Things I love: miniature food. Baby artichokes?? Adorable. Thus I thought I’d try my hand at some roasted baby artichokes. Super simple, very few ingredients. Pair with a rotisserie chicken and a side salad and you have an easy, healthy and delicious summer meal. And even though it just snowed mid APRIL here in NYC, I’m ready for the summer meals.
Recipe was adapted from the Food Network.
Here we go -
9 baby artichokes (about 2 pounds)
2 lemons, cut in half
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare artichokes. Remove the tough outer leaves of the artichokes and trim the stems. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the tough outer green layer from the stem. (This is VERY important! These will come out very tough if you don’t cut them down). Cut off the top third of the head to remove the tough ends of the leaves, then split it down the middle. Rub with lemon as you work so they don’t turn brown.
Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic. Lay the artichoke halves cut-side up in a roasting dish and drizzle with the olive oil mixture. Roast in the oven until the artichokes are tender, about 20 minutes.
In the last 5 minutes of being in the oven, sprinkle the parmesan on the artichokes so that they make a crispy, delicious, little coating of cheese. Truth: the baby artichokes are much prettier pre-roasted. But pop them in a beautiful casserole dish and your guests won’t mind at all (especially when they taste them!).
We are thrilled to introduce a new weekly segment on our blog called Little Miss Chatty! As most of you probably already know, we love to talk and socialize so what could be more perfect than chatting with some of our friends, both old and new. Little Miss Chatty will become a space where we turn the tables around and introduce our readers to newly discovered small businesses we have fallen in love with, dear friends we cannot live without and many other amazing people who inspire us each and every day.
Without further adieu…
Little Miss Chatty with Fatty Sundays
Do you love the perfect mix of sweet and salty? Do you crave a crunch when you snack? Is chocolate your achilles heel? Then you must meet the sisters behind Fatty Sundays, the most creative and decadent chocolate covered pretzels you will ever encounter. We recently caught up with CEO Ali Zmishlany to find out more about this impressive company.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Fatty Sundays was totally inspired by our Mom. She always used to make us the classic sprinkle chocolate covered pretzels for birthdays, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, random care packages, etc. We were all obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels and about 3 years ago had the idea to modernize and reinvent the ones we loved so much growing up. Thus Fatty Sundays was born! We tasted, tested and experimented with all sorts of flavors, toppings, chocolate and pretzels as we launched the business. There’s truly nothing like starting your own business from scratch with family.
What is your favorite flavor and/or color combination (chocolate and sprinkles) that you have created to date?
I’m a sucker for any of the pastel colored ombre sprinkle pretzels we create. When the 2 sprinkle colors are similar, the ombre effect works oh-so-beautifully! And I just love the pastel colors, especially on white chocolate, they pop really well. Sometimes I think the pretzels are like little pieces of art – and they’re too pretty to eat! :)
What do you find most challenging about having your own business?
Trying to stick to what I do best in terms of my skill-set while having to wear many different hats a lot of the time. Initially as a startup you can’t always hire a different person to take care of every single aspect of the business.
How did you celebrate your last birthday?
Went to a low key restaurant in Soho with a group of friends! We had fun sliders (ie chicken and waffle, lamb burgers) and the place had a long local beer list. It was my 29th birthday… Need to plan something really great for the big 3-0 this year! :)
If you could get a box of Fatty Sundays pretzels into the hands of a celebrity who would it be?
We’re big music fans over here. And at times, late nights are without a doubt accompanied by cheesy top 40 tunes on VERY loud. With that said, it’d be pretty awesome to see Katy Perry enjoying a box of Fatty Sundays. They’d obviously be hot colored sprinkle pretzels!
If you designed a Fatty Sunday pretzel for Little Miss Party what would it look like?
Something super cute and festive! I’m thinking bright colored solid sprinkles with a splash of metallic silver in there too.
Thank you Ali for taking the time to sit down with Little Miss Party! We are giving away a delicious “Sunday’s Best” box of pretzels so you can see why we fell in love with these yummy snacks.
We’ll be choosing one lucky winner for the Fatty Sunday pretzel giveaway on Monday, April 21st. All you need to do is:
- Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite salty & sweet snack is.
- Follow us on Facebook
- Be a resident of the US or Canada
Good luck! And Happy Easter!!
