at-home how-tos, such as the way to create fragrant body scrubs using kitchen staples or items in your pantry. 

Playhouse Masters on TLC

Charmed Playhouses is the star of a new show, Playhouse Masters, on TLC! The first episode airs August 23 featuring the Curry's, and People has a sneak peek of what's in store. 

The show promises the most fantastical, over-the-top structures just for kids, as designed by the goofy and charming hosts, husband-and-wife Tyson and Audy Leavitt. The pair own Charmed Playhouses, a family-run business that specializes in creating completely custom buildings for clients who are more interested in secret passageways and princess balconies than granite countertops and hardwood floors. 

Find out more by heading to People

Terrarium DIY

Sabrina Soto shared a terrarium DIY on her website. Check out her directions below, and find more inspiration on sabrinasoto.com

What you need:

• Brass Geo Terrarium
• Moss
• Succulents
• Sand (I used 2 bags)
• Pebbles (enough to cover the surface area of the sand)
• Shells

Step 1. 

Pour the sand into your terrarium and make sure the top is even. Make little holes in the sand to bury your succulents. Don’t worry if the succulent pots show above the sand, this will be covered by moss.

Step 2. 

Cover the sand with a layer of pebbles then bunch the moss around the succulents so it covers the rest of the pot. Add some shells and voila! You have yourself a gorgeous terrarium!

Fried Green Tomatoes and Facebook Live

Taniya Nayak went live from Abby Lane restaurant in Boston recently, and shared recipes for Fried Green Tomatoes and a Sherry Smash. Check out the recipes and videos below! You won't want to miss Taniya cooking in a blue wig!

Fried Green Tomatoes
(serves 2)

ingredients: 
GREEN TOMATOES
6 thick slices of green tomatoes
1 c. flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbl. hot sauce
1 tsp. creole spice

PIMENTO CHEESE
1 tbl. cream cheese
1 oz. pepper jack, shredded
1 oz. yellow cheddar, shredded
1 tbl. hot sauce
½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ c mayonnaise
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ red pepper, roasted & seeded
2 tbl. spanish onion, grated

puree all ingredients until smooth

PLATING
2 slices thick cut bacon
fresh herbs
bbq sauce

Sherry Smash

Ingredients:
2 oz. dry sherry
½ oz. Aquavit
4 muddled lemons
handful of mint
1 oz. mint syrup

served over crushed ice in a white wine glass and garnished with a lemon twist and mint bush.

Watch the videos for detailed directions!

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Frances Largeman-Roth shared this recipe for Strawberry Mango Popsicles with Today.com. We can't wait to try them! 

Today

Today

Ingredient
10 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup diced mango
10 ounces fresh beet juice, store-bought
1 tablespoon sugar

1. In a blender, add the berries and maple syrup. Combine until pureed. Transfer the mixture to a measuring cup with a spout and stir in the mango. Pour 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each pop mold and transfer to the freezer; freeze for 1 hour.

2. In a bowl, add the beet juice and stir in the sugar. Remove the pop molds from the freezer and pour about 1.5 ounces of the beet mixture into each mold. Return to the freezer for another 5 to 6 hours, or until completely frozen.

3. To unmold, run the pop briefly under warm water, remove and enjoy.

Sabrina Soto's Baby Essentials

Sabrina Soto recently welcomed her first daughter! And she, like most new mom's was pretty overwhelmed with what to buy! Here are her suggestions on what you actually need for a newborn.

CASA&Company

CASA&Company

Food: If you decided against breastfeeding or that is not an option you’ll want to have at least 2 bottles on hand for your little one.
Sleep Time: You don’t need a crib the first day that your bring your bundle home as long as you have at least a bassinet. If you have your crib that is fantastic. You will need then a mattress, 2 fitted sheets, and 2 mattress pads.
Travel:  You’ll need a car seat to get you and the little one home from the hospital. You will also need a stroller, baby carrier or sling to take them outside.
Changing: Diapers, wipes, and diaper cream will be your go to. As far as first aid, infants under 2 months old shouldn’t be given pain medicine, so the only items you’ll need are nail clippers and a digital rectal thermometer so you can tell when your baby has a fever.
Clothing: This is definitely something that as new moms we get a lot of, but newborns outgrow 0-3 month sizes so fast that they never get a chance to wear all of them!  You really just need some onesies and some sleepers for the first couple of weeks.

Find more of Sabrina's tricks on CASA&Company

Fight the Flu with Food

Frances Largeman Roth shares her favorite flu fighting foods! Check out the original article here

  1. Hot drinks - something with honey or ginger will be most effective!
  2. Chicken Soup - make sure it's packed with garlic to prevent cell damage. 
  3. Eggs - they contain vitamin D, something we're all sorely lacking in the winter months. 
  4. Vitamin C rich fruits - the top four are lemons, mandarins, naval oranges, and grapefruits. 
  5. Yogurt - the probiotics will help recovery in your gut. 

Thanks for the tips Frances!