Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cornmeal Almond Biscotti




Whenever I feel stressed or bogged down with too much work, I resort to my favorite cookbook: Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax. Many of the pages are dogeared or marred with colorful post-it notes, because I simply want to make everything in the book. This past week, I decided to tackle cornmeal almond biscotti which turned out to be a very good decision. These biscotti are crunchy and flavorful, with a perfect texture, thanks to the cornmeal. 

Cornmeal Almond Biscotti (adapted from Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax)

Makes about 4.5 dozen biscotti

1 1/4 cups whole unbalanced almonds
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or generously butter the baking sheets; set aside. Scatter the almonds over a separate baking sheet and toast until dark-medium brown, usually 12 to 15 minutes. 

2. Cool slightly on a wire rack; leave the oven on. Chop enough of the almonds to measure 1/4 cup. Set both the chopped and whole almonds aside.

3. Cream the butter with the sugar using an electric mixer just until combined, no longer. Add the eggs and mix until blended. Add 1 1/4 cups of the flour, the cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and all of the almonds; mix until combined and the nuts are distributed. Stir in enough of the remaining 1/4 cup of flour so the dough comes together, but is not sticky (the dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl).

4. Working on the prepared baking sheets, shape the dough into 4 long logs, each about 1 inch wide and 3/4 inch high. 

5. Bake until the dough is set and beginning to turn pale gold at the edges, about 15 minutes (This time might fluctuate due to your oven. The biscotti might take longer - this is okay!) Remove the baking sheets to a wire rack and cool for 5 to 10 minutes; leave the oven on. 

6. Cut the biscotti into even slices about 1/2 inch wide. Arrange the slices, cut sides up, on the baking sheets. Return to the oven and bake the biscotti again until very lightly browned, about 10 minutes. 

7. Transfer the biscotti to a wire rack and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container. (These biscotti keep well for about a week, however in my house, they were all devoured in approximately 5 days.)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

EATPOPS




I've never been one who feels full satisfaction from drinking cold pressed juices, but they certainly are rich in nutrients and provide a simple way to get your daily fix of fruits and vegetables. When I heard about EatPops, I was seriously intrigued because they have the same healthy concept but rather than a juice, EatPops are compressed into a refreshing popsicle. They come in all different flavors ranging from Kale, Banana, and Pineapple to Beet, Apple, and Carrot. For a quick on-the-go snack or even a dessert on a hot summer night, these EatPops will certainly be making an appearance in my freezer! Check them out here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jump To It



Jumpsuit - Forever 21
Turtleneck - TSE
Sneakers - Golden Goose

The jumpsuit, in general, is such an easy piece, because one can simply wear it with a pair of sneakers and have a totally cool and effortless outfit. This denim jumpsuit has often been equated to that of a technician in an auto shop, but I actually find it quite stylish. Because the weather was a bit cooler, I wore a black turtleneck underneath to keep me a bit warmer, but you could also wear a white tee or colorful sweater underneath as well.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year





Dress - Zara
Chambray Shirt - Peek
Boots - My Mom's Closet

Happy New Year to you all! This winter, knee high boots have become my favorite go-to and I have been experimenting with various different ways in which I can make them interesting. The main way which I have been wearing them is with skirts or dresses and so when thinking of what to pair them with for this simple look, I opted for a classic, ivory-colored dress. Because of the unusually warm weather in SoCal, there was no need for me to wear a jacket, but I felt a bit bare in just a tank dress so I added a chambray shirt, knotted at the center. I happened to wear it to a birthday lunch, but this outfit could easily be worn to a meeting with a blazer exchanged for the chambray shirt, or to school with a navy blue backpack. Xx

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hello December




Skirt - Zara
Denim Jacket - Urban Outfitters
Flannel - CP Shades
Shoes - Supra

When I think of winter, I think of a multitude of textures including wool coats, ribbed sweaters, chunky turtlenecks, and way more. But these definitely aren't the only textures which can be worn in the winter, especially in California. For this specific outfit, I blended a colored leather skirt with a flannel shirt, a denim jacket, and sneakers with perforated sides. For me, playing with texture is about adventure and achieving the unexpected while having fun. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Jams

Here are a few of my favorite tracks lately, pulled from my Soundcloud. Enjoy and you can follow me at https://soundcloud.com/stelladorothy.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Blue Star Donuts



If you know me, you know that I'm a fiend for donuts. When I heard that Portland based doughnut shop, Blue Star Donuts, was opening right in Venice, I freaked and went to check it out the day after it opened. The blend of the rich, brioche dough texture mixed with the wonderful flavors such as chocolate almond ganache, valrhona chocolate crunch, and lemon lime makes for the perfect donut. 10 out of 10 on my end - all I can say is that it is dangerous that this heavenly storefront has opened up so close to my abode.