My Favorite Props & Ceramics for Food Styling

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My love for anything ceramic, styling, cute and small runs wild. I am obsessed with researching and sifting through all the best props, bowls, little forks, backdrops that I can find on a daily basis. Here we have all my favorite props and ceramics that I love and use for food photography recipes and styling. 

Current Faves!

Staub

One of my current staples is anything STAUB! Their products are long lasting, sturdy and down-right gorgeous. These items are worth the splurge and I promise, anything you'd cook in them will turn out absolutely beautiful (and delicious!)

Ceramics and Pottery

Colleen Hennessey Clayworks

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Boston Potter makes the BEST handmade pottery. Not only that, it's so unique and the shapes and textures are just gorgeous. I want everything in his shop! You can take a look at his etsy shop here. 

Hansleman Pottery

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As of now, I only have these mini bowls from Hanselmann Pottery but I'm looking to get some more from them ASAP! I loved this shoot I did with them of these Udon Noodle Bowls - isn't it just dreamy? They are really great for mixing bowls, side mixing and prepping for when I'm food styling. They also work perf as side props in the shot. 

Julia E. Dean

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I'm in love with this huge plate above! But also this shop has the most adorable mugs. I use the mug and the plate for a lot of product photography and styling. Highly reccomend! All the items are extremely durable and beautiful. 

Earth and Element

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Also GORG mugs, I swear the BEST! In this above photo, I used the mini pink plate I got. I use the mug on the daily. 

Farmhouse Pottery

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This ceramic shop is so cute! I use the above cheese plate for about... everything! So perfect for styling. I also own 2 large plates that have a light matte brown texture around the plate that is just so dainty and beautiful. 

Daiso Japan 

If you want some cheap + cute props and ceramics, go to Daiso Japan. there is a bunch of locations and mostly everything is under $2. They have adorable sushi bento boxes, chopsticks and bowls that are perfect for styling. My favorites are the smaller bowls with textures like florals or plaid. 

Photography Backdrops

The Little Ladle Co. on Etsy.  

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Another board that has become an essential for me are these Etsy Backdrops. 

Eclectic Lab Designs

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I'm obseeesssing over these background photography boards! no matter what, the light that hits them always looks so good for photography. They are double sided + super sturdy, I use them A LOT for my food photography and styling. You can choose your own styles or they have some that are ready made but most are made to order! 

Other

Misen Knives

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Everyone that cookes NEEDS some good knives and up until now, I haven't had any good ones. I had one Victorinox one that is awesome, but besides that, I don't have any knife blocks or anything like that so I was in NEED for some really sharp and sturdy knives. I've been trying out the Misen Knives I LOVE them. I definitely recommend. I got the gray. :) 

Williams Sonoma 

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+ last but NOT least, I've been exploring a lot on the WS site. They have so much versatility in their pieces and some really awesome knives that I also got! 

Any props or ceramic makers I missed out or should look into? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 

Banyan Tree Bangkok

If you've been following me on Instagram lately, you've noticed I took an awesome trip to Thailand. It was such an amazing time - flew into Bangkok, went to Phuket, Chiang Mai and ended our trip back in Bangkok. When arriving back in Bangkok, I went straight to Banyan Tree Bangkok. Banyan Tree Bangkok is known for it's popular rooftop destination, where you can overlook the whole city. It's pretty spectacular. But alongside that, is also an amazing property, with gorgeous rooms and and overall great hotel experience. Follow along below for more pictures and what we ate! 

Be sure to take a look at my travel hashtag #llindseytravels to see more and stay tuned for a full Thailand Travel & Food Guide. Now let's get into it. :)

First thing's first: Breakfast! 

My room had a gorgeous view so how can I not order some breakfast? It was nice to get to relax at Banyan Tree and stay at the resort and take in the view. Throughout our trip, we were always on the go (in a good way! ;)) so it was nice to come to the property and take a break. One way to relax here is to take a bath, which is just dreamy isn't it! The bathtub had bath salts on the side of it and the room comes with daily essential oils and incense, something that Banyan Tree is very popular for as well, as for good reason. 