Passover is a holiday we never miss. Each year we gather our friends and family for a meal which we call the Seder honoring the Jews who escaped from slavery in Egypt. My key to a successful dinner party is being super organized. At least one week prior to the holidays I make a master shopping list separating the ingredients out by store so when I go to shop I know exactly what I need to pick up. I also prep as much as I possibly can in advance. Many Jewish foods taste better after the flavors have a chance to marry and sit together over night…such as gefilte fish which I make from scratch.
Next up is my tablescape. First you need to pick your color scheme. Think about what you have in your cupboards. What will you be setting the table with? My set of dishes are white, silver and black. So I wanted to add bright pops of color to go along side.
Since my seder plate is turquoise blue I choose to roll with that color and add accents in lemon yellow. I LOVE how this turned out! I kept the table setting simple. A few bud vases with fresh flowers and aqua linen napkins that I found at CB2. I also added a few mercury glass votive holders and a chevron runner that I had on hand.
For the place cards I planted baby succulents into egg pedestals and silver tea cups. They were perfectly festive given the season and made for a great take home at the end of the night.
I also placed a menu on top of each place setting which I designed on my new favorite IPad app called Makr.
We appreciate the traditions that go along with celebrating Passover which includes reading the stories from a Haggadah. Since we have two lil ones who are now at the table and have the patience of a flea, we had to find a way to speed things up a bit. So we downloaded the 30 minute seder and took turns reading excerpts as we went around the table.
Passover is a great night to get the kids involved. The four questions, finding the afikomen (hidden matzo) and singing songs.
This year I ordered dessert from my fave girls at Fatty Sundays. I’m eating tons of leftovers today…!
If you celebrate Passover we hope you have a good one…L’Chaim!
Whether you say “Vin et Fromage, Vino e Formaggio or Vino y Queso,” Wine & Cheese is an all-around favorite prelude to any meal or sometimes best enjoyed as a meal in itself. There are endless ways to enjoy both, from a simple pairing to a rich mix of savory and sweet. We enjoy a little bit of everything.
We start with a good quality cheese board, this gorgeous wooden board is from our friends at Williams Sonoma. In addition to wood, we also love using a beautifully rustic slate board such as this one from Brooklyn Slate Co, which can also be found at WS. When using slate, simply write each cheese name directly on the board with chalk or soapstone for an easy presentation.
When selecting cheeses to serve, I love to offer a variety of different tastes and textures. As a little girl, my dad taught me about parmigiano-reggiano, a Italian cheese with a sharp, complex fruity/nutty taste made from raw cow’s milk and aged about 12 months. As you can guess, it always makes an appearance on my cheese plates. Pecorino, a deliciously buttery sheep’s milk cheese is also one of my favorites, so when I recently discovered black truffle Pecorino, I knew I had a winner. Next I went with a french blue cheese called Bleu d’auvergne, which is made from cow’s milk and has a strong and pungent taste, but to a lesser extent than other blue cheeses. Lastly I added slices of a sharp Wisconsin cheddar to round out the assortment. You can set out some sweet elements to compliment the cheese such as wild honey, homemade fig jam, dried apricots or plump red grapes. Next add a bit of crunch with some roasted almonds or walnuts. And lastly, I always set out a bowl of Cernignola olives, which originate from the Southern Italian Provence of Italy called Puglia. They are mild, delicious and just THE best olives you will ever taste. Promise!
So now that we got the cheese taken care of, let’s move onto the wine. Instead of using a boring ice bucket to chill our white wine we opted for this fabulous silver banded punch bowl from Williams Sonoma; just fill it with ice, stick in your favorite bottles and top off with a few fresh flowers for an instantly gorgeous display. Way better than that plain old silver one you have lying around!
When serving wine with cheese, variety is key to balance out the different flavors. You want to offer both a refreshing and dry white wine, in addition to something bubbly. I am a red wine drinker so you will always see me with a robust glass of red in my hand no matter what I am eating.
Over the years, I have started somewhat of a collection of cocktail plates. I just love them. Such a perfect way to add color or personality to your party. This set is my favorite as of late; Tracy Reese for Target!
We kept the flowers simple using antique bud vases filled with white and green stems. They look gorgeous against this wooden farm table!
For Wine & Cheese parties on the go, check out these amazing shatter-proof glasses we found from Go vino. Not only are they as elegant as real stemware, but they are absolutely unbreakable, reusable and recyclable! A must-have for any outdoor occasion.
Is there anything better than Wine & Cheese? Not in our books.
So uncork and unwind!
All gorgeous photos courtesy of Raquel Bianca Creative.