What A Week: Domestic Chíc

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 3.36.58 PMLast week I invited you to the pre-release party for my new book Domestic Chíc, and now I’m so excited to show you a few moments from this whirlwind week! From signing books at Book Expo America 2015 to debuting my Cellini aprons at Il Bastardo, this has been a week I’ll never forget. I’m thrilled to get to share my tips for both cooking and entertaining with all of you in this book!

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This LBD apron is one of my favorites, and is perfect for those last-minute touches on dinner you finish as your guests arrive! Domestic Chíc at it’s finest.

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Seeing my own book among so many other amazing publications at Book Expo America has truly been a dream come true!

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The amount of supporters and friends old & new that came to celebrate with us at Il Bastardo was humbling and exciting. I’m so thankful for the amount of support and passion that surrounds me as I continue on these endeavors. Thank you for a great week – I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Stay tuned to purchase Domestic Chíc and Cellini aprons!

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Save the Date: Domestic Chic!

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to be inviting you all to my Pre-Release Book Launch and Designer Apron Preview! Domestic Chic has been an amazing project to work on and a dream come true, and I am so thrilled to finally get to share it with all of you! Join me at Il Bastardo for complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres this week, May 28th, from 6-8pm. This event is free, but please email monica@kristinsollenne.com to reserve your spot. I can’t wait to celebrate with you! What an exciting time!

Have a great long weekend and I will see you at Il Bastardo!

Flatbread with St. Nectaire and Raclette

I love making Flatbread. Not only is it delicious and simple, but you can change it up however you want depending on what you’re craving that day, what the occasion is, or just what is in your refrigerator at the time! It makes for a great meal, or you can make a few varieties and cut into small pieces for appetizers at your next party.

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For this recipe with The Cheeses of Europe, I wanted to stay true to the magnifique flavors of the two cheeses, St. Nectaire and Raclette, so I kept the recipe very minimal and VERY delicious! With quality ingredients like olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, and truffle oil, this Flatbread is both indulgent and simple – perfect for making the everyday amazing.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 12.36.34 PMYou can see the recipe below, or check out the video here!

Ingredients:

1 ball pizza dough
Flour for dusting
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced shallots
1/2 pound mixed mushrooms, thinly sliced (chanterelle, porcini, oyster, shiitake)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
5 ounces Raclette cheese, grated
5 ounces of St. Nectaire cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons white truffle oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Spread dough to desired shape on lightly floured parchment paper. Dock by piercing with a fork, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes or until nearly done.
  3. While the flatbread is in the oven, heat olive oil in a sauté pan and cook garlic and shallots until translucent. Add mushrooms and stir until they wilt. Season with salt, pepper, and chopped parsley and remove from heat.
  4. Remove the flatbread from the oven, sprinkle the grated Raclette and crumbled St Nectaire over it, and place it back in the over for 3-4 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. Drizzle with truffle oil, and use a slotted spoon to spread the mushroom and shallot mixture over the melted cheese

How to celebrate your mom every day

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! This Sunday, we are all reminded of how much our mothers have done for us, and we get the chance to let her know how much she is appreciated. I love Mother’s Day, but I started to think – why don’t we let our moms know every day how much she means to us? It’s something so simple, that goes such a long way. In honor of Mother’s Day, here is a list of small ways to spend quality time together and let mom know how much you care!

1. Cook a meal together.

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You probably aren’t surprised that this is top on my list, but cooking a meal together is a wonderful way to spend time together! Not only do you get quality time together, but you can learn from each other, laugh together, and reminisce – all while thanking her for all the meals she prepared for you as a child!

2. Bring her a special bottle of wine – and enjoy it together. 

Bocca Edit-2546Wine is a special, intimate thing to share, and sharing your favorite bottle with your mom, or introducing her to one she’s never tried before, is an experience that will be enriching for both of you.

3. Learn something new together. 

You are never too old to learn something new! Find a subject you are both interested in, and sign up for a class or seminar together. From learning a new language to taking private pilot lessons, I guarantee you will make some amazing memories together!

4. Take her out for spontaneous happy hour. 

Bocca Edit-2963Take the evening off and call Mom and let her know you’re on your way to pick her up. Let her know that she is much more important than work or being busy, and that you love spending time together!

5. Just tell her. 

If you don’t live near your mother, or even if you do, it’s that easy: tell her how much you appreciate her and are grateful for all she has done for you. Don’t wait until Mother’s Day – tell her every day!

Clean Eating for Spring: Kale Salad w. Brie & Grilled Chicken

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I am passionate about creating recipes that are seasonal, delicious, and nutritious. As the warmer months approach, I know we all have clean eating on our minds, so I am excited to share a recipe today that uses fresh, healthy ingredients but still tastes indulgent and amazing! This salad would be perfect for a spring lunch with your friends, or as part of your weekly meal prep. Just don’t forget the brie, the best part!

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To see the full video of how I prepared this spring dish, check out Cheese of Europe here! Bon appetit!

Ingredients:

(Dressing)
1/4 olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast
(Salad)
1 bunch kale, sliced
8 ounces Brie, sliced
1 cup glazed pecans, chopped
1 green apple, cored, sliced into thin wedges
(Chicken)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Whisk the oil with the mustard and slowly add the vinegars. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Remove the stems from the kale and slice. Toss the kale with desired amount of dressing and set aside to marinate.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, kosher salt, lemon zest, pepper, and paprika.
  4. Oil the chicken and rub the seasoning onto each piece. Grill on medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes per side. Let rest 4-5 minutes and then slice.
  5. Mix pecans and apple slices to the marinated kale, then place the sliced chicken and Brie on top.

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