Bai Yun

Next up, we went to try their Dim Sum spot, also overlooking a beautiful view. I could not get enough of this view. :p We had a spread of their most popular dim sum dishes, including Steamed Jade Dumplings with Fresh Scallop and Shrimp (below) as well as Steamed Seaweed with Spicy Garlic Sauce and Minced Shrimp + much more! You can take a look at Bai Yun here. 

Afternoon Tea 

Depending on which levels you stay on of the hotel, the higher floors have a lot of amenities. One being Afternoon Tea, (as well as buffet breakfast). Took it all in with some Jasmine tea and some pastries before heading to dinner. 

Vertigo & Moon Bar 

Now onto what Banyan Tree is really popular for. People from all over the world are told they MUST go here to see this unbelievable 360 view of the city. If you are ever in Bangkok, this rooftop is a MUST, just look how gorgeous this is! There is dinner at Vertigo, too, where we tried a wine tasting menu of ahi poke, lamb, mushroom soup and more! Head to Moon Bar for drinks, you won't be sorry. Grab a couple drinks and soak it all in. 

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Messhall Kitchen

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Messhall Kitchen, located in Los Feliz, has a large menu with fantastic choices, especially their cocktail program, which changes themes monthly. This month's theme is Harry Potter. All the juice is squeezed in house, achieving that super fresh taste, and the combinations work perfectly, giving off an interesting take on Harry Potter. Staples include the fried chicken sandwich and oysters. Take a look at the pictorial essay of Messhall Kitchen below.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich with hot honey aioli, red onions, lettuce and pickles

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Oysters (dozen)

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Hot Wings Tokyo Style

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Banana Cream Pie

Now for the cocktails....

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Polyjuice Potion

151 rum, persimmon syrup, grapefruit, lemon, sherry float

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Felix Felicis

Ford's gin, Lichi Li liquer, agave, lemon

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Amortentia

El dorado rum, creme de cacao, creme de menthe, angostrura, cream, egg white

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Draught of Living Death

scotch, cio ciaro, yellow chartreuse, meyer lemon bitters

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Pepperup Potion

Corralejo Reposado tequilla, cynar, peppercorn syrup, mint

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Messhall Old Fashioned

Four roses bourbon, sugar, bitters

Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Zucchini Pizza Bites with Ginger Tomato Sauce

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With a ginger tomato sauce from ginger juice that includes a lemony KICK from the American Juice Co. in my Hatchery box, this recipe is delicious, spicy, tangy, sweet and salty!

Continue reading for the full recipe and step by step with photos. Also, make sure to check out HATCHERY, a monthly tasting box subscription and use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first box for $10!  

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Start by cutting 2 large zucchinis in rounds and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil and mix with hands.

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Now, make your ginger tomato sauce. In a saucepan, simmer and boil mini grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, American Juice Company Ginger juice and let it reduce and become a paste-like sauce! Pour over the zucchini

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Cut ciliegine mozzarella and pour over the top of the sauce and zucchini. Put it oven for about 15-20 minutes, until melted!

Recipe:

2 Zucchini 

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced in 1/2 on mini grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 2 1/2 T Ginger Juice

Mozzerella Cheese 1 Cup Cut 

Basil for Garnish 

  • Mix your zucchini spices with hands and make your tomato sauce and let simmer and turn into a paste, pour on the cut cheese and pop in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil!

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Sweet & Sassy French Fries with Truffled Tarragon Aioli

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I am a french fry addict! Give me a sweet and savory rub from Chef Dave Martin in this months Hatchery box, I am going to make delicious, crunchy french fries. On top of that, I topped the fries with a peppery, truffled and tarragon aioli. This month's Hatchery box was awesome, filled with Red Pepper Jam, Ginger Juice & more! Continue reading to find out this recipe as well as an unboxing on the month's tasting ingredients.

Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your FIRST Hatchery tasting box for only $10! Click HERE or https://hatchery.co/tasting-box/! Happy cooking! 

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BEFORE                                                                   AFTER 

Fries: 

  • 3T Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 T Rub
  • 3 Turns of Black Peppercorn
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Russet Potatoes - cut like french fries or I used a french fry cutter!

How:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Assemble all the above ingredients and use your hands to mix all the spices and the olive oil together
  • Cook in oven for 40 minutes or until crunchy and potatoes are cooked all the way through

Sauce:

  • 2 Tsp White Truffle Oil
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Chopped Tarragon
  • 3 T Light Mayo

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and dip when fries are ready. Garnish with parsley and tarragon!

