Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Skinnytaste Cookbook {GIVEAWAY}

October 03, 2014

Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Skinnytaste Cookbook {GIVEAWAY}
Today I'm excited to share a recipe from the new "The Skinnytaste Cookbook" by my friend Gina Homolka creator behind the blog Skinnytaste. I first met Gina in last year when we were in Minnesota visiting the Target headquarters with the then Target Inner Circle. I had a great time sharing stories and talking photography with her so when she told me her cookbook was coming out of course I had to get my hands on one! The Skinnytaste Cookbook is filled with recipes light on calories and big on flavor. The photography is beautiful and I can't wait to try all the dishes – I've already started bookmarking my favorites. Today I'm giving you a chance to win your very own copy as well – keep reading for details!

This would be a great appetizer or snack. I like them straight out of the oven paired with some warm marinara. The outside breading gives a great little crunch and garlicy cheesy goodness.

Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Skinnytaste Cookbook {GIVEAWAY}
Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Skinnytaste Cookbook {GIVEAWAY}
Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Skinnytaste Cookbook {GIVEAWAY}

If you're looking for ideas for healthy dishes Gina has you covered! To enter for you chance to win a copy of The Skinnytaste Cookbook – log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries.

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Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Skinnytaste Cookbook {GIVEAWAY}

BAKED ZUCCHINI STICKS recipe by skinnytaste | print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
Cooking Spray
4 medium Zucchini, cut each into 16 sticks (about 1/4in sticks)**
3 large Egg Whites
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup Seasoned Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 Garlic Powder
freshly ground Black Pepper

PREPARATION
1. Preheat the oven to 425ΒΊ. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper
2. In a small, season egg whites with salt and black pepper and beat well. In a medium shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Pecorino Romano, and garlic powder.
3. Dip the zucchini sticks into the egg white and then into the bread crumbs, turning to coat well.*
4. Place the breaded zucchini sticks in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and spray the tops with more oil
5. Bake until golded brown and tender in the center, 23-25 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy!
* for best result, bread the zucchini in two batches so the crumbs don't clump up.
** clearly I can't follow directions my zucchini sticks are about 1/2 thick ;)


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Gifts for Her with Baba Souk + {$150 giveaway!} + 15% off

December 04, 2013

BabaSouk $150 giveaway + 15% off with code JCHONG
so you're starting your holiday shopping and you're stumped on what to get. do you remember baba souk? i interviewed her online shop this summer. baba souk is a great place to get you started – she's got tons of treasures for all your girl friends. i'm loving the dream pillow and cheese tray.

and what's a holiday without a little giveaway? babasouk and i are partnering to help you fill all those gifting needs this holiday – once you log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! to gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries. and if you just can't wait – you can enter CHEERS for 15% off your order til december 11 and free gift wrapping – who can argue with that?

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We are Frends! + {Giveaway – 1 pair Frends Headphones to 3 lucky winners!}

November 05, 2013


i've got a lot of traveling ahead of me in the next few months – headed home to atlanta for a wedding and then back again for the holidays and i'll be spending my birthday in brazil and argentina! thanks for everyone's recommendations, my sister and i were able to squeeze in some extra days for our trip so we didn't have to decide between the two after all.

when i'm on the go – i always carry my apple headphones for conference calls, movie watching on the plane and music. frankly those headphones are getting really old and beat up so when frends asked if i was interested in checking out their headphones i was on board. i brought along the taylor headphones to palm springs and received so many compliments on the look.



i use the layla headphones at my desk and the ella when i'm running. i love all of them, initially i wasn't used to having anything on my head but they are really comfortable. the sound is great and one of my favorite things about the headphones is that they work with my iphone so i can take my conference calls in style! the headphones are designed with women in mind – it's genuine leather, with handcrafted metal and the cord has a soft fabric touch!


frends has offered to giveaway a pair of frends headphones for 3 lucky winners! you get your choice on which style you like the most. once you log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! to gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries!

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Nate Berkus for Target + $100 giveaway to Target!

September 12, 2013

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
earlier this year i had the privilege of getting a sneak peak at nate berkus's fall collection at target which arrives in stores next week! so many beautiful additions that i can't wait to add to my home. i'm excited to share a few of my favorite pieces with you all today and a special part of my phone interview i had with nate berkus himself! i know this is probably one of the longest post i've done but it's worth the read and you'll get a chance at $100 target gift card giveaway at the end!

most of you probably know nate from his time on the oprah show where he was a regular guest design expert, but did you know he actually has a degree in french and sociology and not design? having a mom as a designer, he would often come home to a house where the rooms were completely redesign. he also spent a lot of his childhood visiting flea markets and antique shops but it wasn't until he studied in paris that he realized that designing was sort of the most natural for him and he wanted to return and create a company designing great spaces for other people. he is still really interested in sociology and french and believes it's applicable to his current work. everyday he has to make design decisions on clients that are essentially strangers before he has their first meeting.

i always love to hear how people make transitions from one career to another. nate credits his job at an auction house as being very valuable although it wasn't a design job per say he learned about the history of things, what period furniture came from and got the chance to assemble rooms in preparation for monthly auctions. at the auction house people would often ask if he designed the room and asked him to help arrange their space. his first big residential client was a lady in chiago who was also looking at three other agencies with years of experience. nate didn't have a portfolio or a staff but he made a great connection with her and suggested that they design one room and if she liked it he would complete the house. she liked what he did and from that job he continued to receive more opportunities. now nate has a staff of over 50 people. anytime they have open design positions nate says he typically never sees anyone who doesn't have a design degree unless they were recommended from someone he knows!

