Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

December 17, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
These nuts are so addicting I had to make a second batch since I ate most of the first ones! This is a great simple snack anyone will enjoy. You can use any type of nuts you have or buy an assortment from the store in bulk. I packed these up in these coffee bags and used mini clothes pins with tied ribbon to hang the label. For these label I just printed them on card stock and trimmed them down. Download the tag here.

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com

SWEET AND SPICY MIXED NUTS print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
5 cups of assorted raw nuts (Cashews, Almonds, Brazilian, Macadamia)
2 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne or chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
PREPARATION
1. Preheat the oven to 375º. In a large bowl, toss assorted nuts with olive oil and spread them out evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan melt butter and combine rosemary, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin and brown sugar until dissolved and combined.
3. Add mixture to warm assorted nuts and toss until well combined. Then add salt. Allow nuts to cool and enjoy or store in air tight container.
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG



Coconut Almond Granola

December 15, 2014

Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com
What are your favorite holiday memories? This is one of the first years that I will be in California for Christmas. It's my typical tradition to pack my bags and jet off somewhere but this year plans turned out a little differently and I am staying put. While I love traveling it will be a nice change of pace to be home, though I might sneak away on a short road trip somewhere. This coconut almond granola could be a great gift for the person on the go for the holidays. It's easy to make which will make you second guess buying granola from now on! I sweetened mine with honey instead of sugar and I like the subtle sweetness it brings out. I used wreck jars to place my granola in, wrapped it with bakers twine and topped it with a custom label. Download the label here!

Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com
Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com
Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com

COCONUT ALMOND GRANOLA print this recipe! | recipe adapted from cooking classy
INGREDIENTS
3 cups of rolled oats (don't use quick oats)
1 cup shredded coconuts
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 275º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl mix together oats, coconuts, almonds. In a separate bowl combine honey, coconut oil, almond and vanilla extract and heat until everything is melted and well combined. Mix both wet and dry ingredients together tossing until everything is coated.
2. Spread mixture onto baking sheet in a thin layer and bake for 40-50 mins or until golden brown. Allow granola to cool and store in an airtight container.

Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG


Five ways to wrap with Kraft

December 12, 2014


I've been having fun creating some holiday guides over on eBay! Wanted to share with you all my latest guide – how to wrap with kraft! Hope on over to eBay to check out my guide.

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

December 11, 2014

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com
I can't believe it's already almost middle of December. Something about living in Los Angeles and 70º weather makes me feel otherwise, but I'm am prepping myself up for my sisters visit and celebrating the remainder of the year. Looking forward to the next few weeks here and a little decompressing. In the holiday spirit I've been making lots of edible gifts to giveaway. Today I'm sharing some peanut butter oatmeal cookies - these are gluten free too! I added chocolates and raisins but you could use nuts or whatever you like. I packed these up in a cute jar, sandwiched each cookie between some dotted waxed paper, and finished it off with some pretty gold ribbon.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com
PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coconut sugar (you can use cane or brown)
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
PREPARATION
1. Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter and bear until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and baking soda and mix well. Add peanut butter and mix. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and raisins.
2. Place a teaspoon of dough on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

A Coastal Road Trip

December 09, 2014

Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Earlier this fall I took a little road trip along the coast – we drove up to Big Sur and worked our way down the coastline – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Malibu. It was my second time in Big Sur but my first time driving along the coast. The road trip was magical – I highly recommend everyone take a week off and explore. Our trip from Big Sur back home was about five days which we realize afterwards certainly wasn't long enough to see all the sites we wanted to see.

Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur Bakery/ blog.jchongstudio.com
The mocha at Big Sur Bakery was so beautiful I couldn't help but take photographs. Marble mocha goodness!

San Luis Obispo / blog.jchongstudio.com
San Luis Obispo / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Tuesday Night Market in San Luis Obispo is awesome, definitely plan accordingly.

Malibu / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Slow Cooker Pork Ramen

December 03, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork Ramen /
When people ask me what is my favorite things to eat, the answer is easy - anything Asian with soup, "Soupy Asian things" as I like to refer. I could have Asian soup anytime of the year but there is definitely no better time than now to have some. It's been a wet few days here in So-Cal and ramen is the perfect answer in this weather. I typically always stray away from making anything Asian at home. I think I need to be sitting by the pot all day watching the broth stew or that the list of ingredients are so long it makes my head spin. This slow cooker recipe isn't too bad for at home ramen. It's not perfect, I think there are some other things I could add to it next time to make it hit the spot but it's definitely a good start. I actually thought the 'left' over ramen broth was better a day later. Give this a go and let me know what you think!

SLOW COOKER PORK RAMEN print this recipe! | adapted from Williams Sonoma
INGREDIENTS
2 lb boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3 equal pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 leek, white and green parts, halved lengthwise and coarsely chopped
1⁄4 lb cremini mushrooms, brushed clean and coarsely chopped
Low-sodium soy sauce for seasoning
Sesame oil for seasoning
Chili oil for seasoning
1 1⁄2 lb fresh ramen noodles
Kosher salt
8 large eggs (optional)
About 4 green onions, white and pale green parts, finely chopped
PREPARATION
1. Heat a skillet to medium high heat, add olive oil and begin to brown the pieces of pork working in batches. Let sear for 3-4 minutes then flip to the other side. Once complete transfer to the side.
2. Remove two tablespoons of the fat from the skillet and add yellow onion and sear, without stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and 1 cup of the broth, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom, then let simmer for 1 minute.
3. Transfer all items above into a slow cooker and add leeks and mushrooms. Add in the remaining chicken broth, cover and cook for 8 hours on low setting.
4. When the broth is almost complete begin to cook your soft boil egg - Boil eggs for 5-6 minutes the immediately move to ice bath.
5. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and use a fork to break the pork into bit size pieces. Strain the broth with a fine mesh strainer.
6. Return the pork and broth into slow cooker and add soy sauce, sesame oil and chili oil to taste. Set on low for 30 mins.
7. Meanwhile cook the noodles according to package.
8. To assemble, divide noodles into bowls, ladle in broth and top with green onion and soft boiled egg halves.
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Commissary | Los Angeles