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Dulce Caramel Chai Spice from Soft Peaks

Ginger Juice from the American Juice Company

Salad Dressing from Balsamo's Family Kitchen

Red Pepper Jam from Jammy Yummy

Sweet & Sassy Rub from Chef Dave Martin

Make sure you use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first tasting box for $10! :)

Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Chimichurri

IMG_6054 (1) Don't you just LOVE tacos? Think of shredded chicken with a KICK using Jamaican style jerk seasoning that gives a spicy tang. It works perfect with a cabbage and carrot slaw and is topped with a lemon basil & cilantro chimichurri. Continue reading for a step by step and enjoy the full recipe at the end of the post!

Used: Greenpoint Trading Company Jerk Seasoning: Jamaican Style from my Hatchery Tasting Box. Be sure to pick up some at the Hatchery Marketplace. Or you can sign up for $20 month to receive a hand-picked tasting box! Click HERE to learn more and sign up! Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your  first TASTING BOX for $10! (Disclaimer: $10 off your first monthly tasting box, does not apply to full marketplace ingredients)

Start by making the marinade for your chicken. It can be marinaded anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day for maximum flavor!

Assemble your cabbage and carrot slaw. This should sit in the sauces for at least 30 minutes to allow all the juices to soak into the vegetables, preferably an hour! It tastes better the longer you wait.

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To cook your chicken, make packets with parchment paper to allow all the flavor to cook with the chicken. This also lets you easily shred your chicken. While your chicken is cooking, make your chimichurri that takes no time at all! Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees for the chicken and cook for about 20-30 minutes until tender and not raw, depending on oven.

When chicken is HOT, take it out of the oven and take 2 forks and start to shred it. It should be easy to shred. Chicken breasts should work the best for this, but I used thin chicken schnitzel pieces so your cook time may have to be a little longer if you are doing chicken breasts.

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After shredding the chicken, warm up your FLOUR tortillas on the stovetop. Assemble with the chicken first, then the cabbage slaw and top with the Chimichurri.

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Recipe

Chicken - Chicken Cutlets 

  • 1 T & 1 Tsp Jamaican Seasoning
  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Carrot & Cabbage Slaw - 1 Cup shredded carrots and 1/2 Head of Cabbage 

  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ponzu
  • 1/2 T Sugar

Lemon Basil & Cilantro Chimichurri

  • Bunch of Lemon Basil & Cilantro
  • Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Oil - a lot, until it becomes a liquid sauce (not thick)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Terrine Labor Day BBQ

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Labor Day was coming up and I was able to attend Terrine's all you can eat BBQ! With great ambience, fresh food off the grill and awesome weather, Monday night was a success. For just $35.00 a person excluding drinks & tax, you get to eat an endless amount of delicious food barbecued by Chef Morningstar of Terrine!  The selection was picked carefully and executed perfectly. From pickle brine fried chicken to mac n cheese and a tomato salad, everything paired well together! The flavors of every item had my mouth watering and wanting more and more. Continue reading to see more pictures and view the dishes through the all the day BBQ!

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Hierloom Tomatoes with Cotija Cheese: This was a refreshing and soft part of the heavy, meat filled meal! It worked well with the hot meats and the mac n cheese. This was one of the dishes I kept going back to clear my palette and enjoy a refreshing bite.

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Crispy Potato & Hatch Chile Tacos: This was almost like an empanada and tasted amazing! The potatoes were crispy and also soft on the inside and the crispy taco worked well with the potato. This was also one of my favorites.

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Frito Pie with Texas Chile & Cheese 

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Potato Salad: I am a major fan of potato salad and this was one of the best I've EVER had! It was not a strong mayo taste like some potato salads may have. It was a very light salad, which is rare when potatoes are heavy and the sauce is normally heavy as well. This is definitely a recipe I want to snag. The potatoes were also cooked perfectly which sometimes restaurants may mess up. Overall, the potato salad, mac n cheese & the tomato salad had me coming back for more and more every time I got some meat from the BBQ!

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Swordfish Brochettes with Tomato Salsa 

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Ancient Age Bourbon, Grapefruit, Honey: This was a delicious, sweet but not SO sweet cocktail to go with the delicious BBQ! The grapefruit masked the bourbon but not too much and the honey gave it nice flavor as well.