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
JC: you’ve accomplished so many great achievements in your career such as being apart of the oprah show, having your own syndicated show, author, executive producer and designer of your own product line. what would you say has been one of the highlights/pivotal moments of your career?

NB: one of most pivotal moment for me was probably the day i decided to start my business and had business cards printed. i really focused on the fact that this was what i really wanted to do and i was going to do anything i could do to be successful at it. work as and hard as i needed to work. i gave myself six months to get clients and make it a real company or i was going to back to working at the auction house. i didn't know but i was gave myself six months to see if i can turn my company into something. the second most pivotal moment was probably that moment years later where i got to stand at the doorway with people and tell them it was time to open their eyes and they saw their homes redone for the first time on the oprah show and then my later my own show. that never got tiring for me.

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details


JC: i love your target collection its modern, elegant and unique – perfect for those who appreciate design at an affordable price – with your latest collection releasing soon at target, what were some of the biggest challenges and rewards designing for target?

NB: i think the biggest challenge was that my old brand has always been about a home or interior that has been assembled over time and when your working with a huge retailer like target, i didn't want to sacrifice having the pieces feel like you could have found them anywhere in the world. there wasn't any limitations as far as manufacturing were concern i worked with the teams at target and my team and we sourced things from literally 70 different countries. if we couldn't find something that i really loved or a material i thought was being crafted correctly we would just switch vendors and keep trying before it made it into the collection. the challenge was that when you are making 3,000 objects from a prototype it's hard to make it feel special. i learned early on with designing for the mass market that there were certain things that would always make it feel special, using natural materials, hand done techniques, carvings, baskets, textiles, combinations of things people haven't seen before. i am a huge fan of mass design and affordable design, i think its really important and to not to be a snob about where you find something. i wanted to make sure the heart of the line and the essence of the line stayed true and i think it has.

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
JC: i’ve read many of your pieces are inspired from your travels, as traveler lover myself, i have to ask what are some of your favorite travel destinations?
NB: i love all areas of mexico, i tend to go to the places where not a lot of tourist go. i love wahaca, tulum, and a city called merida that is fascinating and has beautiful crafts. i love south america in particular peru they have incredible crafts, the crafts change every 15-20 miles you drive. i also really love europe, i just got back from madrid and from a three day trip i literally spent a day and half in a little antiques and vintage areas where they have tons of areas of tiny shops everything from true junk to incredible italian lighting from the 1950's, 18th century ceramic tiles. no matter where i go i always look for where the locals shop, i am much more interested in what the people who live in that country buy and how they decorate their home. i am able to bring back better ideas that way.

thank you to the team at target for setting up the call and nate for taking time out to chat! it was such an honor speaking with nate, you can check out all of the new products for fall on target.com. target has offered one of you the chance to win a $100 gift card to target! once you log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! to gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries!

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Brika + {$100 Giveaway!}

September 03, 2013


have you guys heard of brika? it is a curated online shop featuring talented designers and makers of beautiful things from all over the us. things like accessories, baby, and home decor. i think what sets brika apart from the rest is that they don't just feature products of talented makers but each maker has a dedicated page with their unique story and some fun q&a. you really get to know a bit about the designer and they all have inspiring stories to share!

i had the pleasure of meeting the two founders jennifer lee koss and kena paranjape earlier this year. they are incredibly passionate about brika and the makers they feature. read more about their story here. when we were talking about what items to giveaway i had such a hard time picking that i decided to giveaway $100 gift card instead so you can purchase exactly what you'd like for yourself.

you have SIX ways to enter! just login with your facebook or email and you'll see all the different ways! what is the first thing you are going to get from brika.com?

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1. BRONZE NECKLACE BY UPPER METAL CLASS   •   2. GOLD DIAMOND COASTER BY THE COASTAL   •   3. SMALL BIRCH CHEESE BOARD BY MILLED CO.   •   4. GOLD FRAMES BY HONEY AND BLOOM   •   5.BITER ORANGE SOAP BY ETTA AND BILLIE   •   6. ICE MINI BOWLS BY WIND AND WILLOW   •   7. GOLD HAND-STAMPED POLKA DOT CLUTCH BY ONE ELEVEN STUDIO   •   8. CELEBRATE THE SMALL THINGS BY URBAN BIRD

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Heirloom Tomato and Stone Fruit Salad + {$50 Giveaway to Whole Foods Market!}

August 27, 2013

Heirloom Tomato and Stone Fruit Salad + A chance to win $50 to Whole Foods Market
i love heirloom tomatoes and stone fruits. anytime i am dining out and those items are on the menu together i am all over it! i put together this heirloom tomato and stone fruit salad inspired by some of my favorite salads i've had lately. heirloom are at the peak of the season now so hurry up and go get yourself some! if you thought the summer vegetable ceviche was like summer in a bowl this dish definitely tops that. to celebrate the last month of summer whole foods has kindly offered one of YOU $50 to your neighborhood whole foods market!

once you provide an email* or login through facebook*, there are five different ways you can enter (not all are required), every item below gets you an additional entry, good luck!

*so i can contact you if you win!

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Baba Souk – {$50 GIVEAWAY!}

August 01, 2013


i've loved sharing my small shop features with you all and today i'm excited to share some fun goodies from an online shop baba souk and the best part for you? stephanie has kindly offered one of you $50 to spend in her shop! so many great things! to enter, comment below letting me know what you'd like to have in your home. for additional entry's - like my facebook page and subscribe to baba souk newsletter! keep reading below for more on stephanie's story!


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