November 26, 2014

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary is one of LA's newest hot spots. It's housed in a green house on the roof top of the Line Hotel. They focus on fruits and vegetables but they also have meats as well! Their menu is all in pictures – which could be either fun for some who love a little mystery or not so fun for others. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by menu's – there is either way to many options or so many descriptions that everything sounds good. For the Commissary I like the surprise of it all. We picked items based on how we were feeling – lots of vegetables please! We ordered the corn, roasted carrots, deviled eggs and a few other things. Everything was quite tasty. The roasted carrots were among my favorite. I've got to take a stab at making these at home. Below you'll find a recipe for some roasted carrots to try at home!

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com

Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com
Commissary / blog.jchongstudio.com

ROASTED CARROTS WITH PESTO recipe from gaia health blog
INGREDIENTS
Colorful Organic Carrots, washed with some of the stems remaining
Pink Himalayan Salt
Coarse Ground Organic Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PESTO
1 Bunch Basil
3 Garlic Cloves
Handful of raw pine nuts
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 cup Parmesan

PREPARATION
1. Drizzle carrots with olive oil and sprinkle with Himalayan Salt. Place carrots in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375°.
2. Remove from oven and turn carrots a bit then place in the oven on broil for 5 minutes.
3. Chop basil, garlic, pine nuts together finely then combine parmesan and lastly olive oil. Drizzle over roasted carrots.

Commissary
The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Koreatown, Wilshire Center
Phone number (213) 368-3030

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA

November 25, 2014

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
I've been dreaming of the day when I have my very own house to call my own that I can decorate and design as I please. Until that day comes, I’ll be taking notes and pinning away on my Pinterest boards. When Lincoln invited me to check out their Black Label Home in LA inspired by their new Black Label collection, of course I said yes! Lincoln Black Label is a unique luxury ownership experience centered around four designer themes that were carefully curated and brought to life using rare and high-end materials. I got a chance to chat with Janet Seymour, the design manager at The Lincoln Motor Company as well as the interior design team, hOmE behind the Black Label Home in LA, to hear all about Lincoln Black Label and how they transformed the home to reflect each of these themes.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com
Their creative process, as Janet explains, is never formulaic – it is always fluid. Inspiration sparks, leading to idea after idea that leads to another that leads to another. She prefers to keep it that way so they are constantly thinking and evolving. When they started the design process three and half years ago, they had a ton of theme ideas which they’ve since narrowed down to four exclusive Lincoln Black Label themes:
Oasis inspired by the luxury Adrere Amellal eco-resort in the Siwa Oasis Saharan. Oasis vehicles have neutral shades throughout the interior that are calm and relaxing.
Center Stage a dramatic interior environment inspired by a photo of a woman wearing a black coat with a Flaming Foxfire Red fur collar. Center Stage gives you the feeling of a dark theater on opening night just as the red curtains go up.
Indulgence influenced by a piece of beautiful antiqued deep brown leather that reminded the design team of rich indulgent chocolate. Indulgence brings together different shades of chocolate that make you feel decadent.
Modern Heritage sparked from a primarily black and white photo of an equestrian woman on a white horse but with a distinct red harness. Modern Heritage vehicles are classic and elegant – clean lines, black and white interior with a hint of red accents.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label is the ultimate luxury experience, and the Lincoln Black Label Home in LA truly reflected that. The three-story house in Hollywood was particularly amazing. Each room was designed with a specific theme in mind. The hOmE team had a strong palette presented to them, and I was excited to see how they would interpret it. I was able to check out the home before they started designing as well, and I love how each theme translated so perfectly.

Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom (BEFORE) / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Modern Heritage was my favorite look, which isn’t surprising – it is perfect for those of us who love the modern clean aesthetic - high contrast in black and white and a pop of red. In the bedroom, they used whites and neutrals in the bedding and accented the room with red books and a red throw. The room felt clean and refreshing but not overly stark. One of my favorite features of the Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage line is the use of Venetian leather in the vehicle. The white leather is so incredibly soft, and they’ve also included a subtle red stitching on the console and seating, small details that definitely shine through when you sit inside of the vehicle.

Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

My second favorite room had to be Center Stage. Dark tones with strong accents of red and gold surround the room. The abstract golden art panels above the bedroom were screaming “take me home!” Center Stage is all about drama and theater and the room reflected this – the red velvet throughout the room had a ‘wow’ factor, and can we take a moment to look at the incredible velvet sofa? I’ll take that too, please.

I would be happy living in just one of the rooms in the Lincoln Black Label Home. They’ve certainly inspired me to redesign my space to be a little more luxurious. I asked the hOmE team for suggestions on how to transform a room without replacing everything inside (key for those of us still renting), and they said to “Create a focal point and reflect that object or light fixture with a mirror”. I totally agree that a simple focal point and mirrors can change the aesthetics of a room (and make it seem larger!).

Be sure to check out the additional photos of the house below and Lincoln Black Label. What room would you want to live in?


Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Indulgence / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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