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Sticky Toffee Cornbread: This was by FAR one of my favorites of the night. The cornbread was moist and full of flavor and then on top there was a gooey sticky toffee! It was sweet and paired PERFECT with the amazing cornbread. It was sweet, sticky and had an amazing taste, I had a lot of these!

Pictured above in the first photo was the Pickle Brine Fried Chicken. I've never in my life had fried chicken like this, and this is on their regular menu. The other items are just special for this occasion but on their day-to-day menu they have the Fried Chicken with Grits! The outside crust was crunchy and had a hint of sour from the pickle that gave it an amazing taste. And then when you bit into it, you taste soft and melt-in-your-mouth chicken. Best of the night!

Thanks Terrine for having me! It was truly a night to remember and I am looking forward to coming back soon!

Pictured below is the whole menu of the night:

Mains

Swordfish Brochettes with tomato salsa

Pickle Brine Fried Chicken

Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket

Housemade Hot Links

BBQ Pork Ribs

Crispy Potato & Hatch Chile Tacos

Sides

Frito Pie with Texas chili and cheese

Heirloom Tomatoes and cotija cheese

Squash Salad with feta, red onion, and garlic vinaigrette

Potato Salad

Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Cornbread

Blondies with pecans

Magic Cookie Bars

Marinated Tofu & Vegetable Spring Rolls

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Spring Rolls sometimes have a bad "wrap". However, this Tofu Spring Roll recipe is flavorful and delicious! The tofu has a special marinade and is then grilled on the fire featuring Salsaology's Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce from my Hatchery Box! This is a fast and easy recipe as well that is light and full of color and flavor!

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Continue reading for the recipe...

Tofu:

  • 1 Block Tofu cut long, soak first with a paper towel
  • 3 T Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic < Sprinkle desired, but not a lot of salt
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Vegetables:

  • 2 Persian Cucumbers (cut thin)
  • 1 Handful of Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Dipping Sauce: 

  • 1 1/2 Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Ponzu
  • 1 1/2 Rice Vinegar
  • 1 T Siracha
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 T Water
  • Salt, pepper, Garlic

Mix all the tofu components together and marinade for 20 minutes - 2 hrs.

Meanwhile, cut your cucumbers and onions and set aside, sprinkle on some salt, pepper and garlic as well as 1/2 lemon for extra flavor.

Grill tofu on the fire until it is crunchy on the outside and add all components together for the sauce.

Assembly your tofu and veggies and seal shut with rice paper/spring roll wrappers!

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Blueberry & Lavender Honey Lemonade

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In this month's Hatchery box, I received something special, Lavender Honey! I am a sucker for anything flowery tasting so this was PERFECT for me! I decided it would go extremely well with a lemonade, and then also wanted to add blueberry for extra flavor and color. This lemonade is perfect for the end of summer, especially since today in Los Angeles, it was HOT out.

Hatchery is a monthly subscription tasting from $20.00 that delivers taste testing ingredients. You can also buy separately so when you taste something you LOVE, you can buy it bigger! It is truly an amazing company and I am so thankful I'm part of the Hatchery Family! All the products that I've tasted so far have me crawling back wanting more and makes my juices flow with endless recipes for you guys! If you haven't checked out Hatchery, click HERE!

or: hatchery.co!

Click read more to view the full recipe and BENEFITS (yes, benefits! This recipe is great for your systems especially for flus, colds or energy!) for this lemonade as well as an unboxing and description in what is in this month's box of ingredients.

Blueberry Lavender Honey Lemonade

Makes about 4-6 cups

What you'll need:

  • 5 Cups Water
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 2 T Honey Lavender (or to taste, at the end I drizzled a little more in)
  • Pink Himalayan SEA salt (any other type of sea salt is fine)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries

How:

  • In a pot on medium heat, simmer the blueberries, 1 cup of water and 1/4 of sugar until it boils and the sugar is dissolved
  • Bring the heat to low and add in the 2 T of lavender honey
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes, turn off the fire and add in a little less than 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • Allow the syrup mixture to sit for about 10-20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a pitcher, juice your 2 lemons and add 4 cups of water, stir
  • Strain the blueberry honey mixture into the pitcher and place in the fridge until cooled
  • You can add more water to dilute it depending on how sour/sweet you want your lemonade
  • Save some blueberries and lemon slices for garnish, and pour some ice cubes in a glass and pour!
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Benefits:

  • Lavender Honey is rich in Tyrosine. Tyrosine is used to make neurotransmitters and these can help prevent brain conditions. The Lavender Honey from New Kirk Honey is raw, unfiltered so it still contains all of its original enzymes and nutrients. Benefits of honey in general give you energy, helps with allergies, helps memory, helps with sleep and more! Just to name a few!
  • Blueberries are antioxidants. They can also help prevent aging, may lower blood pressure and heart disease and give a great dose vitamin C.
  • Lemon relieves anxiety, cleans blood, weight loss and helps digestion.
  • If you wanted you can substitute the sugar for more honey to make this even healthier.

Now onto the items in this month's HATCHERY BOX! 

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Yai's Thai Medium Thai Salsa http://www.yaisthai.com/

Salsaology Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce http://salsa-ology.com/

Newkirk Honey Lavender Honey http://www.newkirkhoney.com/

Greenpoint Trading Co. Jerk Seasoning http://www.greenpointtrading.co/

Sir Kensington's Classic Ketchup http://sirkensingtons.com/

And of course, hatchery.co to sign up for monthly subscriptions!

Fried Egg with a Bacon Jam, Caramelized Onion & Tomato Confit

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Ship and Dip is bringing new types of condiments to the game, for example, Bacon Jam. Smokey yet sweet, this condiment pairs perfectly with anything, like burgers, on top of fries, in sauces, sandwiches, plain! but it also works well with a fried egg. This recipe brings out the Bacon Jam flavor by incorporated a caramelized onion and tomato confit with the bacon jam. The acidity of the lemon juice and the feta cheese pair perfectly with the perfect Bacon Jam by Our Sassy Pantry. Recipe below :)

1 Red Onion

1 Tomato

1 T EVOO

1 Egg

Salt, Pepper, Garlic

2 T Bacon Jam

1/2 of Small Lemon Juice

Scoop of Butter

  • Heat 1T olive oil in a pan and add the onions, diced small, leave in pan until browned

  • Pinch salt and pepper then add in the tomatoes, also diced small then pinch salt, pepper and garlic this time

  • Add the 1T of Bacon Jam and juice of 1/2 lemon and allow to sit and caramelize

  • Transfer to a bowl and get started on the egg: heat the same pan or a new pan and melt a scoop of butter in a pan and then crack the egg

  • Let it cook through and get crunchy on the sides

  • Pour over the mixture and add some cilantro and feta cheese!

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Also featured in the box:

“INGREDIENTS” FOR PEACE

IMG_4967 By: Marlene Ezra Baruch

For those of you who have been following alifewithpeace.com, you may be noticing we have been partnering with some amazing food chains. You also may be wondering, “Why so much emphasis on food?”

“A life with Peace” stands for many different things, but first and foremost, its purpose is to encourage you to follow your inner callings and passions, so that you can connect with who you really are and who you are meant to become.

These answers don’t live outside of you. It is only you that can reach into that place within that will ultimately lead you to fulfillment.

Our goal is to help guide you so that you can do just that!

There is only one way we can do that, and that is by living as true examples and aligning ourselves with our own dreams.

Whether or not you are a “foodie”, or your passion lies in another area, there is always a deeper connection that can be made between your spiritual journey and your physical journey.

As we look deeper into the connection between nourishing your body and nourishing your soul, it is obvious that there is much more than meets the eye.

Each and every of us is born with the “ingredients” to create something wonderful. However, it is important to make sure we combine our “ingredients” with others who compliment our “dishes”.

When you are with others, you are either pulling out their “good ingredients” or their “not so good ingredients”, and they are doing the same for you.

The question remains, what is it in them, or in me that is bringing this out now. Often times, it is easier to place the blame on them, but all we are really doing is handing over our “Main course’ for them to create. Placing blame is just noise we create in our minds. Ultimately that type of noise makes for “inedible dishes!”

It is our job as the “Head Chef “ in our own lives, to allow ourselves to see the part we play in our relationships. For whatever reason, whether we are pulling out “good” or “bad” ingredients in others that is what is active in them or you at that moment. Ultimately WE are choosing that ingredient. This can be hard for us to want to admit. However when we do, we are then able to take responsibility and make the choice to surround ourselves with people who bring out our GREATEST ingredients!

It is only then we can begin to co-create our most magnificent dish ever!

Wishing you a DELICIOUS Life With Peace!

The Life With Peace Team

The following excerpt is from our interactive journal.

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Hatchery Unboxing & Recipes

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This company is so inventive and new, bringing awesome up and coming food creators to the scene and exposing them all in one place. The ingredients in the tasting box I received had my mind swirl with ideas! A Life With Peace will be making tons of recipes with these unique ingredients and posting them here and on Instagram at llindseyl. Stay tuned on our youtube channel for a video unboxing as well.

Click "Read More" to find out what's inside this month's box as well as recipes for this month's box! 

After taste testing these ingredients, I was so excited to share all the details about these awesome companies!

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East Shore Specialty Foods, Made in Hartland, WI

Sweet & Tangy Mustard

No added salt, Gluten Gree, HFCS-Free

East Shore Foods

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Just Jan's, Made in Calabasas, CA

Apricot Fruit Spread

All Natural, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, HFCS-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan

Just Jans Jam

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CC Made, Made in Berkeley, CA

Sel Gris Caramel Sauce

All Natural, Gluten Free, HFCS-Free

CC Made

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McClary Bros., Made in Ferndale, MI

Michigan Apple Pie Drinking Vinegar

All Natural

McClary Bros

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Gormegg, Made in New York, NY

Gracefully Greek Gourmet Seasoning

All Natural

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5 Ingredient Unboxing. Recipes below!

RECIPES

SMOKED TURKEY CHOPPED SALAD WITH APRICOT VINAIGRETTE

TOMATO SOUP WITH SWEET & TANGY MUSTARD CROUTONS

Sel Gris Caramel Kahlua Milkshake

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  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 3 tsp Caramel
  • 1 t Kahlua
  • 4 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Blend, top with whipped cream

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Caramelized Sweet Pita Chips

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  • Take the desired amount of pita and spread one layer of the caramel sauce from CC Made on the pita
  • Put in the oven for 7-9 minutes
  • For some spice, add on some rainbow peppercorns

Chicken and Sautéed Vegetables with Well Dressed Egg Seasoning

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Veggies:

  • 1 box Mushrooms
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 3 Carrots Peeled
  • 1 t of Seasoning
  • 1 t Red Wine
  1. Put oil and onions first, then add mushrooms, carrots and bell pepper and add the seasoning and a splash of red wine
  2. add salt pepper and garlic all through this process

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Chicken Strips:

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Strips
  • 1/3 dill
  • 1/3 lemon bail
  • 1 tsp garlic/ salt/ pepper/ paprika
  • 1 t olive oil
  • ½ lemon and ½ lemon zest
  1. Place the chicken and all the components above in a dish and mix for the marinade
  2. Heat up a pan with oil and cook your chicken
  3. Serve with vegetables

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A Life With Peace Gets Invited to a Thrillist Culinary Road Trip

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^Mortadella Sandwich from Lardo, click Read More to see more pictures! 

People often travel around the country to try some of the most famous and well-known restaurants and dives. With this event, we are able to have the most famous restaurants in one place, without having to travel anywhere! From places in the East Coast like New York and Philadelphia, this event brought all the goods from around the country. This extremely well-organized, trendy and wonderful event left me feeling full, satisfied and happy!

Taking place a whole weekend in Hollywood, California at the Siren Studios at Orange, this venue was spacious and awesome! The walls were white and were able to be written on!

When you walk in, you get a punch card with all the different foods and as you make your way down, it gets checked off! The first stop I took was Sweetgreen. Originally famous in Washington D.C, Sweetgreen just opened recently in Los Angeles on 3rd street, and now I know why. The salad served was a Rad Thai Salad with fresh greens, cucumbers, carrots and other fresh ingredients! This was an amazing appetizer to start off the adventure of the night. It was crisp, light and exactly what a salad should be. It really kicked off the rest of the event.

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Second stop was Black Seed Bagels from New York City. I've only had a New York bagel one time in my life and this would count as the second and it was DELICIOUS! There is just SOMETHING about New York bagels… The bagel was a sesame seed bagel with cucumbers, dill, cream cheese, capers and red onion. The bagels were soft and the toppings paired perfectly. The taste from the fresh dill paired with the sourness and tartness of the caper was a great combination. The crunch of the cucumbers with the creamy cream cheese hit the spot! I could have had a ton of these! But, there was A LOT more to go and I did NOT want to get full just yet!

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So far, I loved the ambience, the colors, the music, as well as the grass designs all over the venue. Each stop had it's own unique style and lighting. After the bagels and salad, I wanted to get right in there and try Lardo’s grilled Mortadella Sandwich from Portland. This sandwich was my favorite of the night. It had so many components to it, the first bite, I fell in love! The Mortadella sandwich was crispy, crunchy and spicy! The bread was soft and all the component of this sandwich worked so well together. The Mortadella was grilled and crusted to perfection that gave it a nice smoky flavor and a bit of crunch! The greens didn’t get soggy and also provided a crunch. The sauce and grilled vegetables completed the sandwich and left me oh so satisfied! Definitely looking forward to trying this again if I am ever in Portland. Really good and delicious sandwich.

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After this, we grabbed some complimentary boxed water and headed to New England for Luke’s Lobsters. I am a sucker for a good lobster roll and I was surprised and satisfied with the taste of this one. I’ve always got hot and steamy lobster rolls but this one was cold and really provided a new flavor. It was peppery, buttery and lemony, really the 3 best things if you ask me! Who doesn’t love butter and pepper? And lemon just adds all the components of a dish together. You can tell the lobster was fresh and creamy and crunchy. It was paired with a soft roll and the sauces and mayo with the pepper, lemon and butter on the lobster was really amazing. My favorites of the whole night would have to be this lobster roll, in addition with Lardo’s sandwich.

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After the lobster roll, we went to try some deep-dish pizza from Chicago, something I’ve never tried before! The sauces on the pizzas were delicious and the sausages paired great with the sauces, the crust was crunchy and doughy at the same time. It was heavy and delicious! I liked this pizza, but it was not one of my favorites stops of the night. They had three pizzas to try from so it was cool they gave a variety!

After all this heavy, greasy, fresh and DELICIOUS food, we decided to slow it down a little. In the middle of the second room there is a “Rest Stop” where they were handing out root beer and chips! The route beer and chips were from “Route Beer 66” and I got Dill Pickle chips and the Lightly Salted chips. Regular lightly salted chips are always good but what I enjoyed the most was the Dill Pickle chips. These were delicious! They were vinegar tasting and really tasted like a dill pickle. The chips were crunchy and flavorful, I wish I could have picked up more bags of these! The root beer was also delicious, it is made from real sugar cane and is caffeine free! I really enjoyed this refreshing beverage before heading to the next main food stop before dessert.

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Next, we went to Philly to try some Philly cheesesteaks. There were two types to pick from, a simple rib eye Philly cheesesteak with American cheese or slow roasted pork with sautéed broccoli rabe, sharp provolone and Italian bread. I tried the cheesesteak because I know that is what they are known for! And mmm it was delicious! At this point, I was so crazy full! The rib eye was delicious and paired with the melted cheese and the soft bread. A very simple sandwich, yet it contains a lot of juicy, amazing elements that were delicious.

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After this, we went to Washington D.C to start our dessert. Georgetown Cupcakes, also opened in Los Angeles, was an amazing end to our foodie adventure. We got the vanilla birthday and lava fudge with a fudge center! Both were so tasty, delicious and super rich! I have tried Georgetown Cupcakes in LA before but I never tried those flavors and they were delicious! Looking forward to picking up more cupcakes from them and happy 2 places from this night are in LA!

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Lastly, we got some cookies from Philly, called Insomnia Cookies. These cookies were moist, thin and melted in my mouth. I got double chocolate chunk and snicker doodle. They were also handing out samples of spritzers and seltzer that came in a lot of different flavors, I tried cucumber and grapefruit and it was extremely fresh and light.

This night was unforgettable and cannot be thankful enough that I was able to be apart of this event! Thank you so much Thrillist and Honda for inviting me to this awesome event. The food, the setting and everything was delicious and spectacular!

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